It is sometimes important to catch up with “yesterday’s news”, if only to emphasize the point and after the infiltration of the Nairobi Mall by al Shabab some twelve days, David Hague was quoted as referring to the attack as being “callous and cowardly and brutal” .
“Brutal”, yes, “callous”, perhaps, but “cowardly”? Hardy, and in looking for a more pertinent example of where those adjectives might be applied together, it might be appropriate to refer to an incident where seventy innocent Somalis were killed by American AC 130s (Scahill:219). This incident was only one of many genuinely “callous and cowardly, and brutal” attacks on innocent civilians, which led a former U.S. Navy Senior Chief, Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) instructor, Malcom Nance, to say that his government was “wiping out groups of civilians” (ibid).
Of course, this is the real story. In Somalia, and elsewhere, innocents are being killed almost indiscriminately. At times by AC 130s, which were designed for assaulting mass troops, sometimes by unmanned drones that just get it wrong, and regularly by either US proxies in Washington’s war on terror or by American military units that are ultimately responsible only to their Commander-in-Chief, Obama.
It might be tempting to conclude that you reap what you sow. However, that would be inappropriate. The victims in the Nairobi mall were innocent civilians. Nevertheless, if the blame is to be put on a group of cowardly psychopaths then there is more than enough evidence to suggest that they will be found in Washington and it is Washington’s policies in East Africa, and elsewhere, that facilitate the rise of terrorism and radical Islam.