Thursday, December 26, 2013

WWJD: Whom Would Jesus Drone?

Yesterday, during his Christmas address, President Barack Obama spoke about how he and his family try to live out the teachings of Jesus:
THE PRESIDENT:  That’s the same spirit of giving that connects all of us during the holidays.  So many people all across the country are helping out at soup kitchens, buying gifts for children in need, or organizing food or clothing drives for their neighbors.  For families like ours, that service is a chance to celebrate the birth of Christ and live out what He taught us – to love our neighbors as we would ourselves; to feed the hungry and look after the sick; to be our brother’s keeper and our sister’s keeper.  And for all of us as Americans, regardless of our faith, those are values that can drive us to be better parents and friends, better neighbors and better citizens.
Meanwhile, across the globe:
MIRAMSHAH: At least four suspected militants were killed when a US drone fired two missiles at a compound near Miramshah, the main town of North Waziristan tribal agency of Pakistan bordering Afghanistan, DawnNews reported late Wednesday night. The attack took place around midnight in Qutab Khel village, five kilometres (three miles) south of Miramshah.
“A US drone fired two missiles on a militant compound, killing at least three suspected insurgents,” a senior security official told AFP. A security official in Peshawar confirmed the attack and casualties.

Another official in Miramshah put the death toll at four and said a fifth militant was seriously injured.

The identities of those killed in the strike were not immediately known but officials suspect that they were of Afghan origin.

The area residents surrounded the house after the attack and pulled out the bodies, sources said, adding the bodies were charred beyond recognition.
Note that these individuals were merely "suspects." They had not been convicted of any crimes. Their crime, in the eyes of the U.S. government, was one of affiliation, which itself is not even certain. The U.S.'s violation of Pakistan's sovereignty has brought Pakistani disapproval of the U.S. to record highs, with 92% disapproving of U.S. leadership in Pakistan earlier this year. Not really the best way to win hearts and minds.

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