Getting kids to go to bed at night, and to stay there till morning, and not get up, again and again, is possibly life’s greatest challenge. When I had young children, I was willing to do whatever it took.
Drink of water? Sure. Okay. No more.
Drone strike? Well, as tempting as that sounds . . . no.
But according to The Washington Post, Farea al-Muslimi, a young Yemeni man, testified before the United States Senate that some parents in his country have taken to threatening their children at bedtime, “Go to sleep or I will call the planes.”
Pretty funny. Until it dawned on me that our USA is now scarier than the monster hiding underneath the bed.
“What radicals had previously failed to achieve in my village,” Muslimi warned, “one drone strike accomplished in an instant: There is now an intense anger and growing hatred of America.”
Georgetown University Law Professor Rosa Brooks, a former Pentagon advisor, testified: “Every individual detained, targeted, and killed by the U.S. government may well deserve his fate. But when a government claims for itself the unreviewable power to kill anyone, anywhere on Earth, at any time, based on secret criteria and secret information discussed in a secret process by largely unnamed individuals, it undermines the rule of law.”
Anything that undermines the rule of law, undermines the United States of America.
It’s long past time we put the lawlessness of the killer drone program to bed . . . and not just till morning.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.