Letters: Drones Kill Innocents

Drones Kill Innocents

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The Opinionator
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How would we feel if Russia or China launched drones into Albuquerque to kill “their enemies” here? Are Obama’s murders by drones of moms, dads and children in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia and Libya less evil than the Boston Marathon and ISIS murders? Talk about street gang drive-by shootings killing innocent people? US drone attacks fuel hatred and revenge against the US and make us less safe!

Four Air Force veterans who officially operated US drones assassinating people in other countries have spoken out. They wrote to President Obama, “We came to the realization that the innocent civilians we were killing only fueled the feelings of hatred that ignited terrorism and groups like ISIS, while also serving as a fundamental recruitment tool similar to Guantanamo Bay. This administration and its predecessors have built a drone program that is one of the most devastating driving forces for terrorism and destabilization around the world.” When the US murders by drones, when the US wages war in Iraq and Afghanistan, when the US supports Israel’s atrocities against the Palestinians, many people there reject women’s rights, gay rights, freedom of speech … partly because they see those movements coming from the US—the enemy nation killing their people.

I strongly support women’s rights, gay rights and freedom of speech worldwide! I damn all wars as crimes against humanity. I refuse to be a silent accomplice to US atrocities! I have paid no federal income tax for war for 37 years!

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