Drones are Terrorizing Civilians, Not Fighting Terrorists

Just pretend that you’re surprised by this:

A new report on the secret U.S. drone war in Pakistan says the attacks have killed far more civilians than acknowledged, traumatized a nation and undermined international law. In “Living Under Drones,” researchers conclude the drone strikes “terrorize men, women, and children, giving rise to anxiety and psychological trauma among civilian communities.” The study concludes that most of the militants killed in the strikes have been low-level targets whose deaths have failed to make the United States any safer. Just 2 percent of drone attack victims are said to be top militant leaders.

Considering the fact that the current administration had to redefine the term “enemy combatant” to mean any military aged male in order to keep the number of civilian deaths being reported down I’m not at all surprised by this report. A terrorist is defined as “a person who uses terrorism in the pursuit of political aims.” Considering this fact I think it’s far more apt to call the United States government a terrorist than the people they’re bombing.