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Americans must take stand against use of drones

To the editor:

Like everyone else I know, murder is wrong, profoundly wrong. There are instances, though, when I might have killed if I’d thought I could get away with it.

This poses a contradiction when I criticize President Obama for his apparent fondness for targeted assassinations.

Neither our country nor any other has the right to commit these murders. We all know this.

As I know well, though, murder can seem appropriate, absolutely justified.

The belief it can be appropriate is so prevalent that murder is routinely accepted as a necessary evil. We humans have a bloody history.

Even so, it is obscene to sit at a computer in Colorado, murder someone in Pakistan, then go home and have dinner with the family, maybe play a game of tennis, swim a few laps, and after a good night’s rest head back to the office for another day at the computer.

We need to convince ourselves, our Congress and our president that we do not choose to continue to let our drones make our country the villain in this grim imitation of some sadly prescient piece of science fiction.

Barbara Kelly

Amherst

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