Dear President Obama:
We were extremely moved when you shed a tear with us over
the senseless, brutal, intentional slaughter of 20 children in Newtown by a U.S.A gunman firing assault
weapons in their school.
We were further mollified by your immediate willingness to
work on banning and/or eliminating such horrific weapons from endangering the
lives and happiness of our children and from circulating around our country.
But we question your sincerity and have to ask you, where
were your tears when 178 children in Pakistan were massacred by U.S.A. drones
firing random missiles into their homes, their schools, their communities; or
the 21 children massacred in Yemen; or the countless (and uncounted) children
in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia and Syria murdered by U.S.A. drones?
drones are killing children, women and men – civilians – by your orders, Mr.
President. We adamantly insist you rescind these orders and immediately cease
the assassination of human beings.
Surely you sat in the same U.S.A. school classrooms and
heard your history teacher explain the difference between a democracy and a
dictatorship: she said “democracies engage in due process, charging the ‘bad
guys’ and trying the ‘innocent-until-proven-guilty’ people in a court of law. Dictatorships
Surely you should be acutely moved to summarily rescind your
assassination-by-drone orders because the use of drones is vilely
unconstitutional and abhorrently immoral.
President Obama, if you continue to act as if the children
in other countries are merely inconsequential, if their lives and limbs are not
profoundly valued, immensely important, our earth’s greatest treasures, then we
cannot but suspect you do not really value the lives of the children here – for
if you can kill children abroad, it is only a matter of time before you justify
the killing of children on our soil.
Do not continue to break the hearts of mothers, to incense
the people of those communities under drone attack, to create vengeful enemies around
the world: end drone offenses NOW! GROUND the DRONES! NO MORE DRONES!!!