Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Increased American Drone Activity Feeds
By Paul Balles
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, June 16, 2012
When a larger power rules a
smaller nation, some form of violent resistance is to be expected.--Miko
The past two weeks has seen an increasing media interest in
America's use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s), better known as drones.
Medea Benjamin, writing in the Information Clearing House asks "Will
Americans Speak Out Against Obama's Drone Warfare?"
warfare involves only the Obama administration and military plus the people
of targeted countries, the chances of critical Americans are slim.
Drones have been used to target supposed terrorists and militants in
Afghanistan, Yemen and Pakistan, as well as for surveillance over other
The Predator Drone has been in use longer than most
people realize. It was first deployed to the Balkans in 1995, Iraq in 1996
and proved very effective in Operation Iraqi Freedom as well as Afghanistan.
Seumas Milne, writing in The Guardian, says "The undeclared drone war
that has already killed thousands is now being relentlessly escalated."
According to Milne, "At least 15 drone strikes have been launched in Yemen
this month, as many as in the whole of the past decade, killing dozens."
Such "summary executions" have been even greater in Pakistan:
2004, between 2,464 and 3,145 people are reported to have been killed by US
drone attacks in Pakistan, of whom up to 828 were civilians (535 under
Obama) and 175 children."
As long ago as May 2002 Richard Muller
wrote "I sense that there is movement toward making assassination of ‘evil’
leaders into an acceptable part of U.S. foreign policy. That prospect is
horrifying. Yet -- if the alternative is war?"
In other words, in
order to save American lives, it’s acceptable to murder perceived enemies
with flying robots rather than capturing and trying them.
U.S. does turn to the Predator and other weapons of precise destruction as
the perfect assassination machines...then we had better be prepared to
defend ourselves against the same kind of attack, argues Muller.
Advances in technology may one day bring Predator-like weapons into the
arsenals of rogue nations and terrorists, endangering in yet a new way our
vulnerable homeland. Are we, to paraphrase Macbeth, teaching bloody
instructions, which, being taught will return to plague the inventor? From
If only this blow / Could be the be-all and the end-all
right here,/ Only here, upon this bank and shallows of time,/ We’d risk it
for the life to come. Only in these things,/ We are always punished here
because we teach others / How to murder, and once they learn, they come back
/ To murder us.
The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Jr. of Chicago's Trinity
United Church of Christ, and Barack Obama's pastor since 1988, told his
congregation in a sermon on Sept. 16, 2001, that U.S. terrorism had
precipitated Al-Qaeda's attack.
"We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed
Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the
Pentagon, and we never batted an eye. We have supported state terrorism
against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant
because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own
Wright concluded, somewhat famously, that "America's
chickens are coming home to roost."
The lesson? "Violence begets
violence, hatred begets hatred and terrorism begets terrorism."
the audio of Rev. Wright’s sermon.
Concluded Muller, "The
drone war is a predatory war on the Muslim world, which is feeding hatred of
the US – and fuelling terror, not fighting it."
criticized Reverend Wright and finally left Wright’s church. He should now
Audio: Obama’s drones war on women and children: