Posted by: Tony Carson | 30 October, 2009

US drones: live by the sword die by the sword

How does the US getaway with firing its drones into countries it hasn’t declared war against?

Scores of civilians are being killed by drones fired into Pakistan to target militant Taliban leaders. That’s the message US Secretary of State Clinton is getting on her trip to Pakistan, reports the LA Times in Clinton faces Pakistani anger at drone attacks.

“It is not our war,” Sana Bucha of Geo TV told Clinton. “It is your war.” She drew a burst of applause when she added, “You had one 9/11. We are having daily 9/11s in Pakistan.”

Increasingly, the US military is using their unmanned drones, often ‘flown’ from a military base in the Nevada desert, to attack deep inside non-enemy countries with the inevitable consequence of wreckless civilians death. In the past two weeks, there have been US drone attacks in Pakistan and Syria killing innocent civilians and in Iraq and Afghanistan … and, presumably other targets that fall under the convenient catch-all of confidentiality.

What international laws is the US breaking by sending its unmanned drones over international borders? And what laws is the US breaking in killing innocent people in their drone attacks?

If Hamas is cited for war crimes in sending rockets into Israel, as it should be, shouldn’t the US be accused of the same war crimes by sending its killing drones into neutral countries?

There seems to be no international debate over the use of drones. At a time when the US military is vastly increasing its capacity for unmanned war machines — the drone and the bots, no one is talking about creating laws to govern these things.

And that’s scary because what the US uses can easily be used against them.

What’s going to happen when a drone meanders into Manhattan?

Live by the sword, die by the sword, especially when you invent the sword and sell it to the rest of the world.


  1. Great post, Tony.

    Well said . . . .

  2. Um, the Pakistani’s allow it because we use drones to take out their targets (sometimes political) as well. Quid pro quo.

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