“Americans are the clear outliers on this issue,” the pollster reports today. “62% approve of the drone campaign, including most Republicans (74%), independents (60%) and Democrats (58%).”
In other words, most Americans – again, if we can believe this poll or any poll conducted by an establishment organization – support the high-tech execution of suspected terrorists without trial.
Moreover, 62% of Americans apparently support wantonly violating the Geneva Convention and international law on war crimes. So did the German people when Hitler was slaughtering millions in his quest for supremacy.
Conversely, there is “considerable opposition” outside the United States to drone strikes. “In 17 of 20 countries, more than half disapprove of U.S. drone attacks targeting extremist leaders and groups in nations such as Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.” Pew neglected to say “suspected extremist leaders and groups,” thus attempting to lead us to believe the targets are verifiable terrorists. Short of evidence, they remain suspects.
Incidentally, the victims were not polled. “A different question about drone strikes was asked in Pakistan and will be released in a subsequent report,” Pew states in small text.
US Congressmen demand justification for drone strikes
According to a press release, Congressman Dennis Kucinich and 25 other members of the Congress said that drone strikes “could significantly increase risks of killing innocent civilians or those with no relationship to a potential attack on the US and further inflame anti-American sentiment abroad”.
The letter, signed by 24 Democrat and 2 Republican members of the US House, demands information regarding the authorisation and execution of signature drone strikes along with the mechanisms used by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) to ensure the legality of such killings.
It also questions “the nature of the follow-up that is conducted when civilians are killed or injured… and the mechanisms that ensure civilian casualty numbers are collected, tracked and analysed.”
Congressman Kucinich said, “The implications of the use of drones for our national security are profound. They are faceless ambassadors that cause civilian deaths, and are frequently the only direct contact with Americans that the targeted communities have. They can generate powerful and enduring anti-American sentiment.”
Drone attack in North Waziristan
Meanwhile, a fresh drone strike killed at least five foreign militants in the North Waziristan tribal region on Wednesday.
A US pilot-less aircraft fired two missiles at a vehicle on Esha-Razmak Road in Miramshah, a security official said.
Another official, however, put the number of missiles fired at four – only two of them hitting their target. He added that five Uzbek militants on board the vehicle were killed on the spot.
The vehicle was hit while it was passing through Malik Azdar village, about 15 kilometres east of Miramshah Bazaar.
Malik Azdar village is inhabited by the Borakhel, a sub-tribe of the Waziris. “Residents rushed to the scene and started extinguishing the fire on the vehicle,” he added. Witnesses claimed that five charred bodies were retrieved from the vehicle.
Earlier, 15 militants were killed on June 4 when a US drone fired four missiles on a militant compound in the Mir Ali sub-division of North Waziristan.