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article imageFocus on US drone terrorism in the aftermath of Boston bombings

By JohnThomas Didymus     Apr 20, 2013 in World
While the world sympathizes with the US over the Boston Marathon bombings, anti-drone activists are asking questions about the relative silence in the case of hundreds of Pakistani civilians including children killed in more than 300 US drone strikes.
As of March, 2013, according to the The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ), the cumulative statistics show that under the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations, the US has conducted about 366 drone strikes. The BIJ reports that its Naming the Dead project has documented 2,541 (minimum) - 3533 (maximum) people killed in US drone strikes, mostly in Pakistan since 2004.
The bureau estimates that 411-884 civilians have been killed, including 168-197 children.
The UN special rapporteur on counter-terrorism Ben Emmerson, confirmed BIJ statistics when he said in March that CIA drones have killed at least 400 civilians in Pakistan.
Recently, BIJ published a list of names of children killed by American drones (see list below). Some of the children are infants aged 1-4.
Global Research comments on the list: "... behind each name there is the face of a child with a family history in a village in a far away country, with a mom and a dad, with brothers and sisters and friends," just like the 8-year-old American child killed in the tragic Boston Marathon bombing.
In some cases, brothers and sisters of a family were killed in a single drone strike. According to Global Research:
Four sisters of the Ali Mohammed Nasser family in Yemen were killed. Afrah was 9 years old when she and her three younger sisters Zayda (7 years old) , Hoda (5 years old) and Sheika (4 years old) were struck by an American drone.
Ibrahim, a 13 year old boy of the Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye family in Yemen was struck by a US drone, together with his younger brother Asmaa (9 years old) and two younger sisters, Salma (4 years old) and Fatima (3 years old)
These children are innocent. They are not different from our own children.
Their lives were taken away at a very young age as part of a military agenda, which claims to be combating “international terrorism.”
Anti-drone activists argue that killing innocent children can't be "foreign policy" when it is an act of the US government and "terrorism" only when it is the act of Islamic fundamentalists.
An American expresses his feelings of frustration about the moral tunnel vision on both sides of the conflict:
This is that THING, one of the greatest problems with humanity, that their spies should be executed while our spies given medals, their snipers are evil while our snipers are doing God’s work, our bombs are blessed by Jesus while theirs come from the Devil and on and on it goes... That tribalism – caused mostly by religion and nationality – has caused the MURDER of hundreds of millions of innocent people... If only someone, somewhere, sometime would step up to the plate on this issue and tell it like it is. If only we could...
A Yemeni free-lance journalist Farea Al-Muslimi, whose village came recently under drone attack comments on the terrorizing impact of US "foreign policy" on ordinary Yemenis:
... it is tempting to conclude that the US has no interest in a measured response to terrorism... it doesn't matter to them whether they terrorize (and radicalize) entire populations as they check another name off their “kill list.”
Drones have a tremendous psychological effect on those living in their shadows. Villagers say drones hovered over Wessab for three days before they struck. The ominous buzz of the drones terrorizes communities. Where will they strike? Will I be next? These are the questions youngsters now grow up asking.
The "collateral damage" of drones cannot just be measured in corpses. Drones are traumatizing a generation and further alienating Yemenis from any cooperation with the West, or even with the Yemeni central government.
Global Research argues that the definition of terrorism cannot be limited to the acts of the enemy alone. We don't have terrorists only when radicalized Muslim teenagers bomb innocent citizens at the Boston Marathon. The children listed below died as direct consequence of orders given by the President of the United States. The acts of President Obama and his predecessor George Bush are "crimes against humanity" under international law.
