A letter to the editor of a New Hampshire newspaper, the Laconia Daily Sun, reflects the growing unease felt by some American citizens.
’ “Real violence has real consequences,” I heard a mother of a Newtown, CT, child-victim tell a radio interviewer’.
The writer had been listening to President Obama lamenting the loss of 20 children in Connecticut and asked:
“What about the as many as 168 children who have been killed by our drone strikes in Pakistan in the last seven years?”
She recalled that the New York Times last week reported that an alleged al-Qaida leader’s wife and daughter were injured when he was killed by one of our drones. The mother then died. The writer continued:
“The daughter is now an orphan, as well as injured. That doesn’t matter? Family life here is one sacred situation, but in another country where the names are foreign and the customs foreign and the skins are brown, indiscriminate death-by-our-drones so a family is destroyed is okay? . . .
“Real violence has real consequences, and one of them is our leadership caught in hypocrisy, our leadership having to do the screwy thing of care about some child deaths but brush off others as ‘okay’ policy”.
She ended with a plea for change that matters – an end to our drones-use that falls outside the law, targeting some and killing “extra” others, even children.