Is the US airforce commiting Genocide?

The USAToday rapports this evening that the US air force has “taken the fight to the enemy. IN the biggest air raids since the war began the dropped 40.000 pounds of bombs on “al Qaeda” targets.

The operation, called “Phantom Phoenix,” is the third in a series of recent Iraq-wide offensives against al-Qaeda. That makes the past six months the heaviest uptick in offensive operations since the 2004 battles in Fallujah and the Shiite shrine city of Najaf.

A military statement said two B-1 bombers and four F-16 fighters dropped the bombs on 40 targets in Arab Jabour in 10 strikes.

Conway said 35 al-Qaeda militants were killed and 25 houses and 13 vehicles were destroyed.

This seems a meagre harvest of enemy deaths against the huge amount of bombs dropped in one of only series of raids in the last 6 months. The series is reported to be the biggest since the attacks on Falluja.

A Dutch news paper het Parool paints an entirely different picture.

According to the news paper quoting the Council of Ulema’s a council of influential Sunni spiritual leaders, the US air force committed horrific crimes. According to the council they “flattened” entire neighbourhoods around the city of Arab Jabour  south of Bagdad.
The counsil spoke of many deaths. In the first 10 minutes alone 38 bombs fell on Arab Anjour. The article also states that it was more than 20.000 kg of bombs.

According to the council there were no al Qaeda basis in the region and the inhabitants were mainly farmers.

According to the same article Alayne Conway the commander overseeing the attacks it was the biggest carpet bombing operation since the beginning of the war and it preceded an ground attack covering the same area. 

And now from the Iranian side.

This video shows the Iranian side of the gulf of Persia incident.
Am I mistaken or are the following three fast sailing US warships, who are trying to get away from the Iranian speed boats? Could it be that they were caught in Iranian waters and that the US video shows the earlier part of the confrontation, when some of the Iranian coast guards come out to investigate.
The commander tries to get in touch with  naval ship 73. The ships commander states multiple times that they are now in international waters. Lets be clear, Iran has absolutely no interest in provoking a war with the US. They are not a suicide nation. The US has every interest in provoking an war with Iran. By goading the coast guard in a legitimate response to an incursion into their waters and than starting an incident this could have happened.
Was the fact that they were videoed by the Iranians while trying to pull this one that they decided to leave?

Pentagon, Big Pharma: Drug Troops to Numb Them to Horrors of War

The DoD is flirting with the idea of medicating soldiers to desensitize them to combat trauma — will an army of unfeeling monsters result? 

In June, the Department of Defense Task Force on Mental Health acknowledged “daunting and growing” psychological problems among our troops: Nearly 40 percent of soldiers, a third of Marines and half of National Guard members are presenting with serious mental health issues. They also reported “fundamental weaknesses” in the U.S. military’s approach to psychological health. That report was followed in August by the Army Suicide Event Report (ASER), which reported that 2006 saw the highest rate of military suicides in 26 years. And last month, CBS News reported that, based on its own extensive research, over 6,250 American veterans took their own lives in 2005 alone — that works out to a little more than 17 suicides every day.

That’s all pretty bleak, but there is reason for optimism in the long-overdue attention being paid to the emotional and psychic cost of these new wars. The shrill hypocrisy of an administration that has decked itself in yellow ribbons and mandatory lapel pins while ignoring a human crisis of monumental proportion is finally being exposed.

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