I was not a fan of George H.W. Bush’s “collateral damage” excuses in early 1990s Iraq nor the changing police laws at the time through today. I remember when the term Collateral Damage became commonplace; it was during George HW Bush’s “video game” war that set far too high expectations for future warfare that turned out to be false; and the easy acceptance of civilian death both abroad and simultaneously at home as greater and greater immunities were granted upon police departments across the usa in various Supreme Court cases, citizen rights continued dwindling; those who can afford to successfully sue and win against a city for its police department is statistically fewer than the amount of state murders by police; and yet, as a nation, we generally welcome it. “Bad boys, watchagonnadowhentheycomefor u” etc. But if it wouldn’t result in a death penalty in a court case, it shouldn’t result in a death penalty in the street. I’m not talking about the times it’s justified.

 I was not a fan of George H.W. Bush’s “collateral damage” excuses in early 1990s Iraq nor the changing police laws at the time through today.
I remember when the term Collateral Damage became commonplace; it was during George HW Bush’s “video game” war that set far too high expectations for future warfare that turned out to be false; and the easy acceptance of civilian death both abroad and simultaneously at home as greater and greater immunities were granted upon police departments across the usa in various Supreme Court cases, citizen rights continued dwindling; those who can afford to successfully sue and win against a city for its police department is statistically fewer than the amount of state murders by police; and yet, as a nation, we generally welcome it. “Bad boys, watchagonnadowhentheycomefor u” etc.
But if it wouldn’t result in a death penalty in a court case, it shouldn’t result in a death penalty in the street. I’m not talking about the times it’s justified.
book title is from 1992 – I haven’t read it – but it exemplifies the beginning of the era we’ve now been in for 30 years
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