On Monday April 15, 2013 the Boston Marathon was rocked by explosions at the finish line. At least three died and hundreds of others were injured. Throughout this week everyone had lots of questions. Who did it? Why did they do it? Are there plans for more attacks? Immediately, Police began trying to figure out who was responsible. Two suspects were developed from video surveillance footage. Through process of time, the suspects (brothers) were seen and they engaged in a shootout with the Police. One brother was killed and at least two Police Officers. The second brother flees the scene and dumps the car a couple blocks away. Then a massive man hunt begins. Ultimately the second suspect was found hiding in a boat and after another shootout he was taken into custody.
That was a very brief recap of the events. I know many details were left out. There is a question I want to pose….Once the second suspect was located in a boat…why didn’t the President authorize the CIA to use a Predator Drone to send down a missile and kill him? He does meet all the criteria. He is a suspected “terrorist” or at least an “enemy combatant” (whatever that means). I mean the Feds didn’t waste any time declaring him an “enemy combatant” in order to strip him of his fifth and sixth amendment protections to due process. He was an imminent threat to American citizens.
“Well…” you say, “We couldn’t use a drone missile to kill him. That would probably kill innocent people. We can’t do that!” I agree completely! “If he is captured alive and questioned then he could be a good source for intelligence.” I agree completely! Now, this leads me to some more questions…Why doesn’t the same logic apply to a “terrorist” 10,000 miles away from the US? Why is it okay to kill innocent people as long as it is in a foreign land? Are the lives of American citizens more valuable than those of Iraq, Pakistan, or Afghanistan? Most Americans wouldn’t admit it, but they feel superior to people born in other countries. There is great hypocrisy on this issue. This hypocrisy is exhibited by Americans who do not apply the same standards to the government and military as they do everyone else. If this is not true…then where is the outrage for the thousand of innocent Iraqi’s killed during the American invasion and occupation of that country? A country that had not attacked the US and did not pose a threat. A war started based on fabricated intelligence, lies, and utter propaganda! George W Bush and his cronies should be sitting in Guantanamo Bay for their crimes! Where is the outrage for the at least 176 children killed by American drone strikes? I guess those children do not matter because they happened to be born across the world!
I am outraged, disgusted, and saddened by the tragedy that occurred in Boston. I am equally outraged, disgusted, and saddened by the tragedies that occur in Pakistan, Yeaman, Afghanistan, and other countries at the hand of our government and president. It is time for American citizens to realize that we are no more valuable because we were born (something we didn’t have control over) between certain arbitrary lines known as borders. It is time for Obama to end the drone war and bring all the troops home! Let us pursue a foreign policy of peace. However, I am afraid that the event in Boston is going to lead to another US intervention and more death and destruction.