My thanks once again to the comrades at RAIMD for attracting my attention to more footage from the U.S. war against Iraq — in particular, the aerial bombardment of a “group of individuals” (no arms mentioned or visible, and not engaged in anything other than running down a road), during that vast war crime known as the conquest of Fallujah in 2004. (Previous discussions around videos from Iraq appeared here and here.)
That is the violence of the imperial state. Contrast that now with the anarchist and other protesters’ violence in Greece — has there been any mention of them killing anyone? Has any policeman been killed in retaliation for a policeman’s senseless murder of a young boy, or the cruel beating of another in front of horrified onlookers?
Instead what we see is news of this kind: the giant Christmas tree outside parliament in Athens was torched; shops have been set on fire; trash bins and mailboxes were set alight; buildings were set ablaze. This is violence against property, against capital, against things, in response to state terror.
Pick your poison. I have.