Monday, October 8, 2012

Living With Death By Drone

Source: LA Times

People in the United States imagine that drones fly to a target,launch their deadly missiles with surgical precision and return to a U.S. base hundreds or thousands of miles away. But drones are a constant presence in the skies above the North Waziristan tribal area in Pakistan,with as many as six hovering over villages at any one time. People hear them day and night. They are an inescapable presence,the looming specter of death from above.

And that presence is steadily destroying a community twice the size of Rhode Island. Parents are afraid to send their children to school. Women are afraid to meet in markets. Families are afraid to gather at funerals for people wrongly killed in earlier strikes. Drivers are afraid to deliver food from other parts of the country.

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