The past few days, drones had been hovering over Yemen and killing innocent people and militant suspects. And then this Thursday President Obama sent a greeting to the Muslim world on the occasion of the Eid. He sent ‘warmest’ greetings. The message contained other things which I won’t mention because it does not matter. Why would a ‘warm’ greeting of an American president matter to me to someone living in an Arab country? Why should I care about the positive gestures he offers. Moreover why would he even bother to send his greetings? What does he feel when he signs the greetings with the same pen which signs the command to use drones?
Yemenis are constantly looking up the sky. Faces become white from fear with the sound of the hum of the drone far away.Abdullah Hamidaddin
What we have here is a pure act of murder cloaked in words like: self-defense, last resort, proportional, and just. But the naked truth is that those being killed are suspects. Any sensible law would not allow the execution of a human being without a process of proving that they are guilty of the crimes attributed to them. Terrorist or not, they have rights as humans. Or maybe Obama and his administration think not. They are after all Arabs and Muslims. So maybe they are fair game. What makes it worse it that absolutely innocent individuals are also killed in the process. And the drones still continue. It is as if it does not matter for Obama that a few children are killed as long as he is ‘protecting’ the American people. So what? They are Arab children. And we have many of them. So what if one or two fall down while the killing of American enemies goes on. Collateral damage is the technical word they use.