• US Drone Policy and Wedding Day Massacres

    June 18, 2012

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    Posted in: Afghanistan, Iraq, Military

    It probably hasn’t been the most popular thing to do, but I’m glad that TomDispatch has been one place that has continued to focus on the “collateral damage” of our recent wars and is the only website that has kept a count of one of the more shocking aspects of those wars: the obliteration of wedding parties by the US using aerial strikes.

    The US recently killed 18 Afghan civilians (including nine children) at a wedding in a village in Logar Province. This — and TomDispatch has been counting over the years — is at least the seventh wedding party eviscerated by a US air strike since 2001.

    Why weddings? The US also has a policy of striking funerals, probably for the same reasons. The “policy” angle is that weddings and funerals are gatherings of important people targets at a known place and time. Killing Bad Guy No. 167 means wiping out the rest of the guests at the same time collaterally.

    TomDispatch, in an article subtitled Till Death Do Us Part, looks deeper into the shame of accepting such collateral damage, positing the use of armed drones inside the US as a way of making the murky ethics of all this clearer.

    An important article, read it online now at TomDispatch.



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    • pitchfork said...

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      Hmmmm, seems like a no brainer to me. Someone’s gonna make a killen(scuze the pun)on the NWO World Wide Collateral Damage Lottery. Better get your tickets now. I hear today’s jackpot is $4bil and climbing fast. You can even choose the death toll via computer.
      Oh, as an added benefit, all profitable proceeds will be donated to Obombardier’s election campaign so is fully Tax exempt too! And, you get an robotographed picture of our Droner-in Chief..even if you don’t win…which means..EVERYBODY wins something. How cool is that? I’ma gonna pin mine up next to my expanding collection of Drone Kill photographs. I’ve even started collecting the “Kill List” baseball cards too. Man, they’ll be worth a bundle in a few years. Might even make retirement possible now that SS has been sold off as CID’s. (note to self..check into SS Hedge Funds)Hey, I hear the White House marketing Dept has just added T-shirts, baseball caps, rings and lot’s of other collectable goodies with images ranging from torture renderings, civilian body piles, Drones, and various Murder Inc associates like Jose Rodriquiz to John Brennen.. and best of all, one with King Obliterator with his finger on the Kill button. WOW!! Now that’s a gotta have! As a bonus, you even get a piece of shrapnel from an exploded Drone too!!! It’s even been “de-nuclearized” for your personal safety. Well ya’all, I gotta get on down to my local 7/11 and buy my Collateral Damage Lottery ticket. Wish me luck!!! Hope there’s still some Drone/Kill matching scratchoffs left too. I know em by heart now. Happy days are here again folks!! Now where did I put my iDrone alarm. Can’t be too careful these days ya know.

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    • Poor said...

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      this article is misleading and bullshit. It seems to be about drones, but the attack on a wedding was not a drone attack.

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