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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

My Son Would've Looked like Abdulrahman

Abdulrahman al-Awlaki,
U.S. citizen killed by U.S. airstrikes in Yemen

weeks after his father was also killed by

targeted U.S. airstrike

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President Obama recently rode the outrage wave (and made a savvy campaigning move) when commenting on 17-year-old Trayvon Martin's shooting, "If I had a son, he would have looked like Trayvon."
It was Obama's "Ich bin ein Berliner" moment, almost.

I must have missed it when he said the same thing about Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, the 16-year-old American citizen he popped a cap on (via proxy) last October in Yemen, who also could have looked his non-extant son. What's that? Oh, Obama DIDN'T say that about Abdulrahman? Funny, I wonder why.


Several other NPR commenters have hopped on Obama's meme, too, as though having a biracial child gives them street cred to comment on what happened the night of 26 Feb in Sanford, Florida. "That could have been MY child!" they cry. Well ... you're on NPR, where even Tavis Smiley is extremely polite (hey, I like Tavis); your kids know how to comport themselves, and probably haven't been expelled from school a few times. If these people are really interested in the mulatto concept, why not also affiliate with Zimmerman, as well?

What is equally odd is the fact that Trayvon was the offspring of two African American parents.

However, we live in a post-factual world, and our technology has helped us zip outrage around the world many times over before truth is revealed. No need for verifiable data which might take some time to collect. We haven't the time: Our world is now hyperreal, which is to say not real at all.

Thank you, Baudrillard -- it is the simulacra and the repetition that we crave. Non-nutritious empty calories, but all the flavor.

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8 Comments:

Anonymous William Ranger Hazen said...

Here's a litmus test...

Put Obama and AAW in a room...

First give President Obama a pistol and tell him he is free to shoot AAW...Would He?

Then (assuming Obama would not shoot) give AAW a gun and ask him to shoot President Obama...Would He?

What say ye...

William Ranger Hazen

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 4:12:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

WH,

Are you saying the 16-y-o son would have shot Obama? How do you know this?

My point is otherwise -- it is the hypocrisy of caring for one, while murdering another ... because you "think" he would've shot you (at age 16, from Yemen)?!?

And, isn't that presumption of imminent harm precisely the reason people are up in arms about Zimmerman's act?

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 4:43:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

RWH,
Why don't we stick to facts rather than emotional what ifs.
jim

Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 9:04:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous William Ranger Hazen said...

Both of you failed to see my point...

One is President of the United States

The other a Terrorist.

One advocated for the killing of the other....

The other one killed him first...

These are the facts and they are not in dispute...

My point is simple...We were all children once... innocent and (hopefully) full of love...

Lisas post is a good example Reductio Ad Absurdum...We are not judged by who we were as children but how we act as men and women...

Talk about "emotional what ifs" What do you think framing an argument this way is?

The Carpenter in all his wisdom said it best...(paraphrasing a bit)
"To enter the kingdom of heaven you must come as child."

It is a harsh reality of the human condition that most of us lose our innocence during our brief journey through this world...

Who knows what final judgement history will render... but we all pretty much start in the same place don't we? :) I do know that at one point in his life AWW had a choice and in my opinion...He made the wrong one...and suffered the consequences...

William Ranger Hazen

Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 11:55:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

WRH,

I was not referring to the father, but rather his 16-y-o son, Abdulrahman, an innocent American citizen, born in Denver. His father had already been killed by airstrikes a few weeks before, so why did we kill the boy? The boy was NOT a terrorist, but the U.S. decided to pre-emptively kill him. Why, and why no protest?

This plays into your question of innocence, and mine of consistency, which is a necessary hallmark of a functioning judiciary.

Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 12:27:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Nikolay Levin said...

I think the Kamarov Question applies much better here.

(See at the bottom of the page.)

Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 3:56:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

RWH,
What proof do we have that Al A advocated killing Obomba?
I believe NOTHING coming out of intel propaganda.
NADA.
I know that ain't child like.
Since you're back doorin' me i can at least yank your chain.
jim

Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 5:36:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous William Ranger Hazen said...

Mr Levin and fellow RAWsters...

I stand corrected...

The Kamarov Question is a far better premise than mine. :)

William Ranger Hazen

Friday, March 30, 2012 at 12:12:00 PM GMT-5  

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