on holder claiming right to kill even his own citizens..

and I remember Ambrose Bierce:

“Death is a dignitary who when he comes announced is to be received with formal manifestations of respect, even by those most familiar with him. In the code of military etiquette silence and fixity are forms of deference.”

and of course my favorite from daniel

“War is a last-ditch moral nightmare. People begin worshiping a   mysterious slouching beast -- following after, bowing down, offering   gifts, making much of zero; and worse. Love of death, idolatry, fear  of  life; that roughshod trek of war and warmongers throughout the  world,  hand in hand with death. Long live death!

They wouldn't  worship  it if they weren't in love. Or if they weren't in fear. The  second being  a state of devouring, at least , as the first. I think  the clue is the  second masquerading as the first . Just as the beast  is the ape of God;  to do something successfully, you have above all to  hide what you're up  to. In this way fear can ape love. Death can  demand a tribute owed to  life, the ape can play God.

Such  reflections are of course ill  at ease by some: those to whom the state  is a given, the Church is a  given, Western culture a given, war a  given; likewise consumerism a  given, taxpaying. All the neat slots of  existence into which one is to  fit, birth to death and every point  in  between. Nothing to be  created, no one to be responsible to,  nothing to risk, no objections to  lodge. Life is a mechanical  horizontal sidewalk, of the kind you  sometimes ride at airports  between buildings. One is carried along, a  zonked  spectator...

....Every nation-state by supposition, tends   towards the imperial ; that is the point. Through banks, armies,  secret  police, propaganda courts and jails, treaties, taxes, laws and  orders,  myths of civil obedience, assumptions of civic virtue at the  top. Still  it should be said of the political left, we expect  something better --  and correctly. We put more trust in those who show  a measure of  compassion, who denounce the hideous social arrangements  that make war  inevitable and human desire omnipresent; which fosters  corporate  selfishness, panders to appetites and  disorder, waste  the  earth.”

         -Daniel  Berrigan, Poet, Jesuit   Priest

AG say its ok to kill us citizens--and other bad guys- but trust us we're the good guys..
how'd that play out through history mr holder...
pay no attention to the man behind that curtain
the great and powerful O has spoken...

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