South Dakota’s pro-life Republican leaders have all cheered the installation of new weapons of death at Ellsworth Air Force Base. (Tim Johnson would have been cheering, too, if he were still Senator.) Celebrating a “bad ass airplane” that “has all of our enemies seriously shaking in their boots” sends a clear signal about South Dakota’s morality: we love death!
It’s interesting how one seldom hears any politician speak about the basic mission of Ellsworth and a new bomber, standing ready to deliver nuclear weapons on any deserving adversary. Nor will they address the moral or ethical issues of possessing, with the intention to use, nuclear weapons. It’s also amazing how ignorant many are who live in the heart of nuclear retaliation and annihilation [Carl Kline, “We Need a Revolution to Alter the Revolting Amount of Environmental Damage Caused by Military Investments,” South Dakota Standard, 2021.07.02].
The Department of Defense reports that the United States killed 23 civilians and injured another 10 in its warmaking in 2020. That DOD report does not appear to include three children killed in a U.S. airstrike against the Taliban last October. The Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs at Brown University reports that the U.S. and other pro-government forces in Afghanistan killed an average of 1,134 civilians per year from 2017 through 2019. The Watson Institute estimates that our endless War on Terror and caused 335,000 violent civilian deaths.