Trump’s Glorification of ISIS Leader’s Gory Death Panned by Critics
“Trump relishes describing ghastly violence.”
By Eoin Higgins
President Donald Trump’s announcement Sunday morning that the U.S. military killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Syria on Saturday night was peppered with glorifications of the violence that led to the militant’s death that critics found unsettling.
“He died like a dog,” said Trump of al-Baghdadi.
The president recounted the militant leader’s last moments in detail in a Sunday morning news conference:
He died after running into a dead-end tunnel, whimpering and crying and screaming. The compound had been cleared by this time, with people either surrendering or being shot and killed. Eleven young children were moved out of the house un-injured. The only ones remaining were Baghdadi in the tunnel, who had dragged three children with him to certain death. He reached the end of the tunnel, as our dogs chased him down. He ignited his vest, killing himself and the three children. His body was mutilated by the blast, but test results gave certain and positive identification.
“Trump relishes describing ghastly violence,” tweeted CNBC reporter John Harwood.
Watch President Trump's statement announcing that a commando raid in Syria targeted and resulted in the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the founder and leader of the Islamic State.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 27, 2019
Trump in his comments celebrated the courage of a military dog that assisted in the raid—a sharp contrast to how the president normally treats the four-legged animals in his rhetoric and in how he described the death of al-Baghdadi.
“He both praised a dog and described Baghdadi as having died ‘like a dog,'” The Intercept‘s Medhi Hasan told Common Dreams. “Tells you much about his thought process—or lack thereof.”
In an apparent attempt to mimic former President Barack Obama’s iconic photo of the 2011 raid that killed 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, the White House released a photo showing Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and assorted generals sitting around a table. Hasan’s Intercept colleague Glenn Greenwald mocked the photo on Twitter.
Iconic 😍 pic.twitter.com/a8gtJCVW71
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) October 27, 2019
The picture’s metadata, said photojournalist Pete Souza, indicates it was posed well after the fact, not taken live.
“The raid, as reported, took place at 3:30pm Washington time,” Souza tweeted. “The photo, as shown in the camera IPTC data, was taken at ’17:05:24.'”
Trump did not notify Democratic congressional leaders, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, of the raid beforehand, claiming he was concerned about “leaks.” Pelosi, in response, demanded the administration brief the House on the action.
Greenwald, on Twitter, wondered how the tension between Democrats’ instinct to criticize the president would reconcile with their past praise of Obama’s bin Laden raid.
“It’s genuinely fascinating watching Democrats in real time struggle to figure out what to say about this,” said Greenwald. “They want to be patriotic and anti-ISIS, but also need a way to malign Trump without contradicting their gushing Obama praise over OBL: not an easy balancing act. Good luck!”Our work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License.
‘We Should Be Worried’: Study Confirms Fear That Intense Ocean Acidification Portends Ecological Collapse”
We have been warned.”
By Julia Conley
The acidification of the Earth’s oceans, which climate scientists warn is a dangerous effect of continued carbon emissions, was behind a mass extinction event 66 million years ago, according to a new study.
Small-shelled marine organisms survived the meteorite that struck the Earth and wiped out the dinosaurs, according to researchers at the GFZ geosciences research center in Potsdam, Germany, but the subsequent sharp drop in pH levels in the ocean caused the marine life to go extinct.
“We show ocean acidification can precipitate ecological collapse,” Michael Henehan, who led the study, told The Guardian.
Researchers examined shell fossils in sediment dating back to the time period just after the meteorite struck the planet, which showed that the oceans’ pH dropped by about 0.25 units in the 100 to 1,000 years after the strike.
“In the boundary clay, we managed to capture them just limping on past the asteroid impact,” Henehan said.
But, the newspaper reported, “It was the knock-on effects of acidification and other stresses, such as the ‘nuclear winter’ that followed the impact, that finally drove these foraminifera to extinction.”
