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Dear President Obama and the people of America,

I’m writing to you from beyond the grave.  If you’re reading this, it means that I’ve become one of the nearly two hundred innocent children slaughtered in a US drone strike.  I’m writing to you because I want you to know that I understand why I had to die.  I understand why it was necessary for an unmanned aerial vehicle, authorized and piloted by men thousands of miles away, to fire a hellfire missile at me while I ate, or played, or lay dreaming in my bed.  While I was just as young as Trayvon Martin or Caylee Anthony…just as innocent as the children at Sandy Hook Elementary…I understand that the American media will never tell my story.  I understand, President Obama, that, while I was biologically indistinguishable from your own daughters, you had to authorize the drone strike that took my young life.  There’s more..

I’ve learned that many Americans (humans) will unquestioningly authorize people they perceive to possess authority to engage in the most atrocious, morally-contradictory behavior..in their names.  I’ve learned that many Americans (humans) who otherwise (seemingly) detest violence, as evidenced by the outpouring of support for recent victims in Sandy Hook, the theater shooting in Colorado, and the Boston Marathon bombing, will nonetheless authorize, re-authorize and endorse a mirror image of that violence if told by authority that it’s necessary.  I’ve learned that murdering an innocent child is deemed acceptable if the murderer possesses a “peace prize,” makes casual jokes about the instrument of murder, and/or calls the murder “collateral damage.”

Yes, I understand why my violent, premature death was necessary, and what made it possible:

Fear.

When my innocent family, friends, and countrymen vow to avenge my brutal slaying, you’ll have the “moral” authority to “defend” your countrymen against the people who “hate you for your freedom.”  Americans will continue to live in fear of this forthcoming, predictable and utterly avoidable retribution.  I understand, President Obama, that you need this fear, and that it’s essential you perpetuate this sense of otherness between the people of my country and/or faith, and the various peoples of your nation.  I understand that appearing to offer or provide safety is the means by which the few can reign over the many.  Finally, I also understand that, while you’re quite effectively furthering the eons-old strategy of “divide and conquer,” your efforts are doomed to fail.  Slowly, people throughout the world are waking up to what they’ve known in their hearts during their entire human experience:

We’re all one.

An innocent child in Pakistan, or Yemen, or Iraq is an innocent child in Florida, or Colorado, or Connecticut.  Violence begets violence…collateral damage is murder…and love conquers fear.  Every time an innocent child is slaughtered in the name of “freedom,” “democracy,” or “security” the light of consciousness is born.  It’s a light which, once lit, can never be extinguished.  Not by fear, or drone bomb.

Take a step back, Mr. President…people of America.  Look at your children.  Their hearts beat with the same innocent blood that you so wantonly shed.  You know this to be true.  Now, remember it.

Sincerely,

Nameless, faceless innocent victim of a US drone strike


This letter was not written by an actual, deceased drone victim.
 

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  •  If you're point is that we need a higher standard (4+ / 0-)
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    Sky Net, VClib, thestructureguy, duhban

    of intelligence before attacks are authorized and a lower level of acceptable collateral I agree.  If you think we need to stop using UAVs, I don't.

    "There are no atheists in foxholes" isn't an argument against atheism, it's an argument against foxholes. - James Morrow

    by kirrix on Fri Aug 02, 2013 at 06:00:11 PM PDT

    •  well (8+ / 0-)

      that's because there are not foreign UAVs flying over your neighborhood.

      America has gone off the deep end.

      There's room at the top they're telling you still But first you must learn how to smile as you kill If you want to be like the folks on the hill

      by taonow on Fri Aug 02, 2013 at 06:12:26 PM PDT

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      •  UAVs keep servicemen safe. (3+ / 0-)
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        The military is very protective of its assets, including and especially people.  Using UAVs instead of planes with live pilots reduces the risk to our people.  It would be the height of negligence on the part of the commanders not to utilize them.

        What needs to happen, as I said, is a raise in the standard of intelligence and a reduction in what is considered acceptable collateral damage when weapons with this spread of damage are used.  Not the abandonment of UAVs.

