The immense difference in Washington’s reactions to the Newtown shooting and the ongoing killing of Muslim children in the US assassination drone strikes unveils the nature of its campaign to dehumanize Muslims, a report says.
According to a recent article published by the Guardian, the American society is in intense grief for the Newtown tragedy, while “178” children have been killed in the US drone strikes in the Muslim world.
The American society has been in a state of shock after a 20-year-old man, identified as Adam Lanza, killed twenty children and six women at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14.
“Why is the US media so devoted to covering in depth every last detail of the children killed in the Newtown attack, but so indifferent to the children killed by its own government?” the article read.
The difference in reactions “underscores how potent and effective the last decade’s anti-Muslim dehumanization campaign has been. Every war – particularly protracted ones like the “War on Terror” – demands sustained dehumanization campaigns against the targets of the violence.”
Such dehumanization is not merely an attempt to conceal the personhood of Muslim victims of the US atrocities, the article included. “It is worse than that: it is based on the implicit, and sometimes overtly stated, premise that Muslims generally, even those guilty of nothing, deserve what the US does to them, or are at least presumed to carry blame.”
Washington claims the assassination drone strikes target militants, but civilians are the main victims of the attacks.
The United Nations has called the US drone attacks targeted killings that flout international law.