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Like Father, Like Son: Murdering Awlaki’s 16-Year Old Son

John Glaser, October 18, 2011

We all know about the extrajudicial assassination of American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen. It was murder without due process, guaranteed him by the Fifth Amendment. Less people know about the same fate befalling his 16-year old son (I reported on it here, but details have since been clarified and expanded upon):

In the days before a CIA drone strike killed al-Qaeda operative Anwar al-Awlaki last month, his 16-year-old son ran away from the family home in Yemen’s capital of Sanaa to try to find him, relatives say. When he, too, was killed in a U.S. airstrike Friday, the Awlaki family decided to speak out for the first time since the attacks.

“To kill a teenager is just unbelievable, really, and they claim that he is an al-Qaeda militant. It’s nonsense,” said Nasser al-Awlaki, a former Yemeni agriculture minister who was Anwar al-Awlaki’s father and the boy’s grandfather, speaking in a phone interview from Sanaa on Monday. “They want to justify his killing, that’s all.”

The teenager, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen who was born in Denver in 1995, and his 17-year-old Yemeni cousin were killed in a U.S. military strike that left nine people dead in southeastern Yemen.

Abdulrahman al-Awlaki’s family has set up a memorial Facebook page. It includes pictures like these:

The boy was killed by a US drone strike while he was out to dinner with his 17-year old cousin. Nine others died.

Den typiske reaktion fra Obama-tilbedere, som støtter disse myrderier uden bevis eller rettergang:

Obama joker om sine døtre og The Jonas Brothers, med hundredvis af drone-dræbte, uskyldige mennesker på samvittigheden:

Artikel på 4. maj 2010, President Obama’s drone joke misses mark:

It’s never too late to over-analyze the stand-up routines delivered at Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner by both President Barack Obama and Jay Leno. So here’s another bit of thinking: Obama’s “predator drone” joke regarding the Jonas Brothers wasn’t funny at all.

First, the joke as originally told:

“The Jonas Brothers are here. (Applause.) They’re out there somewhere. Sasha and Malia are huge fans. But, boys, don’t get any ideas. (Laughter.) I have two words for you — predator drones. (Laughter.) You will never see it coming. (Laughter.) You think I’m joking. (Laughter.)”

Why the criticism from some corners? Well, predator drones are a somewhat controversial part of America’s counter-terrorism program, having resulted in the deaths of innocent civilians in Pakistan (no one knows how many for sure — the CIA’s drone program is secret).

“It’s funny because predator drone strikes in Pakistan have killed literally hundreds of completely innocent civilians, and now the president is evincing a casual disregard for those lives he is responsible for ending by making a lighthearted joke about killing famous young celebrities for the crime of attempting to sleep with his young daughters,” said Salon’s Alex Pareene.

The American Prospect’s Adam Serwer said that the joke undermined much of Obama’s good work throughout the Muslim world. “So you have to wonder why in the world the president’s speechwriters would think it was a good idea to throw a joke about predator drones into the president’s speech during the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, given that an estimated one-third of drone casualties, or between 289 and 378, have been civilians. It evinces a callous disregard for human life that is really inappropriate for a world leader, especially a president who is waging war against an enemy that deliberately targets civilians. It also helps undermine that outreach by making it look insincere.”

Conservative blogger William Teach wrote, “Again, just imagine Bush telling THAT joke and what the media would be printing the following day.”

“Let’s be honest, fellow progressives,” said the Philadelphia Daily News’ Will Bunch, “we’d be all over Bush if he made the same ‘predator drone’ joke Obama told last night.”

Teach and Bunch are onto something: When President George W. Bush cracked a joke about missing weapons of mass destruction during his 2004 White House Correspondents’ Dinner remarks, the 43rd president got heat for making light of a very serious topic. Then-DNC chair Terry McAuliffe called Bush’s joke “inappropriate to the thousands of people obviously who have been wounded over there.”


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