Target: United States President Barack Obama
Goal: Condemn the United States for ongoing use of drone warfare in the face of protests
United States drone strikes have a long history of accidental civilian deaths despite presidential oversight, and some drone strikes are based on intelligence that proves incorrect or leads to unjustified deaths of innocent people. Recently, a drone strike killed a New Zealander and an Australian citizen and raised anew the ethical controversies of using drones as weapons of war.
Both nationals were killed while among known and suspected insurgents, and were traveling in Yemen with a convoy of rebels. Though information strongly suggested that both were involved with insurgency, this is not always the case, and civilians and innocent people have been killed.
It is estimated by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism that 24,000 people have been killed in drone strikes, and at least 273 were civilians. Regardless of the number of actual insurgents killed in drone strikes, that cannot make up for civilians and innocent bystanders whose lives are destroyed.
Protests and arguments against drone strikes have been far from rare. Yet the United States government has not listened, and protests have gone unheeded. Despite evidence of inaccurate or sometimes completely incorrect information that has led to mass killings in drone strikes, the use of drones continues without apparent change.
The loss of innocent life is unacceptable, especially in light of other concealed war crimes that have been uncovered. These drone strikes have gone beyond justification, and the United States must make a serious change in policy.
Dear President Obama,
Ongoing drone strikes have claimed the lives of innocent civilians alongside suspected and known insurgents. Many people have argued that inaccurate information is being used to justify drone strikes, but no action has been taken. Even though drone use is given presidential oversight, it is not enough: innocents continue to die, and others are sometimes killed without surefire proof. Using drones in these instances, causing death and terror among the civilian population, is little more than terrorism itself.
I demand that the United States answer protests with real change. No number of true insurgents killed can justify the loss of innocent life. The government must be held accountable to the wishes of the people, and there must be greater consideration of public opinion in the use of drones.
[Your Name Here]
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