Ibrahim al-Rubaish (YouTube)
(First published on Radical Sister April 15th 2015)
Today once again we learn of the latest US drone strike casualty, this time, the US targeted killing of Ibrahim al-Rubaish the spiritual leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsular (AQAP) in Yemen. Al-Rubaish had a $5m bounty on his head and according to Al Jazeerawas “said to be from Saudi’s ultra-conservative Qassim region” and “has spent two decades of his life in jihad, fighting America and its agents”. He was also known to have fought in Afghanistan and was a detainee in Guantanamo later joining Al Qaeda.
Alongside “suspected” terrorists and known insurgents, it is estimated that around 364 civilians including at least 84 children and 25 women have died in Yemen due to US drone strikes. A new study carried out by George Soros’ Open Society Justice Foundation entitled “Death by Drone: Civilian Harm Caused By US Targeted Killings In Yemen” looked at nine case studies in which a total of 39 civilians, including 5 children, were killed or injured by drone attacks between May 2012 and April 2014. The conclusions included the following,
“the report casts serious doubt on whether the United States’ “near-certainty” standard(referring to accuracy of drone strikes) is being met on the ground, and whether the U.S. is complying with international law.
The U.S. has not officially acknowledged any of these strikes or the resulting civilian casualties. None of the victims are aware of any investigation into the strikes, and in most cases did not receive meaningful compensation. Many survivors argue that the strikes are counterproductive, pushing Yemenis into the arms of al-Qaeda”
See the following link for detailed report,
Yemenis, victims of “Eudronics” an unethical practice of selection
(National Organization for Drone Victims Yemen)
However, an important aspect of drone warfare is often overlooked. This is what I have coined “Eudronics” , the inherent belief by influential state agents that some religions such as Christianity, Judaism are superior to others with one faith in particular Islam regarded as inferior and therefore Muslims must be targeted and annhilated through drone strikes. The same applies in relation to race and colour.
Drones are actually a weapon fueling sectarianism, exploring this further, the targets of drone missiles are in fact overwhelmingly non-white Sunni Muslims. When Foreign Policymagazine stated that AQAP had announced Rubaish’s death as a “hate-filled Crusader strike” Al Qaeda were in fact absolutely correct.
This practice is reminiscent of the Nazi programme of Eugenics, the promotion of the idea of “good” and “bad” stock (εὖ eu means “good, well” and γένος genos means “race, stock, kin”) and of improving the genetic quality of the human population if necessary by eliminating negative stock. In the Nazi case it meant preserving the “white” “pure” Aryan” race by killing off the disabled, homosexual, gypsies and Jews (εὖ eu means “good, well” and γένος genos means “race, stock, kin”).
Eudronics is the promotion of “good” “white” “Christian” and “Jewish” stock by eliminating the “bad” “Islamic” stock focusing on killing the Muslims of the Middle-East, Africa and Asia predominately non-white, (in this case meaning drones are keeping “good” stock through the use of drones, targeted killing).
This is in fact an extension of the racism and Islamophobia we see for example in America with public policy discriminating against Muslims and cops killing blacks. It is similar in Israel where discrimination is against Palestinians and immigrant workers often from African states. Israel produces a high percentage of the world’s drones in an arms industry which grew out of Zionism.
As I have frequently said on social media, name me one white, non-Muslim drone victim and people are usually stumped.
In Pakistan, this selection of victims will now be carried out in a slightly different way using the Burraq (a home developed drone) targeting the people of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Tribal people, often Pashtuns have long been regarded as “second class citizens” controlled by a colonial black law known as FCR (Frontier Control Regulations) introduced by the British. I believe from years of observation and talking to drone victims, research would show that the vast majority of those killed are Sunni Muslims.
The Pakistan government have recently stated that they are reluctant to get involved on the ground to support Saudi Arabia in the current conflict in Yemen for fear of becoming involved in sectarian violence. The irony they have colluded with the use of Israeli designed Preadator drones from America, a weapon of selection inciting sectarianism for years.
The UN which is supposed to be examining the ethics around the use of armed drones has done nothing to address this issue. It is essential that research on drone victims includes details of race, ethnicity and religion. The world is in fact colluding with unethical selection procedures which are an extension of foreign policies as practiced by the US and allies during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan dividing communities and inciting sectarian violence. What is ironic is that the west is now accusing others of sectarian violence when their own practices have for years been built on division and sectarianism includingEudronics.
Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.