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Drones in Libya Mean More War, More Civilian Casualties, Indiscriminate Bombing, No Accountability


Washington (April 22) - - U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich challenged the Obama Administration's expansion of the U.S. involvement in Libya through ordering drones, remote-controlled missile-firing aircraft to assist Libyan rebels.

"The Administration can stop their grim charade and dispense with its false pieties about humanitarian intervention," said Kucinich. "Putting U.S. aerial weaponry in the service of the Libyan rebels deepens U.S. involvement in a civil war, escalates the civil war and prolongs the civil war. This means more civilian casualties, not less."

"Drones are notorious for causing substantial civilian deaths, occurring as 'collateral damage'" said Kucinich. "Pakistan is in revolt over the number of innocent civilians who have been killed in drone strikes."

"Drones have proven to be weapons of choice for assassinations and extrajudicial killings in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Their use in Libya raises further questions about violation of the UN mandate in UNSC Resolution 1973 as well as implications for violation of established international laws dealing with conduct of war," Kucinich said.

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