Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Bombing allies makes them angry...

From the Guardian via Common Dreams:

Thousands of angry protesters took to the streets across Pakistan yesterday to condemn an American air strike aimed at al-Qaida's deputy leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, that left at least 18 people dead.

Up to 10,000 people reportedly protested at rallies in the largest city, Karachi. Many chanted: "Death to America!" Demonstrators demanded the resignation of Pakistan's president, Pervez Musharraf. Smaller protests were staged in other towns and cities, including Islamabad, Lahore, Quetta and Peshawar.

The protests across Pakistan put further pressure on General Musharraf, whose close relationship with the United States has made him unpopular at home.


The rallies followed violent protests by thousands of tribesmen on Saturday in the Bajaur region on the Afghan border where the attack took place. The White House has remained tight-lipped over the missile strike, said to have been carried out by the CIA on Friday, using unmanned drone aircraft.


Officially, the Pakistani government does not allow the 20,000 US troops in Afghanistan to cross the border in pursuit of Taliban or al-Qaida fighters, although a large number of combatants are thought to have sought refuge in the rugged and remote border region.

In recent weeks, though, there has been a string of attacks on the Pakistani side of the border that many suspect were carried out by the US. Eight people were killed in a cross-border raid last weekend.


Blogger AP said...

Thanks for letting us know

January 17, 2006 8:51 am  
Blogger _H_ said...

Something tells me you already knew Ams :-)

Maybe we should spread the word

It seems somebody somewhere failed to inform the CIA of the basic facts .

maybe if we all repeat this often enough we can prevent the next murder of 18 innocents (including women and children) living peacefully inside the safety of their own country.

Maybe if this act had been committed by Mexico (or from your home in Canada)just inside the US border and 18 Americans were killed we would be talking about an act of war

More likely though is that they would do exactly the same again ...

for some bizarre reason the lives of Muslims in Pakistan don't seem to have the same value as our lives here in the west

We really should not have to point out the obvious but it seems it wasn't that obvious , for somebody made the choice to murder these people .

Maybe it did not enter their minds ?

January 17, 2006 10:54 am  
Blogger Hype said...

'act of war'

Americans think they are invincible. The attitude is we don't care.

our survival over yours..

in my opinion we are reaching out to touch whatever it was Nazi Germany tried to attain. it is wrong. it is not christian.


January 17, 2006 2:44 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Word came out today that there were at least 4-5 high level terrorists killed in the bombing. Again another cover-up to make the US administration look unethical.

I'm not American, yet i understand that the attitude of the world is so anti-US right now that anything they do will be altered in an attempt to make them look bad.

Hype-horrible comment. Nazi Germany was trying to wipe out an entire race simply because of their religion. A race that lived within Germany peacefully.

Certainly the US administration is not going about things in the proper manner, but to say it is at the level of Nazi Germany is simply slanderous.

January 17, 2006 3:08 pm  
Blogger DJEB said...

Supply a credible link with credible evidence and your comment will be credible, anon.

Do that and you will still have to deal with the fact that the U.S. committed an act of war in Pakistan.

January 17, 2006 3:19 pm  
Blogger stefan said...

Even if that were true, the math disturbs me.

So 18 civilian deaths, 4 terrorist deaths...18/4 = 4.5 Aha! I knew it! The death of one terrorist is worth the deaths of 4.5 innocents. I always knew there must be a simple formula behind the War on Terror. It all makes sense now...

January 17, 2006 6:31 pm  
Blogger DJEB said...

Sure makes sense to the monsters, doesn't it Stefan.

January 17, 2006 11:23 pm  
Blogger stefan said...

yup. reducing people to numbers is the inevitable result of the barely tempered capitalism that inspires our politics.

January 18, 2006 3:07 am  
Blogger DJEB said...

I am still waiting, anonymous (as I no doubt will be for a long, long time).

January 18, 2006 4:01 pm  
Blogger Hype said...

'Hype-horrible comment. Nazi Germany was trying to wipe out an entire race simply because of their religion. A race that lived within Germany peacefully.'

You won't think so when marines are breaking down your door to secure your 'freedom'.


January 18, 2006 6:37 pm  
Blogger _H_ said...

I agree Hype

too many people judge Nazi germany from 1939 - 1945 but hilter came to power in 1933 and many in the world spotted what was to come

If left unchecked the PNAC lot will drag us towards the same sort of world .

it is very easy to judge after the event as we do with hilter but as you and I agree

History will not be kind to George W Bush

January 18, 2006 8:19 pm  

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