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    Native American tribes were nations with which we were sometimes at war.  They are in this sense more analogous to Germany or Japan.  That's not to excuse in any way the grotesquely unequal terms of these wars or the frankly evil actions of our government, but that's the legal basis.  The pirate example is more apt, and I have little doubt Thomas Jefferson would have used drones against the Barbary Pirates had he had them at his disposal.

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    by Gator Keyfitz on Wed May 22, 2013 at 09:39:15 PM PDT

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      read which towns of the 13 colonies were "burned to the ground", but I think the pirate analogy is also likely poor.  Pirates targeted trade.  That made them even helpful to the colonies prior to independence because the black market they established in goods was useful.

      I do not know what laws and case law was present when pirates began to substantially hurt US trade and the US Navy responded.  It seems unlikely to me that the Navy or any other Americans cared about that but were happy to have the pirates hunted down.

      I think my initial comment was misunderstood by a number of folks.  There are several factors combining in our times that make this situation new, some of which I didn't think I needed to mention:

      * non-state paramilitaries sheltered by "allied" or neutral nations.
      * terrorist motive - not profit (pirates) or survival (indians)
      * access to modern technology for global communication
      * access to powerful weapons (eg. jet planes, explosives) and maybe even WMD

      It's a complex and dangerous mix.

      I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

      by Satya1 on Thu May 23, 2013 at 08:49:03 AM PDT

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