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U.S. military and CIA attacks by unmanned aircraft have been going on for well over a decade now with little fanfare or even awareness by most Americans. And that's just as Presidents
All of this might seem acceptable if we don't raise the inconvenient legal and moral questions attendant upon drone strikes. What international law makes it all right to send our craft over another sovereign nation, one with whom we are not at war, especially when it's to execute an un-tried individual whom we deem a "bad guy?" (Answer: none). How do those who target drones choose the locale of the hit, whether it be a residence, market, field, or cafe? Kudos to the
Further, where's the public outcry in America about the women, children, and men who happened to be near the bad guys and who were blown to bits or maimed by our attacks? Who speaks for them and their families? After official condemnation from both Afghanistan and
A former CIA officer with Middle East experience is quoted as saying that in future the U. S .drones might target individuals to "thin the herd of the future insurgency." Of this expert — obviously a lover of hardware over heart in winning the war on terror — I would ask: Do you realize how many angry new insurgents spring forth from each American drone strike? The arithmetic is plain. Using these weapons, we'll never prevail.
Bruce R. Knauff, Towson