What does ‘the war on terror’ mean, according to America?
Publication time: 6 November 2011, 21:54
The extraordinary “power”, the real permissiveness of the US government has, once again, been manifested in the assassination of Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, son of the Islamic preacher Sheikh Anwar al- Awlaki (martyr, Insha’Allah,). It occurred last month (October 2011), reports the MWC
For a time, media outlets had no information about the age of the killed Abdulrahman. Recently it became known that he was only 16 years old.
According to the MWC, there are several things that are especially fascinating about the US government’s assassination of this teenager Abdulrahman, who apparently traveled to Yemen to meet with his father.
First, the US government, according to their same laws, killed a minor.
Second, no one except the killers knows why the boy was killed.
Third, the people who planned and carried out the assassination - from president Obama, to the Pentagon, to the CIA - remain silent on this issue.
Fourth, no one can force them to explain why they killed the boy, who, incidentally, was a US citizen - just like his father, MWC News notes.
The assassination of Abdulrahman al-Awlaki reveals in stark clarity where the U.S. government’s imperialist foreign policy and resulting war on terrorism have brought us as nation and as a people. We now live in a country in which the president and his military and paramilitary forces now wield the omnipotent authority to assassinate anyone they want, anywhere in the world, with impunity and without having to provide an explanation to anyone”, says MWC News.
In a news story on the assassination of the boy, Time magazine cites a young friend of Abdulrahman asking, “Who can’t America kill?”
Indeed! The fact, as discomforting as it might be, is that the president, the military, and the CIA can now kill anyone they want for whatever reason they want, and there is nothing anyone can do about it. The assassination of 16-year-old Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, according to the MWC, confirms the extent of this extraordinary post-9/11 power now wielded by the US national-security state.
Moreover, according to MWC, in fact none of the US have never been made clear the precise reasons for the assassination of the boy’s father, Anwar al-Awlaki.
Some people said that he was a member of al-Qaeda, some says that he “betrayed his country”. And some said that he urged Muslims to resist by force the US imperialist policies.
Neither President Obama, nor the Pentagon, nor the CIA have ever provided an explanation for the assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki, indicates MWC.
"And it confirms once again, that we now live in a country where government officials can assassinate anyone they want, foreigners and Americans alike, with impunity", said MWC.
Why assassinate the 16-year old boy, asks MWC. Was he supposedly doing what his father was doing? Was he allegedly exhorting Muslims to resist US imperialism with force? Was he allegedly conspiring to commit any attacks himself? Was he supposed to be a member of al-Qaeda?
The only people who know are President Obama, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the CIA and, again, they’re not talking and, under the “war on terrorism”, are apparently not required to talk.
According to that Time magazine article, some unidentified US official is quoted as saying that Abdulrahman al-Awlaki was “in the wrong place at the wrong time”, he says, is a kind of “side effect”, “collateral damage” in the attacks on a Mujahid of al-Qaeda, who was killed as part of the same strike.
One problem, of course, points out MWC, is that that information might well be false, especially since it’s not under oath and comes from an unidentified official. Thus, the information is worthless insofar as understanding why the assassins ended the child’s life.
Even if the claim was true, an obvious question arises: Did the assassins know that 16-year-old Abdulrahman al-Awlaki was present and, therefore, would likely be killed in the attack?
"Perhaps I should mention that Abdulrahman al-Awlaki wasn’t the only teenager assassinated in the attack. Also assassinated were his teenage cousin and six other people with whom he was having dinner. Were they also alleged to have been terrorists? Again, we just don’t know. The president, the Pentagon, and the CIA just aren’t talking and apparently don’t have to", the article says.
Did the US government assassinate Abdulrahman al-Awlaki because he was the son of an alleged al-Qaeda member, asks MWC. Did they assassinate him to send a “message” to other Mujahideen - that this is what will happen to your children (or other relatives) if you oppose the US Empire? Did they assassinate him to preclude the possibility of his growing up with a thirst for vengeance and retaliation arising out of the assassination of his father?
"I think the idea is that while the government is disappearing people from life through assassination, we, the citizenry, are expected to not dwell on such things and instead to simply continue going about our daily lives with the understanding that the government is doing what is necessary to keep us safe (which, obviously, is complicity in the crimes of the US government - KC)", indicates the MWC.
But be that as it may, we can say one thing, concludes the MWC: the killing 16-year-old, US citizen, Abdur-Rahman al-Avlyaki once again demonstrates that the US is a country whose government has unlimited power to kill the whomever it wishes: an adult or a minor, a foreigner or an American, without bearing any responsibility.Department of Monitoring