If you allege that the Saudi funded institutions are the problem then stop filling the pockets of the Saudis with cash i.e. stop buying oil from them. Doing drone strikes on some mud dwelling in FATA to kill some Ak-47 wielding bearded men is not going to stop the Saudis from funding these institutions.
America , Oil and Terrorism are all linked , thatís what it all comes down to.
They can deal with the problem and respond to threats. You have not been able to.
Now let me give you a glimpse of US plans;
1. Military action against Iran with help from GCC and Israel, if necessary
2. Delicate position of Pakistan
3. Encirclement of China through India, Vietnam, Philippines, South Korea, and Japan.
4. Taiwan issue
5. Rise of India and its role in Afghanistan and influence over Russia
You see? This seems like a chess game. If Putin wants to revive COLD WAR once again! God help us.
I understand the urge to keep a check on US influence. But lot more is needed to accomplish this task. Point is that as long as their are disputes in Asia, USA will get the opportunities to take advantage.
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It may have saved some US lives, but it had taken thousands of ordinary Pakistanis lives.
And as per old record, whenever we launched big operations, US forces left the border posts and provinces wide open for the Taliban to roam freely.
First ask US/NATO to bring in more soldiers, deploy them on the borders, check the infiltration, destroy the infrastructure available to the taliban inside Afghanistan and then ask us to do something. We have shown quite seriousness and have lost more men and received much more damage compared to the occupying forces in Afghanistan.
Show your seriousness first and then advice us.
the US/NATO is doing the same, no? If they weren't, why would they quietly be backing taleban offices in Doha, Qatar.
it's important to view things on a broader level and not be overly ''fixated''
The terrorists living in FATA are too busy avoiding drones than planning terrorist attacks and other major terrorists have been killed. So contrary to your argument that 1 drone strike will create 10 suicide bombers, I think its the other way around. 1 Drone strike has probably avoided 10 potential suicide attacks.
Just a few months ago, the terrorist who planned and executed the Ahmedi Mosque bombing which killed hundreds was taken out in a drone strike. God only knows how many more innocents he would have killed had he been alive.
The Drones are a joint CIA-ISI operation. ISI sends its agents to FATA to case potential targets and that information is relayed back to CIA which takes action against these areas. The targets have included TTP, Afghan Taliban, Haqqanis, and Al Qaeda.
As for Al Qaeda being offended by suicide bombings. It was not due to some humanitarian gesture of all the innocents these beasts killed but due to losing the public and moral support.
So by and large, the drone strikes have been very effective. They have decapitated the TTP, Al Qaeda, and taken out terrorists who would be otherwise plotting more terrorist attacks in Pakistan and planning to kill more innocent Pakistanis. Yes, Drone strikes do sometimes kill innocent people but there is no weapon system on the planet in which that cannot be avoided.
Unfortunately, innocents will die in any war in which the battlefield is civilian populated areas.
Even in World War II, when the Allies invaded Normandy on June 6, 1944, Allied Naval Bombardment to soften up Hitler's Atlantic Wall killed an estimated 4,000 French Civilians. But that doesn't mean that Allies should have not invaded Normandy or the French people would turn against the Allied Armies. The blame lies on the Germans for invading France.
And thus, even if a Drone strike kills an innocent person, I blame these foreign terrorists and these tribals for giving shelter to these foreign terrorists which brought this war here.
Its simple. The Tribals need to stop sheltering foreign terrorists, stop plotting attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan. And we will leave them alone and they can go back to chopping each other's heads off and starting tribal wars with each other over minor issues and having a life span of 30.
So if you have realised this why do you often make comment against me to support allies of america eg Sauds
After 2007, when drone strikes increased, Pakistan saw the bloodiest & most brutal time period in this whole War of Terror. Major blasts happened in 2007 and going forward, huge ones. The city i live in, it saw for whole 11 days non stop suicide bombings, not a single day would pass when we would not hear a bomb blast, and 4 of them happened within 1Km of where i live, even my 2 month old daughter got injured in one of the blasts. Since the say Army moved against the US funded/supported TTP, things started to come to normal, it wasn't due to US drone strikes, rather it was due to the Pak Army operations that we are now at a relative peace, but since in recent days 2 drones have happened, very soon it will be avenged by the TTP through some suicide blasts.
Sorry, could not reply to your rest of the post as did not read after your ignorant filled first para, which is not what the reality is.
US drone strikes have brought more death and destruction for Pakistanis, the calm we see is thanks to the hundreds of soldiers we lost against US funded/supported TTP and controlling the movement of US contractors.
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