Evil Done on My Behalf:
America's Drone Wars
by Jay McDaniel
Nabila Rehman, 9, holds up a picture she drew depicting the U.S. drone strike on her Pakistan village which killed her grandmother Mammana Bibi, at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington October 29, 2013. Nabila and her father and brother attended the news conference on Monday to highlight the personal costs in collateral damage for civilians killed and injured in the U.S. drone strike program. REUTERS/Jason Reed
The family of a 67-year-old midwife from a remote village in North Waziristan told lawmakers on Tuesday about her death and the "CIA drone" they say was responsible. Their harrowing accounts marked the first time Congress had ever heard from civilian victims of an alleged US drone strike.
God of all mercy, we confess that we have sinned against you, opposing your will in our lives.
A God Who Transcends Drones
A philosophy of inter-being requires a politics of responsibility in which we acknowledge the evils that enslave us, that we commit, and that are done on our behalf. These evils begin with our denial of the goodness -- the intrinsic value -- of each and every living being. Process theologians from all faiths recognize that there is a force on the side of goodness, a beckoning within each of us to live with respect and care for one another, for our sake and for the world's sake. This force operates through the power of persuasion not coercion. We speak of this force as God. Drones are indifferent to their victims. God is filled with suffering for all victims.
This is how we process theologians see things. We believe that God is the Life or Soul of the universe and that God "feels the feelings" of all things, all the time, sharing in their sufferings, and that God responds to what is felt with callings, beckonings, to love others and ourselves, honoring the goodness of life. God is the very opposite of a Drone. God is the Compassionate and the Merciful. We are made in the image of God, not drones.