The front page of Tuesday’s Globe (“US assails Syria, moves closer to military strike”) features a picture of Secretary of State John Kerry under his quote: “President Obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the world’s most heinous weapons.” Kerry is referring to the apparent use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict.
Have President Obama and Kerry forgotten that the most heinous weapons ever devised, the atom and hydrogen bombs, have been used only once and by only one nation?
Drones, meanwhile, are a means of killing by remote control. The bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon killed three people and injured more than 200. Drones have killed and injured thousands, routinely inflicting civilian casualties.
Americans are beginning to question the morality and ethics of using drones. Many are suggesting that their use is counterproductive, creating more enemies for America. A coalition of religious leaders has written Obama protesting the use of drones and requesting more transparency regarding this policy.
The United States has no moral authority to preach to the Syrians or to any other nation. Hypocrisy abounds in Washington, but deciding which weapons can be used in war and which nations we accept using them is the worst of hypocrisies.