Sunday, October 7, 2012

Americans protest drone strikes in Pakistan, Taliban threatens suicide bombings

The depths of leftist cluelessness has reached a new low.  Go to Pakistan to protest against drone killings, essentially to show support for the Taliban and jihad. Have those who you are supposedly supporting threaten to kill you for protesting/supporting them.

I shake my head in wonderment.

From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer October 5 by Zarar Khan

Americans in Pakistan to protest drone strikes

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A group of American anti-war activists are in Pakistan to join a march into the country's tribal belt to protest U.S. drone strikes in the rugged northwest territory. Their presence has energized organizers behind the protest but also added to concerns that Islamist militants will target the weekend event.

The two-day march — in reality a long convoy — is to be led by Imran Khan, the former cricket star-turned-politician who has become a top critic of the American drone strikes in Pakistan.

It is to start Saturday in Islamabad and end in a town in South Waziristan, a tribal region that has been a major focus of drone strikes as well as the scene of a Pakistani army offensive against militants.

Khan, like many Pakistanis, alleges that the drone strikes have killed large numbers of innocent civilians and terrorized the tribes living along the Afghan border.

The U.S. rarely discusses the top-secret program, but American officials have said the majority of those killed are Pakistani Taliban and al-Qaida militants and that the missiles used in the strikes are very precise.

The American activists — around three dozen representatives of the U.S.-based activist group CODEPINK — along with Clive Stafford Smith, founder of the London-based legal advocacy organization Reprieve, want to march with Khan and publicize the plight of communities affected by the U.S. drones.

Ahead of the march, local media carried reports Friday of alleged suicide bombings planned against the demonstration and a pamphlet distributed in a town along the march route warned participants they would face danger. The main Pakistani Taliban faction issued a statement criticizing the event.

The foreign activists, meanwhile, met with relatives of people said to have been killed in drone attacks. The group also marched in the capital's Jinnah Supermarket, chanting "Stop, stop drone attacks!" and singing "We are marching to Waziristan."

One placard said: "Drones fly, Children die."

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