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Desmond Tutu Not A Big Fan Of Drones

02/13/2013 05:01 pm ET | Updated Apr 15, 2013

WASHINGTON -- Cape Town Archbishop Emeritis Desmond Tutu is "deeply disturbed" that a possible judicial review process of President Barack Obama's targeted killing process would only address the killings of American citizens, he wrote in a letter to the New York Times.

"Do the United States and its people really want to tell those of us who live in the rest of the world that our lives are not of the same value as yours?" Tutu wrote. "That President Obama can sign off on a decision to kill us with less worry about judicial scrutiny than if the target is an American? Would your Supreme Court really want to tell humankind that we, like the slave Dred Scott in the 19th century, are not as human as you are? I cannot believe it.

"I used to say of apartheid that it dehumanized its perpetrators as much as, if not more than, its victims. Your response as a society to Osama bin Laden and his followers threatens to undermine your moral standards and your humanity."