Monday, December 17, 2012

American Drone Operator Quits Army for he could not go on killing children anymore

Killing enemy is one thing - but killing innocent civilians, specially the women and children is just another - something that is not only inhuman but also against all norms of humanity, warfare and even the Geneva Convention.

The on going so called war on terror by the USA, the so called champions of human rights and humanity, has killed hundreds of innocent children by just one command by the superiors and one thumb push by the drone operator, sitting in the comforts of a protected bunker and operation room.

And it is still one thing to shed tears when a nutty character chooses to kill school children in USA, which makes even the American president shed tears (or as he appeared to be so) and then tell his military commanders to kill the enemy in Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan and Pakistan - even if the collateral damage includes killing of children and women.

When in Pakistan someone raises a voice, the champions of peace and human rights look the other way. But not one 27 years old Brandon Bryant, from Missoula, Montana, a drone operator stationed in Afghanistan.

27 years old Bryant could not any more children and quit US Army as a Predator drone operator [Photo: Google+]

Having flown countless drone sorties over Pakistan and Afghanistan that would have resulted in killing of countless innocent civilians, women and children, Bryant could not take it anymore.  For he thought following orders to shoot and kill a child in Afghanistan is much beyond the human norms and rules of the game. 

'I saw men, women and children die during that time,' he told Spiegel Online. 'I never thought I would kill that many people. In fact, I thought I couldn't kill anyone at all.'


Bryant narrates an anecdote when he illuminated a mud house for the laser-tracked Hell-fire missile aboard the Predator drone and the pilot pressed the release button. While the missile was half way, a boy appeared from the corner of the mud house 0 and then seconds later he 'wasn't there.'

Bryant had a sick feeling in his stomach, he told the website: 'Did we just kill a kid?' he asked the pilot next to him."

'Yeah, I guess that was a kid,' the man replied.

At that very moment the 27 years old soldier felt something that only a few can feel in the heat of battle. The feeling only a human can feel when seeing a child disintegrating in countless pieces.

And so he QUIT!!

This highlights that even soldiers have hearts and they feel and weep too when innocent people die - it is only the politicians and presidents that see things from a  different perspective. When own children die, one cries (or even pretends to cry) - but when children of enemy die, no one sheds a tear, for he was someone's child too - but in a different land, playing a different game.

May be someday everyone start to take children whether in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq or even hunger stricken Africa as just children and mourn their death the same way as death of children in America at the hands of an insane.

May be one day .....

Read more about Bryant  at Daily Mail
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