The Obama administration and the CIA have sown the wind in Yemen and now will reap the whirlwind.
That hefty sum (valued at about $160,000 at press time) will reportedly be paid by al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP) to whoever manages to kill Feierstein.
The organization — allegedly a regional branch of the larger al-Qaeda network — is also offering five million rials ($23,350) to anyone who kills an American soldier in Yemen.
AQAP claims the bounties were offered “to encourage our Muslim Ummah (nation) and to expand the circle of the jihad by the masses,” according to the SITE Intelligence Group, who reviewed an audio tape released by the group.
While it is impossible to discern the multitude of motivations that compel a person to call for the death of another, in the case of Yemen, President Barack Obama’s escalation of the drone war and his callous disregard for innocents killed in the blast zone is likely a primary prod to the issuance of this latest deadly decree.
The threat to U.S. national security reportedly increases proportionately with the increase in the number of Hellfire missiles fired indiscriminately at suspects and bystanders in Yemen and Pakistan. This deadly relationship and the Obama administration’s zeal for adding and subtracting names from their kill list is increasing the danger of blowback.
Blowback is defined as violent counter-attacks carried out as revenge for drone strikes that have killed thousands, many of whom were doing nothing more threatening than going to the market or attending a funeral.
After a drone attack killed 13 Yemenis by “mistake” in September, relatives of those killed in the strike spoke with the clarity and carelessness that comes from the mixture of mourning with rage.
"You want us to stay quiet while our wives and brothers are being killed for no reason. This attack is the real terrorism," said Mansoor al-Maweri, whom CNN reports as being “near the scene of the strike.”
Then there was this from “an activist” who lives near the site of the September massacre: "I would not be surprised if a hundred tribesmen joined the lines of al-Qaeda as a result of the latest drone mistake," said Nasr Abdullah. "This part of Yemen takes revenge very seriously."
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