Rather than dropping food, water and medical supplies, we’re dropping hellfire missiles! When we have the golden opportunity to alleviate the pain and suffering, we’re only exacerbating it…!
…A US drone fired four missiles on two vehicles in the Shaidano Dand area of Kurram on Friday night.
At least six people are reported dead, but the toll is expected to rise as more villagers trapped under the rubble of a building are discovered.
According to local residents, the drones were still carrying out aerial flights over the area after the initial attack, creating panic among people.
Since August 2008, over 1,000 have died in raids by US drones which have frequently targeted South and North Waziristan—areas which have been heavily affected by the recent floods.
If the Nato forces in neighbouring Afghanistan were to divert even a fraction of their efforts towards humanitarian relief many thousands of lives could be saved. But it seems that the ‘war on terror’ is far too important for that.
That is sure to win over the ‘hearts and minds’ of the Pakistanis…!
As Mark LeVine wrote recently…
The real war on ‘terror’ must begin
More broadly, how do you help the sixth most populous country in the world – with 170 million people – recover from a flood that literally submerged one-third of the nation under water, while, in a cruel twist of fate, leaving many without fresh drinking water?…
…But today a new ‘war on terror’ must begin – one that demands a commitment of attention, resources, and expertise far exceeding that devoted to the now outdated war. Failing to do this will result in a rise in extremism on a potentially unparalleled scale…
…Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, has seen plenty of major disasters, but after flying across the flood-hit country he declared, visibly shaken, that he has “never seen a disaster as bad”…
…If an unprecedented relief effort on a scale that at least equals the amount of resources devoted to the other ‘war on terror’ is not mounted soon, an unfathomable level of anger and desperation will develop, with consequences that are impossible to predict.
‘Militant’ organisations are already on the ground handing out food and supplies, while the Pakistani government, as usual, stumbles – its hugely expensive army ill-equipped or trained to take on such a massive rescue operation.
As Al Jazeera noted "Pakistan army leads relief drive." But concludes that it has been overwhelmed by the sheer scale of the disaster.
As Jim White had noted last Sunday: "US Charitable Donations Lag…" Yet, tragically, our US Taxpayer dollars are only exacerbating the Pakistanis’ plight…!