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"There Are No Words That Excuse the Killing of Innocents" -- President Obama

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Did I hear that right? Did President Barack Obama actually utter those words to the people of the world in a speech before the UN General Assembly on September 25, 2012? So, based on those explicit words, can he even begin to explain, let alone justify, the ongoing tragic deaths of innocent civilians that are being caused by drone attacks that he has personally authorized?

When Mr. Obama referred to the killing of "innocents" was he speaking of the needless, tragic killing of innocent people no matter who they are or in what country they may reside? Or did he mean, as most media observers would conclude, the tragic, needless deaths of the American ambassador and three other diplomats in the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya?

President Obama should be asked to clarify that statement to determine if the innocents he referred to include the hundreds of innocent men, women and children in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and other nations that have died as a result of these relentless attacks. Is it possible that he doesn't understand that taking life of any human being, in the absence of completely justifiable reasons, is morally wrong?

If Mr. Obama really and truly means exactly what he said, it follows that he should bring an immediate end to the current program by which deadly Predator and Reaper drones are violating the borders and airspace of sovereign nations and breaking international law. He should initiate an in-depth study of the use of these drones in military actions, laying down specific guidelines that would dictate the situations in which they should be used; to set down a strict policy to use them only when the evidence supporting an attack on specific targets is irrefutable.

And such a policy would need to put a high priority on making certain that innocent civilians are absolutely excluded. What is extremely disturbing is the fact that as we continue to read accounts, mainly from independent sources on the internet, of helpless children being killed by drone attacks, instead of some kind of apology coming from this government, all we hear are denials that this is happening; and we hear no objections of any kind being raised by the pitiful mainstream media.

There are no words to excuse these tragic deaths of innocents but, even worse, the fact that they often happen when rescuers rush to the scene of a drone attack to help others and they then become the targets of a second attack. Here is an article that offers proof that hundreds of innocent people have been killed in these attacks.

Mr. Obama also stated, "And on this we must agree:  There is no speech that justifies mindless violence. There are no words that excuse the killing of innocents.  There's no video that justifies an attack on an embassy.  There's no slander that provides an excuse for people to burn a restaurant in Lebanon, or destroy a school in Tunis, or cause death and destruction in Pakistan." 

Maybe what he should also have said is that there is There Are No Words That Excuse attacks on defenseless men, women and children who were killed as they were attending weddings, funerals or just going about their daily lives; innocents who have had their right to life taken away by hellfire missiles; human beings whose lives are every bit as important as those of any American.

President Obama also said: "But understand, the attacks of the last two weeks are not simply an assault on America.  They are also an assault on the very ideals upon which the United Nations was founded -- the notion that people can resolve their differences peacefully; that diplomacy can take the place of war; that in an interdependent world, all of us have a stake in working towards greater opportunity and security for our citizens."

Inspiring words but maybe what he should have said is that the continued attacks of these deadly drones are not simply an assault on innocent civilians but they are also an attack on the very principles of morality that civilized societies should follow. He could also have said that governments, specifically the U.S., should be able to resolve their differences peacefully, by diplomacy, rather than the continued use of military force and drones. It's high time to practice what you preach.

There are no words to excuse the fact that Mr. Obama has, by his escalation of the use of these drones, has opened a new, very dangerous era in weaponry and he may someday have to face up to the terrible   consequences of what he has done. He has opened a door that may never be closed since more and more nations are in the process of acquiring their own versions of these deadly drones. Let's consider what's going on and project it out for the next ten years and then try to imagine the havoc and misery that will be brought down on innocents across the world, and quite likely in America, as the skies are filled with these killing machines.

There are no words to excuse these unconscionable acts that are against the principles of morality and honor. This is not merely a political matter, it is not a matter of semantics; it is a moral issue of the highest degree. This president must tell the people of America and the world exactly what he meant by his statement about the killing of innocents in relation to accepted principles of morality.

It should be noted that President Obama rarely if ever talks about these deadly drones that are launched by his direct orders, the drones that are making life a living hell for innocent civilians in Pakistan and an increasing number of other nations. Why does he continue to say nothing; why does he continue to remain silent on this great moral issue? Perhaps, it's because "There Are No Words That Excuse the Killing of Innocents".

Michael Payne

 

Michael Payne is an independent progressive activist. His writings deal with social, economic, political and foreign policy issues; and especially with the great dangers involved with the proliferation of perpetual war, the associated defense (more...)
 

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