Friday May 24, 2013
Americans Only Decry Murders That Aren't Their OwnJoe Clifford Salem-News.com
Americans are surprised when the shoe is on the other foot; at the end of the day the U.S. politicians have no respect for humanity.
(JAMESTOWN, RI) - Perhaps the most striking and revolting aspect of the way Americans fail to speak out over drone attacks, is that so often, the news reports that "suspected terrorists" were killed. This is jarring and a sign of the cold heart of American justice, which is not just. Reading the paragraph below about these victims was a very emotional thing for me today - The Editor
The day a crazed man entered a movie theater in Colorado and murdered 12 innocent people, the nation was horrified. On that very same day a drone dropped two bombs on a neighborhood in Yemen and the following innocents were killed.
A 5-year boy and his 4 year old sister who had been sitting in their doorway, a 36 year old highly respected mother of 4 was killed in a second blast while trying to dig survivors out of the rubble from the first blast, a 78 year old doctor who had quit his practice in a large city to help his village, three brothers ages 15, 13, and 16, who were visiting relatives who had lost their 4 and 6 year old children in an earlier drone attack, and a 47 year old father of 5 who owned his own repair shop.
These deaths and information were gathered by the International Red Cross whose responsibility was to gather body parts spread out over the neighborhood and identify the dead.
Many legal experts have declared drone attacks as “war crimes”.
Think about it.
Salem-News.com Writer Joe Clifford, lives in historic Jamestown, Rhode Island, and has contributed a number of articles relating to foreign policy to newspapers in the Rhode Island area for years.
He graduated from Providence College where he earned an undergraduate and graduate degree. After a lengthy career as a high school teacher he turned to the study of US foreign policy, and then to writing, as a means of expressing an alternative perspective. His reading and research on foreign policy is broad and extensive, especially as the policy relates to the Middle East. His interest in foreign policy was inspired by the American misadventure in Vietnam. You can write to Joe at this address: email@example.com
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