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Freedom Rider: Sniper Gets Sniped

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    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    America, born in genocide and constantly renewed by bloodbaths, treats mass murder as a virtue. Chris Kyle answered the “clarion call of white supremacy, manifest destiny and imperial delusion.” Now that he’s dead, the world is a better place.

    Freedom Rider: Sniper Gets Sniped

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    Kyle declared that Iraqis were not really human beings and thus had lost any right to stay alive.

    One of the ways in which humans wrestle with the existence of evil is by hoping that the evil doer gets his or her just desserts. This hope is expressed with expressions such as “what goes around comes around” or “you reap what you sow.”

    Despite all of this wishful thinking, it is rare for cosmic justice to be served as completely as it was in the case of the late Chris Kyle. Kyle was a Navy SEAL sniper in Iraq who served five tours of duty and by his own estimate killed 150 people. This week Kyle was himself shot to death and by another veteran no less.

    Kyle should have lived in ignominy for taking so many lives, but instead he was decorated with medals and became a celebrity as a result of what should have been prosecuted crimes. Kyle wrote a best selling book, American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in American History. He had a starring role in a NBC reality show, Stars Earn Stripes, a disgraceful ode to militarism and empire. He and another veteran met their end in an ill-advised effort to treat a former marine suffering from PTSD. Kyle was good at killing but he wasn’t much of a mental health professional. He used a shooting range as a venue to treat other vets having difficulty adjusting to civilian life. Let’s just say it didn’t work out very well.

    Kyle was good at killing but he wasn’t much of a mental health professional.”

    The United States government committed a terrible crime when it invaded Iraq nearly ten years ago. Estimates of the number of Iraqis killed range from 150,000 to over 1 million. Like human beings throughout human history, Iraqis didn’t take kindly to being occupied and they fought back as best they could. The media may call them terrorists or insurgents, but Iraqis have as much right to defend themselves and their country as anyone else in the world and Kyle had no right to kill any of them.

    Obviously he didn’t see it that way. He felt justified and quite moral in killing so many people and he did it in typical American fashion. In a Fox news interview, Kyle declared that Iraqis were not really human beings and thus had lost any right to stay alive.

    "I considered the people I was killing to be savages because of the violence they committed against American troops, the beheadings, the rapes of innocent villagers. They lived by putting fear into other people's hearts and civilized people don't act that way. I wasn't so much committed to killing them as I was committed to making sure that every service member over there, whether American or allied, came home – I was killing them to protect my fellow Americans. You have to get into the mentality and you can not think of them as human beings."

    Don’t think of them as human beings. That is the long standing clarion call of white supremacy, manifest destiny and imperial delusion. America has long accepted decidedly uncivilized behavior as being morally superior, even when it obviously isn’t.

    Iraqis have as much right to defend themselves and their country as anyone else in the world and Kyle had no right to kill any of them.

    American troops were guilty of raping their fellow soldiers and Iraqi prisoners and other civilians too. As for beheadings it should be pointed out that humans are decapitated by bombs and bullets. All of the allegations Kyle made against Iraqis can be laid at America’s door step too. Civilization is definitely in the eye of the beholder.

    The people who plan the wars don’t suffer. George W. Bush and Tony Blair went on to make millions of dollars giving corporate speeches and Blair even has the gall to present himself as a religious leader of sorts. The Iraqi victims and the soldiers maimed or killed or suffering from PTSD pay the real price for the wrong doing planned from on high.

    Kyle is survived by a wife and young children who are no doubt grieving, but the same is surely true of his 150 victims. They left family behind. Children are fatherless or motherless or homeless because of the “civilized” United States. It is tragic for all of these people to have suffered so much but until they can be seen as civilized human beings, there will be no end to American slaughter.

    There is another old saying which perfectly describes the death of Chris Kyle. “The chickens come home to roost.”

    Margaret Kimberley's Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR, and is widely reprinted elsewhere. She maintains a frequently updated blog as well as at http://freedomrider.blogspot.com. Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached via e-Mail at Margaret.Kimberley(at)BlackAgendaReport.com.

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    Tale of 2 Chris': White Kyle 'Hero' vs Black Dorner 'Terrorist'

    The lame-stream presstitute media has hyped killer Chris Kyle as an American 'hero' while potraying Chris Dorner as a deranged killer. YET- Both were trained by the US military to be efficient killers [Dorner got extra training from the LAPD] & both are Iraq vets. Yet Kyle's book boasting of +150 kills [of Iraqis in IRAQ] in an Illegal War based on LIES, is a best-seller- while Dorner's so-called 'manifesto' which indicts the LAPD as a Corrupt Racist Criminal Enterprise masquerading as a so-called 'law enforcement' dept, has been dismissed by the lame-stream presstitute media as 'insane incoherent ramblings' ala VT Tech mass-killer Cho. But Dorner's so-called 'manifesto' is anything but insane- it is a very clear indictment of the LAPD  which includes multiple names, places, dates & incidents in clear detail. For this very reason unlike Kyle, the lame-stream won't hype Dorner's writings as a best-seller!!!

    Tale of 2 Chris': White Kyle 'Hero' vs Black Dorner 'Terrorist'

    The lame-stream presstitute media has hyped killer Chris Kyle as an American 'hero' while potraying Chris Dorner as a deranged killer. YET- Both were trained by the US military to be efficient killers [Dorner got extra training from the LAPD] & both are Iraq vets. Yet Kyle's book boasting of +150 kills [of Iraqis in IRAQ] in an Illegal War based on LIES, is a best-seller- while Dorner's so-called 'manifesto' which indicts the LAPD as a Corrupt Racist Criminal Enterprise masquerading as a so-called 'law enforcement' dept, has been dismissed by the lame-stream presstitute media as 'insane incoherent ramblings' ala VT Tech mass-killer Cho. But Dorner's so-called 'manifesto' is anything but insane- it is a very clear indictment of the LAPD  which includes multiple names, places, dates & incidents in clear detail. For this very reason unlike Kyle, the lame-stream won't hype Dorner's writings as a best-seller!!!

    Really Simple

    Again you have struck pay dirt Ms Kimberly.  This is real simple You live by the gun you die by the gun.  How much simpler do you want it???

    Peace

     

    S Murph

    got dammit margaret

    Am I wrong for giggling a little inside @ this:

    "Sniper gets sniped"

    "He used a shooting range as a venue to treat other vets having difficulty adjusting to civilian life. Let’s just say it didn’t work out very well."

    "Cosmic justice"

    What has happened?

    As always, Ms Kimberly is 100% correct. I am amazed at thje prevelence of white spuremacy in America, even though I know its history. I thought that after the 60's its power had been even slightly reduced, but when I read reactions to stories like the death of this killer where he is praised as a hero, when I read reactions praising the once hated French for their neo- colonial adventures in Mali., I can see all too clearly that the white supremcay that characterized the Jim Crow era is back with a vengeance. I can literally see how Germany fell under Hitlers spell, its happening here. Its all based on white supremacy. Its the never failing bedrock of American society.

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