That Anwar al-Awlaki has been killed in Yemen is a significantly successful military operation. His involvement and leadership in the recruitment of Americans to be terrorists and his planning of terrorist activities and attacks, not to mention his close ties with several of the 9-11 hijackers, made him a high value target. Taking him out will probably save American lives.
However, two things in the morning newscasts make me uncomfortable.
- The way they refer to the “successful kill”. As they speculate on whether it was a drone strike, a fighter jet bomb or a secret services operation, it sounds like the description of a successful hunting expedition, which I suppose it was.
- And that he was American-born with a presidentially approved standing kill order just sounds out of sorts.
I am not so naive to think that these sorts of operations are not commonplace in the world. Please don’t label me unpatriotic, but a kill order for an American sounds as bad as the concept of an American conspiring to kill Americans in the name of a religion.
I guess it is the world we live in…..hopefully a tiny bit safer for now.