As a UN Goodwill ambassador & an artist with a conscience,
I want to use this opportunity to register my protest against the indiscriminate use of US drones in the war in Afghanistan.These drones are radicalizing more youth than al-Qaeda or the Taliban can ever hope to do & are not even considered a game changer in the conflict in Afghanistan & Pakistan.
There is more anti-Americanism now in Pakistan than there was during the Bush era. Killer drones are the worst way to win hearts and minds of the people & many American & global voices like President Jimmy Carter’s are openly cautioning against setting this dangerous precedence of drone warfare.
I hope that you can convey my protest to Ambassador Marc Goodman, the US army personnel & the CIA operatives who order these strikes. The US needs to lead the world with responsibility & uphold the best ethics of just warfare in keeping with international law.
I want to remind us all of heeding Doctor King’s quote: “History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period… was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”
Please read My friend Peter Singer’s op-ed in the New York Times on Drones undermining democracy [here].
The writer is a UN Goodwill ambassador & an artist with a conscience. He is also an author of Rock & Roll Jihad: A Muslim Rock Star’s Revolution.