Creating Militants By Killing Militants

Drones and blowback.


Winning hearts and minds:

Look! Up in the sky!

Late last August, a 40-year-old cleric named Salem Ahmed bin Ali Jaber stood up to deliver a speech denouncing Al Qaeda in a village mosque in far eastern Yemen.

It was a brave gesture by a father of seven who commanded great respect in the community, and it did not go unnoticed. Two days later, three members of Al Qaeda came to the mosque in the tiny village of Khashamir after 9 p.m., saying they merely wanted to talk. Mr. Jaber agreed to meet them, bringing his cousin Waleed Abdullah, a police officer, for protection.

As the five men stood arguing by a cluster of palm trees, a volley of remotely operated American missiles shot down from the night sky and incinerated them all, along with a camel that was tied up nearby.

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  1. *Cue Team America theme song*. What a disgrace.


    1. I’ve been around camels. That was the one thing they did right in that example.

  3. When asked about the event, the drone operator replied, “They all looked brown to me.”

    1. Mission accomplished

  4. Sounds liek a pretty solid idea to me dude, I like that.


    1. Drone solidarity.

      1. AI backing the Drones – we are screwed, Jesse.

  5. I’m certain Obama will hear criticism…from PETA about the camel.

  6. If Al-Quaida had killed Salem Ahmed bin Ali Jaber it would have been a heinous act, but since we killed him we just shrug and walk away.

  7. As the five men stood arguing by a cluster of palm trees

    Well, I guess we know who won that argument.

    But no worries for Murika and it’s great anointed emperor, no matter how many new enemies, foreign and domestic, the great empire makes, there will never be any consequences, history never repeats itself, and we don’t have a spending problem.

    1. That fear and hatred of America among Yemen’s youth? You did build that.

  8. It’s all very well to criticise this kind of thing, but the mistake that got us to this point was the sixty-plus years when we DIDN’T kill bandits (militants, terrorists). If our reaction to Yassar Arafat’s appearance had been “gee, this bastard spent world war ii kissing germanass. Maybe we should see what he looks like stuffed” the world would be a safer place.

    1. You missed the entire point of this piece didn’t you?

    2. lol… yes, more killing would have brought peace. How bout not kicking hornets nests for the last 60 years.

    3. Sixty plus years of being passive in the Middle East? Are you retarded or are you fucking retarded?

  9. Fuck, this kind of shit even radicalizes me and I hate camels. Punk motherfuckers.

  10. If those fuckers don’t want to get murderdroned, they should stop waging war against the greatest nation on earth.

  11. “Creating Militants By Killing Militants” is a bit misleading – the problems is killing the innocent and the friendly.

    1. See, those so-called innocent and friendly are really just militants waiting to happen, that’s why killing them pre-emptively is justified. They are imminently capable of becoming militants who would be imminently capable of attacking the US. They might point their fingers at a drone, and we all know that zero tolerance must punish those who make the g-n shape with their hands and aim it at us.

    2. Being old enough to shake a stick at Uncle Sam, by definition, makes you a militant/terrorist if you live in the middle east.

    3. “Creating Militants By Killing Militants” is a bit misleading – the problems is killing the innocent and the friendly.

      I picked that title because the drone strike in question actually did kill some militants. It’s just that the kills didn’t stop there.

      1. I’m sure the administration would say that the loss of innocent life is tragic and every possible step is taken to ensure that there are no civilians are targeted, but we’re dealing with a crafty enemy that likes to operate within the protective shield of the innocent populace so there is, tragically, going to be some collateral damage.

        Gotta break a few eggs to make that omelette and all.

      2. Sure.

        But you didn’t establish that any new militants were created in the process.

        I agree with the blowback theory, I’ve been spouting it for years, but this isn’t a very good example of said blowback.

        1. You have to actually follow the link to the NYT article and read… Jesse can lead you to water, but he can’t hold your head under until the bubbles stop.

          1. Except that Jesse’s headline isn’t the headline of the NYT article, but of his own post about it. It is still his responsibility to establish what his own headline denotes, and he didn’t do that either via his own words nor with those he chose to excerpt from the original article.

  12. Something’s fishy about this story: If they’re all dead, where does the acc’t come from?

    I’m working with old equipment here and a 56k modem, and it’s been frustrating trying to read Hit & Run, but today I discovered a little hack that allows me to read without annoying hangs & crashes: I just download & save it, go off line, then delete all the head material before reading it. If I leave the material between the head tags in place, MSIE 6 tries seemingly forever to execute some commands which assume net access (preferably FAST net access, it seems).

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