New attacks on Somalia bring to six the number of countries where the U.S. is dropping bombs by remote control on its “enemies,” who often turn out to be civilians; dozens of women and children were recently killed in Yemen.
The other targets of unmanned aircraft strikes are Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Libya. In Afghanistan, drone assaults and raids by U.S. special operations forces have displaced more than 250,000 people from their homes and towns during the last two years.
The war on terror is an unjust war; it’s a bully’s war. It’s a war whose name is a lie. And it’s a war that’s coming home with a new intensity.
Regular FS readers have been following the FBI’s witch-hunt against socialist anti-war and international solidarity activists (see current story here) and the government’s entrapment of young U.S. Muslim men as terrorists. Statements by the Obama administration threaten to drastically widen this domestic persecution. In June, White House anti-terror chief John O. Brennan boasted of “the first counterterrorism strategy that designates the homeland as a primary area of emphasis.”
Driven by the need to control and profit, the imperialists will wage this war just as long as U.S. working people let them. Our job is to oppose their unmanned and shadowy violence with our real bodies, brains, and hearts.