Sunday, November 25, 2012

Civilian Casualties in Pakistan From Obama's Drone Attacks

Does this man deserve a Noble Peace Prize ?

"I want to make sure that people understand actually drones have not caused a huge number of civilian casualties…. For the most part, they have been very precise, precision strikes against al Qaeda and their affiliates. And we are very careful in terms of how it's been applied."

- President Obama, January 2012

CNN reports that according to a Standford/NYU study: "From June 2004 through mid-September 2012, available data indicate that drone strikes killed 2,562 - 3,325 people in Pakistan, of whom 474 - 881 were civilians, including 176 children. TBIJ reports that these strikes also injured an additional 1,228 - 1,362 individuals." The facts clearly contradict president Obama's statements.

Obama has authorized six times more strikes in Pakistan than has president Bush, with the number of estimated deaths being four times those of Bush - in the range of 1,494 to 2,618.

This story provides some examples of the civilian casualties, including a 65-year old woman killed and a young boy who was blinded. The number of "high-level" targets killed is very low, 2 percent.

Civilians in Pakistan's northwestern regions are living in terror because of US drone attacks.

Every life lost is sad, but it says something that the whole country of Libya is put on trial over four American lives lost yet thousands of dead Pakistani civilians are ignored, with Obama blatantly lying to cover-up their deaths. Does Obama deserve a Noble Peace Prize for this?

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