US Drone Attack Murders Five Pakistanis

“A drone attack in a volatile tribal region of north-west Pakistan has killed at least five suspected militants, officials say.” (Source: BBC News)

Remember, suspected = innocent. But those people are still dead.

The frequency of the attacks has increased since President Barack Obama took office in 2008. More than 100 raids were reported in the area in 2010, and more than 60 took place last year.” (Source: BBC News)

Obama – a more efficient murderer. More here.

Pakistanis Protest Obama’s Terrorist Attacks

When tribal elders from the remote Pakistani region of North Waziristan travelled to Islamabad last week to protest against CIA drone strikes, a teenager called Tariq Khan was among them.

A BBC team caught him on camera, sitting near the front of a tribal assembly, or jirga, listening carefully.

Four days later he was dead – killed by one of the drones he was protesting against.

His family told us two missiles hit the 16-year-old on Monday near Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan. His 12-year-old cousin Wahid was killed alongside him.
(Source: BBC News)

I have tried to post an article on here every time the US has carried out another terrorist attack on innocent Pakistanis. I have tried but, I confess, some days I’m just not up to writing about more children killed by CIA drones, more families shattered by the USA’s brutality. The horror is too much.

Here are the current figures for the illegal drone war the USA is carrying out in Pakistan:

(Source: Wikipedia)

Let’s be perfectly clear here: the USA is not in a state of war with Pakistan. So, these attacks are terror attacks, pure and simple. And even if there was a state of war, the use of drones can be seen to be flouting so many of the Geneva Conventions set up precisely to protect non-combatants, as Clive Stafford-Smith points out:

“If you are trying to surrender and you put your hands up to a drone, what happens?” he asks.

“They just fire the missile, so there are all sorts of Geneva Conventions issues which are not being discussed.”
(Source: BBC News)

Stafford-Smith is a lawyer campaigning against the CIA’s terror in Pakistan. In a Guardian article in August, he reported a study by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism:

The BIJ’s study is everything that the CIA version of events is not: transparent, drawn from as many credible sources as possible and essentially open. It is clear about where its material comes from and what the margin of error may be. You should look, and you should engage, not just with the bare numbers, but also some of the stories: the attack on would-be rescuers by drones that had lingered, circling over the site of a previous strike, and opened fire – on the cruel assumption that any Good Samaritan must be a Taliban Samaritan; or the teenager who lost both legs when his family home was hit.
(Source: The Guardian)

How is this tolerated by the other “civilised” nations of the world? Why is the USA, alone among every nation, allowed carte blanche to murder over 2,600 people with its drone attacks?

I find the conspiracy of silence in our mass media to be mindboggling. This is the same media which descended into a feral frenzy over Ghaddafi’s death, scrambling to post up pictures of his corpse. And yet, it manages to miss displaying over 2,600 pictures of other corpses, these ones being the victims of American imperialism.

The CIA and USA’s justification for these attacks is laughable. Every attack is on a “militant.” But of course it is. This is a retroactive designation: anyone the US murders with its drones automatically becomes a militant. Including the children blown to tiny pieces, presumably.

Again, imagine if China started using drones against civilians in South Korea, saying that they had evidence that they were part of an anti-Chinese terror group. Could you really see the world standing by doing nothing in that situation?

One thing is clear. Obama = Blair. Both were seen as lions of the left, both are now nothing more than blood-encrusted war criminals. The blood of the innocents of Pakistan (and now Somalia) drips from Obama’s hands.

And the voices of protest will fall on deaf ears:

But Washington is unlikely to heed the anger here. Under President Barack Obama, the use of drone missiles has soared – there’s an attack on average every four days.

Increasingly, these remote-controlled killers are Washington’s weapon of choice.
(Source: BBC News)

A drone attack every four days under Obama. What a glorious leader!

US Drone Attack, 21 Pakistanis Murdered

A US drone attack has killed at least 21 militants in north-western Pakistan, local intelligence officials said.

