The botched drone strike resulting in the death of two foreign hostages has once again brought the controversial nature of this tactic to the forefront. It is very sad that the death of two US men in a drone attack made headlines but other civilian deaths were swept under the carpet by describing them as collateral damage. The US does not realize the cost of these drone strikes and the resultant civilian causalities. These drone attacks are fueling the fire of radicalism in the Muslim world. Washington on and off expresses concern over the growing anti-America sentiments in the Muslim world but fails to identify the factors that lead to such a situation.
Drone warfare is fast becoming the key word for its perceived precision and low cost. This could be true from the American perspective but those at the receiving end view these drones as angels of death looking for their kill. The US response toward this botched strike will only instill anger among Muslims and they will easily fall prey to the agenda of radical elements. I strongly believe that US should abandon this tactic if it is really willing to ensure peace in the world. — Rabia Kazi, Jeddah