Control pad warfare employed by the U.S only furthers the ‘legacy’ of international violations they are leaving behind for humanity under the pretext of the ‘War on Terror’. Investigations reveal thousands of systematic human rights violations across the globe in Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan and the tribal areas bordering Pakistan.
The support for extrajudicial killing from the State Department’s legal adviser, defends the US Military’s use of unmanned aerial vehicles for targeted killings and assassinations, which is a full frontal assault on international human rights and humanitarian law. The CIA Director Leon E. Panetta called the UAV killings as ‘the only game in town in terms of confronting and trying to disrupt the Al Qaeda leadership’.
The rhetoric employed by the American government and CIA operatives is one of amusement and play. Although the Americans are well known for their Hollywood classics, such as ‘Terminator’ – are we living in a new paradigm in this ‘War on Terror, were the fictional storylines of ‘Skynet’ have finally come to reality on the front lines?
‘’Skynet perceived the attempt by humans to deactivate it as an attack and came to the conclusion that all of humanity would attempt to destroy it. To defend itself, it determined that humanity should be exterminated’’ [Terminator]
The U.S Military terminology for a successful kill of ‘suspected’ combatants or in most cases innocent civilians is ‘Bugsplat’, which is displayed to the locals through the realities on the ground. The intention behind the term speaks volumes in itself, that is how human life is perceived.
Supporters of the ‘Obama Doctrine’ scream in delight and boast about the high level of technology which glides the skies of Afghanistan and beyond territorial borders, using precision technology, as this is supposed to add weight to their flimsy legal justification. If the ‘drones’ were of such superior technology, then why is the majority of attacks killing innocent civilians, ruining generations of lives and destroying humble infrastructure without any true accountability or transparency.
Investigations have recorded that many strikes led to the extrajudicial killing of innocent civilians, among them were young children. I wonder if the operator of the drone announced ‘Bugsplat’ on those occasions.
Déjà vu is what the nationals of the conflict related countries feel all day every day. “Ground Zero” in New York is just on one large block, but the reality for these countries due to the ‘Obama doctrine’ – is that Ground Zero is on every block.