The Left’s Drone Demonization Campaign


This year President Obama has stepped up drone strikes, which took out, among others, Sakhar al-Taifi, a key al-Qaeda commander in Afghanistan. Such strikes disturb a coalition of Muslim groups, sixties reenactors and the religious left now launching stateside protests.

On October 30 some 50 anti-drone protesters, many from churches and religious organizations, showed up at Beale Air Force Base, near Marysville, California, home to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing. Beale deploys unarmed drones to gather intelligence but that cuts no slack with protesters such as Sharon Delgado founding director of Earth Justice Ministries and a United Methodist minister.

“I just want to shut down the business as usual at the base,” the Rev. Delgado told reporters. “The longer the better.”

The Rev. Delgado is signer of “A Call from the Faith-Based Community to Stop Drone Killings,” which states: “As representatives of faith-based communities, we are deeply concerned about the proliferation of lethal unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones. The United States is leading the way in this new form of warfare where pilots in US bases kill people, by remote control, thousands of miles away.”

Signees of the anti-drone statement include Rabbi Michael Lerner, Tikkun editor and chair of the Network of Spiritual Progressives; Rabbi Aryeh Cohen, Professor of Rabbinic Literature, American Jewish University; Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, Co-Founder Shomer Shalom Network for Jewish Nonviolence; Jim Winkler, General Secretary, United Methodist General Board of Church and Society; Reverend John M. Fife, former moderator, Presbyterian Church USA; Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton, Archdiocese of Detroit; Marie Dennis, Co-President, Pax Christi International; and Father Louis Vitale, a Franciscan priest present at the Beale protest.

The anti-drone signatories also include Samina Faheem, Executive Director, American Muslim Voice; Naqi Haider, Executive Director of Muslims for Peace; and Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid of the Muslim Peace Coalition USA. The list also includes three members of CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations: Hussam Ayloush and Zahra Billoo, CAIR directors for Los Angeles and San Francisco, and Cyrus McGoldrick, CAIR Civil Rights Manager in New York.

“We urge our government to put an end to this secretive, remote-controlled killing and instead promote foreign policies that are consistent with the values of a democratic and humane society,” says the statement, which calls on the United Nations to regulate “lethal drones.”

Signer Sharon Delgado, meanwhile, is no stranger to activism at Air Force bases. In May of 2001 she participated in a protest at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County. The issue at the time was missile defense, what the left derided as “Star Wars.”

“The Missile Defense system is expensive and idolatrous,” Delgado wrote. “The government’s plans to spend $120 billion on this system robs the poor and working people of money that could be used to better human lives. It is a golden calf, an idol, something to worship that human beings have created. It is a way of placing our security in high-tech weapons systems rather than in the gracious love of God.”

After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Delgado wrote “Peacemaking in the Wake of Terror,” which laments the loss of life but fails to condemn the attacks, which she did not connect to Al Qaeda or Islamism. “We must also open our eyes to our part in the pain of the world; we must look at our collective shadow,” she wrote. “Why is racism so close to the surface, erupting now into hate? How does the US contribute to the climate of hate in the larger world, and how can this be changed?”

The “faith-based” drone demonizers failed to shut down Beale AFB but did confirm a reality of the left. From their viewpoint only the United States and its allies need to change. And only the U.S. military is worthy of protest, whether facing Stalinist totalitarianism or Islamic terrorism. Consider also the collaboration issue.

During the Cold War, Soviet front groups backed the “peace” movement that demonized U.S. missile defense and the NATO alliance. In similar style, CAIR is a front for the Muslim Brotherhood, and uncritical of Islamic supremacism. And CAIR is part of the national anti-drone movement now trying to shut down U.S. Air Force bases.

The U.S. missile defense so stridently opposed by the left played a major role in ending the Cold War. The drones, for their part, are proving effective against terrorists. The next U.S. president and his advisers can find lessons here. Take notice of what the religious left-Muslim axis is protesting. Ignore the protests, however theatrical. Escalate the drone strikes as necessary.

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  • Mary Sue

    It appears that Sharon Delgado is playing upon every Human's fears that the Drones are one paycheck away from becoming subservient to Skynet, and thus will become Terminator drones. Nothing's scarier than being chased by a soulless machine, amirite? Idiots like her is why I don't suffer fools (such as the senile Raging Grannies). Ms. Delgado is simply a Useless Idiot and a Dupe; the Islamists she coddles are terrified crapless because they know those drones can go out there and get THEM, and there's not a thing they can do about it.

