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    gothhabiba

    [ID: two screenshots from Twitter. The first is a tweet by Apple Together (@AppleLaborers) reading β€œCalling all Apple worker and patrons! Tomorrow, December 24th, 2021, Apple workers are staging a walkout/callout to demand better working conditions. Strike funds are available for participants: https://coworkerfund.org/netflixapplefund/ Don’t cross the picket line! #AppleWalkout πŸ–€βœŠ

    The second is an image containing text reading β€œDon’t cross the picket line. We are Apple. We deserve a respectful workplace. We deserve paid sick time. We deserve protection on the frontlines. We deserve proper mental healthcare. Demand that Apple upholds its image with your wallet. Don’t shop in stores. Don’t shop online. #AppleWalkout December 24th, 2021.” end ID]

    9/11 happened 20 years ago today. I remember being confused about why they were sending us home early from kindergarten, I remember seeing the man I was told was President Bush speaking on TV, and I remember for the first time in my life seeing teachers and adult strangers who truly looked scared. I was 5 then, and I am 25 now.

    About 3,000 people died in the 9/11 attacks. Well over 100 times that many people have died as a result of the US response.

    Our government’s response could have been simple, a narrow mission aimed at capturing or killing the architects of 9/11. We eventually achieved that objective, but only as part of a massive, world-changing Global War on Terror which has made us all both less safe and less free. The tragedy of 9/11 was used to justify a campaign that likely ended over a million lives altogether, including:

  • Brutal invasions and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, which were some of the longest wars in US history. Along with the damage caused directly by these wars, they also prompted the creation of ISIS and the complete Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.
  • Drone warfare in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Niger, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, and other places we don’t even know about.
  • The use of internationally banned and discouraged weapons in our wars, including cluster bombs, depleted uranium shells, Mark 77 firebombs, incendiary white phosphorus munitions, and anti-personnel landmines.
  • Torture, both in US military detention and illegal β€œblack sites” run by the CIA and others in numerous different countries. This includes the illegal, unaccountable, and sadistic activities at Guantanamo Bay, stolen territory which is used to commit blatant human rights violations. This came alongside a rise in the US use of extraordinary rendition, a form of kidnapping which is a violation of international law.
  • The empowerment of the Saudi government (which had actual ties to Osama bin Laden), and the aggressive provocation of the Iranian government (which reached out to help the US in the immediate aftermath of 9/11).
  • Massive spending onΒ β€œcounter-terrorism” training for governments around the world, often strengthening the grip of corrupt and violent police forces on local populations.
  • An expansion of secret US Special Operations missions in countries around the world. In the mid-2010β€²s, journalist Nick Turse revealed that US SpecOp soldiers are deployed in the majority of the world’s countries each year.
  • A massive reduction in civil liberties and privacy rights in the US, including the PATRIOT Act, the 2008 FISA Amendments, the 2012 NDAA, the rapid growth of the NSA and the surveillance state, and more.
  • The creation of the Department of Homeland Security, which is today one of the most scandal-ridden departments in the federal government. This includes the 2003 creation of ICE, who have been responsible for the creation of prison camps for immigrants.
  • A rise in Islamophobic discrimination and government policies, with the US government approach to surveilling Muslims serving as an inspiration for policies which oppress Muslims around the world today, from France to China.
  • Accelerated militarization of US police, as surplus military equipment from our foreign wars flowed straight into local police departments.
  • Trillions of dollars wasted on enriching private military contractors and weapons companies, money which is then funneled into lobbying for even more war.
  • Large, untold counts of lives lost as an indirect result of all the above. These deaths have mostly been imposed on the countries where we’ve intervened, but I would argue for the inclusion of many of the 30,000 suicides of US veterans since 9/11.
  • Growing up against this political background was hugely influential for how I came to view the world, and the War on Terror was ultimately one of the things which got me interested in politics in the first place. With time, I learned that we were not obligated to do all of this by the loss of life that occurred on 9/11. We are not honoring the memories of the dead when we create more dead.Β 

    The War on Terror has been a global disaster of gargantuan proportions. All of its architects have blood on their hands, and we will suffer from the consequences of their actions for decades to come.

    Today, 20 years later, I will not be honoring 9/11 by giving a speech about the bravery of our military generals. I will not be cashing a check for writing the exact same 9/11 anniversary essay that gets written every year. I will not be announcing a special 15% discount on inventory, nor will I be going on TV to talk about the dangers of foreigners.

