Until now, mainstream media reports of drone strikes have focussed mainly on the roles of the CIA and ‘UK drones’.
Today we read local officials have reported that at least 10 civilians, mostly women and children (another source says five children) have been killed in a NATO air strike in Kunar province in Afghanistan. Three Taliban commanders were also said to have died in the attack.
NATO is described as a system of collective defence whose member states agree to mutual defence in response to an attack by any external party. The mutual self-defence clause was invoked for the first time in 2001 in response to the 11th September 2001 attacks against the World Trade Center and The Pentagon.
Civilians in the drone stricken continents of Africa or Asia are suffering because small groups said to be located in some countries are alleged to have attacked a couple of NATO members.
The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was set up by the Bonn Agreement following the 2001 United Nations Security Council’s Resolution 1386 – aiming “to end the tragic conflict in Afghanistan and promote national reconciliation, lasting peace, stability and respect for human rights in the country”. Its website states that NATO’s primary objective in Afghanistan is to enable the Afghan authorities to provide effective security across the country and ensure that the country can never again be a safe haven for terrorists, whilst also training and developing the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).
Is the illegal killing of hundreds of civilians in any way conducive to the stated aim of ending the conflict in Afghanistan and promoting national reconciliation, lasting peace, stability and respect for human rights in the country?
Or the opposite?