“We have been warned,” climate campaigner Ed Matthew tweeted with a link to the research, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Climate change is making the oceans more acidic. This vital scientific research shows that it was an acidic ocean following the asteroid strike 65m years ago that caused 75% of ocean life to become extinct. We have been warned https://t.co/PYiE8V2CM3
— Ed Matthew (@Ed_Matthew1) October 21, 2019
Today, climate scientists warn that the continued burning of oil, gas, and coal is causing ocean acidification that, left unchecked, could cause a pH drop of 0.4 units.
If policymakers are able to help limit the warming of the globe to two degrees Celsius by ordering that fossil fuels be left in the ground and shifting to a renewable energy economy, the ocean’s pH level could drop just 0.15 units.
“If 0.25 was enough to precipitate a mass extinction, we should be worried,” Henahan told The Guardian.
As Common Dreams reported in July, MIT researchers also recently turned their attention to ocean acidification as well. The researchers released data showing that today’s carbon levels could be fast approaching a tipping point threshold that could trigger extreme ocean acidification similar to the kind that contributed to the Permian–Triassic mass extinction, which occurred about 250 million years ago.licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License.
Acting ‘On Behalf of Life,’ Extinction Rebellion Defies Blanket Ban on Climate Protests in London
“They take these actions to protect an establishment that is criminally negligent in its inaction on ecological and climate breakdown. We rebel against a broken system.”
by Jake Johnson
Activists with the global Extinction Rebellion movement vowed to remain in the streets demanding climate action after the London Metropolitan Police Monday night imposed a city-wide protest ban that lawmakers and human rights groups condemned as “chilling and unlawful.”
“We refuse to bequeath a dying planet to future generations by failing to act now. We act in peace, with ferocious love of life in our hearts. We act on behalf of life. Our international rebellion continues.”
“Imposing a blanket ban on Extinction Rebellion protests is an unlawful restriction on the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly,” Allan Hogarth, head of advocacy and programs at Amnesty International U.K., said in a statement. “Under U.K. and international human rights law, the government has an obligation to facilitate the exercise of these rights.”
Extinction Rebellion U.K. quickly signaled that it would refuse to comply with the police order, which the group said is legally “dubious.”
“They take these actions to protect an establishment that is criminally negligent in its inaction on ecological and climate breakdown,” the group tweeted late Monday. “We rebel against a broken system. We act on behalf of life.”
George Monbiot, a columnist for The Guardian and supporter of the Extinction Rebellion movement, said the “truncation of the right to protest” by London police “intensifies the moral case for taking action.”
“My plans have not changed,” tweeted Monbiot, who said he intends to get arrested Tuesday.
Tuesday morning, Extinction Rebellion campaigners returned to the streets to continue their peaceful protests and non-violent civil disobedience as police gathered in Trafalgar Square to block demonstrations.
Entire road blocked now outside Millbank Tower where rebels are locked onto a caravan.
We are not giving up until the government will #TellTheTruth #ActNow and facilitate the organisation of a #CitizensAssembily to deliberate #ClimateEmergency and #EcologicalEmergency pic.twitter.com/SyLMFdcRIv
— Extinction Rebellion UK 🕊️ (@XRebellionUK) October 15, 2019
Government have banned protests from the whole of London by putting a section 14 over the area.
We are here as people of faith to say that when laws are unjust “we must obey God rather than any human authority.”
Please pray. It feels very vulnerable being on the ground today. pic.twitter.com/caFI5MqPJg
— Christian Climate Action (@CClimateAction) October 15, 2019
— O H (@OranCrab) October 15, 2019
Extinction Rebellion’s demonstrations Tuesday are part of the movement’s two weeks of direct action that kicked off last Monday.
According to the London police, there have been more than 1,300 arrests since the two weeks of demonstrations began.
“It ain’t over ’till it’s over,” Extinction Rebellion tweeted Tuesday morning in response to the protest ban. “We refuse to bequeath a dying planet to future generations by failing to act now. We act in peace, with ferocious love of life in our hearts. We act on behalf of life. Our international rebellion continues.”licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License.