Sure, but it’s kind of like how if you had a family member who was constantly getting into fights and lying about it over and over and over again, and then he calls you from jail for the hundredth time and tells you it was legit self defense, are you going to believe him? I’m not making any sweeping absolutisms here, but the US war machine has a well-defined pattern of behavior and there’s no reason to take them at their word when their pundits start assuring us that this latest Bad Guy really really is trying to destroy the world.

The fact is that war is a racket and America is the war capital of the world. It’s about calling out the consistent pattern of lying and needless violence, not any kind of absolutist stance against violence itself.

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