U.N. Asks U.S. To Justify Latest "Cruel, Inhuman" Drone Attack That Killed 15 Yemen Civilians In A Wedding

Tyler Durden's picture

Imagine, if you will, that you and your 15 closest unarmed, civilian friends are celebrating a young couple who has just started their lives together, and are on your way to their wedding party, when all of a sudden a remote-controlled US killing machine drops several air-to-surface tactical missiles on your group and kills you before you have a chance to blink. Macabre as it sounds, this is precisely what happened in the conflict-torn (courtesy of the CIA) republic of Yemen last month when a US drone mistakenly killed 15 people.

The US justification: the 15 civilians were mistaken for an Al Qaeda convoy (good thing this was not in Syria, where such an Al Qaeda convoy would have received US arms and funding), and in keeping with the US "superpower" walkthrough, the missiles were launched first, and questions would be asked later if ever. And while this happens daily around the globe (remember: they hate America for its freedoms, not because it rains hellfire on civilians without reason), this time the United Nations human rights watch actually had the temerity of calling out the US on its latest act of mass murder.

Reuters has the full story:

United Nations human rights experts told the United States and Yemen on Thursday to say whether they were complicit in drone attacks that mistakenly killed civilians in wedding processions this month.


The independent experts questioned the legitimacy of drone attacks under international law and said the governments should reveal what targeting procedures were used.


Local security officials said on December 12 that 15 people on their way to a wedding in Yemen were killed in an air strike after their party was mistaken for an al Qaeda convoy. The officials did not identify the plane in the strike in central al-Bayda province, but tribal and local media sources said that it was a drone.


Stressing the need for accountability and payment to victims' families, the U.N. statement issued in Geneva said that two attacks, on two separate wedding processions, killed 16 and wounded at least 10 people.


"If armed drones are to be used, states must adhere to international humanitarian law, and should disclose the legal basis for their operational responsibility and criteria for targeting," said Christof Heyns, U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.

Poor Yemen, unclear that others' sovereignty does not matter to the US, voiced a feeble protest: "Yemen cannot consent to violations of the right to life of people in its territory," he added." Good luck with non-consenting.

However, it was the UN that surprised onlookers with one of the harshest condemnations of what is essentially unaccountable murder by an American remote-control plane, controlled from thousands of miles away:

Juan Mendez, U.N. special rapporteur on torture, voiced concern about the legitimacy of the airstrikes. Each state was obliged to undertake due investigation into the reported incidents, including their effect on civilians, he said.


"A deadly attack on illegitimate targets amounts to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment if, as in this case, it results in serious physical or mental pain and suffering for the innocent victims," Mendez said.

Wait, so cruel, inhuman and degra.... oh look, another all time high for the S&P! Quick BTFATH, and ignore all this irrelevant "stuff."

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StacksOnStacks's picture

U.S. to U.N.:  Go.  Fuck.  Yourselves.

The man with pointy horns's picture

More like; go bitch on Russia, China, Iran or Syria.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



They hate us for our use of chemical weapons.

...a girl who was burned beyond recognition by a U.S. drone and left for dead in a trashcan is about to undergo reconstructive surgery.


The chemicals in the missiles burn so hot they can light a tank on fire, but this is different from the chemical warfare allegedly waged by our enemy.


Hellfire thermobaric warhead using a metal augmented explosive charge is used primarily in urban warfare, against bunkers, buildings caves and other concealed targets. This warhead is designed to inflict greater damage in multi-room structures, compared to the Hellfire's standard or blast-fragmentation warheads. The Metal Augmented Charge or MAC (Thermobaric) Hellfire, designated AGM-114N, has completed rapid development cycle in 2002 and was deployed during OIF by US Marines Helicopters in Iraq. The new warhead contains a fluorinated aluminum powder that is layered between the warhead casing and the PBXN-112 explosive fill. When the explosive detonates, the aluminum mixture is dispersed and rapidly burns. The resultant sustained high pressure is extremely effective against enemy personnel and structures. The AGM-114N is designed for deployment from helicopters such as the AH-1W or UAVs such as the Predator drones.



DaddyO's picture

All this from a Nobel Peace Prize winning POTUS...

