Thursday, December 20, 2012

Drone Strikes: Where Are Obama's Tears For Those Child Victims?

Drone Strikes: Where Are Obama's Tears For Those Child Victims?
Dec 19, 2012 | TheYoungTurks




"For more than five years, Brandon Bryant worked in an oblong, windowless container about the size of a trailer, where the air-conditioning was kept at 17 degrees Celsius (63 degrees Fahrenheit) and, for security reasons, the door couldn't be opened. Bryant and his coworkers sat in front of 14 computer monitors and four keyboards. When Bryant pressed a button in New Mexico, someone died on the other side of the world.

The container is filled with the humming of computers. It's the brain of a drone, known as a cockpit in Air Force parlance. But the pilots in the container aren't flying through the air. They're just sitting at the controls."

Innocent women and children were killed by drone strikes in the al-Majala region of Yemen. The United States is responsible for a very high number of innocent civilian deaths from drone strikes; a soldier wracked with guilt told his story of dehumanizing rationalization after killing a child. The senseless deaths of innocent children in Newtown, Connecticut devastated the nation, causing President Obama to cry openly for them. Why are children in places like Yemen or Pakistan not mourned? Cenk Uygur discusses the disparity.

*Read more from Nicola Abé/ Spiegel.de:
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/pain-continues-after-war-for-americ...

Read more about the deaths caused by drone strikes from Brave New Foundation: http://www.bravenewfoundation.org/

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