By: Kayhan Int’l Staff Writer
"Sitting Duck” is an English language idiom to indicate an easy target unable to escape the potshot of a sharpshooter.
So what should we call the US drones, much acclaimed for their radar/missile avoiding technology, which, whenever they ignore international laws to violate the airspace of sovereign independent countries, are easily brought down to the ground from their very high altitude?
It seems "Clay pigeons” is the most appropriate term for the US drones, no matter their manufacturers, such as General Atomics, Northrop, and Lockheed-Martin, use bombastic names like "Hunter-Killer”, "Predator”, "Global Hawk” and "Sentinel” for their obsolete products.
Tuesday’s downing of a US MQ-9 in Yemen by a surface-to-air missile over the city of Dhamar once again demonstrated both the rapidly improving defence capabilities of the Ansarallah defenders and the vulnerability of the much-touted American UAVs, designed for long-endurance, high-altitude surveillance?
Last June also, an MQ-9 Reaper of the CENTCOM terrorists was shot down by defence forces of the legitimate Sana’a-based government of Yemen, which for the past four-and-a-half years has been burdened by an unwanted war imposed by the Saudi-UAE coalition with the backing of the US, Britain, France, Israel and their state-of-the-art merchandise of death, in a bid to install a puppet regime.
It is rather unfortunate that the UN, which is supposed to be a neutral body of world nations for safeguarding global peace, has turned a blind eye to Saudi Arabia’s killing of at least a hundred thousand Yemeni men, women and children, in addition to the destruction of the Arab World’s poorest country, which is facing famine and epidemics.
The other day, the US supplied jet fighters of the Riyadh regime, afraid to approach the surface-to-air missile sites of Yemen, again vented their anger at defenceless Yemeni fishermen in the Red Sea by bombing scores of them to death.
The World Body keeps mum on these crimes against humanity, as well as the state terrorism of the US, which has no right to intrude in any region of the world thousands of kilometers away from its coasts.
When their appeals to the UN fall on deaf airs, world countries have no other choice but the right to defend their sovereignty by destroying any hostile American flying object or seagoing vessel violating their airspace or encroaching their territorial waters.
This means, the defensive action taken by Yemen’s armed forces was as legitimate as the Islamic Republic of Iran’s dexterous downing of the most advanced and expensive US drone a couple of months ago near the Strait of Hormuz when the RQ4A dared to intrude into Iranian territory.
Yahia Sarie, a military spokesman for the Yemen government, said in his statement that the missile used to down the US drone was developed indigenously and will soon be revealed at a press conference in San’a’.
China has rightly warned the US of the consequences of equipping the breakaway island of Taiwan with F-16 jet fighters, saying in clear words that any untoward incident that follows will squarely be on the shoulders of Washington.
Tehran has warned the Americans against destabilizing the Persian Gulf and West Asia – including in Syria and Iraq – saying the Islamic Republic reserves the right to take appropriate actions if US lawlessness continues against the legitimate interests of Iran.
Therefore, in view of these facts, if the US has any commonsense left, it should end its economic terrorism, and withdraw the CENTCOM terrorists from the entire region.
The US and its clients might bomb people to death but they cannot empty the minds of the ingenious from mastering science and technology and used them to defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of their homelands.
If today the enterprising defenders of Yemen have turned America’s sophisticated UAVs into "clay pigeons”, tomorrow they will target as "sitting ducks” any US military vessel aiding and abetting the Saudi-UAE war.