May God have mercy on his souless self!


Occident Mortal's picture

If the US stopped droning innocent people in the Middle East how else could the US support Al Qaida?

How can America ensure a constant stream of terror recruits for Islamic extremists without a loose drone policy?

Drones exist to offend offend people and plant the seeds of the next war. They don't do anything else.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama's vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.

Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts. The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations. Thanks to Obama's initiative, the USA is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting. Democracy and human rights are to be strengthened.

Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population.

For 108 years, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has sought to stimulate precisely that international policy and those attitudes for which Obama is now the world's leading spokesman. The Committee endorses Obama's appeal that "Now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges."

Oslo, October 9, 2009


Ignatius's picture

Paraphrase: "Oh, why don't you hop on board, son, and come on in for the big win while we wait for this 'peace craze' to blow over." 

  --  Full Metal Jacket

disabledvet's picture

"sure it was a wedding. but that guy had no idea what he was getting himself into. clearly we were putting him out his misery."

Emergency Ward's picture

".....make no mistake, when those Muslim folks marry, they will have children that grow up to be terrorists, it's best to stop them now...."

-- Commander Barack "Drone-Death-Dealin'" Obama, Hero of the Warmongers.

strannick's picture

I guess some of us are just considered collateral damage

Pure Evil's picture

So where was the UN with their "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment" rhetoric when the Obamacare bomb was dropped onto the American public?

economics9698's picture

How can the UN question the Supreme Leader

GetZeeGold's picture



If the UN stops Agenda 21....we'll stop the drone strikes.


Is that a deal?

mickeyman's picture

Well, the US is trying to discourage them from reproducing

OpenThePodBayDoorHAL's picture

Remember this is Minority Report pre-crime stuff. Sure, the guys were headed to a wedding TODAY, but the little wooden balls and the freaky girls in the pool showed that in a COUPLA YEARS they were gonna do something bad. All the US needs to do is show the UN those little balls and this thing should blow over, no problem.

Ignatius's picture

How about Wedding Crashers II  with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn as drone pilots?

BorisTheBlade's picture

One Wedding and Fifteeen Funerals.

MarsInScorpio's picture

"I’m really good at killing people with drones,"

-President Barack Hussein Obama


It has escaped me why that confession of war crimes has been blindly overlooked.


It is my most sincere hope that after he is out of office, he will be arrested out of the country, imprisoned, tried, convicted, and executed, for his war crimes.


Rafferty's picture

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama ................well, because he's black.

Promethus's picture

The Obama Times - Black and White and Red all over.

Occident Mortal's picture

Lol, I don't care.

Those drones don't have my name on them.

These kids won't be avenging their parents death in my neighbourhood.

You bomb whoever you like. Good luck with the interventionism and expansionism, personally I'm happy for you to be such a visible and viable target to attract all of the worlds evil away from me.

john39's picture

how long until armed drones patrol the skies and roads over the United States, punishing thought crimes with summary execution?

disabledvet's picture

wow...you really need drones to do that? we don't have a legal code as it is right now. I did find it interesting that it said NY on the wing though.

LapseOfReason's picture

And that is seeing the chessboard, many moves ahead. I think a guy named Orwell tried to warn us about that many years ago and wrote a book or something, probably find the cliff notes on iTears.

Rafferty's picture

With that attitude karma will be coming for your ass.  And karma's a bitch.

Occident Mortal's picture

Actually nobody is coming for me or my children, because I don't finance the killing of other peoples children.

However there are lots of evil nut jobs determined to wreak havoc in America purely because America has wreaked havoc on them.

9/11 was an act of retaliation against US government policy, it's funny how the US government obfuscated that fact with conspiracies.

The main takeaway from 9/11 was that you should expect blowback when the children you bomb overseas become young men.

These drones are creating the next threat, which will justify the NSA and DOD and a bigger government to protect you from the children you are bombing today.

The best long term security policy is to stop giving people a reason to attack.

MarsInScorpio's picture

Mere Mortal, tell me: How many children of those who did not finance the killing of others' children died on 9/11?


You really don't understand how the totality of reality works . . .