        And the reason there are no UAVs over your neighborhood or mine is because the military keeps them out of our neighborhoods.

        "There are no atheists in foxholes" isn't an argument against atheism, it's an argument against foxholes. - James Morrow

        by kirrix on Fri Aug 02, 2013 at 06:25:02 PM PDT

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        •  Bringing them home would make them (7+ / 0-)

          even safer.

        •  what needs to happen (1+ / 0-)
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          JohnWKelly

          Is for the US to stop murdering innocent people and quit invading countries we are not at war with.
          As taonow stated, how would we feel if another country killed our civilians because of our foreign policies and the meddling of the CIA, JSOC. In their countries.
          We invaded them. They have the right to defend themselves.
          I don't care if drones save soilders's lives. it does not excuse the murder of one innocent person.
          And Sky Net, yes they are murdering innocents.
          The CIA does double taps.
          After the 1st attack they attack the resquers and funerals.
          The UN has stated these are war crimes.
          So all of you defending drone are defending war criminals.
          Shame on you.

          Gitmo is a Concentration Camp. Not a Detention Center. Torture happens at Concentration Camps. Torture happens at Gitmo. How much further will US values fall? Where is YOUR outrage at what the United States does in OUR names? SORRY FOR THE TYPOS :)

          by snoopydawg on Fri Aug 02, 2013 at 10:54:05 PM PDT

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          •  Did I miss something? (1+ / 0-)
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            Didn't I say the way we are using drones needs to be reformed?  Hold on, let me check...

            raise in the standard of intelligence
            reduction in what is considered acceptable collateral damage
            Yeah that all fits.  Funny, it's almost like you completely ignored my argument and applied your own narrow view of the uses of a particular weapon and completely disregarded its importance on a modern battlefield, especially against an enemy who uses almost exclusively asymmetric warfare tactics.

            Civilian deaths should be minimized.  Please, tell me where I have said otherwise.  I'll immediately post a correction.

            At the same time, don't forget these are the same guys who attacked us twelve years ago.  This isn't the ill-planned and executed quagmire of the Iraq War, where the admirable goal of deposing a dictator was handled in a ham-fisted manner by a collection of dolts who for the most part lacked the basic honor and patriotism to serve their country (in the Shrub's case by failing to honor his own oaths) and had no plan beyond being a collection of glory hounds.  Aghfanistan, and its extension into the tribal regions of Pakistan is the war we forgot years ago and were only recently reminded of.  Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and the Taliban are the true enemies of this country we should have been targeting and attacking all along, and I will not shed a single tear for any member of those two organizations that gets turned into so much pulp.

            Reform the use of the weapons.  Make sure we know, not just believe but know the bastard is there.  Time the attack so that as many civilians as possible are outside the blast radius and can be expected to be unharmed.  Then take out the declared enemies of this country so that they will never threaten us again.

            "There are no atheists in foxholes" isn't an argument against atheism, it's an argument against foxholes. - James Morrow

            by kirrix on Fri Aug 02, 2013 at 11:34:49 PM PDT

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      •  War is hell and people die (7+ / 0-)

        including non-combatants, women and children. During WWII, from its beginning to end 26,000 people PER DAY, were killed. The overwhelming majority were civilians caught in the horror of war. The Soviet Union alone lost 20 million people.

        I know that the DoD is spending hundreds of millions to make our ordinance more precise for the sole purpose of limiting civilian casualties, while our enemies target civilians to inflict terror. It's clearly tragic that many children have died during drone strikes, but they were not the target of the strike, and that makes a difference to me and to President Obama.  

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Fri Aug 02, 2013 at 06:58:00 PM PDT

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  •  I wish (4+ / 0-)

    People would remember these things

    There are two sides in any war: the men with guns and everybody else

    Touch all that arises with a spirit of compassion. An activist seeks to change opinion.

    by Mindful Nature on Fri Aug 02, 2013 at 06:01:14 PM PDT

  •  This makes Obama look bad. STOP IT! (9+ / 0-)

    leave obama alone

    America is righteous enough that we can shoot anything any where and it is the right thing to do. Even when we shoot our own people.

    You're just jealous because we have the technology and you don't.

