US Bishops Tackle Obama over Morality of Use of Drones

June 20th, 2013

 

 

                         

 

Noting that as many as 3,337 people in Pakistan have been killed in drone strikes, including 883 civilians and 176 children, Pates stated: “This makes it difficult to justify targeted killings under Catholic ‘just war’ theory. But ‘just war’ theory applies only to action in war zones, and the United States isn’t at war with Pakistan, Yemen or Somalia, making the moral justification for drones even more remote.”

Above: Crew members prepare to launch a drone off the coast of Virginia. Photo: CNS/Jason Reed, Reuters