July 6th, 2009
|jimbojones||12:00 pm - They hate our freedom^H^H^H^H^H^H^H undeclared war|
Maybe, just maybe, "they" don't really hate our freedom. Maybe "they" actually hate the way we attack civilian targets inside the borders of countries with whom we are not at war. I mean, it's just a thought. When you're making the news for sending in Predator unmanned attack drones to volley missiles into the funeral of a bunch of people who were killed by - you guessed it, attack by Predator unmanned attack drones, maybe that might piss the survivors and the neighbors off a little more than your "freedom"?
Seriously, why isn't this getting more news coverage? Let me recap:
- We have not declared war on Pakistan
- We are using military hardware to attack targets within Pakistan's borders
- We are attacking civilian targets within Pakistan's borders
- WE HAVEN'T EVEN DECLARED WAR!
Why the hell isn't this raising red flags all over the country? I mean, for crying out loud, have you ever watched a Western? The guys who ride by the ranch firing their guns into it through the walls at midnight are not the heroes of the piece.
I'm really not coming at this from the perspective of a fainting dove: I know the place is a goddamn mess, and there's a lot of Taliban in there. But this just isn't the right way to go about... whatever the hell it is we're trying to accomplish. We should either be getting openly and officially invited in by the Pakistani government, declaring war and doing it our way, or butting the hell out. "Just sorta sending in drones to attack civilian targets with HE missiles", with or without the "tacit" support of the Pakistani government - and with increasingly strident protests from Pakistani civilians - is a direct slap in the face of everything this country is SUPPOSED to be for.
NPR has a bit of coverage, as does BBC.
But you aren't going to find it on NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, MSNBC, or CNN. Seriously, google around and look for coverage from American news sources - about the only thing you find, aside from the occasional NPR piece, is Wired crowing about how "lethal" our drone attacks are.
I have to admit, I'm also a little dubious of the value of the whole drone program for real military efforts - as in, a war with another modern power, not beating up on third world dirt farmers. The best of my understanding is, they're almost entirely real-time remote-controlled devices, with little or no autonomous function. Just how hard can it be to jam - or even destroy - the command sensors on the things? By the nature of remote control they are pretty much going to have to be blasting out enough noise constantly to make it obvious where each individual drone is and what general frequency range it operates on; how hard can it be for a modern industrial power to design a "drone blinder" that locks on to any drone in line-of-sight and burns out its receptors with a beam of extremely high-powered energy in the frequency range it listens on?