“Pat O’Dea is claiming ,,, as his post suggests ,,,, that Martin Luther King would not consider this to be violence”
You have supplied an image. I have too. I would like you to look at the image contained in the following link.
It is a photo, similar to yours, of people starving to death as a result of the actions of an imperial power.
Not of Russian imperialism or American imperialism, but of British imperialism, from a time when Britain, not the US, was the world’s foremost global Super Power. It is of course a photo from the infamous Bengal Famine.
What is notable about this photo is that it was widely circulated by the German Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels to the people of Germany, to show them the evils of British Imperialism. This image, is similar to many other images and newsreels and narratives of the time, circulated in Germany by the nazis. The nazis purpose was to warn the German people of the danger of the Imperialist Powers of Britain, France and the US, to world peace. Hitler even had election posters made proclaiming that he, Hitler was the “Peace Candidate” promoting himself as a fierce opponent of the predatory Western, (particularly British) imperialism. Every thing that Goebbels and the Nazis said about British imperialism was true. The British Empire is responsible for the deaths of over 40 million people during the British Empire’s conquest and subjugation and colonisation of much of the world.
Goebbels and Hitler held out the promise that the new Nazi empire they envisaged, would be progressive, modern, enlightened, and even humane. We all know how that worked out.
Your mistake Reason, is that you have let your blind hatred of American imperialism clouds your judgement. Your blind hatred is exactly that, ‘blind’. You are blind to the fact that every imperialist power is murderous, is racist, is genocidal. That includes the Russian Federation under Putin’s autocratic rule and his fantasy of recovering Russia’s lost empire.
My message to you Reason, is that American imperialism is not the only evil in the world.
You have supplied me an image from America’s ally Saudi Arabia.
Pat O’Dea is a unionist and human rights activist.