Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Drone strike bears the hallmark of al-Qaeda

Charles Davis reports:
A missile from what witnesses described as an unmanned aerial vehicle left dozens of people dead and countless more injured in Pakistan's volatile tribal region this morning, a deadly strike that experts say shows all the classic signs of Islamic terrorism.

Carried out just before dawn, Pakistani officials say the attack killed at least 55 people, including dozens of women and children. According to experts, the obvious ruthlessness and casual disregard for innocent life are clear signs al-Qaeda – or maybe some other Muslims – were behind the strike.

“Killing people is a tried and true tactic of Islamists,” said One Important Expert who picked up the telephone. Indeed, the expert notes al-Qaeda first burst onto the scene with the novel idea of taking the lives of others with the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000 – the first recorded intentional killings since the time of Jesus Christ, renowned savior and author of the Declaration of Independence.
Well, that's obviously a sendup of the jumping to conclusions that many right-wing pundits did after the massacre in Norway. It's a different way of looking at the drone strikes, too.

A thump of the tail to Jonathan Schwarz at A Tiny Revolution.

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