"We are none of us good enough for the world we have."
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Counterterrorism stinks from moral rot.
"White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan defended the administration's campaign of drone missile attacks against militants while acknowledging Sunday that the airstrikes have sometimes killed noncombatants.
"Unfortunately, in war, there are casualties, including among the civilian population," Brennan said on ABC's This Week, answering a question about the covert drone program...."Sometimes you have to take lives to save lives and that's what we've been able to do to prevent these individual terrorists from carrying out their murderous attacks."
This is NOT collateral damage. Collateral damage is defined as an inadvertent and unintentional loss of life or physical destruction as a result of a military action. What Mr. Brennan describes is the intentional and knowing murder of innocents as part of a program to kill individuals deemed as terrorists. Who does the 'deeming' is unknown.
American willingness to cause the murder of innocents for policy reasons is not new. Read an example here.
I am outraged and sickened by this. I am not surprised that there are people in the world who want to do us harm. How could it be otherwise?