Should the USA Use Drones Against Terrorists and
It is well-known that Al Qaeda forces have branched out throughout the Arab world and Africa. We know that we are challenged in Yemen with a strengthening of Al Qaeda in that country. Al Qaeda has also been found in Somalia, and may or may not be involved in collecting cash from Somalian pirates, or participating in those Somalia kidnappings, ship and cargo seizing, and other things going on there.
Okay so, should the United States use Drones to target the Somalian pirates, and members of Al Qaeda that are now interspersed within their ranks? Should we use our surveillance drones for the purposes of taking out members of Al Qaeda in yet another country? We were promised by two presidents now that we would hunt down Al Qaeda and their leadership wherever they went. That they couldn’t hide on this planet, and that we would find them and remove them.
If we are going to be good to our word, and the promises we’ve made to the American people we have no choice. Somalia is a failed state without the security forces to stop piracy or terrorist groups. Many of the folks in charge regionally are just as corrupt as Al Qaeda and the pirates anyway. Do we really have a choice? If we turn our heads, Al Qaeda merely grows, and a terrorist organization of that type does very well in those sorts of chaotic conditions.
There was an interesting article by Mark Mazzetti and Eric Schmitt, two very fine writers from the New York Times, recently which was titled; “U.S. Expands Its Drone War Into Somalia” and published on July 1, 2011. The article stated;
“The clandestine American military campaign to combat Al Qaeda’s franchise in Yemen is expanding to fight the Islamist militancy in Somalia, as new evidence indicates that insurgents in the two countries are forging closer ties and possibly plotting attacks against the United States, American officials say. An American military drone aircraft attacked several Somalis in the militant group the Shabab late last month, the officials said, killing at least one of its midlevel operatives, and wounding others.”