Friday, January 18, 2013
From The Guardian (UK):
In his study, Michael Boyle (former Obama advisor) said Obama pledged to end the "war on terror" and to restore respect for the rule of law in US counter-terrorism policies. “Instead, he has been just as ruthless and indifferent to the rule of law as his predecessor ... while President Bush issued a call to arms to defend 'civilisation' against the threat of terrorism, President Obama has waged his war on terror in the shadows, using drone strikes, special operations and sophisticated surveillance to fight a brutal covert war against al-Qaida and other Islamist networks.” Boyle, who teaches at La Salle University, Philadelphia, said the government claim that drones were an effective tool that minimised civilian casualties was based on a highly selective and partial reading of the evidence. “The consequences can be seen in the targeting of mosques or funeral processions that kill non-combatants and tear at the social fabric of the regions where they occur. No one really knows the number of deaths caused by drones in these distant, sometimes ungoverned, lands.” And he also said the strikes had a debilitating effect on local populations and their governments. “Despite the fact that drone strikes are often employed against local enemies of the governments in Pakistan and Yemen, they serve as powerful signals of the regimes' helplessness and subservience to the United States and undermine the claim that these governments can be credible competitors for the loyalties of the population,” he writes. “The vast increase in the number of deaths of low-ranking operatives has deepened political resistance to the US programme in Pakistan, Yemen and other countries.”
I WANT A RETURN TO RULE OF LAW AND A RETURN TO MORALITY. KILLING PEOPLE IS WRONG. DRONES WILL NEVER END TERRORISM, THEY ARE TERRORISM AND THEY INCREASE TERRORISM. DRONES WILL INCREASE WORLD WIDE AND THE US WILL SEE BLOWBACK FROM THESE EVIL POLICIES.
Posted by Dancewater at 2:00 AM