The Other I

June 12, 2010

Killing by remote control

Filed under: Political thoughts — theotheri @ 8:51 pm

I was horrified to read yesterday that state officials in Arizona and Texas are asking the Federal Aviation Authority to authorize the use of drones to monitor their borders with Mexico.

Border patrol agents have just shot and killed a 15-year-old Mexican boy who was throwing stones that could have “done serious damage.”

Now we want to monitor our borders with drones.  We are already using them in Afghanistan, but also in Pakistan and Yemen with whom we are not at war, and now we want to use them in Mexico.

What is happening to us?

Have we gone absolutely mad?



  1. I am afraid so. And this has been in the making for a while now; it started out with attitudes that suddenly became acceptable to voice in public, with conflating “terrorists” with “illegal immigrants,” to the actions taken by Arizona to target Latino’s on suspicion they may be illegally in the country, and other states contemplating to do likewise. “States’ rights” is a subterfuge which conceals very despicable motives and goals. So, quite frankly, I do not find it surprising, and it’s quite in keeping with a major trend in the U.S. to propose racist policies. As a Latino man, I find this quite terrifying; this amounts to a form of collective scapegoating. It amounts to injustice.


    Comment by demian217 — June 12, 2010 @ 9:22 pm | Reply

    • I agree, Roberto, that this is nasty and deceitful through and through. It leaves me with several questions and hopes. My hope is that the laws can be made ineffectual either by a Supreme Court ruling, sensible immigration legislation on the federal level, and/or organized and concerted efforts by Hispanics and others who are appalled by these laws. It happened before with the Civil Rights movement. This kind of fear and bigotry and racism is an enduring undercurrent in America. It happened during the McCarthy era against Communists, and it was finally defeated. But bigotry is always capable of regeneration and means the victory is never final.

      Secondly, I ask myself where this bigotry and racism comes from – in America and in other countries, indeed in other centuries. In the immediate term, I suspect that the degradation of American education on the primary and secondary school levels is a contributing factor. And so, of course, is the rapid social change occurring as a result of technological advances and globalization. People’s sense of worth and identity are often too fragile to survive what they experience as attacks to the core of who they are.

      I cannot imagine what it would be like to be at the sharp end of this kind of discrimination. I am a woman, and have fought for women’s rights, but in America, the discrimination against women does not compare with prejudice against Blacks, or, as you fear, now against Hispanics.

      Is it worth fighting to defeat this latest version of fate? was it worth fighting Nazism? or apartheid in South Africa? or against Blacks in America? One would rather not have to. But if faced with the challenge, sitting on the sidelines is an option only up to a point.

      Let us hope that our fears are exaggerate the potential challenge. They might after all.

      You in some ways are closer to this reality than I am. I hope you will continue to share your thoughts on this subject as you see this situation evolve over time.

      Thank you.


      Comment by theotheri — June 13, 2010 @ 8:34 pm | Reply

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