The murder of 20 children and seven adults in Newtown, Conn., was a horrible, senseless tragedy.

The murder of thousands of innocent men, women and children in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen by President Barack Obama's drone attacks is evil beyond words.

The U.S. government now claims the entire world is a global battlefield. The American president is judge, jury and executioner in deciding life or death for people living in countries where there has been no declaration of war. Those targeted are never given an opportunity to defend themselves. The dead are called insurgents, and the details are strongly censored to keep them from the public.

The murder of American children has our politicians shedding tears and beating their chests. The dead from drone attacks reveal the total hypocrisy of members of Congress like Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-2nd.

Are the lives of American children more valuable than the lives of others? If this is the American view, it is a recipe for eternal war and must not stand.

STEVEN FENICHEL

Ocean City