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DRONE ATTACKS IN WAZIRISTAN July 13, 2011

Posted by wmmbb in CENTRAL ASIA.
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War is the excuse for murder and mass murder. The US is continuing to deploy drone missile attacks in the North West tribal areas of Pakistan.

The murderers claim that the area is the base for the al Qaeda and Taliban who attack American and Nato forces in Afghanistan.

BBC News reports:

Drone attacks have escalated in the region since President Barack Obama took office in 2008. More than 100 raids were reported in the area last year.

The US does not routinely confirm that it has launched drone operations, but analysts say only American forces have the capacity to deploy such aircraft in the region.

Pakistan publicly criticises drone attacks, saying they fuel support for militants. But observers say the authorities privately condone the strikes, although there have been recent signs that they want to limit the scope of such attacks.

A number of militants, some of them senior, have been killed in the raids, but many civilians have also died.

It seems that murder of civilians is now par for the course of the barbaric method of war. Nobel Peace recipient, B Obama, has not seen fit, or exercised, or being able to exercise the authority to reduce barbarism. On the contrary.

A critical question to address is: When does war cease to justify murder? On the face of things, the invasion of Afghanistan, abetted by support for the Northern Alliance to remove the Taliban Government, appears to be a war of aggression, and therefore illegal. Then the killings are indeed murders.

While the War on Terror might have lost favor, the wars continue. Interesting to observer that because others use terrorist methods, then war allows, so the arguement is constructed that those who oppose terrorism are morally and practically allowed within the context of fighting to adopt terrorist methods. The case is set out at <a href="A Debate on Human Rights Watch’s Call for Bush Administration Officials to be Tried for Torture.”>Democracy Now interview between a Law Professor and a human rights advocate.

ELSEWHERE:

If “direct action” is the policy to end the pollution of the atmosphere, might it stop the war machine? Cole Strangler reviews some proposals afoot in the US.

At AlterNet, Fred Branfman observes the counterterrorism strategy has a wide and deadly brief. He writes:

The mentality behind counterrorism has been described by former head of the CIA Counterterrorism Center in 2005-6, Robert Grenier as “kill them before they kill you” — a primitive law of the jungle mentality more appropriate to organized crime than a superpower which confronts a 1.8 billion strong Muslim world in which, for each of “them” the U.S. kills it creates exponentially more of “them” committed to killing “us.”

This strategy is thus not only immoral and illegal, but poses a clear and present danger to U.S. national security. In return for killing a handful of “al-Qaeda leaders” it dramatically increases the ranks of potential anti-U.S. suicide bombers, weakens friendly governments, strengthens U.S. foes, and increases the risk of nuclear materials falling into unfriendly hands. Its basic premise — that there is a fixed quantity of “al-Qaeda leaders, adherents and affiliates” whose death reduces the threat to the U.S. — is simply wrong. As Cowper-Coles has explained, “for every dead Pashtun warrior, there will be 10 pledged to revenge.” Former CIA counterrorism operative Michael Scheuer has stated that “Petraeus’s ‘decapitation’ approach was also unlikely to work. ‘The Red Army tried that for 10 years, and they were far more ruthless and cruel about it than us, and it didn’t work so well for them.'”

Now that is some mentality guaranteed to do wonders to the formation of a sustainable world of peace and justice, which is as necessary as contending with the issues of climate change and population.

Peter Beaumont for The Guardian reports on the legal moves to indict former head of the CIA for the drone murders, and although the article does not state the case as such that these strikes may well be acts of terrorism.

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