The drone fired two missiles, destroying a vehicle and a compound near Miranshah town in North Waziristan tribal district, on the Afghan border.
(Source: BBC News)

As always, these weren’t militants or even ‘militants.’ The only people claiming they were are the US military and they’ve shown the world time and time again, from My Lai up to their mass slaughter in Iraq of 1.2 million civilians that they simply don’t care about human life.

So, when you switch on the radio or TV and you hear politicians wailing about how much they abhor violence and criminality, terror and the death of innocents, remember, it’s all lies.

Or else they would be talking about the 2,000+ people killed by the USA’s illegal, terrorist attacks.

And they aren’t. Nobody is.

US Criticises Libya While Continuing To Slaughter Pakistanis

(Source: New America Foundation and Time via Wikipedia)

Today, the US issued this statement:

The Obama administration has condemned what it says are “renewed atrocities” by Libyan forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

“Snipers have targeted civilians seeking medical assistance,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.
(Source: BBC News)

This post is not defending the despot and undoubted mass-murderer Gaddafi. But it is questioning how the USA continues to set itself up as moral authority for the “free world” when simultaneously murdering innocent people in its drone attacks against Pakistan. Look at the stats above: over 2,200 Pakistanis murdered by the USA’s missiles.

Today, Pakistan issued this statement:

Pakistan has sharply criticised the United States for a missile attack on Wednesday in which six people were reported killed near the Afghan border.

“Drone attacks have become a core irritant in the counter-terror campaign,” the foreign office said.

It was the first such raid in a month and came after Pakistan’s spy chief met his US counterpart to discuss a deep rift over CIA activities in Pakistan.

There was huge anger after a drone raid killed dozens of civilians on 17 March.

Although several militants were reported killed, the vast majority of the dead were civilians attending a tribal meeting.
(Source: BBC News)

Remember, these “militants” were still innocent, they weren’t arrested or detained or charged in any way. The US military simply killed them, along with a load of other Pakistanis even its huge mendacity couldn’t cover up.

The Pakistani government is, of course, in cahoots with the US. There are probably some very nice backroom deals going on there. They’ve only spoken out today because of the mass protests against US atrocities have forced them to pretend to care.

Like the US government, like the UK government, like all governments, they don’t care about their citizens, they only care about their own power and security.

You will hear the US moral indignation on your radios and televisions today. You won’t hear the Pakistani condemnation of the US, even though it comes from the government of a sovereign nation. Our mass media simply won’t repeat criticism of the US.

So, most people will only hear one side and therefore continue to live in the fantasy world where the USA is the good guy, selflessly fighting evil around the world.

US Murders Three More Pakistanis

Google Map of drone strikes, click here for an up-to-date version.

At least three suspected militants have been killed in a drone strike in the troubled Pakistani tribal region of North Waziristan, officials say.

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.
(Source: BBC News)

Another day, another terrorist attack by the USA on innocent Pakistanis. Or, right, sorry – “suspected militants.” That’s alright, then. As long as they were “suspected,” it’s fine to launch missiles at them. The USA is at war with Pakistan, after all. Oh, hold on.

They’re not.

This is another brutal murder of innocents by the USA. You won’t see it on your TV news. You’ll probably get some footage of Obama saying how nasty North Korea / China / insert-nation-here are. But look at what the US has been doing since 2004:

(Source: New America Foundation and Time via Wikipedia)

The USA has murdered somewhere between 1,400 and 2,200 Pakistanis in the last seven years. How many foreign nationals has NK or China killed in that period?

If you’re looking for the number-one rogue state, the top sponsor of international terrorism, you have to give that accolade to the USA.

Another US Terror Attack On Pakistan

At least three militants have been killed in a US drone strike in north-west Pakistan, say local officials.

Four missiles struck a compound in Haiderkhel village, 5km (3 miles) east of Mir Ali town in North Waziristan district on the Afghan border.

More than 100 raids were reported in the region last year.

This is the third drone attack in Pakistani tribal areas this year.
(Source: BBC News)

Another day, another US terror attack.

I haven’t been lazy with the picture, the BBC have used exactly the same picture and subtitle, presumably because they too are overwhelmed by the number of attacks.

Watch your TV news this evening to not see this being reported.

