Civilians pay the price of US drone attacks

JOHN E. Sununu doesn’t question the morality of drones; he’s concerned primarily about the president’s claimed right to assassinate US citizens (“For Obama, a license to kill,” Op-ed, Feb. 19). But others have questioned many other aspects of drones, which are currently killing civilians in at least eight countries. It would be a major service to readers if your news pages offered an overview of where and how drones are used, who dies (mostly civilians), and at what cost; as well as investigating potential violations of the Constitution and of international law.

A delegation of peace activists recently traveled to Pakistan, one country in which President Obama has used drones extensively — though it’s not a country the US is even at war with — and many of those who traveled there, to meet with and apologize to civilian drone victims, are from the Boston area. Those activists have given many public presentations in the past two months on their trip and on the reality of drone warfare, with no media coverage.

Why not continue the conversation in Sununu’s column by interviewing them? Many who work with Codepink, Veterans for Peace, and similar groups have been working to “end the wars, ground the drones.”

Joan Livingston