The are prop driven slow speed model aircraft with a deadly payload. Surely there is software or hardware which can stop them. Their use is murderous, unlawful and ammoral. They must be stopped. Thanks to David Cole for these insights.
In October the New York Times ran a profile of the province from an embedded reporter that talked about a border war.
U.S. officials have never publicly acknowledged drone strikes against militants in Pakistan’s tribal areas but have anonymously confirmed such strikes to various news outlets.
Pakistan has condemned the strikes as a violation of its sovereignty, but they are believed to be carried out with the help of Pakistani intelligence.
A survey released yesterday by the Asia Foundation notes the following attitudes towards international forces.
“The majority of respondents say they would have some level of fear voting in a national election (57%), participating in a peaceful demonstration (66%), running for a public office (63%), traveling from one part of Afghanistan to another part of the country (75%) and encountering international forces (76%). However, more than half of respondents say they would have no fear participating in resolving problems in their communities (59%) or encountering officers of the Afghan National Army (ANA) (55%) or Afghan National Police (ANP) (51%).”
David Cole has a piece in the New York Review of Books exploring additional issues in the use of drones and the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki. He begins with a provocative question.
When can the president order the execution without trial of an American citizen?
Benjamin Wittes writing in Lawfare unpacks the issue from a slightly different perspective.