Noam Chomsky: Obama Is Running Biggest Terrorist Operation That Exists… People have a reaction when they lose a loved one to an American drone strike. They don’t say, ‘Fine, I don’t care if my cousin was murdered.’ They become what we call terrorists.

Noam Chomsky: Obama Is Running Biggest Terrorist Operation That Exists... People have a reaction when they lose a loved one to an American drone strike. They don’t say, ‘Fine, I don’t care if my cousin was murdered.’ They become what we call terrorists.

Christ Chomsky is an idiot about politics. (Note: not about linguistics…) You can oppose the targeted killing policy–I semi-oppose it, or, at least, the way it’s (to my mind) being overused. But you’ve got to be a moron to say that it’s terrorism. There is no intent to achieve political goals by using fear. The policy seeks to kill people–specifically, terrorists–in order to prevent them from committing terrorism. That isn’t terrorism. It doesn’t seek to use fear as a political tool. Perhaps it’s wrong–perhaps it’s a different error–but it isn’t terrorism. Furthermore, the program seeks to minimize civilian death and injury. You can argue that it doesn’t do that well enough, but at least it seeks to do so. Drone strikes, on average, cause fewer civilian casualties than any alternative method available to us (e.g. manned air strikes). Terrorists typically seek to maximize innocent death and destruction as a means to achieving their characteristic goal–causing fear. Conservatives complain about the "blame America first" crowd. I do personally know some people like that, but there aren’t many prominent ones. Chomsky, though–he’s such a person, in my view. Be that as it may, however, it does seem to me that we should use the targeted killing program more sparingly.

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