Words are far more dangerous than weapons. This article is about Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born Muslim cleric, in Yemen who was killed in a drone strike.
The mainstream news and news paper headlines only described him as a “radical” and only a few news outlets actually mentioned the fact that he was an American citizen. The fact that he’s an American only shows the lack of Due Process which is a right for all Americans regardless. Anwar al-Awlaki was a cleric and not a soldier. Regardless of what this man was accused of, there was no Due Process involved with his case (or lack there of).
There are consequences for such actions and usually those consequences trickle down to us, the common citizen and in the end it is “we” who pay the price in the form of new laws and the loss of certain liberties.
Please read the article below.
Noam Chomsky has slammed US drone strikes and said while the Bush administration kidnapped and tortured, present-day White House resorts to murder.
origin of article: PressTV.com
Chomsky also criticized Obama team for the extrajudicial murder of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born cleric, in Yemen in a drone strike.
“He (Awlaki) was killed. The guy next to him was killed. Shortly after, his son was killed. Now, there was a little talk about the fact that he was an American citizen: you shouldn’t just murder American citizens.” Chomsky commented.
“But, you know, the New York Times headline, for example, when he was killed, said something like ‘West celebrates death of radical cleric,” he continued.
“First of all, it wasn’t death, it was murder. And the West celebrates the murder of a suspect. He’s a suspect, after all. There was something done almost 800 years ago called the Magna Carta, which is the foundation of Anglo-American law, that says that no one shall be subjected to a violation of rights without due process of law and a fair and speedy trial. It doesn’t say, if you think somebody’s a suspect, you should kill them,” Chomsky stressed.
The United States has recently approved a policy that allows drone strikes in Yemen even when the identity of targets is not known. The US also launches drone attacks in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Somalia.
US military officials claim the airstrikes target militants affiliated to the Taliban and al-Qaeda. But locals say civilians are the main victims.