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March 23, 2013 at 6:11 AM

U.N. calls U.S. drones in Pakistan a violation

Use of drones is morally wrong

One lesson Christians learn early in Sunday school is that killing is wrong. As U.S. citizens, we learned early that murder is wrong and punishable, perhaps especially if the victims are innocent bystanders. Further, we learned that people are innocent until proved guilty.

There has been a lot of news lately about the U.S. use of drones in the Middle East [“U.N.: Drones a violation to Pakistan,” News, March 16], presumably to kill the leaders of al-Qaida. But many innocent men, women, and children are being killed as “collateral damage” by these drone attacks.

As a Christian and U.S. citizen, I wish to publicly state my objection to the use of drones as instruments of war. Where is the outrage from others in this country? I wonder. Our country is killing perhaps guilty people, but if so, it is without due process. Our country is also killing innocent people and is thus guilty of murder. And I object.

I would not be surprised if some of our leaders are tried in the World Court as perpetrators of crimes against humanity. We are creating more and more enemies all the time. People have very long memories when they lose family members to foreign powers. What will happen to us in the U.S. when China, for example, employs drones to take out some U.S. citizens it doesn’t like. We are setting a very bad and dangerous precedent here, and, one more time, I object to this morally repugnant behavior.

–Jim Rettig, Woodinville

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