The CIA's drone strike program has stirred up a lot of controversy.
In this program, the CIA sends unmanned plans out to bomb specific targets in an attempt to combat terrorism - aka the Taliban and Al Quaeda. While the program does seem to be causing problems for terrorists, it has also killed a good number of innocent, completely uninvolved civilians. And yet, the program continues. In fact, the number of strikes have only increased with time - though the program was the brainchild of the Bush administration, the Obama administration has latched onto it and continually upped its use.
Why is this being allowed? Does this program not violate human rights by killing innocents? Though the strikes' objective may be to combat terrorism, and therefore protect human rights, we are no better than the terrorists if we blithely kill civilians along the way. War is no bed of roses. It's terrible. It's hell. Innocents will always die some way or another in its path, and some things can't be avoided. But the U.S. government knows that the drone strike program is killing civilians. They know that deaths have been reported - although how many haven't been reported, the American people don't know, due to the secrecy of the program. They know that the number of deaths has gone into the dozens.
It's not worth it anymore.
Stopping terrorists or not, if civilians continue to die, the program simply isn't worth it. We're stopping terrorists from killing innocents, by killing the innocents ourselves first. They won't need to bother bombing civilians - we're doing it for them. Why is this program being allowed to continue unchecked?
One article that I read said that Obama wants to inspire confidence with this program, to show the American people that the government is doing something. If the government wants to show that it's "doing something" about terrorism, it should just be sending in the peace corps and showing tolerance and acceptance for all, not raining destruction down on those who have done nothing wrong.
The CIA's drone strike program may be discouraging terrorists, but it's also killing uninvolved civilians - and the U.S. government knows it. Isn't this a violation of human rights? The international legality of the program has already been brought into question. What's the point of stopping terrorists if we're going to kill innocents along the way? And although the efforts of both the Taliban and the strikes seem to be focused mainly in Pakistan, strikes have also occurred in Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan - less involved countries who definitely don't need the extra problems. Especially Sudan, with a possible civil war looming overhead. The U.S. government needs to reassess what it's doing. This program needs to be stopped - or at the very least, monitored far more closely. I have started a Facebook page - "Stop Civilian Death in CIA Strikes" - and written a petition against this program. The people of the world need to step up and let the U.S. government know that what it's doing is not okay. I thank God that every time a plane flies overhead, I don't have to cringe in fear.