The US have utilised unmanned drones to take out possible insurgents in Pakistan. The US may insist that these people are known insurgents but on more than one occasion civilians have been killed. With such supposedly superior intelligence reports one wonders how come these drones can end up so off target.
The latest news is that "unfriendly" nations now also have unmanned drones. This could prove troublesome for US authorities. Whilst Defense Chief Panetta many point out that the US will continue to take whatever measures necessary to protect its citizens that surely cannot be the case.
Those targeted have not been caught and tried for offences related to terrorism. They have been identified by US intelligence as potential threats and have been rapidly dispatched to the next life.
This "kill" program shockingly has the backing of US President Obama. In a war office type of room he meets with those involved in managing the drone attacks and duly signs the death warrant for people in foreign lands. He and others may say that he simply signs the authority to carry out the drone attacks but it is a kill mission. There is never any other purpose than to kill a person or persons viewed by US intelligence as a potential threat to homeland security..
Now that other countries have similar drones the US is going to find itself in a sticky position. It is getting more difficult each day for the US to expect people to behave like children and "do as I say and not as I do". US authorities are now giving some careful consideration to how they should respond should a country not allied to the US begin a drone campaign in a US friendly country.
Drones of course are used as valuable tools by countries such as the US. They provide maximum damage on the ground with minimum damage to military personnel. In real terms of course they damage the reputation of the Force deploying the Drones and help breed more terrorists. Hate fuels many things include reciprocated violence.
Apparently US personnel are now looking at how they could respond should another country start a drone campaign elsewhere. They will no doubt look at how to carefully word a propaganda statement. After all how can they berate another country for following their lead? It seems the US is well aware of this up coming problem but will carry on with its killing campaign.
As they continue to issue strong words about regimes such as that in Syria the blatant hypocrisy of the US administration is almost laughable. In truth though it is a sad reflection on that country.
So many times we have written these words " As you sow so shall you reap" with regards to US policy. Once again the situation is a joke. That is it would be if it were not so tragic and damaging.
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Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog