Air Force Chief Finally Addresses Senior Airman's SHOCKING Self-Immolation Protest Outside Israeli Embassy

By Tommy Wilson | Friday, 01 March 2024 10:30 AM
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In a recent address at the Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C., Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Allvin spoke about the tragic self-immolation of Senior Airman Aaron Bushnell, 25, outside the Israeli Embassy.

Allvin described Bushnell as "just one of our airmen that we lost" to suicide, a problem that claims approximately 100 military lives annually.

Allvin acknowledged the political implications surrounding Bushnell's death, stating, "This is just one of our airmen that we lost." He emphasized the Air Force's commitment to understanding the context behind such incidents and learning from them. The focus, he said, is on "the individual that we lost."

Bushnell's act of self-immolation occurred on a Sunday afternoon, following a livestream on Twitch in which he approached the Israeli Embassy. In the video, he declared, "I will no longer be complicit in genocide." He subsequently set his phone aside, doused himself in accelerant, and set himself alight. The video has since been removed from Twitch, but a copy has been secured by authorities.

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Allvin's comments at the Brookings Institute were met with interruptions from protesters who shouted, "Say his name, Aaron Bushnell!" and "Ceasefire now!" Despite the heckling, Allvin maintained his composure, informing the audience that a "standard investigation process" is underway to understand the motivations behind Bushnell's suicidal protest.

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"For our Air Force, we look at this as, whether it was politically motivated or other, we lost one of ours," Allvin said. "And so, any suicide, whether by political protest or by resiliency issues or wherever it is, is a tragedy."

Bushnell's act of self-immolation was the second of its kind in protest against the Israeli invasion of Gaza. A similar incident occurred in December of the previous year outside an Israeli consulate in Atlanta.

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