Originally Posted by rufuspaul
Let's reverse the scenario for a second. Suppose there were terrorist groups in the US that were plotting to attack targets in Pakistan. Despite efforts by the government to destroy them these groups (much like gangs, organized crime, etc.) continue to exist. So Pakistan takes it upon itself to use drone aircraft to attack these groups on US soil, occasionally killing American civilians in the process. Wouldn't a large number of Americans consider this an act of war, an unlawful invasion of their sovereignty, despite how they may feel about the terrorist groups themselves?
Or let's just use the gang scenario. Suppose our government decides the best way to rid L.A. of gangs is to kill the gang members with drones. Occasionally intelligence errs and a family in Compton gets blown to smithereens. I don't think people would tolerate that for long.
thats a good point and i'm going to give a unjustified answer. we do it because we can. they couldn't do that to us because they don't have the leverage. its a perk for being the most powerful country in the world. we've also worked with Pakistan on taking out terrorist targets in their country but we quickly lost trust in them and for good reason. the Bin Laden incident reinforced we can't trust Pakistan's government as things are.
i'm sure they're not going to like it, but theres not much they can do. Citizens of LA wouldn't like if we did a very harsh crackdown on LA gangs with innocent casualties but i'd figure if that were to ever happen the circumstances would be dire, like 'Escape from NY' type of gang takeover situation where our government saw fit to go to those extremes.
what i'm trying to say is if the situation dictates it as our only reasonable recourse to protect ourselves, then so be it, even if innocent lives are lost in the process. otherwise the only alternative is doing nothing and letting them plot and hide safely in foreign countries, since we sure can't rely on Pakistan or some other governments to protect us from their extremists. that to me is the bottom line with all of this justification talk.