As the situation in Yemen unfolds and more information comes out, it is clear – Killing the family of “bad guys” just to “collect intelligence” is immoral. We need to Commit to #Nonviolence. How can we justify this kind of action when there are countless other ways to gather intelligence and thwart terrorists? Just because we have weapons and special forces doesn’t mean they should be our go-to preferred solution to problems. The Pentagon needs to rethink its role, change its priorities in how it uses the tremendous financial resources at its disposal (with less spending on weapons and strike capabilities), and engage with the tech, psychology, and faith communities (among others) to find better ways to protect Americans without inflaming anti-American passions with raids, drone strikes and other uses of military force. It hasn’t worked in keeping us or the world safer for more than 50 years now (look back at Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan wars etc) – let’s use our creativity and ingenuity to find a better way that also will engage the “better angels of our nature” as Lincoln once urged. Then we might make friends in the world instead of more enemies.
For more on the repercussions of the first counterterrorism operation authorized by the new administration, click here.