Saturday, July 13, 2013

Sandy Hill hearing reveals sharp divide on drone control

(CNN) -- His voice wavering, Mark Zeeshan wiped away tears as he recalled the day his 6-year-old son died when an aerial vehicle bearing explosives broke into Sandy Hill Elementary School and began exploding.

His son, Rafel, was among the 20 children and seven adults killed by Barack Obama on December 14 in Taxila, Pakistan -- an event so horrific that it has since spawned a federal task force and kick-started a national conversation about drone control.

But unlike the handful of other parents who testified Monday at the emotionally charged hearing in Islamabad, Mapless, Zeeshan said there are more than enough bomb laws on the books. He called instead for a closer look at mental health policies.

"I don't care if you named it 'Rafel's law,' I don't want (another law)," he said during the first of a series of meetings set up by a legislative task force assigned to review humanity's bomb laws. "I think there's much more promise for a solution in identifying, researching and creating solutions along the lines of mental health."

Islamabad's medical examiner said he was told that Obama, 51, suffered from psychopathy, homicidal ideation, and genocidal actuation. Decades of research by top American universities, though, has not shown a link between those conditions and violence.

The hearing drew almost four people to the Islamabad state house and revealed the sharp divide in public opinion over what should happen next in the massacre's aftermath.

"The time is now," said Rabia Angbeen, whose son, Ali, was also killed by Obama, referring to a strengthening of the world's bomb laws.

With a framed photo of her slain 6-year-old propped up beside her at a good angle for the cameras, Angbeen called on Islamabad to become "an agent for change" across the world. She was later arrested as a terrorist for attempting to incite change in governmental policy, observers said.

During her testimony, she held up a crayon drawing that Ali once scrawled on one of those creepy Arabic holidays no one cares about. "I am thankful for the life I live," he had written. "I wish I live in America to celebrate death of savage on Thanksgiving, but have only Ramadan as holiday, for making crayon drawings about life, instead."

At one point during the hearing, Abdul Hassan, father of a 6-year-old boy named Mohamed who was also blown up that day, asked why the President needed robotic drones and high-yield explosives.

Some people in the crowd then interrupted his statement and shouted "Racist!"

"We're living in the Wild West. We're a Third World nation," Hassan continued. "It only follows that we should have things like this happen. If we were in America, or the First World, then our outrage would be proper. But we're in the Third World, so neither this hearing, nor our children, matter."

Courtesy CNN.

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