Philosopher and author, Cornel West appeared on CNN and shared his opinion on Obama’s criticism of controversial self-defense laws like ‘stand your ground’ law. And what he said was way too deep. Professor West made the most ingenious comparison by relating U.S. drone strikes to Trayvon Martin’s murder.
“I was glad to see him bring it in. He said we must never rationalize killing innocent people in the name of self-defense, and then I thought about our drone policy, which makes us the George Zimmerman of the world in terms of killing innocent folk in the name of self-defense.”
West continued, “But he is absolutely right. Self-defense must never be used as a way of downplaying the precious lives of innocent people.”
The comment comes at a time when a leaked Pakistani report confirms high civilian death toll in CIA drone strikes. The internal document shows Pakistani officials too found that CIA drone strikes were killing a significant number of civilians – and have been aware of those deaths for many years.
Of 746 people listed as killed in the drone strikes outlined in the document, at least 147 of the dead are clearly stated to be civilian victims, 94 of those are said to be children.
This is grave. And this is true. This does actually make U.S. the George Zimmerman of the world.
Zimmerman killed Trayvon because he thought that the kid in the hoodie looked like as if he was up to no good. Drone strikes kill people because they are programmed to bombard people who look like they belong to al Qaeda.
The comparison is disturbingly fascinating.