Bay of Pigs's picture

"9/11 was an act of retaliation against US government policy, it's funny how the US government obfuscated that fact with conspiracies."

And here I thought you had your head squared away on some things. You fail the basic 9/11 litmus test? Good grief...

666's picture

If this happened in America to American citizens, there would be billions of dollars in lawsuits; however, since this was in Yemen, a couple hundred bucks will more than sufffice. So what if lives were destroyed and legs blown off, right?

I am embarrassed to be an American and let all this happen with my tax dollars. I beg of the 535 rocket scientists lounging on the shores of the Potomac to stop this insanity!

May Kerry drop dead from a guilty conscience while trying to explain this one to the Yemenese...

mkkby's picture

This won't stop until the UN forms a coalition to invade the US as a terrorist state and implement regime change, with a democratically elected government.

Either that or the whole world goes into anarchy after a total failure of the monetary system.


Secede Or Die's picture

"I am embarrassed to be an American and let all this happen with my tax dollars"

So you're the A-hole that is financing the psychopath Federal government! Stop it. You and every other deluded, flag waving, red-white-blue loving, USA chanting "patriot" need to secede from funding this murder. Are you so blind to not see that you are being played?

Secede or die.

midtowng's picture

Obama picked up right where Bush left off. It's almost like this is the fourth term of Bush.

Rafferty's picture

Just looks that way.  You see Barry doesn't get to make any decisions.  He's just an autocue-reading, vacationing stuffed shirt who thinks there are 57 states and that Austrian is a language.  The people who plucked him from nowehere and installed him as POTUS will do the thinking and deciding for him.

holgerdanske's picture

Ha, there is where you mad your mistake. You actually think your president runs your country? and that your vote matters?

Dream on.!

TheLoveArtist's picture

Im glad you are awaken to save the Danes but who will save us Americans from this mess Holger

americanspirit's picture

DaddyO Dearest - I do think you meant "May God have no mercy whatsoever on his unredeemingly evil soul". If you didn't mean that, I do.

BigJim's picture

When you incinerate someone using chemicals, that's humane.

When you poison or asphyxiate them with chemicals, that's inhumane, and means we can use some of the humane chemicals to install a proper democracy*.

*debt-based central bank

Chupacabra-322's picture

You can add War, Drugs, Torture, Rendition, Data Mining, Criminal Financial Instruments, GMO, Murder, Rape, Pillage the hits keep coming.

By the way, came across this jewel today:

What a co incidence. Posted on Drudge today:

Be prepared: Wall Street advisor recommends guns, ammo for protection in collapse

A top financial advisor, worried that Obamacare, the NSA spying scandal and spiraling national debt is increasing the chances for a fiscal and social disaster, is recommending that Americans prepare a “bug-out bag” that includes food, a gun and ammo to help them stay alive.


Seer's picture


My home and property is my "bug-out bag."  Unless it's uninhabitable I ain't going nowhere (even though I do have a bug-out bag).  I'd mentioned it before, and that's the advise on preparing a sailing yacht given by an trans-ocean racer- spend your energies on peparing the main yacht, as should it fail the small yacht is not likely sufficient for what you're facing.

A System that's predicated on perpetual growth on a finite planet can only ever hit the wall.  This is no "maybe" thing... (no need to hear someone, a "financial advisor," painting with fine brush-strokes something that is visible from outerspace).  And, rather than "worry" I act (instead of panicking and hiring someone to deal with the "worry")...

Crash Overide's picture

Obama and 85% of our current government belong in jail.

Chupacabra-322's picture

The correct order is:

Impeach, Arrest, Tri, Convict & Execute.

kchrisc's picture

Anyone that believes that they hate us for our "freedoms" is still chained to the cave wall watching the world of shadows.

Promethus's picture

Did the Drone put the injured little girl in the trash or did her shitty ass people?

Skateboarder's picture

Woe unto all who participated in this bloody murder. What a fucking joke of an existence this has become.

RIP newlyweds.

Emergency Ward's picture

One thing you can be sure of:  Neither idealistic Barack Obama nor the idealistic global-police-force crowd will have any regrets or second thoughts about it.  Obama worries more a about a missed putt than a dead Yemeni bride-to-be.