A ‘giant apparatus of state murder’: creating cadres of anti-American fighters – and violating international law

veterans today logoIn Veterans Today – a foreign and military affairs journal – Sherwood Ross wrote: “U.S. drone strikes are creating cadres of anti-American fighters, furious over the killing and wounding of thousands of civilians. Far from keeping drone attacks “on a very tight leash,” as President Obama has claimed, they have generated widespread terror across Muslim populations in the attack regions, disrupting civilian lives and literally driving people mad”. Read on here.

A statement by UN Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights Ben Emmerson  was made from Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad. It announced that strikes launched by unmanned US drone aircraft in Pakistan, despite the objections of the country’s government, violate international law. Citing investigations and discussions with Pakistani officials, Emmerson wrote:

drone firing missiles“As a matter of international law, the US drone campaign is therefore being conducted without the consent of the elected representatives of the people, or the legitimate government of the state. It involves the use of force on the territory of another state without its consent, and is therefore a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty.

SNIP!

“The UN statement confirms that the global US network of drone bases and flights—in which Washington orders strikes at will in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and perhaps soon in other parts of Africa as NATO intervenes in Mali and Niger—rests on no legal foundation.

“A giant apparatus of state murder, criminal in both legal and political terms, is metastasizing throughout the world . . .”

Read the whole article here.

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