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Steven Thrasher @thrasherxy
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Disinterested parties in the slaughter in Gaza should pay attention for its horror but also out of self interest: Israel used drones to gas people. Colonial powers (US, Apartheid SA, Israel) test weapons of war on colonial subjects before bringing them home to the metropole.
Drones are sold/used/propagated in Israel as weapons of war while they're being sold as toys & as deliverers of consumer goods in the U.S. But watch how (US backed) Israel is using them on Palestinians: drones will be used on rebellious PoC in the US soon enough.
Police departments will say they need to arm drones with tear gas for the next #BlackLivesMatter or #OccupyWallStreet uprising or to stop school shootings. Just as tanks used to control Iraqis & Afghanis made their way to Ferguson, tools of racial control & colonial domination
get tested on rebellious colonial populations aboard, THEN on PoC in the metropole, then on the general population in the metropole to reinforce class hierarchy & to control political, artistic and, YES, journalistic dissent.
Perhaps the best book on how this is playing out right now in the US Angela Davis' Freed is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement (@haymarketbooks)…
Note how a drone is being sold in the US right now (as a toy) and how it is being sold to the *world arms market* in Israel.
In A Theory of the Drone ( @thenewpress by Grégoire Chamayou) the drone is many things. But looking to Gaza & reflecting on how military practices of Iraq/Afghanistan were brought to Ferguson, it's good to think of it as a colonial weapon of mass control…
As the Nazis did on Jews, homosexuals & the disabled...

As enslavers did to Africans...

and as U.S. police departments have on Black urban neighborhoods,

US backed Israel is testing the limits of what it can get away with in controlling humans in Gaza.

Will the world care?
Last year, a bill in CT asked to arm police departments with gun drones.

Police already kill 1,000+ people a year in the U.S.

Do you want to see them be able to do to Americans what US-backed-Israel is doing to Palestinians?…
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