The Common Good
November 2013

I was appalled to read about Liberty University’s program where they train drone “pilots” for the U.S. government (“Drones for Christ,” by David Swanson, July 2013). I’m at a loss to reconcile such a program with the teachings of the Prince of Peace. Drone warfare seems to be a sophisticated way of exercising a Crusader mentality, especially when carried out by a “Christian” university. This reminds me of a quote I heard almost 50 years ago. A Christian pastor justified the U.S. involvement in Vietnam, stating, “We are doing a good thing for Christianity by killing non-Christians.” Will we ever learn?

Walter Everett
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

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