    Besides, people are renewable - there's plenty of them.

    Stop hurting Obama!

    [yes, this is snark. I know you need to be told, whoever you are getting ready to bitch about this comment.]

  •  Since we have all the marvelous NSA (7+ / 0-)

    spying technology that is keeping Americans safe from terrorism, why do we need to be hunting down defenseless people and slaughtering them like animals. Could it be because the US has to project its macho image. That of course means that we create more angry people and need more spying gadgets and more drones. Why?

    Because it means more money for the security state.  

  •  Governments are not benevolent (0+ / 0-)

    they promote the interests of their powerful.  Your nation or anyone else's, it's the same strategy.  Mans inhumanity to man.  

    Please save a child's life. www.signon.org/sign/sarasota-sheriffs-office

    by kmfmstar on Fri Aug 02, 2013 at 07:26:35 PM PDT

  •  So what we have at DKos is a 65/35 split (7+ / 0-)

    65% are anti-N$A, pro-constitution, anti-war, pro-employee rights cadre vs 35% N$S, pro-war, anti-Employee group who just dont give a shit about rights, don't care their rights are being raped, who think this rights-violation ACTUALLY keeps them safe and who think they are so much smarter.

  •  what do you have against corporate profits? (2+ / 0-)
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    kmfmstar, snoopydawg

    The President believes the best interests of the United States are served if the corporate world is strong. He likely regrets that people have to die for this to be, but I'm sure it's a decision he does not make lightly.

    Dear NSA: I am only joking.

    by Shahryar on Fri Aug 02, 2013 at 08:12:07 PM PDT

  •  you're not going to like this (5+ / 0-)

    but the fact is that drone strikes have over the entirity of our 'adventures' in Afganistan produced a civilian kill ration (which is the number of civilians killed per enemy soldier) that people would have envied during just about every conflict of the last century.

    Further the evidence suggests that not only are drones being used less since Bush there have been far fewer civilian causalties.

    http://natsec.newamerica.net/...

    Does that make it okay? No but then again unless AQ wants to turn themselves into the Hague I'm not sure what the options really are.

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    by duhban on Fri Aug 02, 2013 at 09:03:42 PM PDT

    •  I like how.. (1+ / 0-)

      you assume the argument you're making is novel..  

      •  I love how you assume I think that (1+ / 0-)
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        kirrix

        when did I ever say that?

        How about instead of being insulting you meet the point head on? Or if you can't just acknowledge you can't.

        I'd love to live in some giant happy go lucky kumbaya utopia.

        We don't, maybe we never will. I certainly don't expect the problems we have to overcome to have that happen to be resolved in my time.

        So instead we are stuck with what is, and that means sometimes having to choose between options with no clear easy answer.

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        by duhban on Fri Aug 02, 2013 at 09:15:52 PM PDT

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        •  here's.. (2+ / 0-)

          what I based my "assumption" on..

          "you're not going to like this but"  

          Would you still think a couple dead kids here/there would be ok if the drones were in your neighborhood..killing your kids?  I'd LOVE to hear your argument then..

          Speaking of being unable to acknowledge..

          I love how people can so easily equate NOT killing innocent children with bombs with "happy go lucky kumbaya utopia."

          •  weird.. (1+ / 0-)

            I put more remarks in  <   >  and it didn't transfer..

            my statement was: what I based my "assumption" on..

            "you're not going to like this but"  "INSERT played out WH/media talking points"

          •  here's the thing (0+ / 0-)

            I am not going to engage your strawman, it's simply off the point. And since you can't engage the points I've made you are desperately trying to make this into something you can 'win'.

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            by duhban on Fri Aug 02, 2013 at 09:48:26 PM PDT

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            •  I'm not convinced.. (3+ / 0-)

              you know what a strawman is..

              Here's the thing... You're projecting.  

              Your original statement argued that AFGHANISTAN had a favorable "militant" to civilian kill ratio..  Well.. even if that was true.. the US has been drone bombing Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, and Iraq.  

