Friday, June 26, 2009
US DRONES in Pakistan: Kathy Kelly - Pakistan PM - Others
"...seems that both Italy and Germany have asked to buy a few MQ-9 Reaper unmanned air vehicles. These, of course, are the killer drones that fire missiles and drop bombs covertly and are credited with quite a few high-value target kills in Pakistan's NWFP." (This quote from defensetech dot org doesn't mention the loss of lives nor that these bombs are often indiscriminate.)
The photo to the right is of Drone positioned for "service" (Israel) Question the necessity of these hellish symbols of modern warfare. See why those with little heart for the "frequent mixture" of people on the ground (militants or not)- not to mention irreplacable buildings and concerns for the environment might be soulessly-charmed by the "looks" of sophisticated power and technology as if with a new toy. GO here
Read what Kathy Kelly - who has been in the IDP camps has to say. Kelly is arguably the most respected US Peace Activist of our time. (variously titled - this one gets my attention: "Those who survive Drone attacks may well die slowly" but I want to use Kathy's own website so that you can see she is not a complete stranger to Pakistan nor to other nations where the US has sought to allegedly "help" or agressively "implant" various weaponry with quite mixed and unknown results here You may want to save or bookmark Kelly's remarkable bio for perhaps a later look? here
Pakistani PM Calls for End to US Drone Attacks - Pakistan’s prime minister has renewed calls for an end to US drone attacks on Pakistani soil. On Thursday, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani released a statement calling for a halt to the attacks shortly after meeting US National Security Adviser James Jones. here
Stop drone air raids, Pakistan tells US
US Drones in Pakistan: Both Friend and Foe? (see various comments here - some of course more reflective and informed than others which merely spew hateful ignorance)
LA Times here
Editorial Note from oneheart blogger:
There have been reports much earlier that US drones were "based" in Pakistan and there are some reports that US and Pakistan military operations are still connected in the use of drones "behind the scenes". Perhaps these calls by Pakistan for the US to end drone attacks - as recently publicized across the world - will have some positive effect?
Let's hope and pray this is the case given the horrible results and human rights out cries after other uses of US drones. We in the west, for the most part - have yet to judiciously weigh and ultimately experience the end result of using these unmanned weapons which repeatedly inflame "righteous cause" toward militant terrorism. How obvious this is to any who have personally known the damage first hand or been told by people who have. Just imagine the degree of harm viewed and experienced on the ground - whether or not our media are properly covering these gruesome details.
Posted by CN at 11:15 AM