Just released. Re-published with permission:
Media statement from Johnny Zokovitch, Executive Director of Pax Christi USA, in response to the U.S. drone strike in Kabul on Sunday, August 29th:
“As The Washington Post and other media outlets report on the deaths of at least ten Afghan civilians — including young children — as a result of a second U.S. drone strike in Kabul, Pax Christi USA calls on the Biden Administration to cease the use of lethal drones. The death of civilians is not an unfortunate aberration; it is part and parcel of the normalized use of lethal weapons and morally unacceptable,” stated Johnny Zokovitch, Executive Director of Pax Christi USA.
“Such indiscriminate killing just furthers the cycle of violence, undermines real human security and traumatizes survivors. What we are seeing now after twenty years of military occupation in Afghanistan should, at the very least, cause our leaders to pause and question to what end more arms, more bombs, and more death will lead.”
The use of drones in attempts to seek out terrorists also results often in unnecessary civilian deaths. This is wrong.