- Antal said he “hopes to see greater empathy” among Americans for the victims of the U.S. drone program and is “deeply saddened by the numbing of our culture” to U.S.-led violence abroad.
- “It’s becoming very easy for Americans to just go shopping and forget that this violence is happening,” Antal said.
- Related: In Drones We Trust: Christians and the Kill List
Michael Edison Hayden, ABC News
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Rev. Chris J. Antal, the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern, atte Bob Fernandez/Philadelphia Inquirer
May 28, 2016 | As a witness to the removal of fallen U.S. troops from Afghanistan, Army Chaplain Christopher John Antal can’t recall a time when that solemn ceremony wasn’t conducted without the presence of drones passing along the horizon.
They were sleek and quiet, making a gentle humming noise as they flew over the flight lines — where aircraft can be parked and serviced — of the Kandahar airfield in Afghanistan, where he was stationed in 2012. Not everyone had access to the flight lines, according to Antal, but he was responsible for participating in dignified transfer ceremonies, also known as ramp ceremonies, which were set there to greet the caskets of fallen service personnel as they were returned to base, en route to the U.S. On these occasions, he would watch the drones drift in and out, loaded with Hellfire missiles.
Michael Edison Hayden serves as a Breaking News Writer for ABC News in New York City.
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