Deadly US Drone Strikes: Who Is The Target?

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Former UN assistant Secretary General explains why US assassination drones strikes violate international law including the UN charter and the Geneva Convention.

Studies show most of those killed in US drone attacks in Pakistan are civilians. This, as the US claims that drones only target al-Qaeda militants. As the US drone attacks continue in Pakistan, Yemen, Afghanistan and Somalia, United Nations say these deadly attacks violate international rules and regulations.

In an Extremely powerful and damning interview about war crimes being committed by the US govt with indiscriminate use of drones in their never-ending “war on terror” former UN assistant Secretary General Denis Halliday tells Press TV that the drone strikes violate both the UN Charter and International law.

“Collatoral Damage” is an irrelevant description and position when the US government is well aware that when their drone attacks could kill even one civilian such an attack violates several international laws, including the UN Geneva Convention and protocols, which explicitly prohibit the killing of civilians

There simply is NO EXC– USE as they are aware that drone strikes fail to make or recognize distinctions between civilians and enemy combatants and using the term collateral damage to trick the public into accepting the tactic does nothing to change the fact that international war crime laws are being repeatedly violated.
Furthermore, the use of Orwellian doublespeak to change the definition of “militant” to include any “combat aged male in a strike zone” is also clear indication of indiscriminate “collective punishment”, which is also a clear violation of international law, the UN Charter, and Geneva Convention.

This is even more horrendous when you consider the vast majority of of these “militants” were only 8-9 years old when 9-11 occurred, so even the Orwellian definition of militant itself relies on yet another Orwellian definition which claims many children barely in there teens killed by drones are considered to be ‘combat aged males in a strike zone’.

“The fact that this war has been endorsed by Congress is no excuse and carries no weight” – it is fact they continue to support this illegal war when they budget for warfare. These are international war crimes – Congress and the US President does not have the power to override this.

From Press TV:

US assassination drones strikes violate international law, UN charter: Analyst

A political analyst has slammed the use of deadly drones by the United States, questioning the legality of such attacks that have claimed the lives of scores of civilians in Pakistan, Press TV reports.

“…it [the use of assassination drones] is a violation of the [UN] charter and the provisions of the charter which prohibit nation states attacking each other in this sort of violence … it’s a violation of the Geneva conventions and protocols which very specifically preclude the killing of civilians,” former UN assistant Secretary General Denis Halliday said in an interview with Press TV on Sunday.

He further described the US drone attacks in Pakistan’s tribal areas as “total violation of the sovereignty of Pakistan by the United States.”

The comments came while according to reports US assassination drone strikes have left at least 21 people dead in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region near border with Afghanistan during the past 48 hours.

Despite Pakistani government’s repeated calls on Washington to end the drone attacks, the US government continues its strikes on the tribal regions of the country.

Washington claims its drone strikes target militants, although casualty figures clearly indicate that Pakistani civilians are the main victims of the assaults.

The UN has also slammed the American terror drone attacks as targeted killing and says they pose a challenge to international law.

Referring to the UN condemnation of the strikes, the analyst added that “it seems that the United States has absolutely no respect for the United Nations and its charter and its membership or international law.”

He further called on the American people to take action against Washington’s warmongering policies in order to change the government which is committed to “aggression” and “ jingoistic patriotism.”

The killing of Pakistani civilians, including women and children, in the US drone strikes has strained relations between Islamabad and Washington, prompting Pakistani officials to send warnings to the US administration over the assaults.

The aerial attacks were initiated by former US President George W. Bush, but have escalated under President Barack Obama.

Pakistanis have held many demonstrations to condemn the United States’ violations of their country’s sovereignty.

Source: Press TV

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