The accidental drone killing of two hostages counts for more than all the other drone killings we have committed against non-combatants. Why?
Yes, yes… let’s put the focus on the sadness of killing a couple of trees we liked, as we continue to use a flame-thrower on forest after forest.
Here it is via The Assoicated Press: “Accidental drone killing of hostages ups pressure on White House for new abductee policy.”
The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. operation against al-Qaida has put a new spotlight on the Obama administration’s reliance on drones in the battle against terrorism — and has also raised pressure on the White House to revise the nation’s oft-criticized strategy for dealing with abducted Americans and their families.
A day after President Barack Obama apologized and took responsibility for the deaths of American Warren Weinstein and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto in a January strike along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, officials said Friday that a nearly yearlong, interagency review of the hostage policy is to be completed this spring.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the Obama administration is considering whether to create a “fusion cell” comprised of the FBI, Pentagon, State Department and intelligence community to ensure they are closely coordinating on rescue efforts and communication with families. The administration is seeking reaction to the idea from relatives of hostages, after several have complained about the government’s response in the past.
“These families are in a terrible situation — unthinkable to imagine what it would be like to have a loved one, a family member, being held against their will by a terrorist organization,” Earnest said.
For a government always preaching to us about “tolerance” and “diversity” why is it that this drone strike brings such self-examination? It’s because we killed two people who “look like us”–but what about the hundreds and perhaps thousands (depending on whose numbers you trust) of innocent Afghanis, Pakistanis, Yemenis, and countless others we have been slaughtering over the past ten years?!?
We’re using a sledge-hammer to kill a few cockroaches, while callously obliterating men, women, and children beyond number who were guilty of nothing more than being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The drone strikes must stop!
Defenders tell us we need to do this to prevent these “evil” men from making plans to kill innocent people over here—so we’re saying innocent American lives are of more value than innocent foreigners. Yeah, right.
In an eye-for-an-eye world, would it not be understandable and justifiable for some of the relatives of those innocent victims to make plans to kill the families of those who ripped their loved ones from them? Where does the cycle of slaughter end?
I say it again: The moral blindness here is staggering.