diplomatic immunity with a set of 9mm's as your passport. Enjoy even greater
immunity with a set of "Smart" Bombs and Tomahawks as your license.
403 civilians---including 52 children and 261 women---were
killed during the Gulf War, on Feb. 13 1991, by a direct hit by a concrete-penetrating
Smart Bomb or Tomahawk missile.
Here below is a photo of two women mourning
relatives, plus a close-up of a victim's picture (the one on the far right
in the larger photo). Both images are blurred from being reproduced and
transmitted repeatedly: AP telephoto to local newspaper to scanner to computer
screen. Yet the country with the technology to circulate images infinitely
also erases them with ease. What are the long-term consequences of this?
Can long-term consequences even be imagined by a short attention span?
"Iraq Mourns Gulf War Victims," Associated Press feed, Feb. 14 1999.
"I wish I knew where all this played
out," a senior US military official said, speaking on condition of
Bosses can be particularly fun to "take out" when they are female, when they even have targets on their bodies challenging the gamer to take aim:
War episodes all are given proper names, just as
Bosses are: Desert Shield, Storm, Eagle. Others will be neither named nor
widely publicized ("low-intensity" warfare).
Cf. The Matrix (1999), which despite its
anti-corporate/anti-insect-conformist themes has action sequences modeled
on video games sold by the very kinds of corporations the movie purports
to rebel against. (That movie's obsession with violations of the human body
or corpus also give a new meaning to its fears of incorporation. Yet human
bodies in the movie are always already invaded; they are already a matrix,
not a self-contained & separate space.)
Video/Computer Games as a new form of the Crusades: their arrogance is no
less, their acquisitiveness the same.
The Fort Benning
a Guatemalan Truth Commission implicated the United States last month [February
1999] in the creation of a killing machine that ravaged entire Maya villages
in the 1980s, it raised questions that are not likely to go away soon."
'The eyes of the buried will close together on the day of justice, or they will never close.'"
Translation: (?) Those who are guilty are constantly being watched by those they have murdered and oppressed---though they may try to repress this guilty knowledge, they can't; it haunts their every action, especially their denials.
---source: Philadelphia Inquirer editorial, 3-11-99, A22
The photographer of this picture wanted to document the paintings and news-report collages that Guatemalan women made to demonstrate their support for the Guatemalan Truth Commission's 1999 findings and press their demands that officials be held accountable.
But note how the photographer shows little interest
in the living Mayan women, cutting them out of the frame, in order to focus
on their paintings.
Urban policing/drug war policy as a video game. The immigrant
from Guinea, West Africa, made a living as a street vendor. He was corralled
in a building entranceway barely larger than a telephone booth by city police.
Four officers fired over forty bullets at him; only about a dozen struck
the Target, most in the feet and legs, but one in the chest and one in the
head were fatal. The Suspect was later found to be unarmed. His face did
not match the police sketch---except skin color and mustache. It was all
a mistake. It was also all programmed to happen: explain.
A Bodyscan machine, now common at airports---featuring the Scan of Luminescence.
"Trickle-down" average citizen-benefits
from the War on Drugs!
The victims were drug couriers who swallowed balloons filled with dope in order to smuggle it through customs. They were met and taken away in a car, no doubt expecting that they'd go to a motel and be allowed to "excrete" the drugs and then receive payment. Instead, they were driven here and shot in the temple, then their stomachs and intestines sliced open to get at the dope. They lost the game.
A final form of humiliation, very popular in the US, Latin America, Russia: when the body is dumped the shirt is sometimes pulled up over the person's face, exposing the chest and stomach to the sky.
Blood money, bowel money....
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