In yet another Drone attack in Pakistan the US have killed 15 people. They have been busy deploying Drones during this last two weeks and authorities in Pakistan are at breaking point. The latest deaths could be insurgents, would be militants or civilians but all of this does not sit well with such things as human rights surely.
No war has been declared and so there is no official authorisation of these attacks by a body such as NATO. Yet by and large the world's response is silence. Those killed may be would be terrorists but these are present in many countries across the world. Does that mean that inevitably no country is safe from potential bombing by US CIA drones?
Warmongering and hypocrisy are rife right now. US policy seems hell bent on creating a new generation of people who hate the West and in particular the US.
Whilst the conflict in Afghanistan continues, US and NATO forces need supply routes which cross the Pakistan border. It is fair to say that diplomatic relations between Pakistan and the US are at an all time low. As Reuters reminds us, "in November 2011 24 Pakistani soldiers were killed by cross-border "friendly fire" from NATO aircraft." Imagine the boot on the other foot. Imagine the outcry by all western leaders. Yet the incident passed with barely any recognition from western leaders.
The incident however resulted in Pakistan finally making a stand and closing supply routes which are vital for NATO Forces. They will be essential for the withdrawal of US troops in 2014.
Reuters report went on to say, "The Pakistan government says the CIA drone campaign fuels anti-American sentiment in the country, and is counterproductive because of collateral damage. U.S. officials, however, say such strikes by the remotely piloted aircraft are highly effective against militants and are an important weapon in war against militancy"
The Pakistan government's words are exactly what any person with an ounce of intelligence would say. Rather than curing a problem they are creating a whole new set of issues.The death toll in Pakistan from the last three weeks of drone attacks now stands at 27. RIP
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog