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An extremely brave man and a friend of justice. Rest in peace.

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Some people do still have conscience and shame while others grab all they can get from lobbyist , may he Rest In Peace

https://historydaily.org/the-story-behind-the-burning-monk-1963

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ThubanToday 07:22 am JST

Time for the US to stop supporting foreign wars

Time to support Free Ukraine.

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ThubanToday 07:22 am JST

Stop fueling the wars with weapons.

Russia can stop fueling the war with invaders.

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The US wouldn't need to support Ukraine if Russia hadn't unilaterally invaded a sovereign nation and tried to take it over.

This is 100% on Russia.

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This is what soldiers are trained to do Stand UP for what is right and never be afraid tell the TRUTH, It was hard painful to watch this BRAVE and CORAGOUSE MAN set himself on fire I pray for him and his family, RIP Soldier.

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Dumb and crazy. And what did he get out of it in the end? Absolutely nothing but a toe tag.

-8 ( +8 / -16 )

according to a video seen by Reuters.

And seen by millions around the world. Reuters can't even bring themselves to use his name, which was Aaron Bushnell. RIP.

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Brave soldier and a real good human, RIP. They should build a big statue of him in front of Israel's consulate.

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Israel didn't start the war. Hamas did. All they had to do was NOT kill 1200 Israelis and take 250 hostages, then Hamas and Gaza wouldn't be in the situation they caused.

Hamas attacked Israel and killed over thousand people. Never forget that while we discuss killings.

-7 ( +5 / -12 )

The killing of 1200 Israelis and taking 250 hostages by Hamas somehow justifies the destruction of Gaza in collective punishment and the deaths of more than 30,000 Arabs, mostly women and children.

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The killing of 1200 Israelis and taking 250 hostages by Hamas somehow justifies the destruction of Gaza in collective punishment and the deaths of more than 30,000 Arabs, mostly women and children.

You don't understand that it is Hamas' goal to commit such massacre over and over.

So naturally they must be stopped. That's how every country would respond.

-10 ( +6 / -16 )

Collective punishment is illegal by international law. Also happening on the West Bank.

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Collective punishment is illegal by international law. Also happening on the West Bank.

Then it is a good thing Israel isn't committing collective punishment anywhere.

-10 ( +3 / -13 )

Then it is a good thing Israel isn't committing collective punishment anywhere.

I can only think you don't watch any of the TV reports or read any of the news on the destruction of Gaza and the deaths of 30,000 Arabs.

IDF told the Arabs to go south. They arrived in Raffa. Now they are told to leave Raffa before the destruction starts. Where do they go?

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I can only think you don't watch any of the TV reports or read any of the news on the destruction of Gaza and the deaths of 30,000 Arabs.

You think wrong. I've also seen the 350,000 civilians in Yemeni killed, and the 650,000 civilians in Syria killed. I guess you haven't read or seen on tv anything about the deaths of 1 Million Arabs.

Dod they not matter because Israel was not involved? Why do you accept that?

IDF told the Arabs to go south. They arrived in Raffa. Now they are told to leave Raffa before the destruction starts. Where do they go?

If you saw Netanyahu speak yesterday you would understand this basic information. They will go north but not to Gaza city. Oh, and not into Egypt.

Other questions?

-8 ( +4 / -12 )

Go North to where there is nothing left. Not a single working hospital.

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Go North to where there is nothing left. Not a single working hospital.

Except there are .

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You think wrong. I've also seen the 350,000 civilians in Yemeni killed.

By your American warplanes sold to Saudi.

"432,093 civilians have died violent deaths as a direct result of the U.S. post-9/11 wars. An estimated 3.6-3.8 million people have died indirectly in post-9/11 war zones, bringing the total death toll to at least 4.5-4.7 million and counting."

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Which hospital in Northern Gaza is working?

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The mental health of the US people is worse than I thought..

-10 ( +1 / -11 )

Time for the US to stop supporting foreign wars.

Time for the US to leave the world in peace..

-4 ( +4 / -8 )

A terrible way to die. He wasn't the first.

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Not sure what's more sad. The senseless and horrific death of someone suffering from acute mental illness or the fact that so many rush to glorify it for their own selfish reasons.

-12 ( +3 / -15 )

The killing of 1200 Israelis and taking 250 hostages by Hamas somehow justifies the destruction of Gaza in collective punishment and the deaths of more than 30,000 Arabs, mostly women and children

I’m sorry, but what does that have to do with the soldier that killed himself? We all know why he did it, but regardless of what you pointed out, a man killed himself for what exactly? By next week no one will remember this guy.

-5 ( +6 / -11 )

Aaron Bushnell. What a legend. He gave his life in the ultimate expression of humanity.

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bass4funk

The killing of 1200 Israelis and taking 250 hostages by Hamas somehow justifies the destruction of Gaza in collective punishment and the deaths of more than 30,000 Arabs, mostly women and children

I’m sorry, but what does that have to do with the soldier that killed himself? We all know why he did it, but regardless of what you pointed out, a man killed himself for what exactly? By next week no one will remember this guy.

It was the given reason why he killed himself. Genocide. Like the Buddhist monks in Vietnam.

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It was the given reason why he killed himself. Genocide. Like the Buddhist monks in Vietnam.

Well, that’s what he wanted to do with his life, ok, so now we will talk about today. Around the same time next year, no one will remember his name. I just don’t get these people.

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By your American warplanes sold to Saudi.

Oh, so the Arabs aren't responsible for using the planes to kill other Arabs?

And your UK government today just attacked various Houthi sites in Yemen.

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Around the same time next year, no one will remember his name. I just don’t get these people.

death cult gonna death cult

-11 ( +2 / -13 )

Actually, these people will be remembered, the same way Abu Ghraib, Edward Snowden,Julian Assange.Auschwitz,Pol Pot etc will be remembered.

All to do with horror, persecution and cries for freedom.

Lee Lepe, an intelligent individual of high conscience sacrificed his life for complete strangers against genocide.

Tragic

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Not sure what's more sad. The senseless and horrific death of someone suffering from acute mental illness or the fact that so many rush to glorify it for their own selfish reasons. - stan

I think the saddest thing is to fabricate a mental illness in order to de-humanize, de-legitimize and discredit a man of oustanding principles who died to try and stop the deaths of tens of thousands of more civilians.

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I think the saddest thing is to fabricate a mental illness in order to de-humanize, de-legitimize and discredit a man of oustanding principles who died to try and stop the deaths of tens of thousands of more civilians.

Go back and read my post you were referencing once more for my reply to this.

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wallaceToday 11:22 am JST

You think wrong. I've also seen the 350,000 civilians in Yemeni killed.

By your American warplanes sold to Saudi.

And clearly that was not enough as now the Houtis are everyone's problem.

"432,093 civilians have died violent deaths as a direct result of the U.S. post-9/11 wars. An estimated 3.6-3.8 million people have died indirectly in post-9/11 war zones, bringing the total death toll to at least 4.5-4.7 million and counting."

Yeah, ISIS and Iran are pretty bad dudes.

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kurisupisuToday 12:32 pm JST

Actually, these people will be remembered, the same way Abu Ghraib, Edward Snowden,Julian Assange.Auschwitz,Pol Pot etc will be remembered.

All to do with horror, persecution and cries for freedom.

Lee Lepe, an intelligent individual of high conscience sacrificed his life for complete strangers against genocide.

Tragic

Glad you put Edward Snowden and Julian Assange in the same infamous camp as Pol Pot. I agree. And there will be far more written about bloodthirsty Putin.

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ChabbawangaToday 11:52 am JST

Aaron Bushnell. What a legend. He gave his life in the ultimate expression of humanity.

What, to make the front pages of your anti-American literature? Will be forgotten in seconds.

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What an idiot.

His life must not have meant much to him and he wanted to go out with a splash.

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

What an idiot.

His life must not have meant much to him and he wanted to go out with a splash.

It really was the most painful virtue signal in history, wasn't it?

(gotta hand it to the guy, he stood pretty still for being on fire!)

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

(gotta hand it to the guy, he stood pretty still for being on fire!)

Another wasted life.

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Dumb and crazy. And what did he get out of it in the end? Absolutely nothing but a toe tag.

