Maher on drones: we ‘visit death upon our enemies’ without ‘actual fight’

By Samantha Kimmey
Saturday, December 1, 2012 0:01 EDT
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Comedian Bill Maher  (AFP)
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On Bill Maher’s blog on Nov. 30, he takes aim at the U.S. drone program, writing, ” We can now visit death upon our enemies without having to show up in person, look them in the eye and have an actual fight. It just feels wrong — like breaking up with a girl via text message.”

Maher goes on to discuss the U.S drones that recently flew near Iranian air space, although it was technically in international air space according to the U.S. Iranians shot at it, although they didn’t shoot it down. “It’s like catching the neighbor you hate throwing a beer bottle at your parked car and missing. We had no idea what level of outrage to feign,” Maher wrote.

Iranian jets fired twice at the drone before it headed further from Iran and landed in an undisclosed location, reported Fox News. Pentagon spokesperson George Little would not at the time say exactly how or if the U.S. would respond, only that, “We have a wide range of options from diplomatic to military.”

Maher writes in response that, if the tables were turned and “if one of our planes came upon an unmanned Iranian death-copter off the coast of Jersey the order wouldn’t be to ‘get a nice picture of it.’”

“We utilize the best means at our disposal to go into foreign lands and blow up the people we consider the bad guys even if that means collateral damage in the form of civilian casualties. When someone does that exact same thing to us, don’t we call it ‘terrorism’?” he concludes.

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