Do not mistake what I'm about to say for support for these Islamists.
Drone attacks on foreign soil are an act of war. There can be no doubt about that. You won't see Syria declaring war on the U.S. in return -- but, that's only because they don't all have a death wish. However, you can count on the fact that millions of Syrians will see the drone attacks as an act of war. They will silently seethe in anger at the U.S. for many years. If they ever get a chance to retaliate, they will retaliate.
If you doubt that drone attacks are an act of war; try this simple mind experiment: imagine that some foreign government (or terrorist organization) develops the capacity to launch drone attacks on the U.S. -- perhaps targeted attacks against U.S. officials that they see as as enemy commanders. Would you consider those drone attacks to be acts of war?
I consider Islam to be an act of war.
posted on 03/15/2013 11:45:01 PM PDT
If you doubt that drone attacks are an act of war; try this simple mind experiment...
I agree with you. Here's another, and perhaps better, analogy: Suppose Putin has identified some criminals residing in the US as serious threats to Russian security.
And let's even suppose Putin was right.
How would the average American feel if Putin sent drones to kill those criminals? How would the average American feel if, while sitting in traffic, a car ahead of him was hit by a Russian drone?
And what about the innocent Americans that would get hurt because just they happened to be a bit tooo close? Would the average American be very understanding of Putin's actions?
This is not to argue against drone strikes, necessarily. But the US had better carefully think this thing through.
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