Drones massacre of the innocents

24 January 2015 — Drone Warfare

massacre innocents Ted Rall: Obama is willing to slaughter countless innocents in his quest to terminate a terrorist needle in a tribal area haystack (Japan Times)

Referring to a new report by the human rights organization Reprieve (Nov. 2014), Rall summarises:

“Even when operators target specific individuals — the most focused effort of what U.S. President Barack Obama calls “targeted killing” — they kill vastly more people than their targets, often needing to strike multiple times.”

He cites the example of Qari Hussain, a deputy commander of the Pakistani Taliban who was killed by a missile fired by one of Obama’s Predator drones, but only after five previous attempts against him, killing 28 innocent people, 13 of them children.

Rall points out that targeting Hussain is in violation of a 30-year-old executive order banning political assassinations, and the long-standing U.S. political tradition prohibiting such actions.

He adds that l-Qaida leader Ayman Zawahiri has survived two drone attacks that killed 76 children and 29 adults and ends:

According to Reprieve’s analysis as of Nov. 24th, 1,147 people were killed in attempts to kill 41 men.

Every single day — even as you read this — drones are stalking and killing innocent people in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and elsewhere.

They’re doing this in your name, using weapons systems you paid for