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This Memorial Day: Remembering 4,700 Killed by U.S. Drones

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This Memorial Day, in addition to our own dead, we remember the 4,700 people (estimated; the actual body count is classified and/or unknown) killed by American drones. While some were terrible people, many were collateral damage, innocents murdered by accident and simply tossed into the ever-growing pile of horrors the United States has created in the war on terror.

The drone death toll is subject to debate; the 4,700 number is from Senator Lindsey Graham, a proponent of drone killings. Others have placed the count as low as 1,700. Some use a higher number than Graham, including in the math military strikes in combat. We now know that whatever the total number, at least four of the dead were American citizens, murdered by their own government without due process in clear violation of the Constitution.

So here they are. Pick an X below and imagine a person. Then kill him. It is your right.

As a secular act of Kaddish, a meditation, I typed the X's one by one, all 4,700 of them.

Amen.

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