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.
Via the New York Times.