What is the US doing in Yemen? Is this not a sovereign nation? Have they declared war on the US? Have they committed war crimes against the US? Who (what nation or nations) are we doing these things on behalf of? And how does any of this serve/ advance the interests of the US? I believe we are involved in matters that are not our concern.
I am wondering if these special forces, along with President Trump, weren’t set up for what unfolded (i.e., the compound was tipped off to the raid) – maybe similar to what happened to Seal Team 6 and the shooting down of a helicopter with significant loss of American life.
As for killing the families of terrorists: the following is barbaric and brutal and beyond the pale of what a majority of “civilized” people and nations would approve or endorse. It goes against everything we stand for as a nation (US Constitution) and against human rights.
With that being said: I recall a number of years ago that several Russian diplomats were kidnapped by terrorists. The diplomats were threatened with torture and execution if certain demands were not met. The terrorists killed one of the diplomats to make good on their threat. The Russians responded by kidnapping family members of the terrorists. After the diplomat was killed, one of the family members of the terrorists was killed and dismembered; body parts were sent to the terrorists with the message that unless the diplomats were released unharmed, then this would be the fate of the remaining family. The diplomats were released unharmed. The message: kidnapping and killing of Russian diplomats carries a stiff price tag. Yes, Russia has had diplomats who are assassinated outright and God only knows the price that those responsible have paid for that wrong.
Apparently Russia’s approach has guaranteed a degree of safety for its people. Was this right or ethical or moral or Christian? No. Was it effective? Yes. There are measures which stop short of the Russian version of payback and retribution. Maybe a taking of all financial assets and deportation of the family members of the terrorist might be an effective deterrent. Doesn’t Israel bulldoze the family home of the those who commit terrorist acts?
These are awful things to have to contemplate. We are dealing with people who videotape children blowing up vehicles with those they have slated for death inside and children using others who are slated for death as target practice and who think nothing of having children become suicide bombers … and a whole lot of other unthinkable and barbaric acts.