STAFF NEWS & ANALYSIS
A Tale of Two Killings
By Philippe Gastonne - October 06, 2015

At least 10 people were killed and nine others were wounded when a gunman who demanded to know his victims' religions opened fire Thursday on a campus in southwest Oregon, witnesses and authorities said.

The gunman was killed in a firefight with Douglas County sheriff's deputies at Umpqua Community College, Sheriff John Hanlin said. Multiple law enforcement sources identified him to NBC News as Chris Harper Mercer, 26, but the sheriff wouldn't confirm that identity, saying he didn't want to "glorify" the man's actions.

"You will never hear us mention his name," Hanlin said Thursday night, because "he in no way deserves it." – NBC News, Oct. 2, 2015

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At least 19 people were killed when a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders in Kunduz [Afghanistan] was badly damaged early Saturday after being hit by what appears to have been an American airstrike, sparking international outrage.

The United States military, in a statement, confirmed an airstrike at 2:15 a.m., saying that it had been targeting individuals "who were threatening the force" and that "there may have been collateral damage to a nearby medical facility." – New York Times, Oct. 3, 2015

If the local sheriff had his way, none of us would know that Chris Harper Mercer was the one who killed nine people and then himself at an Oregon community college. The sheriff thinks putting the name in print or saying it aloud somehow glorifies Mercer's action.

Maybe in the twisted minds of those who go on shooting sprees, the thought of being infamous is somehow motivational. Would removing the possibility help? There is no way to know for sure.

Meanwhile on the other side of the world, even more people died when U.S. forces apparently bombed a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Afghanistan.

The Oregon sheriff will likely get his wish in this case. In all likelihood, we will never know the name of the person or persons who targeted the hospital. Whether it was a mistake or intentional will not matter; military leaders will move swiftly to minimize public embarrassment or blame. We've seen it before in much less serious circumstances.

Yet one identifiable individual most certainly shares responsibility for the MSF deaths. His name is Barack Obama. On his orders, American forces are still in Afghanistan 14 years after their original alleged enemy fled elsewhere.

President Obama quickly seized on the Oregon shooting to demand additional gun control laws. He is missing a much easier reform.

The goal is to save as many lives as possible, as quickly as possible, right?

Obama can do this without fighting the Republicans or the NRA. All he has to do is stop bombing people. He needs no one's permission and he could issue the order today.

New gun controls on civilians might or might not stop the killings at home. Ending our military adventures abroad would certainly save many lives, both American and foreign.

This simple idea is long overdue, Mr. President. Start there if you want to "do something" about senseless violence.

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  • Samarami

    Playing the “race card” effectively camouflages the issue. Psychopaths ( http://pilotsfor911truth.org/forum/index.php?showtopic=12430 ) murder without remorse. The mindless abstraction ( https://www.lewrockwell.com/1970/01/david-calderwood/the-abstract-abomination/ ) we like to call “government” is replete with psychopaths. When psychopathic individuals commit murder they are maligned (as well they should be). When psychopathic individuals acting under the mantle of “government” commit murder they might field some criticism, but the deed is excused as necessary — as “collateral damage” (wars are incessantly aggrandized https://www.google.com/search?q=veterans+day+parade+images&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0CB0QsARqFQoTCNKJncGQrsgCFQFUPgod1o0NBw&biw=1600&bih=763 ).

    Insanity is the social norm: http://www.anarchism.net/anarchism_insanityasthesocialnorm.htm

    Sam

    • Bolt Upright

      I wonder if the “Liberal gene” is evident in the “psychopaths”…or not? It would be interesting to know.

  • Praetor

    (Government problem)! When people see their government going around and killing 100 of thousands if not millions of people for some stated reason, it is so much easier for an individual to justify for what ever reason to go and kill a bunch of people, because, the government is showing by deeds and statement it is ‘ok’ to kill a bunch of people, if you have a reason, and that reason needs no legitimacies nor have any legal bases for committing the act, just the fact you have a reason, you can go out and committee genocide on a bunch of people, because government is doing it. (Government problem)!!!

  • 2prickit

    Mr. President, just in case we get it right (about you):

    The Curious Case of Oregon Shooter Chris Harper-Mercer – A Social Media Profile Shaped, Modified and Deleted…And …Why did CNN need to change the complexion (color) of their broadcast? http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2015/10/02/the-curious-case-of-oregon-shooter-chris-harper-mercer-a-social-media-profile-shaped-modified-and-deleted/

    Like Smoky the Bear says, “Only You Can Prevent forest fires“
    we can and do prevent crime when our intentions and strength are observed by others: an option to personal doubt and fears, I suggest carrying open on your strong side; practice and drill with weak-side too, just in case of wounding to strong side. ­­­___Constitutional Carry will help weaken gun monopoly government. And they know so, too; just so it is as Obama, standing on the backs of misinformed, bloodied victims, with viperous demagogy constantly promotes disarming the rest of us.

  • Kunduz was my area of operations. That MSF hospital was run by fantastic people, professionals of the highest calibre. They were my level two whenever I had to take a civilian or enemy wounded for treatment (the Germans at PATF would not take them). This air strike has set back that region immeasurably and I am sure the locals know it. This is a very sad development and hammers home the point to me now more than ever that we need to get the hell out of there and leave those people to themselves.

