When I heard the news, I immediately thought about a recent statement in another recent thread:As an academic matter, it doesn't really qualify as terrorism because the target was a member of the military. It may qualify as a war crime though, as there are a number of wrongs about it in the context of warfighting, but even that would be a stretch/complicated discussion.
I found it quite disturbing that it this speculation turned real so quickly (in a similar way).BobG said:The fact that we use drones (or any weapons) to attack legitimate military targets is what differentiates military attacks from terrorist attacks.
(Although I have to admit that if the facility that drones were operated from were attacked by a suicide car bomb, the public would still probably cry that it was a terrorist attack. Terminology seems to be rather sloppy when it comes to terrorism, and weapons of mass destruction, for that matter.)