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Desmond Tutu Compares Drones to Apartheid

How popular has President Obama made us throughout the world?  Not very…

In the following statement about America, Desmond Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, South African civil rights activist, and Anglican bishop condemns the drone program under Obama.  Read it and tell us what you think…
To the Editor: [NY Times]

I am deeply, deeply disturbed at the suggestion in “A Court to Vet Kill Lists” (news analysis, front page, Feb. 9) that possible judicial review of President Obama’s decisions to approve the targeted killing of suspected terrorists might be limited to the killings of American citizens.

Do the United States and its people really want to tell those of us who live in the rest of the world that our lives are not of the same value as yours? That President Obama can sign off on a decision to kill us with less worry about judicial scrutiny than if the target is an American? Would your Supreme Court really want to tell humankind that we, like the slave Dred Scott in the 19th century, are not as human as you are? I cannot believe it.

I used to say of apartheid that it dehumanized its perpetrators as much as, if not more than, its victims. Your response as a society to Osama bin Laden and his followers threatens to undermine your moral standards and your humanity.

Aboard MV Explorer, near Hong Kong Feb. 11, 2013


  1. For me the problem is I find it just a little hypocritical. Our politicians are always saying how the enemy won’t stand toe to toe with our troops and fight. That there is no “clear” enemy to fight, that they just ambush and run away. Are drones not the same. Hell even those piloting the drones aren’t even in the area’s they patrol and likely are not even soldiers. Also can anyone explain to me a legitimate reason for flying drones in this country? A precurser of things to come. Paranoid, I think not. Of all the things we give our government, trust should not be one of them. They have proven time and again they are not worthy!

  2. At last the clear voice of a moral and ethical champion who no American can dismiss as being owned by either political party.

    Bishop Desmond Tutu here speaks the harsh truth. Is anybody listening?

  3. as much as i hate to admit it desmond tutu has hit the nail on the head. Jerry in his comment above is also spot on. trust is something that is earned and govt has never throughout human history earned that. the moment you start to trust govt is the same moment they start to abuse that trust and run roughshod over the people. the obama regime especially has not earned any trust but rather has shown itself to not give a flying F what anyone thinks

  4. The good Rev Scott said it best, I would like to add that the justification for the proliferation of security cams and surveillance drones is less for security than for CONTROL. I do have fears for our offspring.

  5. Obama is opening up a whole big can of worms. Does he think that his drones are the only ones in the world. Does he not realize that other countries also have the technology. Once another country starts deploying these predators over American skies and striking American citizens, when will it end. Of course if another country strikes back at the USA, then it is called Terrorism.

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