              One can directly infer form your original post that you believe our ONLY option at this point is to drone bomb.. accepting that their will be civilian casualties..  SO... when I asked how you would deal with "just a few" kids being slaughtered in your neighborhood..it was/is HARDLY a strawman.  If you're ok with even a handful of kids being collateral damage.. then you're ok with those kids being your kids.  Care to comment?

              You're the one who is avoiding factual engagement..

              •  That is such a powerful rebutal (0+ / 0-)

                I mean since you have declared I don't know what a strawman is it just must obviously be so.

                Here's the thing,  no where in your comments have you actually challenged my source or conclusions. You have tried to instead present strawmen and now you are moving the goal posts.

                Because of your failure to even attempt to challenge my points I conclude you can not and thus you have no argument.

                There's not factual about your attempted point, it's an emotional strawman designed to try and draw me into an argument you think you can win. Nothing more nothing less and it's not even worth acknowledging much less responding to other then to say that I already stated the only other option I can see to deal with AQ. Namely to have themselves turn themselves into the Hague.

                They refuse to and thus we are left with having to deal with them and their choice.

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                by duhban on Fri Aug 02, 2013 at 10:49:53 PM PDT

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                •  it's so obvious (1+ / 0-)

                  to anyone reading this..that you have no clue what you're talking about.

                  Would you be able to come up with a different choice..besides "we are left with having to deal with them" if it was your kids being slaughtered by drones?  That's not merely an emotion appeal.. it's reality.  You're evading it.. and that's the ONLY reason you're able to claim "victory" in this debate.

                  You..and your ilk... all hypocrites.  Cowards too.  You want to deal with Al Qaeda?  Listen to what they explain is their motivation of attacking us.  Also..stop arming them.

                  Blowback has REAL consequences.  Your either/or fallacy is weak...but predictable..and expected from a hypocritical intervention apologist.

                  •  no reality is something has to be done (0+ / 0-)

                    but you can't deal with that and you can't argue reality so all that is left is emotional appeals.

                    The only hypocrite or coward here is you, grow up and learn to deal with reality.

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                    by duhban on Fri Aug 02, 2013 at 11:43:54 PM PDT

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                  •  I'm almost tempted to HR for defending Al Qaeda. (1+ / 0-)
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                    duhban

                    I won't because invariably a collection of well-minded but unthinking readers will swarm to your defense but I want you to re-read your comment.

                    Listen to what they explain is their motivation of attacking us.
                    Al Qaeda's own stated goals include the deaths or forced conversions of all who do not follow their particular deluded brand of Islam and regard civilians as legitimate targets.

                    Not that civilians caught in the blast radius of attacks on legitimate targets are unfortunate collateral damage but that they are targets in and of themselves.

                    Al Qaeda must be dismantled.  There are no two ways about it.  And drone strikes against this enemy are one of the most effective ways of doing so.  See my other comments on how the use of the weapon should be reformed.

                    "There are no atheists in foxholes" isn't an argument against atheism, it's an argument against foxholes. - James Morrow

                    by kirrix on Fri Aug 02, 2013 at 11:52:14 PM PDT

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                    •  "defending Al Qaeda" (0+ / 0-)

                      what a fool..

                      WHY did Al Qaeda say they attacked America on 9/11?

                      US INTERVENTION.

                      Drone strikes killing civilians is THE BEST recruiting tool Al Qaeda could ask/hope for..

                      If ANYONE is defending AL Qaeda..it's the people helping perpetuate terror by accepting some (any) type of collateral damage is acceptable in the fight against a tactic.. terrorism

                      Fighting terrorism with terrorism..

                      I love being hounded by liberal hawks.  

                      •  Be prepared to be shocked that I don't believe (1+ / 0-)
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                        duhban

                        them.  Not in the slightest.  Oh, sure.  US interventionism certainly had its role to play.  But the main reason is that Al Qaeda wants to force everyone to follow the same broken sense of morality that they do.  They want women to be third class citizens (male children being the second class), and everyone to be forced to follow the religious restrictions of their narrowly defined view of the world.

