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  •  Illegal and immoral? (0+ / 0-)

    Although some in the Pakistani government have decried drone attacks through the news media, the evidence shows the drone program has Pakistani government complicit:

    Diplomats and security analysts believe Pakistan continues to give its consent for the drone strikes.

    Confidential diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks revealed that, in 2008, Pakistan's army chief, General Ashfaq Kayani, asked the US for "continuous Predator [drone] coverage" in part of South Waziristan.

    In the same year, former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani told the US ambassador that he did not care about the US programme "as long as they get the right people".

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    As for Yemen, read this: Yemen govt. admits to request for US drone strikes.

    Not illegal.

    So it would seem that drone attacks would cease in Pakistan and Yemen if the governments told the USA to stop; they have not done so (Pakistani statements to the press are not equivalent to diplomatic communications). And why have they not done so? Because of terrorist attacks within their borders, threatening civilians and government officials. Of note: the suicide bomber in May, in Yemen, killing 90 people and injuring hundreds. Do you decry those attacks as immoral?

    In May 2012, the country was rocked by the worst terrorist bombing in years when a suicide attacker disguised as a Yemeni soldier blew himself up in the midst of a military parade rehearsal near the presidential palace in Sana, the capital. The Yemen Defense Ministry said more than 90 people were killed and hundreds wounded.

    Militants allied with Al Qaeda quickly claimed responsibility for the bombing. The militant group, which goes by the name Ansar al Shariah, said in a Facebook post that the attack was aimed at Yemen’s defense minister and was intended to retaliate for the government campaign against Al Qaeda’s southern sanctuaries that began earlier in May.

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    So what about those terrorist attacks? Are they immoral? Which is worse -- helping a weak country defeat terrorists and remain democratic, or not helping as the government falls to extremists?

    The sh*t those people [republicans] say just makes me weep for humanity! - Woody Harrelson

    by SoCalSal on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 08:42:51 AM PDT

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    •  You are vastly uneducated. (0+ / 0-)

      I wouldn't know where to start.

      "Human history is not the battle of good struggling to overcome evil. It is a battle fought by a great evil struggling to crush a small kernel of human kindness."

      - Vasily Grossman, Life and Fate

      by Tirge Caps on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 06:09:22 AM PDT

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