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Submitted by myth (Germany), Mar 11, 2013 at 11:24

Amin,

I agree that drone assassinations fall into the same category as islamist assassinations in the West. Of course you are right, that I am partial in this conflict. To put this in cynical words. I live in a country allied with the US that is protected by US military stationed here. I benefit from every US military success by the deterrence it produces in our shared enemies.

My standpoint goes deeper. I am not in the body-count-business. The generation of my grandfathers killed their way up to 6 million innocents. I also live in a country where WW2-bombs still keep emerging a couple of times per year. Those are American or British bombs. Was it worth bombarding Germany in WW2? Regardless of the hundreds of thousands killed in the bombings my own life-experience stands out for me. I am certain, that the American soldiers, as persons, value every human life, even the life of their enemies. That makes all the difference to me.

The Islamists, same as the generation of my genocidal grandfathers, do not value all human life. Look at how the Islamists treat people while they are (still) alive. That observation shall provide you with the best criteria who to trust.

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