    This September 11th, I am going to go on a hike, to sit in a bookstore, and to eat a meal outside in the cool breeze of a warm evening. Doing this- living my life normally- is the only reasonable response to two decades of attempts at using this day to stir up fear and hatred. As for the future, I look forward to continuing to fight with others for true peace and security: an end to war, military aggression, and imperialism.

    brendanicus

    I shouldn’t be surprised you fucking narcissistic shitlib creeps are making the destruction of Afghanistan at the hands of 40+ years of American imperialism starting with Operation Cyclone under Jimmy Carter about your little pissing match between the last two geriatric rapists to hold office but it still disgusts me.

    The entire fucking United States government going back five seven presidential administrations is responsible for the destruction of Afghanistan. In a just world they’d all be rotting in a fucking hole.

    The War in Afghanistan did not β€œfail” or show that the US is β€œbad” at imperialism because the objective of the War in Afghanistan was never to defeat the Taliban or bring β€œstability” to Afghans or even to install a lasting puppet regime/client state for the US. The goal was to, among other things, secure Afghanistan’s opium supply (which sources >90% of the heroin currently being trafficked worldwide), establish US military bases on the borders of Iran and China and within proximity to Russia, and generate profit for the military-industrial complex by justifying supermassive β€œdefence” budgets and arms sales. When the costs outweighed the benefits of staying in Afghanistan the US cut its losses and left. The people of Afghanistan, the Taliban, the US-backed regime etc. are/were simply all pawns at best or hindrances/collateral damage at worst. Do not allow yourself to be duped into thinking anything more or less of this situation.

    palestinianliberator

    Hmmm do you think, perhaps, that this is because an active part of Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestine involved the pillaging and destruction of Palestinian libraries?

    That Israel destroyed tens of thousands of books on Palestinian history and culture because they posed aΒ β€œsecurity threat” to the state, all so fucking idiots like you can go and make claims like this?

    How Israel stole over 70,000 Palestinian books andΒ β€œrecycled” them to be used in paper mills in a concentrated effort to erase Palestinian culture and history?

    Or how the few books that did survive are being kept in the Israel National Library, off-limits to Palestinians and historians?

    These books include historical texts, personal diaries from hundreds and hundreds of Palestinians living in Palestine pre-1948, paintings and other works of art, and cultural texts documenting life in Palestine pre-1948 and reaching centuries back.

    Israel and the armies of the Zionist terrorists in 1948 made a very deliberate effort to destroy every aspect of Palestinian culture and history in its effort to wipe us out, and allow future scum like the op to go and make such claims, as if that in some way invalidates the Palestinian struggle.

    What’s funny is that you won’t find any history books that detail Israeli culture or history prior to the 1940β€²s because *gasp*, there was no Israel!

    These scum are so transparent, they’re pathetic

    palestinianliberator

    When I mentioned in my recent post how Israel’s destruction of our texts would be used to claim we had no history, this is precisely what I meant.

    some things that have happened since you stopped hearing about p/alestine after the β€œceasefire” was declared

  • 1,000+ palestinians were arrested in a mass-arrest campaign designed to, and i quote, β€œinstill fear” - including children
  • al-aqsa mosque and worshippers were attacked and beaten
  • literal children, not even teens, children, were arrested and tried in a military court (this is not new, thousands of children have faced this terrorization over the years. Isr@el is the only country in the world that tries children in military courts. 500-700 children are prosecuted each year.)
  • a soldier deliberately ran over a child on a bike for having a pales/tinian flag on his bike. an adult man ran over a child with his car. on purpose. the child is 12. read that again.
  • sheikh jarrah was blockaded, illegally
  • whatsapp blocked the accounts of over 100 pal/estinian journalists
  • silwan, another pal/estinian neighborhood like sheikh j/arrah, is being violently ethnically cleansed to make way for more settlers
  • Isr@el has forced social media sites to censor the hashtags β€œfree pal/estine” and β€œsave sheikh ja/rrah” many posts and accounts have been deleted
  • 25 pales/tinians have been murdered by the ID/F and settlers
  • in Jaffa, 300 arab families are under force expulsion orders to make way for more settlers. 300 families.
  • suicide rates in g/aza have risen to an all-time high due to PTSD and hopelessness
  • Pales/tinians in G/aza still do not have access to safe drinking water, electricity, medical care, and nutrition. families are still being displaced from their homes by settler colonialism. There is still an inability to mobilize freely, pursue a career, seek an education, or gain access to decent healthcare or mental health resources. The occupation, genocide, and ethnic cleansing continues whether you see on your feed or not.