The fatal shooting of black teenager Trayvon Martin shocked a nation, inspired tens of thousands to march for justice and even prompted the US President to declare, “If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon”.
It took nearly six weeks for George Zimmerman, the Florida man accused of killing the teenager, to be arrested and charged with second-degree murder after enormous pressure from the public.
Zimmerman – the captain of a Neighbourhood Watch group – pursued Trayvon because he said that he thought he was acting “suspicious” and “up to no good”. Yet that is exactly the same excuse used by President Barack Obama as he justifies ticking off names on a “kill list” for drone attacks.
While Obama called on federal, state and local authorities to work together as part of the investigation into the killing of Trayvon, just who is going to investigate the President for his extra-judicial killings? He is a man out of control, and while his predecessor justified his actions with a catch-all “God told me to do it”, this president thinks he is God, making decisions about who should live and who should die.
One of those who did die in a drone attack was teenager Tariq Aziz. He wasn’t on Obama’s kill list but, like Trayvon, he happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Both kids had much in common, they were about the same age, loved sport and were deeply loved by their families.
Trayvon came from Florida and Tariq came from the rugged tribal areas of Waziristan in Pakistan. When Obama casually ticked a name off the now notorious kill list he also sealed the fate of Tariq. And the 16-year-old’s death wasn’t a one off – his cousin had died some months earlier, in the same brutal way in April 2010 by one of Obama’s drone attacks.
Of course we rarely get to know the names of Obama’s victims. Some apologist in the West Wing will tell journalists in such casual tones, as if reading a weather report, that a “senior al Qaida commander” was taken out in a drone attack. There’s no one to challenge the statement, no one to ask for proof because the press pack essentially couldn’t care less about the fate of olive-skinned folk in Pakistan, black kids in Somalia or Arabs in Yemen.
No one even bothers to ask: “How can you be so sure the target was al Qaida, and were there any civilians killed?”
But we know about Tariq thanks to british peace activist Jemima Khan who has joined the growing global campaign against US drone attacks. She had met young Tariq three days earlier in Islamabad at a protest about the “plague” of the deadly, remote-controlled planes.
Jemima wrote in a Daily Mail piece last month:
“I was there to distribute digital cameras so that the people from Waziristan could record the damage and death caused by drones, as part of a campaign to prove that innocent civilians are dying”.
She went on to add:
“Tariq, a keen amateur photographer, was given one of the cameras before he left to return home. Three days later he was dead. Like his cousin, who had died in April 2010 and whose identity card he clutched when we met, he was blown to pieces by a drone strike. The appalling irony of how his young life ended will stay with me forever”.
It is important to note that not one single leader anywhere in the world has supported Obama’s drone policy, but neither has one had the backbone or guts to stand up and object, either. As Irish statesman and philosopher Edmund Burke once said: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
The time to be silent is over, for as long as Obama’s killing spree goes unchecked it gives a green light to his enemies to commit more atrocities in their own backyard. America’s friends need to stand up to the US President and tell him that what he is doing is immoral and illegal.
If he was the head of a banana republic the UN Security Council would be meeting right now to bring about regime change, with the International Criminal Court on standby with a writ to charge Obama with war crimes.
But the USA is not a banana republic – not yet, anyway – and Obama is the head of a superpower and supposed to be the most powerful man in the world; the man who in 2009 went to Cairo and convinced us all that he was going to engage positively with the Muslim world from the Middle East to Asia. However, the government of Israel no doubt feels emboldened and empowered by such belligerence from its main sponsor and supporter in the heart of the Muslim world.
Looking back at that historic day all I can visualise is a fox being heralded and saluted by his victims as he struts up the ramp into the chicken coop.
We don’t know how many people Barack Obama has ordered to be killed, but according to the New York Times he has “placed himself at the helm of a top secret ‘nominations’ process to designate terrorists for kill or capture, of which the capture part has become largely theoretical”.
There is huge hypocrisy in the media and from the so-called liberal left when it comes to this particular White House incumbent. The tame journalists who make up the Washington press pack ignore the fact that several times a month around 100 members of the government’s sprawling national security apparatus gather, by secure video teleconference, to discuss who should live and who should die.
This murderous secret nomination process was the invention of the Democrat Obama Administration, just as the Democrat Bill Clinton Administration brought kidnap and extraordinary rendition flights to the world. Republicans must look on enviously at how the Democrats get away with breaking international laws and conventions without being challenged.
It is almost beyond belief that this kill list has been sanctioned by a man who won the Nobel Peace Prize and ran his US Presidential campaign on a human rights platform. Remember Obama’s declaration that he wanted to close down Guantanamo, end torture, stop secret renditions and raise the bar in fairness and justice? He clearly doesn’t.
In Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan, Obama’s killing machines are not even clinical or always on target; thousands of innocent men, women and children have been taken out by his drone attacks. Their blood is on the US President’s hands, and even his own people are sickened by the hypocrisy and double standards coming out of the White House.
America’s outgoing Ambassador to Pakistan, Cameron Munter, a man with more backbone and guts than his predecessor, has revealed that he regards the drone strike-driven policy of his government to be unacceptable. Rather tellingly, he has complained to colleagues that “he didn’t realise his main job was to kill people”.
This was revealed in another article published this week in the New York Times, one of the few US media titles finally to adopt a critical stance over Obama’s foreign policies.
I can only assume that Obama’s killing spree has gone largely unchecked by ordinary Americans because they haven’t a clue what this president is doing in their name. This is sad, because Americans do care about justice and fair play; they showed this when they rallied and demonstrated after the killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin by a man who thought he was “up to no good”.
Trayvon’s killer will now stand trial for his actions and his fate will be decided by a judge and jury looking at openly presented evidence. That is real justice, not the shoot and kill version which is coming to define Obama’s presidency.
Many of us who cheered when the first non-white president moved into the White House were hoping for a new era of peace and justice, but we have been conned.
The true Barack Obama is an out of control psychopathic killer with a loaded God complex, and he’s running America. This makes him the most dangerous man in the world as well as the most powerful. And that should make every right-minded person in America and beyond shudder with disbelief.