    I remember when idiots like those were perched up on a small hill on one side of the highway, bearing signs. "Warning, Nuclear Sub in the Harbor". I would roll my eyes and yawn and be like "SO WHAT?"

  • Thomas

    What's the difference between a drone and a missile ?

    • Mark

      The Church came out against crossbows too because missiles shot from them were particularly effective.

      A bolt from a crossbow is a missile. The distance it is shot from is just less than a drone. So is there some sacrosanct distance that it you can cast a missile greater than that distance it becomes a sin? Sharon the idiot would try to get rid of all weapons to the point that she could not stop a common murder who uses his bare hands or an attack by a wild animal. But she cannot provide protection.

      The church also states that "as Christians they are aware that neither the way of military action, nor the way of inaction is always righteous before God." – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Methodist

    • trickyblain

      About 1,500 nautical mph (unless we're talking about subsonic Tomahawks).

  • popseal

    CORRECTION: The Predator Program was ramping up in 2004. Obama did nothing to increase or decrease it. Strikes increased because intellignece brought more high value targets into the 'cross hairs'.

  • Johann

    Delgado is a blithering idiot, who couches her arguments in Christian theology.

    "After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Delgado wrote “Peacemaking in the Wake of Terror,” which laments the loss of life but fails to condemn the attacks, which she did not connect to Al Qaeda or Islamism"

    • Mary Sue

      A lot of people like her have Critical Logic Failure. These people generally vote NDP (and occasionally Green).

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “The Missile Defense system is expensive and idolatrous,” Delgado wrote. “The government’s plans to spend $120 billion on this system robs the poor and working people of money that could be used to better human lives. It is a golden calf, an idol, something to worship that human beings have created."

    It ain't cheap, but I don't see anyone gathering around chanting. It seems like a great defensive deterrent. Supped anti-war activists would love it, if they could process rational thoughts in their brains.

    "It is a way of placing our security in high-tech weapons systems rather than in the gracious love of God.”

    Now she's a prophet. Oh brother. These people…

    • Mary Sue

      I bet she completely ignores Luke 22:36:

      "He said to them, but now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag, and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one."

      random: the sale of a cloak in around 33 AD was enough to buy a sword! wow! Saturday night specials, anyone? ;)

  • tagalog

    "Sixties reenactors," good one.

  • Drakken

    It would be a darned shame if one of those drones were to accidently drop a couple missles on these traitors. Anything that CAIR is against has got to be a good thing.

  • Nobama Yo Mamma

    Drones are demons whether they are used domestically to spy or to reign death down on many innocent civilians. A true christian would oppose such devices of the dark side.

  • Tanner

    This is a first that I've ever heard. A anti-drone protest? What are they going to do next? Protest the existence of Delta Force or the Navy Seals? Oh well, it's their freedom of speech. The only thing they did wrong was blocking the road and the gate, causing trouble. I just don't understand these people. They think that they can come onto someone's property and all of a sudden make a utopia, or something like that. Haven't they forgotten that freedom isn't free? They should be protesting the attempted drone attack on Israel by Hezbolla, which was a while ago. Instead, they appear to declare that the U.S. with the drones is the evil one, which would probably include Israel's use of drones as well. Double-standard, double-standard, double-standard. It gets old.

    • Mary Sue

      Oh yeah, total hypocrisy on their part. They bought into the rhetoric that Israel is Nazi Germany reborn (only with Jews), so they claim they deserve what they get. Truly disgusting reasoning.

  • Ghostwriter

    All I can say is that these people are idiots.

  • BlueCollarCritic

    The drones are NOT for the Russians, the Chinese ro any other foreign country, they are for the monitoring and policing of American citizens. How you are unable to see how dangerous a precedence that is is beyond any reasonable logic. Either you are a sell out to the pro-police state movement or you’re just blind to what’s going on around you. What will you next justify as being necessary to fight the enemy? Perhaps checking everyone’s papers at each and every street corner as they did in WW2 era Germany?

    “The path to tyranny and a police state is laid out in small justifiable steps that over a long period move public opinion from a state of freedom and fiberty to a stat of fear and a wiling ness to sacrifice anything for even the smallest promise of safety” .