Code Pink Flames Axe

20.08.12

Categorie: Africa, David Axe, Politics, Robots, Somalia |
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Photo: Flickr user carneasadaburrito

Photo: Flickr user carneasadaburrito

by DAVID AXE

It’s finally happened. I got flamed by Code Pink, the fringe anti-war group famous for … well, wearing pink and being annoying. Toby Blome from Code Pink’s San Francisco operations wrote to scold me for my recent Wired article “Hidden History: America’s Secret Drone War in Africa,” in which I detailed drone operations over Somalia since 2007.

I concluded the article by noting the lack of popular backlash in Somalia against the robot strikes. Blome found that reported fact unacceptable. He wrote:

Is this the sign of a tired reporter, who worked so hard on this story, and failed to think about the deeper meaning of the words you decided to close with?  With drone war so secretive as it is, and few Americans having any idea of the violence that we propagate with these deadly weapons, and the enemies that are created, ten-fold, by their use, I would have hoped that you could have said something more thought provoking and conscientious. … One day this country will reap the whirlwind of the terror that we propagate with drone weapons. I’m hoping that in the future you think more deeply and write more responsibly, so America is awakened before it is too late.

As a reporter on the military beat, you can’t please everyone — not that pleasing anyone is the point. The liberals think you’re a fascist. The conservatives think you’re a hippy. War advocates think you’re a pacifist. Anti-war types like Code Pink think you’re a warmonger.

I’d welcome Blome to take up reporting himself, if he thinks he can do a better job.

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11 Responses to “Code Pink Flames Axe”

  1. Jon says:

    You don’t hear this enough: Keep up the good work.

  2. void says:

    +1 to what Jon said.

  3. corey says:

    The conservatives think you’re a hippy. War advocates think you’re a pacifist. Anti-war types like Code Pink think you’re a warmonger. Sounds like your on the right track Mr Axe. To do your line of work well, these are your cudos.

  4. Brian says:

    Axe you are a nazi-hippy-warmonger-pacifist. Also an alien spy from Russia.

  5. Cunninglinguine says:

    I’m in your corner, too, Axe.

  6. Jerry says:

    Sorry dude, love your writing.

  7. Brandon says:

    I think you’re a fucking crybaby.

  8. David Axe says:

    It’s true: I’m very sensitive.

  9. Matt says:

    If Toby could do a better job of anything he’d be working for a group that actually makes a difference in the lives of suffering people rather than being part of an attention-seeking, me-first bunch of phonies.

    So I’d say little chance of him taking up the “see if you can do a better job” offer.

    As someone who very often disagrees with the perspective of your writings, I still commend you for good work.

  10. Andrew says:

    Look, everything was fine in Somalia until the drones arrived!

  11. Ccllyyddee says:

    If you can’t tell it like it is, by all means tell it like you see it.
    If you are reporting a story on war technology and its deployment, is an addendum of the social effects of its use necessary? By all means report on that too, if you are so inclined, but not as an add-on to an article about a specific subject.

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