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I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)
Friday, February 08, 2013
Drone Warfare and Consistent Critique
If George W. Bush had told us that the "war on terror" gave him the right to execute a U.S. citizen overseas with a missile fired from a drone aircraft, without due process or judicial review, I'd have gone ballistic. It makes no difference that the president making this chilling claim is Barack Obama. What’s wrong is wrong.
The moral and ethical questions posed by the advent of drone warfare-- which amounts to assassination by remote control-- are painfully complex. We had better start working out some answers because, as an administration spokesman told me recently, drone attacks are "the new normal" in the ongoing struggle against terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda.
...as the Justice Department document admits, U.S. citizens have constitutional rights. I am deeply troubled by the notion that the president can unilaterally decide those rights no longer apply.
The entire editorial, "Assassinations By Remote Control," can be read here.