    I’ll tell you this. MSF is very good about remaining neutral. The Taliban types knew not to bring any weapons near that place or they would be denied treatment. They are also smart enough to leave the only hospital in the region alone so as to not infuriate the locals. Everyone has known the exact location of that hospital since the beginning of the war. Before every patrol it was identified on a map and our movement around it was measured. That hospital was lit up like a Christmas tree and had markings all over it. Unless our government takes full responsibility don’t believe a damn thing they say. The people on the internet who say these MSF workers deserved this somehow should be ashamed of themselves and I have no respect for them.

    Frankly I am mad as hell about this.

    • Philippe Gastonne

      I am mad, too. MSF is scrupulously neutral. I didn’t know the hospital had been there so long, so very hard to understand how this was an accident. The fire came from an AC-130 aircraft, not artillery or standoff weapons. The crew had to know what was down there.

  • Philippe Gastonne

    Thank you for speaking up, Uriel. The Oregon shooter’s race is interesting but tangential to this post.

    Here is latest on the Kunduz hospital bombing: http://nyti.ms/1VBuGqD

    If someone knew the target was a hospital and fired on it anyway, a war crime occurred. As I understand it, the US is obligated by treaty to criminally prosecute those responsible. If we don’t prosecute, other countries can. You can bet France will do so. MSF is a national icon to the French. This incident just destroyed the good feelings that came out of the American troops foiling the train shooting.

    • dave jr

      “This incident just destroyed the good feelings that came out of the American troops foiling the train shooting.”
      .
      Maybe this was the goal? Who knows. From all facet angles, America seems to be set up for a downfall.

    • xmfclick

      Highly unlikely that France will do anything to upset the US.

  • gerry d welder

    ISIS is operating a camp just a few miles from El Paso, Texas, … has established its base is around eight miles from the U.S. border.

    – Dear Mr. Putin, please send some of your excellent Russian fighters to remove this ISIS camp and show Obama how it is done. It’s becoming apparent to us that Obama wants ISIS to invade our country as well.
    Thank you,
    American citizen

    ISIS Camp a Few Miles from Texas, Mexican Authorities Confirm …
    http://www.judicialwatch.org/ blog/ 2015/ 04/ isis

    ISIS terrorists may enter USA from Mexico 06.10.2015 | Source: Pravda.Ru
    – See more at: http://english.pravda.ru/news/world/06-10-2015/132256-isis_terrorists_usa-0/#sthash.9mN7Ggfz.dpuf

    (Have you noticed USA MSM covering this ISIS camp for the threat it is and Obama and Kerry making speeches about sending F-16s to destroy it? I didn’t either)

    • Philippe Gastonne

      Far be it from me to defend the MSM, but they didn’t run this story because there is zero credible evidence it is true. Not to mention that the people spreading it have a financial interest in generating fear. You are being used.

    • snoopy squeaks

      Nonsense. But, you better check under your bed tonight, there might be an ISIS spook hiding there.

      • gerry d welder

        … and meanwhile:

        illegal invaders (wrongly referred to as ‘immigrants)

        … another other side of ‘immigration’ here in the USA they’re not telling you about:

        Not one campaigner has yet to speak the word ‘Hijra’ (Muslim Immigration Jihad).

        The vast majority of Americans have no idea how the USA is being over run and who soon will have majority vote and MSM is keeping it all quiet:

        https://youtu.be/6PzT8vEvYPg

        Check out new ‘refugees’ in Detroit, Washington DC, Cedar Rapids, Paterson, Dearborn, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, etc., etc. and you’re subsidizing them.

        Did you know Lewiston, Maine is known as the Somali capital of New England! Followed by Ethiopians:

        -Somali Muslim Migrants Protest Welfare Reform in Maine

        http://www.frontpagemag.com/ 2014/ dgreenfield/ somali-muslim-migrants-protest-welfare-reform-in-maine/

        -Liberty News » Three Muslim Refugees From U.N. Resettlement …
        http://www.libertynews.com/ 2015/ 08/ three-muslimISIS now camped 8 miles from Texas border and radioactive material is reported stolen in Mexico. Who has been enabling ISIS all along and will be using ISIS here on our streets to impose panic, possibly dirty bomb attacks and in conjunction with the coming banking collapse to facilitate an excuse for implementation of martial law, mass arrests and confiscations?
        Now go back to sleep.

    • Pilgrim

      I almost gave your comment nothing more than a scan before I noticed the gov’t fixer (snoopy squeaks) trying to steer the conversation. I don’t think Pravda is a bastion of reliability, but I have no doubt our muslim president is doing all he can to further the goals of his religion.

  • Judy Cross

    Oregon was another false flag. This time it wasn’t just about gun grabbing but also to distract people from looking at how Putin bested Obama in Syria. http://www.activistpost.com/2015/10/oregon-shooting-13-troubling-signs-of-potentially-yet-another-false-flag.html

    • snoopy squeaks

      It was a man going berzerk on people that have never done a thing to him.

      • Blank Reg

        During Watergate, Woodward and Bernstein were always told “follow the money”. In the case of mass shootings in the USSA, we need to “follow the drugs”. Most shooters are on some sort of psychotropic medications. Who prescribed them, and why? What was the prescribers backgrounds? Want to find a false flag, begin there.

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