                        Collateral damage happens in war.  It's as unfortunate as it is unavoidable.  Collateral damage should be minimized to the greatest extent possible for the very reason that it turns people against us.  But to say that no collateral damage is acceptable is to be dangerously naive.  It is to be so wrapped up in ones own sense of moral superiority as to completely ignore reality.  It is foolish and would constitute gross negligence if it was the basis of thought for an executive and his/her military commanders.

                        I have said repeatedly that the use of the weapons should be reformed.  I have said it to death.  I have repeated over and over again that we must be certain of the target and we must minimize collateral damage.  But we should not rule out the use of a weapon that does not put our servicemen at risk.

                        And I shudder to think of a world completely devoid of US intervention.  The US may very well be needed to intervene in any number of situations around the globe.  The Golden Dawn movement in Greece continues to act with almost impunity.  Tensions between Israelis and Arabs are inflamed daily.  The government of Pakistan, a nuclear power, is supremely unstable.  These and more are all situations we may be called in to help deal with.  Whatever god you pray to forbid our high-minded ideals prevent us from doing so.

                        "There are no atheists in foxholes" isn't an argument against atheism, it's an argument against foxholes. - James Morrow

                        by kirrix on Sat Aug 03, 2013 at 12:24:16 AM PDT

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    •  duhban (0+ / 0-)

      Thst article is incorrect.
      Obama has used more drones then Bush in the 1st 3 months of his taking office.
      And since the US created AQ and is now arming them in Syria and other countries, I would rather the Bush and Obama regimes turn themselves into the Hague.
      Clinton, Bush sr and others too.

      Gitmo is a Concentration Camp. Not a Detention Center. Torture happens at Concentration Camps. Torture happens at Gitmo. How much further will US values fall? Where is YOUR outrage at what the United States does in OUR names? SORRY FOR THE TYPOS :)

      by snoopydawg on Fri Aug 02, 2013 at 11:14:12 PM PDT

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  •  People seem to place some special evil to drones. (4+ / 0-)
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    In fact drones have been around since the first rock was picked up and thrown.  Rocks, arrows, catapults, artillery, bullets, rockets, bombs, etc.  All project death from a distance while keeping  the attacker at safer distance for killing.  I'd say drones are probably the most effective way of killing bad guys while minimizing casualties to non-combatants.  

    The problem isn't drones the problem is killing period.  Those that oppose drones make me think sometimes they wouldn't oppose the killing if from a rifle or manned plane. It's like they have some romanticized vision of war from the movies.  

    Drones have revolutionized warfare with precise kills with the minimum amount of "collateral" damage as possible.  Maybe when lasers are further developed we can eliminate non-combatant deaths. Maybe.  

    Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

    by thestructureguy on Fri Aug 02, 2013 at 10:05:11 PM PDT

  •  They doesn't wants ta hear it, luv. (1+ / 0-)
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    So they won't hear it.

    Someday years from now, something with a title like "The Diary of An-Nusra Frank" may touch the hearts of their children and grandchildren.

    But a majority of this generation, in this party?

    Underneath the surface, it's all Scoop Jackson and Joe Lieberman Democrats, all the way down.

    The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war. ☮ ♥ ☺

    by lotlizard on Sat Aug 03, 2013 at 01:32:26 AM PDT

    •  and here I thought we were going to escape Goodwin (0+ / 0-)

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      by duhban on Sat Aug 03, 2013 at 04:04:17 AM PDT

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      •  An original duhban retort? I'm honored. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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        The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war. ☮ ♥ ☺

        by lotlizard on Sat Aug 03, 2013 at 04:10:54 AM PDT

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        •  your comment is a joke (0+ / 0-)

          and I only say that because the alternative is say it is so callously insensitive that I question your grasp on reality.

          All your supposed clever remarks can not hide the fact that you just tried to compare hunting a young girl down who was utterly blameless and innocent except that she choose to believe in a different version of god then some other people with drone strikes.

          Grow up and learn how to make an argument without using  hyperbole so extreme that it really should be it's own category. And while you are learning maybe you should go read what Goodwin had to say you could stand to.

          I'm not going to reply further because frankly your comment disgusts me and frankly regardless of what people think about the diary it should disgust everyone else too.

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          by duhban on Sat Aug 03, 2013 at 04:32:54 AM PDT

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