Has Aaron Bushnell been a German protesting in Nazi Germany against concentration/death camps, there would be statues of him erected world-wide and he would be a star attraction in Yad Vashem and the Vatican might have even canonized him to assuage their own guilt.

Israel didn't start the war. Hamas did.

Not true - open a history book or if that's too much trouble, just google. And btw, I kid you not, but under international law occupiers have NO RIGHT to "defend themselves" against a people they occupy. What's so hard to understand? It's simples - no law degree needed!

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It really doesn't matter what we think of him, and he didn't care either. He delivered his message protest in the most painful way like most HEROS do.

RIP Soldier.

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Has Aaron Bushnell been a German protesting in Nazi Germany against concentration/death camps,

He delivered his message protest in the most painful way like most HEROS do.

death cult.

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

"I will no longer be complicit in genocide," the man said before dousing himself in a clear liquid and setting himself on fire

The ultimate protest, difficult to do something more emphatic than that.

Unfortunately, that's still meaningless to people supporting and commiting genocide and mass murder

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Unfortunately, that's still meaningless to people supporting and commiting genocide and mass murder

yes, unfortunately Hamas will continue on killing Jews and fellow palestinians alike.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

That video streaming was horrible, the serviceman sprayed his head through his body with the flammable liquid he was carrying, a very painful tragic death for him !

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stan

Feb. 27 11:02 pm JST

Unfortunately, that's still meaningless to people supporting and commiting genocide and mass murder

> yes, unfortunately Hamas will continue on killing Jews and fellow palestinians alike.

You clearly failed to understand the article. You have to read it again.

The protest isn't for hamas

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You clearly failed to understand the article. You have to read it again.

The protest isn't for hamas

It was.

As an aside, I read something very true and striking this morning; (Im paraphrasing)

"If a pro-Israel person immolated him/herself as a protest to the 10/7 massacre, I can't think of a single supporter of Israel who would condone it"

That is the difference between the two sides.

One is a death cult. the other values life.

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stan

Today 08:50 am JST

You clearly failed to understand the article. You have to read it again.

> The protest isn't for hamas

> It was.

> As an aside, I read something very true and striking this morning; (Im paraphrasing)

> "If a pro-Israel person immolated him/herself as a protest to the 10/7 massacre, I can't think of a single supporter of Israel who would condone it"

> That is the difference between the two sides.

> One is a death cult. the other values life.

Values life based on that quote?

How about basing it on the number of Palestinians they've killed?

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

"I will no longer be complicit in genocide," the man said before dousing himself in a clear liquid and setting himself on fire

The airman immolated himself not just to protest the genocide but also because of guilt for being complicit in it

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"I will no longer be complicit in genocide," the man said

He was assisting Hamas and its supporters in genocidal attacks against Jewish people?

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

The airman immolated himself not just to protest the genocide but also because of guilt for being complicit in it

he did it for an obvious reason.

acute mental illness.

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zibala

Today 09:22 am JST

"I will no longer be complicit in genocide," the man said

> He was assisting Hamas and its supporters in genocidal attacks against Jewish people?

Haha sure

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Are those of you trying to mock villify belittle the US airman also Americans? You should be proud instead that a countryman has that sense of shame conscience and responsibility. Killing oneself is not something I approve of but I do respect his decision

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

The airman immolated himself not just to protest the genocide but also because of guilt for being complicit in it

he did it for an obvious reason.

acute mental illness.

Disgusting slander and yes you can call martyrdom "mental illness."

As a cyber defense operations specialist with the 531st Intelligence Support Squadron, he had access to material that was even more horrific than the feed coming from Gaza.

Rest in power, Airman Aaron Bushnell.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Disgusting slander and yes you can call martyrdom "mental illness."

I would characterize it as a mental defect, not an illness.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

As a cyber defense operations specialist with the 531st Intelligence Support Squadron, he had access to material that was even more horrific than the feed coming from Gaza.

Beheaded Israeli children? Israeli women with grenades and knives inserted into their genitals?

https://nypost.com/2024/02/21/world-news/hamas-shoved-knives-inside-israeli-rape-victims-report/

I can certainly see how that would make a person snap

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

Commiying suicide to show you are right shall be done only if no other issue is possible, especially as a soldier. Otherwise you stand and go protect the innocents.

