Trying To Kill Terrorists

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on March 19, 2011

March 20 is “shock and awe day”. This is the day that “Operation Iraqi Freedom” began, with the “Coalition” invasion of Iraq. That conflict continues, although without the fury of a few years ago. Some say we won in Iraq. Very, very few are saying we won in Pakistan.

Afghanistan was invaded as a knee jerk response to 911. Revenge was the order of the day, and an effort to kill terrorists there before they kill us here. When people began to cross the ill defined border with Pakistan, the war machine followed.

Much of the killing has been from the air . Thousands of missions have been flown. The people on the ground are essentially helpless to stop the killing. The last American shot down by an enemy was Michael Scott Speicher on January 17, 1991.

Many of the planes are drones, or unmanned aircraft. Often, they are flown, by remote control, from Creech AFB in Nevada. There is a sign as you leave the base… Drive Carefully This is the most dangerous part of your day.

The governments in Afghanistan and Pakistan are caught between Iraq and a hard place. They need the support of the USA to stay in power, but have to listen to the cries of grieving families. After a drone attack that killed women and children, Gen. David H. Petraeus had a meeting with top Afghan officials. “BetrayUs” is reported to have said
” in the midst of the [operation] some pro-Taliban parents in contact with a government official decided to create a civilian casualty claim to pressure international forces to cease the [operation]. They burned hands and legs of some of their children.”
Meanwhile, in *neutral* Pakistan, a “covert war” is being fought. In a recent incident, an American named Raymond A. Davis was accused of killing two Pakistanis. He was released after a “blood money” payment to the families. (Some say that this method of settling a dispute is a feature of Shariah Law.) The incident caused some tense moments for US-Pakistani relations, with the US government promising to tone down the covert war. Soonafter this promise, a drone stike in Miranshah, North Waziristan, killed forty people.

Bloggingheadstv had an episode about the Davis affair this week. A commenter said
“Like Jeremy and Saba, I am shocked, shocked that the American government is engaged in trying to kill terrorists in Pakistan, and moreover, shocked that an American could get away with defending himself against two armed assailants in Pakistan.”
Pictures today are from the Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, National Child Labor Committee Collection.

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