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View Diary: Who Mourns for the "Others"? - update for 2013 (11 comments)

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  •  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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