List of children killed by drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen compiled by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism:
PAKISTAN
Name | Age | Gender
Noor Aziz | 8 | male
Abdul Wasit | 17 | male
Noor Syed | 8 | male
Wajid Noor | 9 | male
Syed Wali Shah | 7 | male
Ayeesha | 3 | female
Qari Alamzeb | 14| male
Shoaib | 8 | male
Hayatullah KhaMohammad | 16 | male
Tariq Aziz | 16 | male
Sanaullah Jan | 17 | male
Maezol Khan | 8 | female
Nasir Khan | male
Naeem Khan | male
Naeemullah | male
Mohammad Tahir | 16 | male
Azizul Wahab | 15 | male
Fazal Wahab | 16 | male
Ziauddin | 16 | male
Mohammad Yunus | 16 | male
Fazal Hakim | 19 | male
Ilyas | 13 | male
Sohail | 7 | male
Asadullah | 9 | male
khalilullah | 9 | male
Noor Mohammad | 8 | male
Khalid | 12 | male
Saifullah | 9 | male
Mashooq Jan | 15 | male
Nawab | 17 | male
Sultanat Khan | 16 | male
Ziaur Rahman | 13 | male
Noor Mohammad | 15 | male
Mohammad Yaas Khan | 16 | male
Qari Alamzeb | 14 | male
Ziaur Rahman | 17 | male
Abdullah | 18 | male
Ikramullah Zada | 17 | male
Inayatur Rehman | 16 | male
Shahbuddin | 15 | male
Yahya Khan | 16 |male
Rahatullah |17 | male
Mohammad Salim | 11 | male
Shahjehan | 15 | male
Gul Sher Khan | 15 | male
Bakht Muneer | 14 | male
Numair | 14 | male
Mashooq Khan | 16 | male
Ihsanullah | 16 | male
Luqman | 12 | male
Jannatullah | 13 | male
Ismail | 12 | male
Taseel Khan | 18 | male
Zaheeruddin | 16 | male
Qari Ishaq | 19 | male
Jamshed Khan | 14 | male
Alam Nabi | 11 | male
Qari Abdul Karim | 19 | male
Rahmatullah | 14 | male
Abdus Samad | 17 | male
Siraj | 16 | male
Saeedullah | 17 | male
Abdul Waris | 16 | male
Darvesh | 13 | male
Ameer Said | 15 | male
Shaukat | 14 | male
Inayatur Rahman | 17 | male
Salman | 12 | male
Fazal Wahab | 18 | male
Baacha Rahman | 13 | male
Wali-ur-Rahman | 17 | male
Iftikhar | 17 | male
Inayatullah | 15 | male
Mashooq Khan | 16 | male
Ihsanullah | 16 | male
Luqman | 12 | male
Jannatullah | 13 | male
Ismail | 12 | male
Abdul Waris | 16 | male
Darvesh | 13 | male
Ameer Said | 15 | male
Shaukat | 14 | male
Inayatur Rahman | 17 | male
Adnan | 16 | male
Najibullah | 13 | male
Naeemullah | 17 | male
Hizbullah | 10 | male
Kitab Gul | 12 | male
Wilayat Khan | 11 | male
Zabihullah | 16 | male
Shehzad Gul | 11 | male
Shabir | 15 | male
Qari Sharifullah | 17 | male
Shafiullah | 16 | male
Nimatullah | 14 | male
Shakirullah | 16 | male
Talha | 8 | male
YEMEN
Afrah Ali Mohammed Nasser | 9 | female
Zayda Ali Mohammed Nasser | 7 | female
Hoda Ali Mohammed Nasser | 5 | female
Sheikha Ali Mohammed Nasser | 4 | female
Ibrahim Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 13 | male
Asmaa Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 9 | male
Salma Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 4 | female
Fatima Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 3 | female
Khadije Ali Mokbel Louqye | 1 | female
Hanaa Ali Mokbel Louqye | 6 | female
Mohammed Ali Mokbel Salem Louqye | 4 | male
Jawass Mokbel Salem Louqye | 15 | female
Maryam Hussein Abdullah Awad | 2 | female
Shafiq Hussein Abdullah Awad | 1 | female
Sheikha Nasser Mahdi Ahmad Bouh | 3 | female
Maha Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 12 | male
Soumaya Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 9 | female
Shafika Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 4 | female
Shafiq Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 2 | male
Mabrook Mouqbal Al Qadari | 13 | male
Daolah Nasser 10 years | 10 | female
AbedalGhani Mohammed Mabkhout | 12 | male
Abdel- Rahman Anwar al Awlaki | 16 | male
Abdel-Rahman al-Awlaki | 17 | male
Nasser Salim | 19
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