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?
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?