The Heart of Darkness

A typical, succinct liberal defense of the drone program from a discussion I recently participated in:

There clearly needs to be better policy around deciding when and how to use drones. They cannot be used to assassinate those who simply disagree with the US but for targeting leaders or resources that are a clear and present danger to US lives. Imagine if China decided anyone speaking against its leadership was a danger and they flew drones in to the US to kill dissidents.The US cannot do the same. There has to be some certainty that Target X is actively involved with terrorist activity that targets the US.

While I can understand Pakistanis being resentful of the drone strikes, I also have no empathy for them. At a very fundamental and basic level, Pakistan has continued to harbor and actively shelter actor like Osama Bin Laden who have openly declared war on the US and have taken innocent US lives. We have not declared war on Pakistan, but their policies towards the US and terrorists place them firmly in the realm of being an enemy state. Its just that neither side will openly say it.

I am sure the residents of Dresden resented the fire bombings much like the residents of London resented the bombing of their city. The distinction without a difference is that the US and Pakistan have not openly declared war like Germany and England in WWII.

The comments above do a great job of crystallizing the monstrous morality behind drone strikes. He says “While I can understand Pakistanis being resentful of the drone strikes, I also have no empathy for them…Pakistan has continued to harbor and actively shelter actor like Osama Bin Laden..” According to him, there is no such thing as an innocent Pakistani. In fact, there is no such thing as a human being in Pakistan with any rights whatsoever.

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