Like Killing Flies by Bruce Gagnon

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by Bruce Gagnon
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June 24, 2009

My letter to the editor was published in our local paper, The Times Record, today. Just as I was posting this I learned about US drones killing another 45-50 people in Pakistan as they were attending a funeral of people who had recently been killed by these Unmanned Aerial Vehciles (UAV’s). Click here for the BBC story. This situation is totally out of hand and Obama has to take responsibility. That is, if the peace movement, has the courage to call him on it.

Dear Editor:

The national media made a big deal about President Obama killing a fly. His “I got the sucker” was even compared to a similar moment by honest Abe Lincoln.

But sadly little time in the national media is spent describing the tragic consequences to hundreds of innocent civilians in Afghanistan and Pakistan who have been killed by United States unmanned aerial vehicles, or “drones” as they are popularly called.

These drones are directed by military space satellites and flown by U.S. soldiers sitting at computer terminals inside Creech Air Force Base near Las Vegas, Nev. The Air Force named these drones the “Predator” and the “Reaper.” The pilots watch in “real time” as cameras on the drones send back images from the war zone and in split-second time a button is pressed and missiles are fired. Is it the Taliban? Is it a wedding?

Can there be the slightest doubt that this “hands off” way of killing today is absolutely repugnant? What does it say about us as a nation that we can cavalierly kill from a distance with little conscience or public outcry?

It’s as if we are just killing flies.

Bruce K. Gagnon, coordinator, Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, Bath


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5 thoughts on “Like Killing Flies by Bruce Gagnon

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  2. i just finished a long debate with an obamazombie who keeps blaming the wars overseas on bush as if there is nothing obama can do about it . i said ” he is the commander and chief . the minute he took his hand off of the bible he had the authority to cease all military combat anywhere in the world. ” he has chose not to . and not only that ..he has chosen to up the war , and trying to get alley s to do the same . he is a war monger , and has blood on his hands.” she kept denying it . i said ” facts are stubborn things. he is raiding villages. the buck stops with him . bush was dead wrong , but he has been gone for since january. wake up and smell the kafka.

    she still was denying the facts. i finally got fed up and said ”the reason why you wont admit it is because you are under the Obama spell. ” but i am here in this conversation to tell you that mothers are looking at their children with their limbs blown off because of the commands of barack obama , and you still love this guy …what the hell is wrong with you ?”

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