By Zenobia van Zelledongen
Reply to Dealing Remote-Control Drone Death, The
Has Lost Its Moral Compass US
By Akbar Ahmed and Lawrence Wilkerson
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34826.htm © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited
Akbar Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun chair of Islamic studies at American Univerity in
. He has also taught at Princeton,
Harvard, and Washington, DC . Formerly, he
was the Pakistan High Commissioner (ambassador) to the Cambridge
Universities UK and . His most recent book is
Journey into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization (2011) Ireland
Zenobia van Zelledongen remarks: Akbar Ahmed is an Islamist and terrorist sympathizer who recently published a book criticising what he calls an “American assault on Tribal Islam” throughout Central Asia, North Africa and the
Middle East. The first “victim”
Ahmed bewails in … you guessed it, North Waziristan!
Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson is distinguished adjunct professor of government and public policy at the
Previously, during a 31-year career in the College of
William army, served as chief of staff
to US Secretary of State Colin Powell. US
Zenobia van Zelledongen remarks: Col. Wilkerson seems to have degenerated from a professional soldier to a whimpering ninny.
"Warfare by armchair warriors playing video games is little better than murder.
This misguided policy is fueling anti-American hate"
The morality or otherwise of using a weapon against a foreign state is not determined by rules of fair play, i.e. whether the attacker runs any risk of retaliation or not. International law says attacks are warranted if they are in self-defense or serve to forestall imminent military attack. Furthermore international law forbids attacking non-combatants. That’s all. The only relevant issue is whether the
abiding by international law. US
And the answer is that sometimes it is and sometime it isn’t.
US drone attacks on
have been poorly targeted, have caused many civilian casualties and fueled fuelled
anti-American hatred. Moreover it is uncertain whether they were intended to forestall imminent
military attack. Consequently they should be condemned. Yemen
On the other hand
US drone attacks on North
Waziristan are clearly acts of self-defense against the terror
training camps that abound in that district under the control of the terrorist
Taliban, al Qaeda and others. A steady stream of terrorists has emerged from North Waziristan to slaughter European civilians.
Consequently US attacks on North Waziristan
are fully warranted, whether they be drone attacks or amphibious landings.
US drone attacks on
Waziristan fuel anti-American hatred. Sure they do.
In 1979, long before the
US intervened in south and central Asia,
Islamists looted and burnt the US
embassy in .
Why? Because they charged the Islamabad US
with having instigated the Mahdist attack that year on the big mosque in . A likely story! Since
the Islamists had no good reason yet to hate the Mecca , they invented one. US
Ergo, Pakistani hatred is a worthless standard by which to judge anyone’s actions.
Moreover I doubt very much that Pakistanis are indignant at the
killing civilians. If killing civilians were a taboo in US , how
come most Pakistanis adore Adolf Hitler? Pakistan