This post was delivered via RSS today from catholicanarchy.org: Slopes, dinks, Pakis, ragheads-not worth much. The whole post is worth reading, but the key point is:

The value of an innocent civilian slaughtered by al-Qaeda terrorists on September 11, 2001 to his or her family: $1.8 million.

The value of an innocent civilian slaughtered at Haditha, Iraq, by U.S. Marines: $2,500.

This is all you need to know about American exceptionalism and the state of Christianity in the Empire.

A similar point about the “value” of war dead, depending on whether they are ours or theirs, is made here: ANZAC Day Must Be Opposed – the blog of the protesters I saw at the ANZAC Day service in Wellington. He writes:

You will never see the various wars New Zealand has fought in, and continues to fight in, condemned. The lists of those killed always excludes “the enemy”, for they don’t really count, they are an unpeople; indeed, to humanise “the enemy” would be to expose the murderous foundations upon which the military is premised. You will never see conscientious objectors celebrated as heroes after enduring imprisonment at the hands of the New Zealand State. ANZAC day is a celebration of a murderous and violent institution, the backbone of any State, and a symbolic gesture towards those either forced or duped into murdering at its behest. Nowhere else in society would such actions be celebrated, except, apparently, when perpetrated by the State.

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