Thursday, December 19, 2013
The #Terrorism Problem in Yemen: US Kills 14 Civilians in Wedding Party
The US Department of Defense defines terrorism as the unlawful use of violence or threat of violence to instill fear and coerce governments or societies. Is a drone attack on a wedding party -- not the first, I might add -- lawful? Is it violent? Does it instill fear? Is it coercive? If you are a US taxpayer, what are you paying for, if not terrorism?
We just used drones to kill and injure civilian members of a wedding caravan. We also did that in 2012. We also did it in 2008.
Is this really just an operational problem? Or just a public relations problem?
Is it perhaps a moral problem?
Can anyone seriously maintain that we will move closer to defeating al-Qaeda with unmanned airstrikes?