I've thought drones were an abomination for years now, my first diary was about them, and I'm appalled that their use goes on and on. The rationalizations for me continue to be slick versions of we are strong and powerful, and the innocents killed are forgotten again and again. The guardian 10/28/13 had this in it about his mother and kids hit by a drone, I'll include a few parts and a link. I searched for it here, didn't see it.
My three children – 13-year-old Zubair, nine-year-old Nabila and five-year-old Asma – were playing nearby when their grandmother was killed. All of them were injured and rushed to hospitals. Were these children the "militants" the news reports spoke of? Or perhaps, it was my brother's children? They, too, were there. They are aged three, seven, 12, 14, 15 and 17 years old. The eldest four had just returned from a day at school, not long before the missile struck.
My mother was a midwife, the only midwife in our village. She delivered hundreds of babies in our community. Now families have no one to help them.
Our family has not been the same since that drone strike. Our home has turned into hell. The small children scream in the night and cannot sleep. They cry until dawn.
Several of the children have had to have multiple surgeries.
It's tempting to think there is a reason for this that justifies it, but there is no reason.
These drones don't keep America safe, they just keep America hated. They are the best advertisement for recruiting terrorists. We should do better.