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US Military Kills More Innocents

December 15, 2008


“Death From Above”

Last week, a US military F/A-18D Hornet fighter jet smashed into a San Diego neighborhood killing four members of Dong Yun Yoon’s family.  Those killed include Mr. Yoon’s wife Young Mi Yoon, mother-in-law Suk Im Kim, as well as his daughters Rachel and Grace. Grace was one-year old and Rachel only two-months old. The pilot of the jet, Lt. Dan Neubauer, suffered only minor injuries.

The fighter crashed while trying to return to the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station. Ironically, Miramar was the setting for the Hollywood movie Top Gun

This of course is not the first time that the US military  has had such “accidents.” One of the more notorious incidents was in 1998, when a Marine EA-6B Prowler on a training mission in the Italian Alps sliced through the cable of a ski gondola, sending 20 skiers plunging to their deaths.

More recently, the US Air Force has accidentally bombed wedding parties and even flocks of sheep in Afghanistan. But these accidental bombings are just a drop in the bucket compared to the aerial bombardment that US and Coalition planes routinely rain down on Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.

The Army Airborne has a slogan that accurately describes what the US military in general stands for around the world and sometimes even in the Homeland itself:  “Death From Above.”

This letter from a former US Marine sums it up:

Is anyone willing to consider that this pilot did EXACTLY what he and all others like him are trained to do? Destroy things and KILL people. The fact that this was an accident and the four people KILLED [read murdered], were friendlies is pulling on everyone’s emotions. Editorials are once again calling for putting this base somewhere in the desert. How many of these people [remembering San Diego is HEAVY into the military cult] feel any anguish when they find out that more of their “treasures” do this kind of destruction and murder almost daily in far away lands and other innocent peoples lives are taken from them by our brainwashed treasures in service to the empire. I am guessing the number’s would be very ,very small indeed. Wouldn’t it be nice if this family’s lives served as a wake-up call?

Indeed, what’s striking about this San Diego accident is not its occurrence but the almost banal nature of the response to it. As some bloggers have noted, the accident has not generated that much outrage from the Asian American community as a whole, and the US media has quietly forgotten this incident.

As for Mr. Yoon, there are no words that can convey the magnitude of this tragedy. Perhaps, the most eloquent expression of his pain can be found in images such as in this gallery: San Diego Jet Crash  

According to this website, donations to a trust fund can be made to the Yoon family at:

Dong Yoon # 200-717-333, SD Hanmi Bank

Donations can also be mailed to the Korean United Methodist Church at:

3520 Mt. Acadia Blvd. San Diego, CA 92111 



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