Hey, thank you. I wish you a happy Christmas too. Mine could have been better or worse as well.
(Chapter 3 of Raoul Vaneigem’s book
From Wildcat Strike to Total Self-Management)
Obama ordered his first drone strike against Pakistan just 72 hours after being sworn in as president. It seems a suitably macabre fact that, according to a United Nations report on “targeted killings” (that is, assassinations) published in 2010, Bush employed drone strikes 45 times in his eight years as president. In Obama’s first year in office, the drones were sent in 53 times. In the six years that drone strikes have been used in the fight against Pakistan, researchers at the New America Foundation estimate that between 1,283 and 1,971 people have been killed.
While the dead are regularly identified as “militants” or “suspected militants” in newspaper stories and on the TV news, they almost never have names, nor are their identities confirmed or faces shown. Their histories are always vague. The Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC) took a careful look at nine drone strikes from the last two years and concluded that they had resulted in the deaths of 30 civilians, including 14 women and children. (Perhaps superior American military intelligence classified them as “militants in training”.) Based on this study, an average rate of error can be calculated: 3.33 civilians mistakenly killed in each drone attack. The dead, Pakistanis will assure you, are largely unnamed, faceless, unindicted and unconvicted civilians.
Pakistanis are considered irrelevant, however, and collateral damage, as it turns out, doesn’t seem to worry anyone in the governing elite.” —Fatima Bhutto: Pakistan Elites Turn Blind Eye To War (via storiesfrompakistan)
Poor Rolls Royce indeed. Is he well by now?