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Killing By Remote Control

See the snipers in the sky.
See the assassins in the air.
The drones kill thousands of innocent people
and America doesn't really care.

Don't believe the official lie---
"They're ultra-precise...only terrorists die"---
Most of those killed are innocent folk
whose lives and bodies go up in smoke.

Obama is the Drone President,
the White House's criminal resident,
mass murderer bringing death from the sky.
He o.k.'s the Kill List. More people die.

Body fragments hang from the trees,
houses turned to piles of rubble,
kids incinerated, mothers sobbing---
Collateral damage. We're not much troubled.

Obama's killed thousands more than Bush.
He's given the Death Machine a big push.
The Drone Caucus has Congress in its pocket.
The money's flowing in like a rocket.

A cubicle warrior stares at the screen
in Nevada, while thousands of miles away
a Pakistani wedding unfolds.
It should have been a joyful day

but the cubicle warrior in Nevada
got distracted or got the wrong data.
He pushes a button. A drone missile hits
and twenty-four people are blown to bits.

Just another day in "The War on Terror,"
a gigantic web of lies and error,
the 9/11 false-flag operation
still spreading fear and trepidation
across the brainwashed American nation.

The cubicle warrior is just nineteen.
A battlefield he's never seen.
"I zap the 'bugsplat'. Man, it's cool,
more fun than I ever had in school."

America kills by remote control,
an evil nation has lost its soul.
Death By Drone---the American way.
We The People must think it's okay.

Somalia, Yemen, Afghanistan,
Libya, Philippines, Kurdistan---
the drones are flying overhead
and soon new targets will be dead.

Wake up, America, look in the skies.
You're being watched by ten thousand eyes.
The drones are staring down at you.
Soon you may be 'bugsplat' too.

Recommended reading:
Drone Warfare: Killing By Remote Control by Medea Benjamin.
OR Books, 2012.
The Changing Face of Empire by Nick Turse. Haymarket Books, 2012.

Websites, organizations:
No Drones Network. A nationwide grassroots network to stop
drones killing and surveillance.

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Walt Gelles is an American writer based in India. He is the author of Options: The Alternative Cancer Therapy Book (Penguin/Avery). His articles and political verse have been published at,, (more...)

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