Pakistani civilians are being "terrorized" and "traumatized" by 24-hour CIA drone strikes, according to a new US report.
Living Under Drones, the report from Stanford Law School and NYU School of Law, claims that drone strikes kill many more civilians than militants, contradicting an earlier AP investigation.
The authors also says that drone attacks have caused "substantial levels of fear and stress...in the civilian communities," making parents afraid to send kids to school. And they claim that rescuers who move in to treat drone casualties are often themselves injured or killed by follow-up strikes.
What that translates to, the authors write, is a net loss for the US. Drone strikes haven't made the US safer, and have instead turned civilian Pakistanis against America.
The report calls on Obama to reform the drones program and make it more accountable. The Obama administration defends the drone program on the grounds that it's killed hundreds of militants, including senior Al Qaeda leaders.
@DARSB I agree with you and am by no means condoning the killing of innocents when I say this. At least with the use of drones we aren't losing our young servicemen and women. That's about the only positive I can spin on it and its a very good positive.
Or maybe... they ARE scared and the drone tactics are creating more exremism and fuelling anti-American rhetoric, pushing young, impressionable people into the welcoming arms of fundamentalists. Isn't there enough of that already without exacerbating the situation?
Obama condemned enhanced interrogation (torture) but has no problem with personally killing alleged terrorists and anyone else who has the misfortune to be standing in the area of the drone strike, including women and children. OF COURSE the Pakistani population is terrorized. Ask the Pakistanis who the terrorists are. You might not like the answer.
This is a load of nonsense. There are no drone strikes in Lahore or Islamabad where most Pakistanis live. The only people who are being "terrorized" are the terrorists and the people who live with them in rural fundamentalist villages. You don't want a drone to attack your village? Stop harboring known terrorists. Duh.
As long as Pakistan plays both sides, there is little other choice than to use the drones. Boots on the ground don't work when our "friends" give aid and shelter to terrorists and participate in killing American soldiers.
@Fishbone345 Indeed! Afghanistan is the longest war since Viet Nam (not including Guatemalan Civil War), Iraq's not far behind, and it always seems like something else is on the horizon. These wars haven't quite inspired the same reaction as Viet Nam in the populace though, are we becoming desensitized?
@Jeff_Woehrle Maybe some day it will reach 10% of the deaths Bush caused. By the way which President invaded Afghanistan and then before he finish it he drained off some of the support to start another war?
@Wilberhum You have to get over this Bush thing. Live in the present. YOUR man promised to end the bloodshed. Yet, deaths still rage...including four AMERICANS in the embassy terrorism. That's happening RIGHT NOW. Obumble has been president for four years. Looks like you bought his line like it was on sale.
What the hell do you think these extremists would do if they did not have something to fear. When not fighting they hide behind women and children and will use them as shields. That is what makes the drones a good option. It gets them when they are travelling to an attack site or hiding.