Desmond Tutu has written a "scathing rebuke" directed at the idea of a special Drones Court that would review the killing of US citizens only. The Nobel Peace Prize-winner's short letter to the New York Times has drawn a lot of media attention and is worth a read:
I am deeply, deeply disturbed at the suggestion in "A Court to Vet Kill Lists" (news analysis, front page, Feb. 9) that possible judicial review of President Obama's decisions to approve the targeted killing of suspected terrorists might be limited to the killings of American citizens.
Do the United States and its people really want to tell those of us who live in the rest of the world that our lives are not of the same value as yours? That President Obama can sign off on a decision to kill us with less worry about judicial scrutiny than if the target is an American? Would your Supreme Court really want to tell humankind that we, like the slave Dred Scott in the 19th century, are not as human as you are? I cannot believe it.
I used to say of apartheid that it dehumanized its perpetrators as much as, if not more than, its victims. Your response as a society to Osama bin Laden and his followers threatens to undermine your moral standards and your humanity.
- DESMOND M. TUTU, Aboard MV Explorer, near Hong Kong, Feb. 11, 2013.
I have no problem with our drone program. I'm glad we have it and would have no problem with it being expanded should the need arise. As to valuing American lives above all other I proudly do so and make no apologies.
I have mixed feelings. I have to wonder why get involved at all? Let countries deal with their own situations and "IF" they ask for our help, give them the conditions up front as to how we will help and how they will repay AND exactly what the end results are going to be.
Said it before, I'll say it again. When it comes to saving troops lives, I fully support their use. I do NOT and will not agree that usage domestically is a good idea. If we keep letting the Fed open more and more of Pandora's box the question isn't if, it becomes a question of when. And that is the day we go to war with our own country.
@PoliticalSpice What weapon isn't? Do you think the Soviets withheld a nuclear apocalypse because they were trying to be nice? They feared our missiles as much as we feared theirs. Japan didn't hold back every bit of technology they had in their war against us, was it because the were deep down the good guys? What you said basically translates to, "Well, if they got em they will use em". No shit? We're talking about an enemy that flew planes into buildings as bombs. Damn right they will use them. And it doesn't hinge on our actions one way or another, that's just naive. The question is, how far will they reach?
@PoliticalSpice You really think our current enemies could get one all the way to Oklahoma without us so much as noticing let alone dealing with it? Do you seriously not have that much faith in your countries military might? Say what you will about the Defense budget, I probably agree, but its money well spent. We have so much more stuff in our arsenal its not even funny. The closest you will see a drone of our enemies come is to an embassy somewhere. Whatcha wanna bet?
@PoliticalSpice "Just remember that when a drone flies over oklahoma and takes out some second amendment types..." And as far as death goes? It doesn't have a political stance. Blood is red and pain is real. Its a very bi-partisan thing and I don't separate when it comes to Americans dying. I sincerely hope you don't either.
100% agree. If we were actually at war with a country it would be one thing to take out military targets like this, but even then I'd want their leader captured and brought to court. If we treat our enemies no better than they would treat us, we are no better than them, and if we are no better than them, what are we doing fighting them?
I just read today that Capetown is listed as "critical" on the world's worst crime spots. While I in no way support apartheid, what has happened in South Africa since the blacks took over is a worse situation that before. That's unbelievable. Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.
I don't know who this guy is, and don't particularly care, but he is right. We should not be killing US citizens w/out due process, I don't care who they are. Using drones to attack military strongholds in a time of war? Sure, go ahead, but declare war. Using drones to attack people that may or may not be 'plotting terrorism' w/out due process? I will never agree with that. It's no different than sending F16 fighter jets to blow people up. Part of the reason these people hate us so much is because of actions like this. Continuing them is only going to make more enemies.
Yes he's right. Terrorists should be targeted if their threat puts us in a position where taking them out would be considered self defense. Then it could be said that they were the aggressors. But to use drones to kill people who are suspected but no proof or due process is needed..that leans a little too far towards being tyrannical. Our government doesn't need to demand that others have respect for human life if they aren't willing to do the same.