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Monday, June 18, 2012

Herod the King, in his raging

I posted recently about state-sponsored terrorism in Pakistan. That is to say, terrorist attacks on Pakistani civilians by unmanned drones controlled by the USA.

This article by Clive Stafford Smith from the Guardian gives more details, especially on the USA's reliance on paid informants for their targeting information.

Just as with Guantánamo Bay, the CIA is paying bounties to those who will identify "terrorists". Five thousand dollars is an enormous sum for a Waziri informant, translating to perhaps £250,000 in London terms. The informant has a calculation to make: is it safer to place a GPS tag on the car of a truly dangerous terrorist, or to call down death on a Nobody (with the beginnings of a beard), reporting that he is a militant? Too many "militants" are just young men with stubble. At least 174 have been children.

The British government, of course, does not have clean hands in this Massacre of the Innocents either. Yet there are still those who stamp their little feet and declare petulantly that it's not Britain's fault that people around the world hate us.

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