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Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

DIEING FROM DRONES



Since 2004, up to 884 innocent civilians, including at least 176 children, have died from US drone strikes in the North Waziristan region of Pakistan. A new report from the Stanford and New York University law schools finds drone use has caused widespread post-tramatic stress disorder and an overall breakdown of functional society in North Waziristan. In addition, the report finds the use of a "double tap" procedure, in which a drone strikes once and strikes again not long after, has led to deaths of rescuers and medical professionals. Many interviewees told the researchers they didn't know what America was before drones. Now what they know of America is drones, death and terror.

Last February the Washington Post reported that "77 percent of liberal Democrats endorse the use of drones, meaning that Obama is unlikely to suffer any political consequences as a result of his policy in this election year."

If Bush or Romney were now president I can promise you that 77% of liberal Democrats would be howling against their use of drones.  Welcome to party politics in the USA!

Obama has signed a deal to keep the U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan up to 2024.  They need to have an enemy to justify spending $2 billion a week on this insane project.  By killing innocent civilians in Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan with drones the U.S. ensures that a steady stream of "enemies" are created.  I'd call that evil.

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