Mar 9, 2014
Drone Strike Kills 15 Yemeni Wedding Guests
Posted on Dec 13, 2013
A convoy of Yemeni civilians headed to a wedding Thursday looked, to military button pushers, like a convoy of al-Qaida fighters. So a button was pushed, and a drone attack killed up to 15 civilians and wounded five others, according to reports out of Yemen.
With the American media fixated on a handshake and a presidential selfie, the drone-strike-gone-wrong was lightly noted here, but The Guardian has the scant details available from local Yemeni security forces and Reuters:
Another airstrike Monday killed three unidentified people in a car, making it a particularly deadly week to be driving roads in Yemen. And the attacks come on the heels of recent reports by human rights groups calling for more openness and accountability by the United States in its drone program, including dropping its veil of silence over the attacks. The issue has also drawn the attention of the United Nations. The Guardian again:
To be sure, Yemen has been the scene of terrorist attacks, including attacks on military facilities that killed at least 52 people. Outrage over those attacks will fade in the light of the fresh drone killings, Yemeni activist Farea al-Muslimi told The Guardian. “The strike today literally saved AQAP’s image and shorted by months the PR work would have needed to do,” al-Muslimi said. “Nothing could have made Yemenis forget the horrible images of the attack in Sanaa more than the images of this current drone strike that targeted a wedding party.”
If the U.S. continues to use drones to kill civilians, without public accountability, to ostensibly keep terrorists from killing civilians, we veer uncomfortably close to the old Vietnam War line about killing a village to save it.
And military policies scripted by George Orwell and Joseph Heller.
—Posted by Scott Martelle.
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