American death squad

November 12th, 2002 – 7:27 pm
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“As you probably know, the CIA engineered the murder of a man and five companions in Yemen. A missile fired from one of our drones killed them. If indeed they were al-Qaida operatives, I have no sympathy for them. They have chosen to wage a campaign against us, and they are now casualties of that war. At the same time, I don’t approve of the method used. The problem is that they are described as ‘suspected’ al-Qaida. To execute suspects is to use the method of the death squad. It appeals to our childish sense of adventure, to our desire for quick and simple justice, but, unfortunately, it erodes the moral values of the United States.”

An eloquent piece about how the assassination of “suspected” criminals is not something the U.S. should do (or sanction). Illustrating the fact that it cost us some of our moral high ground, here’s a story about how the U.S. says it still opposes Israel’s policy of assassinations, despite the fact that we did exactly the same thing in Yemen. I guess it’s a case of do as we say, not as we do.

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