“Give Drones a Medal” by Richard Clarke---A ReplyMr. Clarke defends America
s use of dronesto blow people up by asserting that we areblowing up “terrorists” who should be blownup, in self-defense. He acknowledges thatother people are injured and killed,inadvertantly, in these drone strikes, butthen asserts that, relative to other means ofkilling terrorists (manned airplanes droppingbombs, cruise missles, commando raids),relatively fewer people are injured or killedby drone strikes--and no Americans arekilled. Therefore, we should Give Drones aMedal.How many non-terrorists have been killedby drone strikes is not known, andestimates are disputed. Several hundredpeople--at least. Any responsible andinformed person has to acknowledge this.Maybe over a thousand, or more. Thedeaths include those at a meeting ofrespected elders and those at a weddingparty. And scores of children. And mothers.