collapsing the syrian government

The US, UK and France contributed to the collapse of governance [in Syria]… by funding, training and equipping ‘moderate’ rebels with little realistic consideration of with whom such funds, trained fighters and ‘non lethal’ aid (such as armoured vehicles, body armour, secure military radios and weapon sights) would end up ... Similarly, the West did nothing to discourage vast flows of funds and arms from their allies Saudi Arabia, Qatar and others towards rebel groups irrespective of, or perhaps because of, their extreme interpretations of Sunni Islam...

economics is not a science

Contrary to what professional economists will typically tell you, economics is not a science. All economic theories have underlying political and ethical assumptions, which make it impossible to prove them right or wrong in the way we can with theories in physics or chemistry. This is why there are a dozen or so schools in economics, with their respective strengths and weaknesses, with three varieties for free-market economics alone - classical, neoclassical, and the Austrian.

10 million bomb craters

During the Second World War, the US dropped a total of 2,000,000 tons of bombs. In Indochina, at least 8,000,000 tons were dropped. The explosive power of these bombs corresponded to about 640 Hiroshimas.

During the Second World War, seventy per cent of the US bombs were aimed at individual targets, and only thirty per cent at entire areas. In Indochina area bombing made up eighty per cent of the attacks. In Germany and Japan twnety-six kilos of bombs per hectare of enemy land were dropped. In Indochina it was 190 kilos.

carpet bombing indochina

When the B-52s carpet-bombed, they often dropped explosive bombs first in order to 'open the structures', then napalm to burn out the contents, and finally CBU-24 to kill the people who came running to help those who were burning. Sometimes time-release cluster bombs were dropped in order to kill those who did not come before the danger was over - or so they thought.

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