Growing Death Toll Reflects Trump's Choice to Continue Former Administration "Drone Wars"

September 25, 2017

On September 15, the U.S. military carried out its fifth airstrike of the year in Pakistan, near the border of Afghanistan. So far, as a result of that airstrike, three civilians have been reported killed. Six civilians were killed after three drone strikes were discharged on September 13 over Somalia. On September 9, three U.S. airstrikes killed at least five civilians in Yemen. On September 22, U.S. airstrikes were delivered in Libya, killing over fifteen civilians.

Despite Trump's campaign promises to get away from the war program escalated by the Obama administration, "counter-terrorism" airstrikes and other covert operations by the U.S. military have not disappeared from the international landscape.

The shadow of U.S. drone strike use outside of Iraq and Afghanistan was first cast by U.S. imperialism over Yemen. Since the end of George W. Bush's presidency when this program was initiated, their use made its appearance over several other countries, including Libya, Pakistan, Somalia, and Syria.

The U.S. uses drone strikes to undermine the legal systems of other countries and to avoid extradition and trial for its targets.

The character of the U.S. relations with the communities targeted is one of terror and deception. U.S. drone strikes kill huge numbers of children and their mothers and fathers even while the method undermines the right of the victim's family members to see the foreign pilots and all of their superiors brought to trial for the crime.

According to the database of The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, since 2002 in Yemen there were 199 U.S. airstrikes causing the death of over 1,500 people and the injury of hundreds more. Since January, 2007 in Somalia, U.S. air drones opened fire 39 times, killing 428 people. 4,020 mortalities and hundreds more injured resulted from 428 U.S. drone attacks that took place in Pakistan since June, 2004.

These facts show that drone strikes have become a growing menace to the world since George W. Bush first initiated them as part of the so-called "war on international terrorism" in 2002. And behind this practical barbarism lie the equally barbarous attempts to justify U.S. imperialism's brazen violation of the sovereignty of countries and to demonize the very countries and peoples victimized by U.S. aggression. The capitalist politicians of both parties have chosen to portray countries and peoples as "evil ones" and "terrorists" only to disguise the real exploiting, aggressive aims of the U.S. monopoly capitalist class.

In particular, the capitalist politicians work hard to dehumanize and demonize the Arab and Muslim peoples by bombarding the world with the most vile stereotyping about them. And of course, as U.S. imperialism is not only waging a continuous war against Iraq and Afghanistan, but it is also keeping the whole of the Middle East militarized in order to keep its armies in the region and maintain control over this strategic and oil-rich part of the world. In reality, this so-called "international war against terrorism" is nothing but a pretext for the strategic plan of the U.S. monopoly capitalists to create a unipolar world under their flag on the basis that Might Makes Right. It is a blueprint for war not just in the Middle east, but in every corner of the globe.

In the Middle East, U.S. imperialism's drone wars and other interventions are unleashing chaos and death. While U.S. imperialism terrorizes the peoples of the region and tramples on their sovereignty, the countries and people it targets are considered no more than "collateral" damage in its drive for oil and empire.