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U.S. drone strikes, Code Pink, anti-war, peace, U.S. out of Pakistan, military-industrial complex, military budgetWe returned last p.m. from our venture toward Waziristan, the site of the most horrific drone attacks. The deaths of so many innocent children is well documented but the fear and anxiety of the people is a dimension not often reported.  One of the tribal elders shared his deep concern over his people who live in a state of constant terror… they report a dramatic increase in the prescriptions of Xanax, and other anti-anxiety medication. This is an expected response of people who live in terror! a most telling consequence of what our government is doing!

A brief background…

Our delegation is the guest of the Foundation for Fundamental Rights, a human rights organization challenging the legality of  drone warfare. They are working in concert  with Reprieve, the U.K. based human rights organization, to demand accountability for the deaths of hundreds of civilians to the U.S. C.I.A. and other U.S. officials.

 

My focus for being in response to the invitation to join this delegation has become fourfold.

I am in Pakistan:

To denounce the use of drone warfare on the innocent people of Waziristan.

To stand in solidarity with the victims of these attacks

To underscore that drone warfare rather than making the U.S. safer is actually creating more people who hate us.

Finally, as a consequence of what I have seen and heard in Pakistan, I am more profoundly compelled to do whatever I can to stop the proliferation of drones for the sake of all humanity.

 

What, on the most practical and local level does this mean? The Pakistanis are the first to remind us that they know the difference between the U.S. government and the U.S. people. They demonstrated this as they chanted, “Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!” upon seeing  us at the rally with them on the border with Waziristan yesterday (Oct. 7).

I encourage you to go to the Code Pink website for links to excellent reporting by my companions on this delegation.

Tomorrow about a dozen of us will be doing a fast in front of the U.S. embassy or another meaningful site in Islamabad to further mourn the loss of innocent lives and bring attention to our ongoing commitment to stopping the death and destruction caused by U.S. drones.

I know that I would not be here without your support, and I want you to know that the Pakistanis are heartened to hear that we represent thousands who stand with them for peace in their homeland.

With deep affection to each and all of you which my words cannot adequately convey, Paki

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