I will not condone non-judicial killing. Executing persons without a fair trial. I ask my government to stop this sort of activity, by whatever agency is using it, whether it be the CIA or the military or anyone else.
The existence of the remote controlled airplane to enact “targeted killing” is a specific example of this sort of action which I am compelled to speak against. I can conceive of no way in which the use of an armed robot plane could be used in the world at present without the intent of executing someone without a fair and just hearing, without due process, without perhaps even knowing the name of the victim. Of course there are other means by which non-judicial killing can be done: a multitude of means are at the disposal of the modern killer. But in all of those other methods, one could conceive that at least some effort might be made on the part of those involved to avoid killing: the policeman could try to bring the criminal in but need to fire in self-defense. The sniper can see the pirate ready to kill a hostage and must put an end to him. But the robot-plane takes a convenient and chilling step back: there is not even the attempt to hide the reality that what is happening here is murder. Premeditated, calculated, the victim is selected and then by remote control, he or she is snuffed out. No evidence presented. No possibility that the person could defend himself or herself.
What is the basis for this my concern? It is very simply the belief that human life is given by God. God the creator has made the people of the earth, His children. To take the life of even one of them is a horrible thing, an act of unbelief that says to God: you do not know what kind of horrible creature you have made! I (or my government) must set this problem right by removing his or her life.
Now of course in this world there are times and seasons where the ending of life must take place. War and self-defense are instances of this. And to prevent the misuse of “exceptions” to the rules against murder, we must take great care. For in the law forbidding murder as in all commandments given by God to us, our failure to obey attracts swarms of justifications that cloud the light required to see the law. In this darkness, failure to obey is typically and usually simply that: failure.
Our laws in the US have many safeguards to prevent our government from treading on persons’ right to life. We will lose those safeguards and thus risk all of our lives if we continue to support and justify these non-judicial killings, these drone attacks. Even worse, we risk the displeasure of Almighty God.