26 January 2013
But behind each name there is the face of a child with a family history in a village in a far away country, with a mom and a dad, with brothers and sisters and friends.
Among the list, are infants of 1, 2, 3 and 4 years old.
In some cases brothers and sisters of an entire family are killed.
Four sisters of the Ali Mohammed Nasser family in Yemen were killed. Afrah was 9 years old when she and her three younger sisters Zayda (7 years old) , Hoda (5 years old) and Sheika (4 years old) were struck by an American drone.
Ibrahim, a 13 year old boy of the Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye family in Yemen was struck by a US drone, together with his younger brother Asmaa (9 years old) and two younger sisters, Salma (4 years old) and Fatima (3 years old)
These children are innocent. They are not different from our own children.
Their lives were taken away at a very young age as part of a military agenda, which claims to be combating “international terrorism”
These drone attacks are extremely precise. We are not dealing with “collateral damage”.
Drone operators have the ability of viewing from a computer screen their targets well in advance of a strike.
A family home is referred to as a “structure” or a “building” rather than a house. When they target a home with family members, they kill children. And they know that in advance of the drone strike:
These children were killed on the orders of the US President and Commander in Chief Barack H. Obama.
The commander in chief sets the military agenda and authorizes these killings to proceed.
The killings were quite deliberate. They are categorized as “crimes against humanity” under international law.
Those who ordered these drone killings, including the president of the United States, are war criminals under international law and must be indicted and prosecuted.
It should be noted that the drone attacks on civilians have increased dramatically during the Obama presidency (see below).