There have been 302 US drone strikes in Pakistan between 2004 and 2012. According to the US Department of Defense, it is estimated that between 1,500 and 3,000 human beings have been killed by drones, with an estimated civilian casualty rate of 20%. If 3,000 were killed and 20% were innocent civilians, that would mean that 600 innocents have been murdered in the name of killing 2,400 accused. Remember, none who were killed have been tried and convicted of anything. Also remember that Pakistan is supposed to be a US ally.
I don’t know about you, but I find this all very disturbing, but not unexpected. Are we allowing the human quality to be removed from the death of innocents by reducing those murdered to percentage points?
As US drones prowl the skies, who is giving the order to kill in each incident and who is obeying that order? Surely records are being kept….or maybe not.
As a result of World War II, there were 40 million deaths on the side of the Allies. 20% of 40 million is 8 million. For sixty-five years since the end of World War II, the death of 6 million Jews (and this number is highly contested on many fronts) has been portrayed as an unspeakable genocide that can never be allowed to occur again.
But wait a minute. The US Department of Defense is asserting that a 20% innocent civilian collateral kill rate is completely acceptable. Maybe it just depends on who is doing the killing and who is doing the dying.
30,000 drones are being introduced into the skies over the United States; many of these will be under Israeli control. Now that the acceptable standard has been set for 20% innocent civilian kill rate, I guess we Americans are getting ready to reap what we have sown.
Many will say the government has no intent and would never arm these drones and use them to attack Americans, to which I would have to respond, “Just how many things have you seen the US government do in the last 30 years that it was said they would never do?”
God protect the people of the world from acceptable percentages.