Drones Kill 12 Children Playing Outside – Americans Target the Wrong House Again
Posted by musliminsuffer on August 4, 2010
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful
=== News Update ===
‘Drones Kill 12 Children Playing Outside’
‘A Family Buries 15’
‘Americans Target the Wrong House Again’
August 03, 2010 “Huffington Post” — We in the United States are currently engaged in two active wars — Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition to troops on the ground and in the air, our military runs a predator drone program (unmanned aerial vehicles) in both countries. At the same time, in public discourse and policy we have acknowledged nothing but support for the nation of Pakistan as it works alongside our own military to root out terrorism in Afghanistan and within its own bordering communities. As we have repeatedly stated, Pakistan is our biggest ally against extremists and many within Pakistan argue that they have sacrificed the most in terms of dead soldiers and exhausted manpower.
But we are not — and never have been — at war with Pakistan. So why is it that our own intelligence agency and military engages in secret, covert attacks that have led to the deaths of over 700 civilians in 2009 alone? If our own undisclosed actions conflict with our public diplomacy, can we really be enraged when Pakistanis are alleged to do the same?
The BBC recently released its findings of our predator drone program in Pakistan, which is oftentimes outsourced to private contractors like XE (formerly Blackwater). The results were startling to say the least. Since President Obama has been in office, the drone attacks have increased threefold. The predator aircraft take off in hidden bases within Pakistan every day, sometimes several times a day. And according to local Pakistani media, like the Dawn newspaper, for each terrorist killed by U.S. drones, some 140 innocent Pakistanis also lose their lives.
I was in Pakistan when ethnic warfare, another byproduct of the combat in neighboring Afghanistan, erupted regularly on the streets. As local merchants and families alike argued over whether or not an American clandestine program was assisting or further exacerbating internal strife, their undeniable frustration and trepidation was clearly evident.
On the one hand, many welcomed a united front to defeat terrorism that continuously plagued their streets on an every day basis. But consistently reading reports of ‘collateral damage’ and innocent men, women and children losing their lives at the hands of a secret program, their views on the U.S. were visibly torn — much like ours now are on Pakistan.
Nida Khan is news correspondent for WRKS 98.7 Kiss FM NY
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