farea al-muslimi, a yemeni youth activist testimony at the senate judiciary subcommittee hearing

April 25, 2013

Well this is a first! The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights had Yemeni youth activist and writer Farea Al-Muslimi give a testimony on why drone strikes are doing more harm to America than good. He explains that the survivors of the innocents killed are now harboring more hatred for America, and will in turn, will create the terrorists these drones are trying to defeat. 

The Obama administration gets a lot of props for all they’ve tried to accomplish for social and progressive issues in America such as gay marriage, women’s rights and climate change. Sadly there for the entirety of his presidency there has been a large black mark on his international policies. If you ask most supporters what disappoints them most about these last 5 years it isn’t his inability to bend to the will of the republicans, also known in some cases as compromise, but it is his inability to acknowledge the harm his continuation of the war on terrorism is doing to the state of our national security and international diplomacy. This week for the first time a actual Yemen resident was allowed to testify at the senate hearing on drones policy.

When talking about how these drone strikes influence life in his community he stated “What radicals had previously failed to achieve in my village, one drone strike accomplished in an instant: there is now an intense anger and growing hatred of America,” adding that he has ”seen Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula use US strikes to promote its agenda and try to recruit more terrorists.” We’re creating our own problem and for how much longer are we going to be able to fight this battle solely on other people soil.