"I want to make sure that people understand actually drones have not caused a huge number of civilian casualties…. For the most part, they have been very precise, precision strikes against al Qaeda and their affiliates. And we are very careful in terms of how it's been applied."
- President Obama, January 2012
The world is becoming more and more complicated and we certainly do have enemies. A government’s role, first and foremost is to take care of its population. I get it. My question is, where is keeping a population safe involve killing an elderly woman or a sixteen-year old boy?
Nameless, faceless drone attacks have become the modus operandi of the US government in a war it has waged against "terror". If you ask the victims, the countless families who suffer the loss of a son, mother, grandmother, brother or sister, the label of terror may aptly applied to a government that has taken the definition of war and has essentially turned it into the newest craze, the newest video game, the drone attack.
Where is it possible that the most powerful nation in the world, the alleged leader of the global community fails to recognize that the reliance on sheer brutal, military force diminishes the stature, the principles, the foundation of what the country it is allegedly protecting. At some point one has to ask, “is there really anything left to protect”?
I gather that the President has a whole new definition of the term precision and believes that who qualifies as a civilian is arbitrary. What also seems to be up in the air is what does “for most part” actually mean and how many civilians injured or killed are deemed an acceptable loss of life, acceptable collateral damage?
More disturbing is the way these facts are presented. In October 2012, the media reported the death of 3 Al Qaeda operatives in Pakistan failing to report that a civilian death of someone’s mother, grandmother and wife was killed “while working late in the field”, along with six of her grandchildren. Are we willing to stand by and consider this an acceptable loss of human life while hunting down Al-Qaeda? Is it time for us to realize that the shit we reign down on another population, the governments we support that do the same, perhaps drives the threats of terror the United States faces and it is not some vague hatred of all things American which invoke acts of terror?
The arrogance we demonstrate; as if it is our right to rule the world by military might, is a reflection of the standard we apply to others, yet fail to apply to ourselves. We seem to think that we are excepted from the rule of law, of international law as we believe that we are allowed to break the rules for a greater good. There is no greater good involved in any of this. The acts of terror the United States faces are a direct result of the acts of state terrorism they have inflicted upon largely civilian populations. Terrorist groups are “mad at us” because they hate our Western ways and our “freedoms”, they hate us directly for what we have done to them and what we continue to do.