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/u/outwrangle before everything went to shit in 2020, /u/emma_lazarus for a while after that, now I’m all queermunist!

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Excuse me, the US is still the king of genocide.

queermunist ,
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No, not really. There's a lot of whitewashing of US history, especially in textbooks. If you ask the average American they wouldn't even call anything the US did "genocide."

I recommend reading Lies My Teacher Told Me.

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Oh no that's new. Back when the genocide was in a more active phase and there were "Indian Wars" they were very explicit about it.

But today, you're right, they just teach a few key atrocities and handwave the other hundred million. I must have misread lol

I think that's just the different stages of settler-colonial development.

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Depends on the estimates you use.

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Do you... Think that list is authoritative?

The population of Indigenous Americans is estimated to have decreased from approximately 145 million to around 10 million.

135 million.

Not all of that was the US, the old empires of France and Spain and England played a huge role, but since it's founding the US has killed millions along with Canada and Mexico. Disease played a large role, but much of that was deliberately spread which muddies the estimates.

And that's just one of the genocides the US was involved in. There have been many others.

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That genocide isn't the only genocide the US has been part of, either as a direct genocidier or indirectly by supporting the genocidal regime.

No one is gonna take this crown from the US!

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My attention was originally brought to this by the book Lies My Teacher Told Me - I listened to an audiobook so sadly I can't really search it for the relevant passage without investing a bunch of time. Instead, here's the relevant Wikipedia article which covers it. "The population of Indigenous Americans is estimated to have decreased from approximately 145 million to around 7-15 million between the late 15th and late 17th centuries, representing a decline of around 90-95%."

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The Trail of Tears was one event among many others. The American Indian wars and Manifest Destiny saw the Native population decline from 600,000 to 250,000.

But the US doesn't get to pretend it doesn't inherit the genocide it was founded on! Killings that happened before 1776 were carried out by prominent colonial generals like George Washington before the Founding, and their forefathers like John Washington who the Iroquois named "devourer of villages".

Let's not forget the intentional hunting of buffalo to extinction in the wild by the US army, intended to starve the plains Natives to death or force them to flee. The US also had boarding schools like Canada, where they'd kidnap native children and brainwash them to be good little Christians that can't even speak their native languages.

The fact that you think the genocide was limited to a single event like the Trail of Tears is disturbing.

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Probably passed 30,000 a long time ago, but at this point it's becoming difficult to count the bodies. There are so few hospitals left, essentially no emergency services, and so many people buried under rubble.

Just how Israel wants it.

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That would probably collapse the US

I fully support it, but Democrats want to keep this shithole from falling apart.

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I think they're old enough that they want to delay the inevitable until they're dead and gone. They don't really care about the rest of us, just themselves.

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Such a shame he killed the only troop willing to die for Palestinians, instead of killing- well

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I wish he had another choice. We failed him by not being organized enough to welcome him as a comrade. Instead he chose to do the only thing he could. I admire his courage, but it's a damn shame we lost someone willing to die for Palestinians.

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I wasn't aware of that, but I say that's an indictment of their organization; a small org that doesn't ever get beyond charity work and the occasional street protest could not save him from despair. A few thousand likes on Facebook? Is that the height of the organization he could join in his area? I'm sure they're trying their best, but we have to get organized on a much larger scale to be able to do anything that matters.

Beyond being an indictment of their org, that's an indictment of us all. We are not organized enough. Not even close.

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I suspect people see that he's willing to fight and don't really care what he's fighting for, the mere fact that he fights (and fights dirty!) is what makes him different. Normal politicians don't seem to fight for anything and just give up whenever things become difficult or illegal 😉

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But that was definitely the appeal of Sanders, though, and why I suspect he would have won in 2016. People like fighters.

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What, exactly, would a gun do if he was a suicide bomber?

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He's on fire! Shooting him wouldn't stop a bigger boom!

I'll give the cops this: they probably were not trained on what to do if someone lights themselves on fire. They just fell back on basic training.

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There's a metal fence. What would he even get close to?

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I wish there was another option for him.

We failed to be organized enough.

queermunist ,
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If he wasn't alone what would shooting him accomplish? You still haven't actually presented a compelling reason he needed to be kept under a gun.

I think it's understandable that people untrained for a situation like this would fall back on the default, I know I wouldn't know what to do, but calling that "reasonable" as if it really makes sense in hindsight is a stretch.

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🤡

queermunist ,
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Y'all say shit like this but when I say Israel is a cancer that must go for peace to have a chance y'all get mad.

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That's definitely not what genocide means. Destroying the Israeli group is genocide. Destroying the Israeli state is not.

queermunist ,
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Yeah these bunkers would just be the homes of warlords that kill billionaires - probably the heads of their own security teams.

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Cauliflower or some kind of texturized vegetable protein?

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Can you edit the OP?

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I think you could just mark it as NSFW? That would get rid of the thumbnail at least.

Or you can choose a different thumbnail entirely I suppose. Lemmy lets you do that.

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If someone lights themselves on fire it's far past the point where a gun will help lol

queermunist ,
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Yeah if I was going to go down like this I'd already have taken several lethal doses of something. I would not want to survive.

queermunist ,
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He's literally on fire. It's unreasonable to assume he's going to do much of anything, what with being on fire.

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That kinda proves my point. There's no "what else they're willing to do" after they're already on fire. There's no next step in the plan.

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Questions, like pee, are stored in the balls.

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"Stopped rising" is not "gone down", which only means unaffordable prices are going to stay unaffordable instead of becoming more unaffordable.

Also I never claimed anything about Russian success. This is American success. America has successfully crippled two geopolitical and economic rivals. Europe is now reliant on the US for gas after the pipeline was destroyed (gee I wonder who did that!)

Although now Russia has started to recover from the sanctions regime it is just accelerating dedollarization lol

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I mean like how the IMF said their economy grew over 5% last quarter.

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This is no different from sanctions if you bother to think about it. Sure it's more scary, but they aren't killing people. That should count for something. They're just limited by their material conditions and doing whatever they can to stop the genocide.

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Different group. Turns out, lots of people in that region hate the US!

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My plan is to force Israel to stop the genocide.

And they aren't shutting down all global trade. Just ships going to or from Israel. Sanctions, essentially.

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