Democrats Silent About Drones
Not only do drones kill many innocent people, including children, but even its intended and proclaimed purpose defies all logic, reason, ethics and international laws and standards. John Brennan, Obama’s nominee to head the CIA, who was intimately involved in Bush’s torture and renditions and has been Obama’s counterterrorism advisor and the main advocate for drones, said during his nomination hearing that the drone attacks were not intended to punish those who have actually attacked Americans or American interests, but to kill those who might, sometime in the future, plan and succeed in doing so. I’m not making this up.
In other words, drone strikes are preemptive in nature. The moral bankruptcy and absurdity of it all seems to escape US senators and mainstream reporters who seem to have accepted preemptive war and bombings as normal policy going forward – a policy that is setting the country on a new immoral and illegal path, further turning the country into a pariah in the eyes of the rest of the world. This extreme hubris seems to be the natural byproduct of a nation gripped and obsessed with militarism and military power as the answer to everything. Gone are days when a “preemptive” war against a sovereign nation which has not posed any threat and is even unable to pose a threat seemed and felt wrong, even to American people who have been trained to think of their government as having inalienable and God-given right to wage war anywhere, anytime and on anyone, without the burden of having to justify it even to its own people.
That sense of uneasiness about a preemptive war was washed away when a Democrat, no less an African American Democrat, replaced George W. Bush in the White House. Overnight, extrajudicial renditions, secret CIA prisons, warrantless wiretaps, secret and extrajudicial detentions, assassinations, including of US citizens and their 16 year old sons, continuous, endless preemptive war which kills children and other innocent bystanders through the use of drones and Guantanamo Bay dungeon incarcerating prisoners who were never given the chance to defend themselves including those whose only crime was to be at the wrong place at the wrong time when the Empire decided to teach a lesson suddenly became alright and acceptable. It crosses not the minds of self-proclaimed progressives of MSNBC and members of Congress and mainstream reporters that “preemptive” war or attacks, including the drone variety is nothing but an unprovoked and unjustified first strike and constitutes aggression and war crime which has been declared illegal internationally and against UN Charter, not to mention against the US Constitution.
The most frightening thing is not that the Democrats open the door and invite fascism in, but that they do it quietly and unceremoniously lest they wake the masses up. And you want to know what else is scary? The Democrats’ counterparts did it in Germany too prior to coming to power of the Nazis. Continue your “lesser of two evils” thinking! What do I know?