Gleen Greenwald, writing for Salon:
Virtually every time the U.S. fires a missile from a drone and ends the lives of Muslims, American media outlets dutifully trumpet in headlines that the dead were ”militants” – even though those media outlets literally do not have the slightest idea of who was actually killed. They simply cite always-unnamed “officials” claiming that the dead were “militants”. It’s the most obvious and inexcusable form of rank propaganda: media outlets continuously propagating a vital claim without having the slightest idea if it’s true.
This practice continues even though key Obama officials have been caught lying, a term used advisedly, about how many civilians they’re killing.
But Greenwald forgot the even more important issue: even those who are militants have every right to resist the U.S. military’s brutal and sadistic occupations of their countries. Not only ought this to be self-evident from a moral standpoint; but it’s also considered a legal right.
It’s been enumerated many times; one example, from the UN General Assembly, in 1982:
Reaffirms the legitimacy of the struggle of peoples for independence, territorial integrity, national unity and liberation from colonial and foreign domination and foreign occupation by all available means, including armed struggle
Greenwald ought to know better than to miss the extremely important point; even if it’s not strictly speaking germane to the issue he’s raising. Still, good on him for continuing to expose the Obama Administration’s incredible mendacity.