October 7, 2017 is the 16th anniversary of the first U.S. drone attack ever, occurring in Afghanistan and coming one day after the U.S. invasion of that country.
It was a prophetic, botched assassination, launching a missile that missed its target, killed the wrong people and, of course, should never have happened because it violated international and U.S. domestic law. https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/05/america-first-drone-strike-afghanistan/394463/
That one small step for state-sponsored terror, taken by George W. Bush, grew under Barack Obama into a legion of drone attacks, killing and terrorizing people in at least eight nations. By early 2017, U.S. drone operators had killed 10,000 or more, all without trial and most having nothing to do with combat. Now Donald Trump is expanding on Obama’s program, doubtless encouraged by the bi-partisan commitment to drone killing, including approval by Bernie Sanders.
In Pay Any Price, James Risen explains the U.S. love affair with killer drones.
“The drone is the ultimate imperial weapon, allowing a superpower almost unlimited reach while keeping its own soldiers far from battle. Drones provide remote-control combat, custom-designed for wars of choice, and they have become the signature weapons of the war on terror.”
But with the “surge” of more U.S. troops into drone-pulverized Afghanistan, the “no boots on the ground” argument in support of killer drones is going out the window. And, in Afghanistan, as elsewhere, killer drones have only brought more violence, popular resistance and misery
At last weekend’s World Beyond War conference on war and the environment, Brian Terrell described some of the hideous consequences of the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan, including the impact of drone killing. (See his talk starting at 24:38 in this video (Part 27) and feeding automatically into the succeeding Youtube video (Part 28), which also contains a moving talk by Kathy Kelly.)
Joe Lombardo, co-coordinator of United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) has been working very hard to encourage protests during the week of Oct. 2 – 8 against continuation of the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan. Please click on http://notowar.net/ to see protests that are planned. If you cannot participate in something that is planned, grab a piece of poster board and a magic marker and go out onto a busy corner in your town and hold up you sign. It is absolutely critical to show public objection to the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan and the drone attacks that are central to the war there.