The Predictable and Inevitable Blowback


by David Sarota  source: In These Times  May 15, 2010

Imagine, if you can, an alternate universe.

Imagine that in this alternate universe, a foreign military power begins flying remote-controlled warplanes over your town, using on-board missiles to kill hundreds of your innocent neighbors.

Now imagine that when you read the newspaper about this ongoing bloodbath, you learn that the foreign nation’s top general is nonchalantly telling reporters that his troops are also killing “an amazing number” of your cultural brethren in an adjacent country. Imagine further learning that this foreign power is expanding the drone attacks on your community despite the attacks’ well-known record of killing innocents. And finally, imagine that when you turn on your television, you see the perpetrator nation’s tuxedo-clad leader cracking stand-up comedy jokes about drone strikes—jokes that prompt guffaws from an audience of that nation’s elite.

Ask yourself: How would you and your fellow citizens respond? Would you call homegrown militias mounting a defense “patriots” or would you call them “terrorists”? Would you agree with your leaders when they angrily tell reporters that violent defiance should be expected?

Fortunately, most Americans don’t have to worry about these queries in their own lives. But how we answer them in a hypothetical thought experiment provides us insight into how Pakistanis are likely feeling right now. Why? Because thanks to our continued drone assaults on their country, Pakistanis now confront these issues every day. And if they answer these questions as many of us undoubtedly would in a similar situation — well, that should trouble every American in this age of asymmetrical warfare.

Though we don’t like to call it mass murder, the U.S. government’s undeclared drone war in Pakistan is devolving into just that. As noted by a former counterinsurgency adviser to Gen. David Petraeus and a former Army officer in Afghanistan, the operation has become a haphazard massacre.

“Press reports suggest that over the last three years drone strikes have killed about 14 terrorist leaders,” David Kilcullen and Andrew Exum wrote in 2009. “But, according to Pakistani sources, they have also killed some 700 civilians. This is 50 civilians for every militant killed.”

Making matters worse, Gen. Stanley McChrystal has, indeed, told journalists that in Afghanistan, U.S. troops have “shot an amazing number of people” and “none has proven to have been a real threat.” Meanwhile, President Obama used his internationally televised speech at the White House Correspondents Dinner to jest about drone warfare — and the assembled Washington glitterati did, in fact, reward him with approving laughs.

By eerie coincidence, that latter display of monstrous insouciance occurred on the same night as the failed effort to raze Times Square.

The rest of the original article gets into the alleged attempt to bomb Times Square, which, as most of my readers probably are in tune with already, might not have been as much a coincidence as it was an operation, predictably organized to keep the fear levels at their highest by intelligence agencies.

As a reader from a previous post commented:

Pretty bad job fellows—we have no one clamoring for the footage showing the SUV pulling up, and our boy Faisal exiting the vehicle. On top of that, you made sure the MSM ran the footage of the ‘shirt changer’ who was close to the SUV, but was obviously NOT the driver.

That scene simply ‘looked’ too staged. And so we are left with four photos only—nothing of his arrest or being transported anywhere—-or who his lawyer is—–bad form, fellows—but I guess if folks aren’t demanding the truth now, it is testament to the success of your fear factory.

However as the original article states, if it was indeed an individual acting on his own accord on behalf of Pakistan, these types of events should be expected because of our illegal attacks on civilians in Pakistan. To sum it up in 2 words of mine: Arrest Obama.

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