Obama victory infuriates Pakistani drone victims

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McBob08 wrote:

The Pakistanis need to realize that if Romney had won, then drone attacks would have INCREASED, and would less diligent in trying to minimize civilian casualties. The fact is, it will be a whole lot easier to get Obama to back down from drone attacks than it would have been for President Romney.

Americans need to press Obama; stop the extrajudicial drone murders. They are a violation of both international and American law, and in violation of the American Constitution. Even failing to stop them entirely, they need to be reserved for situations where there is absolutely ZERO PERCENT chance of injuring or killing innocent bystanders.

Assassinations were wrong when the Republicans did them, and they’re still wrong now. Due Processes is not issuing a kill order! EVERYONE deserves to face a proper, fair trial and be found guilty before you even begin to consider killing them.

Nov 08, 2012 2:52am EST  --  Report as abuse
PeterisK wrote:

Well, I don’t honestly it is white and black situation, but I must admit that weapons which can’t discriminate aren’t best tools to fight anyone in long term, because innocent suffering is, well, bad as you can get. It breeds anger, it breeds hate. It breeds cycle of violence, like it or not.

Of course they try to aim more precise and get less innocents into crossfire, but with drones it’s very hard to do. I hope they will improve their performance and will strike only when absolutely sure.

I hope Obama and his national security administration will rethink this. They can be used more rarely, but only when hit really counts, without causalities.

For this article to be balanced it would be nice to interview someone who approves these attacks, like some Taliban victims. I assume they afraid to speak against them as usual. But you don’t get shot for criticizing and bashing America.

Nov 08, 2012 5:38am EST  --  Report as abuse
PCScipio wrote:

Good pic. I think some of those sandals are Naots.

Nov 08, 2012 5:58am EST  --  Report as abuse
stambo2001 wrote:

Too bad for them, they live in a country that Obama considers populated with dogs, not people. To democrats today the Pakistani people have no human rights what-so-ever. Nope. Today’s democrats believe that if you get blown to bits accidentally by Obama…oops. Collateral damage and all that. International Laws? Human rights? Barry don’t need no stinking laws! Barry don’t need no stinking rights! What you going to do about it?! Huh?! It’s only terrorism to kill civilians if YOU do it!

Nov 08, 2012 7:22am EST  --  Report as abuse
americanguy wrote:

Since Pakistan supports and allows Taliban and other terrorists to thrive in their country, and is the single largest state sponsor of terrorism, they should be glad the US is only using drones and not something a lot more lethal, if you get my drift.

Nov 08, 2012 7:35am EST  --  Report as abuse
Overcast451 wrote:

Give that man another peace prize!!

Nov 08, 2012 8:42am EST  --  Report as abuse
nkirv wrote:

Sometimes I wonder if Obama’s multiplication of drone strikes is a result of his trying to prove to Republicans that he is not soft on terrorism, thus resulting in even more aggression than he would otherwise want to demonstrate. He started office being critical of American foreign policy in the Middle East and wanting to make peace. But being Commander in Chief of the armed forces was also a very new role for him, so he had to show he was up to it, since his commitment to the military was under question. Guantanamo is not closed, although that seemed to be a promise of his 2008 election. I think Obama is enveloped by advisors to whose experience he has to defer, while he has no one near to back him against their aggressive advice on national security. Meanwhile he’s damned if halting the drone strikes then result in re-grouping of the terrorists and strikes on Americans. It’s a tough spot to be in. The drone strikes do not risk American lives, so they are in a sense cowardly. Unfortunately, Obama has now lost his credibility with the Muslim world, so it’s hard to broker peace any more.

Nov 08, 2012 9:00am EST  --  Report as abuse
Adam_S wrote:

Hilarious. Guy quoted at the outset lives in Waziristan…can’t say I’m shocked he’s witnessed drone attacks.

Moreover, unmanned combat is the way of the future. Get with the program, it’s pretty clear: oust the terrorists yourself, or the US military will. Simple as that. If you can’t get that, continue to try and enjoy death from above.

PS – I’m a liberal who voted for Obama, I love bunnies, kitties, puppies, teacher’s unions, state spending on the poor and downtrodden, but have zero tolerance for states that knowingly harbor terrorists. Accept US aid, make steps forward, or the US will do the job for you. It’s your choice, Pakistan.

Nov 08, 2012 9:49am EST  --  Report as abuse
Greenspan2 wrote:

The loss of life and destruction is why war is best avoided when at all possible. It is always innocent civilians who pay the greatest price. When reading this article, it reminded me of when Pakistanis and Muslims in many parts of the war celebrated the death of 3,000 American civilians who were murdered in the Twin Towers by Osama bin Laden and his Pakistani and Saudi Arabian supporters.

