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Pakistan PM: U.S. Airstrikes ‘Intolerable’

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Posted on Nov 20, 2008
U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Erik Gudmundson

An American Predator drone flies over Iraq. Pakistan’s prime minister has condemned strikes by such unmanned aircraft on his country’s soil.

American airstrikes in Pakistan aren’t sitting so well with the locals. Pakistan PM Yousuf Raza Gilani summoned the U.S. ambassador for a refresher course in “sovereignty and territorial integrity” on Thursday. But according to The Washington Post, the two countries have a tacit agreement that the U.S. can keep bombing Pakistan if Pakistan can keep complaining about it.

Sounds like an unhealthy relationship.


AFP via Google:

Speaking in parliament, Pakistani premier Yousuf Raza Gilani denounced the latest US spy drone attack which killed six people Wednesday at Bannu district in northwest Pakistan, including a major Al-Qaeda operative.

“These attacks are adding to our problems. They are intolerable and we do not support them,” Gilani told the national assembly.

The Washington Post newspaper reported early this week that the US and Pakistani governments have reached a tacit agreement on drone strikes within Pakistani territory, under which Islamabad allows them while continuing to complain about them and Washington never acknowledges them.

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By abdo, November 21, 2008 at 12:20 am Link to this comment

underground in undisclosed location, sits 16 stare general. He is watching a screen and with push of button he turns wedding to a funeral and a burial site, half world away. He must be a brave patriot and a genius.

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By D.R., November 20, 2008 at 8:09 pm Link to this comment
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Is change on the surface enough for a society that needs to change over all? How will the election of an African American (or mixed American for all those who want to see a difference that perhaps they didn’t see before), will Obama’s election mean anything significant on the ground? Significant, being the key word. For all of us that desire change, in fact, not just in face, how does this make us feel? The fact that we see Obama building his team of past political figures while speaking of change and the future does not surprise me (educated african american 33 year old male living in new york city). Thirty-three years living in the United States has taught me one thing for certain, not beyond the shadow of a doubt, but certainly for certain. That one thing is that the political, and economic machines that control this country has taught me, though appearing to be different to those who do not investigate these entities; they have taught me that they will do anything to maintain power and control the majority of this population. They will dress old ways of doing things in new packages and present those to the people with a label of change, and expect the people to quite down and ‘relax’. They will expect people to do as they do while watching television, and allowing themselves to cease that most human of process… the thought process; the rulers expect people to watch the new ‘Obama Show’ and stop thinking. Stop thinking about real change. Stop thinking about a different, truly better more humane way of doing business and relationships and living with one another. That’s what we have to do you know. No matter what we chose to do, we have to do it with the presence of others. We live on this planet, share this planet, space and time with other human beings. i share it with you, you share it with me and so on. Is there any one of you reading this that does not want to live in harmony with your fellow human beings? I don’t know one person who would prefer to fight and war and exist in a state of discord. Though I know many people who exist in a state of discord due to differences, notions of differences, that they have accepted only because they were told by society, or their parents that these differences are ‘real.’ What makes something real to you? Do you have to examine it, and check it out? Or does it have to come from an outside institution that you have deemed profound enough to guide your life? Is it unsettling to think that we may get to decide our own truth?
This country will change as change comes to any human being, as this is a country populated and controlled by human beings… when we accept that we as a country have major problems, and decide that we want to change them. Until then, we will continue to change faces, parties and labels… not lives.

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By sophrosyne, November 20, 2008 at 4:16 pm Link to this comment
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Under Bush, we have one horror after another.  America has every reason to hang its head in shame.

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By writeon, November 20, 2008 at 12:25 pm Link to this comment
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Thing is, these attacks kill so many innocent civilians, both in Afghnistan and Pakistan; how many wedding parties have we wiped out in the last few months, is it only three or is it four?

How would Americans react if Mexicans began firing rockets into California or Texas, and killed hundreds of men, women and children, of the off-chance they’ed hit som big, drug lord? Would we think that was justified or moral? Hell, no we wouldn’t and we’d be angry about it. Would we just sit back and let the Mexicans keep doing it, again and again, blasting our people to bits?

Yet, we expect the Afghans and the Pakistanis, who are really all the Pastun people, who live on both sides of a border drawn-up by the British, which the Pastuns don’t accept because nobody even asked them about it; we expect them to just take it and not think about getting even!

So our leaders in Wasthington are really pissing the Pashtun people off, Big Time. I mean how many more enemies do the American people need? What happens if some Pashtun kid, after seeing his entire family massacred, grows up and thinks he’ll give the American infidels some of their own medicine, by bombing some place in Kansas, blinded by his anger and hatred of the terroist bastards who slaughtered his family?

But it’s not that vengeful kid we have to worry about. It’s Pakistan which we are destabilizing and pushing closer and closer to civil-war. How smart is that. Pakistan is far bigger than Afghanistan and has a population of around 170 million, compared to Iraq’s 22 million or so. Do we really think escalating the war in Afghanistan over the border into Pakistan is an intelligent thing to do? Jesus wept!

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By omniadeo, November 20, 2008 at 10:48 am Link to this comment

Boy, I can’t wait till the “change” administration gets in stops this madness.

Oh, yeah, that’s right, Obama has pledged to do MORE to violate Pakistani sovereignty.

Now that’s “change” I can believe in.

(Note to American public: there is always one important word missing from all News Articles about Pakistan: “China.”)

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By Folktruther, November 20, 2008 at 10:21 am Link to this comment

The Pakistani power structure is very complicated, various parts pursuing conflicting aims.  The US helped put in a convicted thief as premier, who has been bribed to allow the bombing of Pak groupings to support the US and Nato futle war in Afghanistan.

Obama has publically pledged to expand the war to Pakistan and increase the number of troops.

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By Gmonst, November 20, 2008 at 10:08 am Link to this comment

Missiles and Bombs delivered by unmanned planes by operators half the globe away is some really cold-hearted and evil sounding stuff.  Especially since we routinely kill large masses of innocent civilians with those attacks.  For what?  Maybe they get a few of so called terrorists in the strikes, but is all this “collateral damage” worth it?  Imagine a missile coming down and killing a wedding party here because a criminal happened to be in attendance.  How important do we think we are that no amount of suffering inflicted on others is considered too much in the attempt to build an artificial sense of security.  Now on top of all the suffering we are creating unrest and the potential for extremist control of a nuclear armed state.  Its all so insane.  Will we ever learn?

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