Hamas is a terrorist organization, which a large majority of Palestinians support in Gaza.

As if allies after the débarquement in Normandy would have stopped halfway...

No surrender no butter.

Innocent Palestinians are dying and I pray for those who wish peace, but the only one to blame is the Hamas not stopping. Or history would repeat unfortunately.

Don't ignore this war is about religion and Islam compare to Judaism is about war conquest.

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Strangerland Feb. 27  07:29 am JST

The US wouldn't need to support Ukraine if Russia hadn't unilaterally invaded a sovereign nation and tried to take it over.

That comment is based on a faulty premise.

The faulty premise is that the U.S. needs to support Ukraine.

It doesn't, so let's not characterize it as a given, irrefutable fact.

What Russia did isn't right.

But how does that obligate the U.S. or anyone else to keep giving money and weapons to Ukraine -- which since its incorporation about 30 years ago, has been one of the most corrupt governments in the world?

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Express sister Feb. 27  06:49 am JST

An extremely brave man and a friend of justice. Rest in peace.

Brave?

It wasn't brave. It was pointless and insane.

In what kind of topsy-turvy, bent-and-twisted, inside-out, back-to-front universe does this sort of behavior qualify as bravery?

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Ok I get it, but I wonder if he was a US airman with dual citizenship setting himself on fire illustrates where his true love for a country was.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

What a nutter.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

It has to be remembered that the damage from the Hamas attack was not a result of insufficient resources and inherent Isreali material weakness - it was due to hubris and ignoring multiple intelligence warnings, including some from Isreali women soldiers (some later raped-killed or kidnapped) womanning observation posts on the border who made explicit detailed reports about Hamas training for what appeared to be a border breakthrough.

The responsibility for that defensive failure rests squarely with Netanyahu and his ideology, which prioritizes permanent conflict and land grabbing in the West Bank over stability and economic development. Just like Hammas, Netanyahu is looking to conflict, death, and despair drive to their own side to depend on them, because neither have any good ideas on how to stay in power otherwise.

Security from annihilation is self defense and not a luxury. Revenge is a luxury, and it is expensive. The reason for declining support for Isreali actions in Gaza is linked to the extent that revenge is taking priority over self defense, while the cost is expected to be borne by the US and Israel's other allies - not only in terms of direct aid, but also general unrest and expanded conflict in the Middle East.

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Aaron Bushnell's full quote is missing from this AP whitewash.

“I will no longer be complicit in genocide,” he said in his video. “I am about to engage in an extreme act of protest. But compared to what people have been experiencing in Palestine at the hands of their colonizers, it’s not extreme at all. This is what our ruling class has decided will be normal.”

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The 90 billion dollar weapons package for Netanyahu and other troublemakers needs to be voted down in the House.

No! The majority of funds is for the defense of Ukraine and is not only badly needed, but completely justified. All aid set aside for Israel should instead be added to the total for Ukraine. Israel needs to be sanctioned, not supported as it carries out genocide inside Gaza against unarmed and helpless civilians, in its unrealistic attempt to find all the Hamas freedom fighters.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Brave?

Would courageous be a better term?

It wasn't brave. It was pointless and insane.

It was far from pointless. It has put a spotlight on the fact that Americans, even serving members of their defense force are against the continuing slaughter in Gaza.

While his life and future were sacrificed, many in Gaza are losing theirs from the actions of Israeli forces. They get no choice in their deaths. This goes against the US government allowing its ally to carry out genocide, and means the USA is complicit in genocide by sending arms and munitions to support Israel in its crime against humanity.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

While his life and future were sacrificed, many in Gaza are losing theirs from the actions of Israeli forces.

Israel is re-acting to actions taken by Hamas. Israel didn't start this war last year or in 1967. Arabs and Palestinians did.

Palestinians in Gaza support Hamas. That was their choice to support a terrorist organization. Actions have consequences. I do feel bad for the people in Gaza who were against Hamas and vocalized that. OTOH, I remember the videos the days just after Hamas kidnapped some Israelis with cheering in the streets.

The US isn't sending any weapons to Israel. https://www.newarab.com/news/pelosi-claims-us-sent-no-arms-israel-7-october

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has claimed the US has supplied Israel with no weaponry since 7 October

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