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  •  A very disturbing question. (6+ / 0-)

    "Who mourns for the Others," indeed. Consider the outpouring of tears and grief over the loss of of twenty school children in Connecticut compared to the crickets that accompany reports of over one hundred and seventy six school children killed by U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan alone!

    The self referential nature of modern America is highly attuned to collective victimhood. Collective responsibility for the consequences of our actions not so much.

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    by DaNang65 on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 09:45:29 AM PST

    •  The terrorist army bivoacs with children who (0+ / 0-)

      act as human shields. The kids were murdered by the Taliban not us.

    •  I'm opposed to drone strikes for a variety (0+ / 0-)

      of reasons, not least of which is the killing of innocent people--noncombatants, children, guests at weddings, etc. Innocent people are also often killed when manned planes drop bombs (I'm not crazy about that, either), but the use of drones seems to "sanitize" the killing of other people. There's no risk to pilots, so the chances that a particular strike will be authorized are increased. One thing I always think about when I hear about the U.S. military dropping bombs on or shooting missiles at people in other countries is this: what reaction would Americans have if another country, say Pakistan or Yemen, sent planes or drones to the U.S. to attack "suspected terrorists"? I'm guessing no one, from the government on down to the average citizen, would think that was OK.

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