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Murder by Drone is Still Murder

August 7, 2012


A [Grim] Reaper drone launches a Hellfire missile.  The CIA has used such weaponized drones to kill some 2,500 Pakistani civilians in the past three years. 


The Pakistani people see the extra-judicial murders as terrorism.


If Americans were being targeted, would we accept murder and terrorism by foreign drones?

One wonders if drone pilot Col. D. Scott Brenton listens to Louis Armstrong in the suburban Air National Guard Base in Syracuse from which he murders people 7,000 miles away… When instructed to kill someone he has stalked from the air for a prolonged period, “I feel no emotional attachment to the enemy,” Brenton insists. I have a duty, and I execute my duty.” When the deed is done, he points out, nobody “in my immediate environment is aware of anything that has occurred.”
- “Portrait of a Drone Killer: ‘I Have a Duty, and I Execute My Duty’,” by William Grigg, LewRockwell.com, July 30, 2012

The number of U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan alone has increased from 52 under President George W. Bush to 282 so far under President Barack Obama, with more than 2,200 people killed by drones in that country over the past three years, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism… the U.S. currently deploys drones in noncombat zones in countries where no formal war has been declared. How comfortable would America be if other countries, including its enemies, did the same? What moral ground can America claim if and when that happens?

- “Drones in an ethically unknown territory,” Deseret News, August 6, 2012

The New York Times recently published an article entitled “A Day Job Waiting for a Kill Shot a World Away” which discussed the Obama administration’s increasing use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), i.e. drones, to murder people around the world:

HANCOCK FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.Y. — From his computer console here in the Syracuse suburbs, Col. D. Scott Brenton remotely flies a Reaper drone that beams back hundreds of hours of live video of insurgents, his intended targets, going about their daily lives 7,000 miles away in Afghanistan. Sometimes he and his team watch the same family compound for weeks.  

“I see mothers with children, I see fathers with children, I see fathers with mothers, I see kids playing soccer,” Colonel Brenton said.  

When the call comes for him to fire a missile and kill a militant — and only, Colonel Brenton said, when the women and children are not around — the hair on the back of his neck stands up, just as it did when he used to line up targets in his F-16 fighter jet.  

Afterward, just like the old days, he compartmentalizes. “I feel no emotional attachment to the enemy,” he said. “I have a duty, and I execute the duty.”

The discussion in the mainstream media about the morality and ethics of drone warfare fails to address the most basic facts about why murderous drone strikes are immoral and repugnant. 

The first thing to keep in mind is that the United States is not at war with any of the nations in which it carries out nearly daily bombings with drones, such as Pakistan.  Yet the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States has killed more than 2,200 people in Pakistan using drones as stealth bombers during the past three years.  The Obama administration calls these murderous bombings counter-terrorism operations when they are, in fact, the clearest evidence that the "War on Terror" is actually a "War of Terror." 

It should come as no surprise that this same drone technology was employed to carry out the 9-11 terror atrocity, which was then exploited to usher in the Zionist fraud known as the “War on Terror”.  The United States has basically adopted the tactics and logic of terrorism employed for decades by the most ruthless Zionist terrorists, people like Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Shamir.

If a foreign power were flying drones over the United States and killing Americans with Hellfire missiles, would we accept it as easily as we do when our nation does it to others?  There is certainly nothing ethical or legal about sneaking into a foreign country with which you are not at war and bombing its people.  It is murder, plain and simple, and the fact that it is done by people from the CIA or the Pentagon does nothing to change that basic fact. 


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