“But ultimately these are decisions to be made by the Pakistani government and the Pakistani people. What the United States believes is, is that we are a partner in the process of peace-loving nations seeking to root out extremism, increase development, and that is the kind of role that we want to play with Pakistan” said President Obama on his first one on one with Pakistan earlier this week.
Just days after President’s address a US drone attack killed 60 at a funeral progression in south Waziristan. The funeral was being held for those killed in a drone attack earlier in the day. According to THE NEWS : Until April 2009 there have been over 60 drone attacks, only 10 were able to hit their actual targets, killing 14 wanted al-Qaeda leaders, besides perishing 687 innocent Pakistani civilians.The ‘success’ ration speaks for itself. However the cost of over 700 innocent lives isn’t worthy enough to be answered by President Obama. When asked about the drone attacks he preferred assuring that he had no intention of sending US troops into Pakistan. Of course it will be unnecessarily as ‘unmanned’ killer machines execute the target quite tactfully. Upon addressing the army offensive in south Waziristan Obama said ‘The Pakistani government is accountable to the people of Pakistan’. My question to President Obama is what answers does our ‘friendly allie’ expect us to give to the families of hundreds of innocents killed by continuous drone attacks ?.
The continuous drone strikes are provoking anger among the locals. An upheaval that is bound to dwindle faith on the military offensive among the locals. An incentive that will allow the Taliban’s to recruit more veterans into their mindless army. The efforts of the army to prevent collateral damage deem futile as drone attacks continue. The US however views the ‘drone’ attacks as a tactful way to eliminate targets. A tough posture from Pakistan against the US air strikes is met with criticism on our sincerity on the war of terror. A war that was brought upon us while we tried to play ‘first hand allies. In January ‘2009 soon after resuming office the Obama’s administration authorized Air strikes with in Pakistan. A CNN overview of the authorized air strikes can seen in this video:
After decades of working with and for the US , we are met with criticism and dubiousness. How many more innocent lives will be lost before the US would learn to trust us?. This is a war inside our borders, targeting our people ,effecting our lives yet it manages to question our sincerity. The only sincerity in question should be of the US on the war of terror. It is no myth that the Taliban will be taking full on advantage of the civilian deaths to serve their purpose. The continuous killings of innocent civilians is fueling the Taliban inferno. The aftermath of which will be endured by the people of Pakistan . It is time now that President Obama proves true to his words. Neither his middle name nor his rhetorical oratory will help save Pakistan from the crisis at hand. The people of Pakistan question the sincerity of the United states on this war that’s left us all bleeding. Why are innocent live being sabotaged in a war that promises to bring peace. The negligence form the US speaks volume of their ‘interest’ in the lives of our people. The incompetence of our state is further aggravating the situation. In the backdrop of the upheaval it will not be far-fetched to expect a backlash. The frustration that is seemingly evolving in to a ‘civil war’. Amid the chaos the normal Pakistani is appalled at the possibilities of the future. We are at the epicenter of a chaos whose mentors play Silent Gods while they watch our people bleed.