In Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, and in Iraq as well, it is civil war, not peace, that is promoted. Peace would have to include Islamists and other less than pro-American elements, which, for Obama's trainers, are all al Qaeda suspects.
According to the Pakistan News, during the month of January, just in Pakistan alone, the Predator drone bombings ordered by President Obama murdered one hundred and twenty three civilians while managing to assassinate three al Qaeda.
US Killed 123 Civilians, Three al Qaeda Men in January, "The News" 2/1/10, Lahore, Pakistan, by Amir Mir: "Afghanistan-based US predators carried out a record number of 12 deadly missile strikes in the tribal areas of Pakistan in January 2010, of which 10 went wrong and failed to hit their targets, killing 123 innocent Pakistanis. The remaining two successful drone strikes killed three al Qaeda leaders, wanted by the Americans."
(For a description of all twelve January missile strikes, click on the above title.)
A few weeks after his inauguration President Obama made good on his campaign pledge to bomb Pakistan if he determined it appropriate, ignoring the controversy regarding its legality.
Many of us remember the deafening silence from the progressive community at the time of Obama's pro-bombing Pakistan statements. Even after a year of this crime against humanity devastating life and limb, putting the populations of entire regions in freaky fear of instant death from far away in the sky, creating intense hatred for the United States and giving reason for more men of all ages to join the fight against such outrage, there is still a preciously modest amount of condemnation of Obama's inhumane homicidal tactics.
Obama has increased the amount and frequency of drone strikes and broadened the area of Pakistan menaced, in disregard of pleas from Pakistan's highest officials and a threat of being brought to court by Pakistani senators (rarely mentioned in conglomerate owned media).
The Pakistan News article continues,
"The rapid increase in the US drone attacks in the Pakistani tribal areas bordering Afghanistan can be gauged from the fact that only two such strikes were carried out in January 2009, which killed 36 people. The highest number of drone attacks carried out in a single month in 2009 was six, which were conducted in December last year. But the dawn of the New Year has already seen a dozen such attacks.
The unprecedented rise in the predator strikes with the beginning of the year 2010 is being attributed to December 30, 2009 suicide bombing in the Khost area of Afghanistan bordering North Waziristan, which killed seven CIA agents."
Has Obama obediently gone along with a mad CIA thirst for revenge?
(Reuters, 1/1/10, WASHINGTON/KABUL,"CIA Vows Revenge in Afghan Bombing - The CIA vowed on Thursday to avenge the deaths of seven officers in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan.")
What happened to that "war is war" equanimity and acceptance of the cycle of killing it brings? Why go further off balance fueling an inappropriate emotional desire for back and forth revenge with extra civilian deaths?
Those CIA officers died in a retaliatory suicide attack by a Jordanian physician in in answer to a previous "successful' assassination by CIA drone in Pakistan - nothing personal on either side intended.
"In a subsequent posthumous video tape released by Al-Jazeera, Balawi claimed while sitting next to TTP Chief Commander Hakimullah Mehsud that he would blow himself up in the CIA base to avenge the killing of former TTP chief Baitullah Mehsud in a US drone attack. [TTP = Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, in Urdu: Student Movement of Pakistan] The consequent increase in US strikes, first in North Waziristan and then South Waziristan, specifically targeting the fugitive TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud clearly shows that revenge is the major motive for these attacks. The US intelligence sleuths stationed in Afghanistan are convinced the Khost suicide attack was planned in Waziristan with the help of the TTP. Therefore, it is believed Afghanistan-based American drones will continue to hunt the most wanted al Qaeda and Taliban leaders, especially Hakimullah, with a view to avenge the loss of the seven CIA agents and to raise morale of its forces in Afghanistan."
Obama is politically aware of the media inculcated American demand for justice (read vengeance). (Something other peoples, like Koreans, Vietnamese, Laotians, Cambodians, Panamanians, Dominicans, Haitians, Cubans, Afghanis, Iraqis, Somalis, Yemenis or Iranians are not supposed to expect, regardless of their millions dead and tens of millions maimed. The United States put the equivalent of a 9/11 loss of life on Vietnam every month for fifteen years after paying the French to do it for the previous eight years. Arabs and other Muslims that have had the Western powers occupying and exploiting their lands at least since the beginning of the 1920s are demanding the same justice American's have been demanding for 9/11. But Americans are not called extremists.)
Commentators are already surmising that bombing Iran would save the Obama presidency.