Just to justify the illegal drone attack the news item makes the following baseless assertions:
It calls the tribal area 'lawless'; the area is not lawless but is governed by tribes under tribal laws and customs.
It brands the people killed as militants — but gives no names. Those bystanders who came to help were also fired upon. If we don't even know the names why did we kill them? The initial justification of drones was to kill Ayman Zwahiri and OBL. Now, anyone living in the region is a target.
It says 870 people have been killed by the drones without mentioning that most of them were civilians. And practically none of them had anything to do with 9/11.
It mentions suicide bombings in Pakistan that has killed 3,200 people there, and seems to imply that somehow those who were killed today had some responsibility in those bombings. There is just no connection here.
If there is a 'lawless' region it is Wahington DC and Islamabad.
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