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A study of villagers in Pakistan reveals what it's really like.
A stunning discussion of what America is doing to numerous sovereign nations. This is why our world standing has probably never been lower and our embassies our stormed with regularity.
America needs a fresh start in 2013......
I would suggest the terror should be for those who are intending to commit crimes against those in their country, and that a feeling of reassurance should exist for those who are behaving, similar to what I feel when I have a policeman close by in a rough neighborhood. Not entirely safe, but the baddies are less likely to act up.
The alternative is to drop out entirely (in many discussions it seems like the best thing to do) but be prepared to let women's and children's and minorities in religion and background resume their role of the ones that get killed or maimed in the name of some zealot's misinterpretation of his religious belief. If you saw the video of the woman being executed in the village square for adultery while the male went perfectly free, you'll see what will happen once we leave completely. While the author dreams of a perfect world, we know that reality is far different, much more brutal and terrible than just turning our blind eye. In that awful of an environment drones might let the innocent sleep better.
Collateral damage creates more enemies, and the assumption that these villagers are in complete control of their surroundings is bogus. Drones are a definite improvement over carpet bombing, but have to be used v e r r y carefully.
Does anyone see this War of Terror ending well? Talk about counter productive.
Thank you Jennifer for publicizing an aspect of this whole "Chair Force" M.O. that far too few ever consider.
when pakistan takes care of business and ends all world hostilities the drones will stop, wasn't a real bad guy living there until his timely death just a few months back? good job seals
Who are these drones killing? Is it the Taliban or is it Al Quaida? Or is it some of each? I understand that Al Quaida has cells in European countries like Germany...and yet I hear no reports of drones being used there.If this is not one of the reasons Obama looks grim lately, it should be. Being responsible for the taking of innocent lives because he must be seen as tough on "terrorists" is something he'll have to live with the rest of his life. Nor can any citizen of the U.S. dispute their part in the responsiblity of taking innocent lives because they are scared of another 9/11.
Oh you mean like the terror that all Americans lived under waiting for OBL's next move? All in all, the drone program is effective, as long as we know who we're targeting and why.
Who are the terrorists now?
goferfanz: You actually think Romney would be better in foreign policy? I'm not great fan of Obama's foreign policy, but at least he seems to make a favorable impression on people in foreign countries, as opposed to Romney, who can't keep himself from offending people, even those in a closely allied country like Britain.
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