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Drones & Civilians
  1. Last week, U.S. officials disclosed that an American aid worker and an Italian man held hostage by Al Qaeda were accidentally killed in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan in January. The C.I.A., which authorized the attack, intended to wipe out a compound linked to the terrorist group and had no idea the hostages were being held there. Why is the shape of the U.S. drone in the cartoon morphing into the shape of a victim at a crime scene? What do the figures represent?
  2. Why is the cartoon titled “The Fallout”?
  3. What point is the cartoonist trying to make? Do you agree or disagree?
  4. Since 2004, the U.S. has carried out nearly 400 suspected drone strikes in Pakistan, killing hundreds of Al Qaeda leaders, Taliban fighters, and other militants, as well as many civilians. What are the pros and cons of using drones in war?
  5. President Obama apologized for the accidental deaths of the civilians. Under the president’s policy, drone strikes are to be authorized only when it can be concluded to a “near certainty” that there won’t be civilian casualties. Should the U.S. continue using drones to kill suspected terrorists? Explain.