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Bill Bigelow Rethinking the 4th of July     
By Bill Bigelow, curriculum editor of Rethinking Schools magazine and co-director of the Zinn Education Project

December 2013: A Yemeni boy walks past a mural depicting a U.S. drone and reading "Why did you kill my family?" Photo: Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images.
Apart from the noise pollution, air pollution, and flying debris pollution, there is something profoundly inappropriate about blowing off fireworks at a time when the United States is waging war with real fireworks around the world.

To cite just one example, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in London found recently that U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan alone have killed more than 200 people, including at least 60 children. And, of course, the U.S. war in Afghanistan drags on and on. The pretend war of celebratory fireworks thus becomes part of a propaganda campaign that inures us----especially the children among us----to the real wars half a world away. Continue reading.

"Rethinking the 4th of July" is the newest article in the Zinn Education Project's column,
If We Knew Our History, posted on Huffington Post.
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