Sunday, October 9, 2011

Islam and the West
08 Oct 2011, NewAgeIslam.Com
Is West Ready to Face Some Home Truths?

By Aijaz Zaka Syed

Samir's short, eventful journey abruptly ended last week. Clearly, he was as dangerous for America as Anwar Al-Awlaki although he never fired a shot nor killed anyone. Along with Awlaki, he's one of the first US citizens to be killed by their own government. A promising life cut short. An appalling tragedy. But Samir's sudden death isn't just the tragedy of a peace-loving immigrant family. This is an American tragedy and a failure of all those fine ideals and principles that America once stood for. This is the end of American dream. US drones are now killing men, women and children like flies all across the Middle East and beyond. The drone that killed Awlaki, Samir and two others was launched from a new site on Arabian Peninsula. Due process, rule of law? Are you kidding me? Who can dare to confront Uncle Sam, the judge, jury and executioner? Except for some stray voices in blogosphere, few in the land of the free have bothered to debate the legality of this White House-authorized killing of US citizens, let alone the daily slaughter of civilians in Afghanistan and Pakistan. -- Aijaz Zaka Syed

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