Nov 08, 2012 10:02am EST  --  Report as abuse
Greenspan2 wrote:

The loss of life and destruction is why war is best avoided when at all possible. It is always innocent civilians who pay the greatest price. When reading this article, it reminded me of when Pakistanis and Muslims in many parts of the war celebrated the death of 3,000 American civilians who were murdered in the Twin Towers by Osama bin Laden and his Pakistani and Saudi Arabian supporters.

Nov 08, 2012 10:02am EST  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

Pakistan needs to either expel the Al Qaeda and Taleban terrorists themselves. Or accept that other nations will do it for them. If terrorists just kept to themselves in their caves and camps, we’d leave them alone. But that’s not what they do, is it? They bomb skyscrapers in America, they bomb subways in London and France, they bomb hotels in India, shoot 14-year-old girls in the face for getting uppity. Pakistan will either voluntarily expel these terrorists…. or they’ll be seeing more drones do it for them. It’s not that complicated, Pakistan. You dumb sumbitches better wake up.

Nov 08, 2012 1:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
oldschool wrote:

The sad truth is that, no matter how long we stay in these countries, we’ll never eradicate their extremists. In fact, we’ll probably wind up creating more. We’ve been in Afghanistan 10 years. We need to come home.

Nov 08, 2012 2:11pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Crash866 wrote:

McBob08
Go bleed somewhere else….

Nov 08, 2012 2:18pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Crash866 wrote:

americanguy alkaline
I agree. I know you may not believe but I do. Also I hope the best for Obama and the future of this country. I just disagree with many of his policies. Here’s to things getting better the Pres, House and Senate making that happen. Good Day!!

Nov 08, 2012 2:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Overcast451 wrote:

*PS – I’m a liberal who voted for Obama, I love bunnies, kitties, puppies, teacher’s unions, state spending on the poor and downtrodden, but have zero tolerance for states that knowingly harbor terrorists. Accept US aid, make steps forward, or the US will do the job for you. It’s your choice, Pakistan.*

Seriously; I mean to hell with the innocents over there that can’t control their government – bomb those fools!!

Nov 08, 2012 2:21pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Emmettt wrote:

As an everyday American I would like to reassure those abroad that if Romney was elected the death machines would keep coming. Whoever gets elected next will add more drones.

American freedom! Death Robots! Please help?

Nov 09, 2012 2:02am EST  --  Report as abuse
stuw wrote:

Adam_S and AlkalineState exhibit profoundly arrogant attitudes. Apparently, the war on terror gives us the ability to violate the sovereignty of any nation we want, and the deaths of innocents are okay as long as they’re far away and brown. Never mind that these attacks drive up dislike for the US and popular support for the Taliban, and Pakistan has already lost ~4,000 soldiers fighting insurgents.

Also, the people quoted in this article are civilians affected by drone attacks, not representatives of the Pakistani government, so I’m not sure who you think you’re addressing.

Nov 09, 2012 4:18am EST  --  Report as abuse
Two_Sense wrote:

*PS – I’m a liberal who voted for Obama, I love bunnies, kitties, puppies, teacher’s unions, state spending on the poor and downtrodden, but have zero tolerance for states that knowingly harbor terrorists. Accept US aid, make steps forward, or the US will do the job for you. It’s your choice, Pakistan.*

Seriously; I mean to hell with the innocents over there that can’t control their government – bomb those fools!!

Totally, especially since it is so easy to eliminate terrorists from your country if you want to. I mean the US has done it…Oh, wait. Uh, never mind.

Nov 09, 2012 4:23am EST  --  Report as abuse
erikelgringo wrote:

And you think they hate us because of our freedoms? – LOL -

Ask yourselves; What if the shoe was on the other foot and it was YOUR country being bombed and YOUR friends & families dying?

Would you eventually get fed up and do something about it?

Look up the CIA terminology “Blowback”.

Nov 09, 2012 11:59am EST  --  Report as abuse
Adam_S wrote:

LOL, haters.

Totally different, twocents. When we find one in America, we deal with them, and they don’t pop back up. Does that happen in Pakistan? No.

I’m not addressing anyone, stuw. I’m just talking out loud, and expressing lols at the idea that a guy who lives near a hotbed of terrorist activity would be shocked (just shocked!) that the US would send drones in.

Pretty simple (as opposed to fair, honest, ‘right,’ or etc), people: If your nation harbors terrorists and is not actively trying to get rid of them, by which I mean doing something that produces a quantifiable decline in terrorists/their acts per year, and these same individuals choose to act out against US interests, the US will respond in kind, IE drone strikes. Is it fair? Probably not. Is it honest? Probably not. Is it going to happen? Yes. Is there anything dude in Waziristan do about drones in the US, other than try and rid his backyard of terrorits? Nope. Seems like dude in Waziristan has a pretty easy decision to make, or not, but the consequences are laid bare.

Deal with reality, or reality will deal with you. The reality is that the US is gonna drone the hell out of places it deems to be dangerous. Act accordingly, innocent residents of those places.

Nov 13, 2012 5:22pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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