USA Carries On Terror Attacks Against Pakistan, World Doesn’t Care

Four people have been killed in a US drone strike in north-west Pakistan, say local officials.

The plane reportedly fired missiles at a vehicle near the town of Miranshah in North Waziristan, an Afghan border haven for al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

US drone attacks in Pakistan’s tribal region have escalated since US President Barack Obama took office.

There were more than 100 such raids in the tribal region last year.

The US does not routinely confirm that it has launched drone operations, but analysts say only American forces have deployed such aircraft in the region.
(Source: BBC News)

The US launched terror attacks by drone on the 31st Dec, the 1st Jan and now this latest mass-murder.

Looks like they plan to keep murdering innocent Pakistanis in 2011 while mewling about how evil Iran / North Korea / China are.

USA – number one for hypocrisy!

I can’t keep up with the rate the USA are murdering innocents in Pakistan. That’s why this post has rounded up three separate attacks. Apart from the time it takes, it really wears me down – the fact that these hundreds of terrorist attacks are never mentioned on the TV or radio, that the mass-media ignores them.

So most people don’t know they’re going on.

They just don’t exist, like the lives of the people they take.

US Kills 18 Pakistanis In Terrorist Attack, Doesn’t Make The News

Above is a screengrab from the BBC News website. Notice no mention of the fact that the USA murdered 18 Pakistanis in a terrorist drone attack:

Missiles fired by a suspected US drone have struck a vehicle in north-west Pakistan killing at least 18 militants, officials say.

The strike took place in Mir Ali village, 25km (16 miles) from Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan district.

US drone attacks are fairly regular in North and South Waziristan which are Taliban and al-Qaeda strongholds.

More than 100 such attacks occurred in 2010, most of them in North Waziristan.
(Source: BBC News)

So, yesterday, Obama condemned the terrorist bombing which killed 30+ Pakistanis.

Today, his drones killed 18 Pakistanis.

Yesterday, that terror attack was on the front page of the BBC News website. Today – nothing. Oh, the article is there, if you dig for it as I do. Hidden away where the casual visitor won’t see it.

Think of those numbers: the USA has carried out over one hundred of these terror attacks in 2010 alone, killing hundreds upon hundreds of innocents and presumably maiming far more.

Yet, all we hear about is the evil Taliban and their relatively paltry body count.

How is it that some murders of innocents are terrible crimes and some are not even worth mentioning?

US Kills Seven Pakistanis

At least seven people have been killed in a missile strike in north-west Pakistan, security officials say.

Unconfirmed reports said a US drone fired four missiles at a compound in North Waziristan and two cars parked outside were destroyed.

In a separate development, a key border crossing used by Nato to move supplies into Afghanistan has been reopened.

The border had been shut when two Pakistani soldiers were killed in a US helicopter strike.
(Source: BBC News)

Every week, a new attack. I’m running out of things to say about this murder, it’s become so routine.

Still not TV newsworthy. Perhaps if the victims had been on X Factor…

Another US Terror Attack On Pakistan

Eight militants died when missiles fired by a suspected US drone hit a house in north-western Pakistan, local security officials say.

They said the raid targeted a militant hideout in Shawal district in the North Waziristan region on the Afghan border.

It is the 10th drone strike this month in the region, a stronghold of the Taliban and al-Qaeda.

The attacks have killed hundreds of people since January 2009 and fuelled anti-American sentiment in the country.
(Source: BBC News)

“Hundreds of people” killed by US missiles. I’ve been posting about every attack as and if I’ve seen news of them. I’m worn down by how little people care about these US murders of innocents.

They go on, day after day, week after week. And no-one says anything. No-one seems to care that the US is launching attacks on civilians under the cover of somehow magically knowing they’re Taliban or whatever.

As far as I’m aware, US military tech hasn’t achieved sentience as yet. Their missiles cannot differentiate between terrorists and innocents. Therefore, the people who launch them are charged with that distinction. But as we know from the appalling slaughter in Iraq, the US simply doesn’t care who it kills in its ‘War On Terror.’

So, they keep killing, with impunity. This is why the USA is the biggest terror threat on the planet right now. Who else could get away with this level of murder? North Korea? China?

I don’t think so.