a naive, and likely american, reader of my blog seems to think that the united states did not instigate and is not participating in the war on pakistan because this reader spoke to a someone in the military who denied it. ah, okay, that settles it. not! here is a reuters report about more american bombs targeting pakistan yet again:
The attack took place in a mountainous region of South Waziristan, a known al-Qa’ida and Taliban hotbed, the officials said.
“We have at least eight dead in the attack,” said a Pakistani military official who declined to be identified.
The target of the attack was not immediately known, he said.
The United States began stepping up drone attacks in Pakistan last year. There has been no let-up since President Barack Obama’s administration took office in January, despite complaints from the Pakistani government.
The United States has carried out about 40 drone air strikes since the beginning of last year, most since September, killing more than 320 people, according to a tally of reports from Pakistani security officials, district government officials and residents.
There have been 16 attacks this year, with five in April.
At least five militants were killed on Saturday in a drone attack, also in South Waziristan.
Pakistan says the drones violate its sovereignty and undermine efforts to deal with militancy because they inflame public anger and bolster militant support.
and julian barnes and greg miller report for the los angeles times that this is indeed a partnership between pakistan and the u.s.:
The U.S. military has begun flying armed Predator drones inside Pakistan and has given Pakistani officers significant control over targets, flight routes and decisions to launch attacks under a new joint operation, according to U.S. officials familiar with the program.
The project was begun in recent weeks to bolster Pakistan’s ability and willingness to disrupt the militant groups that are posing a growing threat to the government in Islamabad and fueling violence in Afghanistan.
For the U.S. military, the missions represent a broad new role in searching for Islamic militants in Pakistan. For years, that task has been the domain of the CIA, which has flown its own fleet of Predators over the South Asian nation.
Under the new partnership, U.S. military drones will be allowed for the first time to venture beyond the borders of Afghanistan under the direction of Pakistani military officials, who are working with American counterparts at a command center in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
U.S. officials said the program was aimed at getting Pakistan — which has frequently protested airstrikes in its territory as a violation of sovereignty — more directly and deeply engaged in the Predator program.
now that the pakistani army has joined forces with the united states it does not absolve the united states from its role in creating this problem in the first place. al jazeera’s sohail rahman shows some of the destruction plaguing pakistan now as a result of the united states handiwork:
to be sure: the pakistani army would not have to be forcing half a million of its own people to become refugees or firing on its own people and communities had the united states not started its so-called “war on terror.” and this has been, of course, exacerbated by the americans who have, in the past year, begun its bombing of pakistan campaign.
meanwhile, taking a play from the zionist entity (or perhaps it is the other way around–it’s always hard to tell with these two they are conjoined) the united states has begun using white phosphorous on civilian populations in afghanistan as jason straziuso and rahim faiez report for ap news:
Doctors voiced concern over “unusual” burns on Afghan villagers wounded in an already controversial U.S.-Taliban battle, and the country’s top human rights groups said Sunday it is investigating the possibility white phosphorus was used.
The American military denied using the incendiary in the battle in Farah province — which President Hamid Karzai has said killed 125 to 130 civilians — but left open the possibility that Taliban militants did. The U.S. says Taliban fighters have used white phosphorus, a spontaneously flammable material that leaves severe chemical burns on flesh, at least four times the last two years.
Using white phosphorus to illuminate a target or create smoke is considered legitimate under international law, but rights groups say its use over populated areas can indiscriminately burn civilians and constitutes a war crime.
Afghan doctors told The Associated Press they have treated at least 14 patients with severe burns the doctors have never seen before. The villagers were wounded during last Monday’s battle in Farah province.
Allegations that white phosphorus or another chemical may have been used threatens to deepen the controversy over what Afghan officials say could be the worst case of civilian deaths since the 2001 U.S. invasion that ousted the Taliban regime.