67% of Pakistani journalists say US drones attacks are acts of terrorism: survey

By Sahil Kapur
Monday, February 14, 2011 11:15 EDT
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WASHINGTON – Two out of three Pakistani journalists view United States drone strikes in the region as acts of terrorism, according to a new study conducted by Washington State University and Pakistan’s Lahore University of Management Sciences.

Only 27 percent of Pakistani journalists said the US drone attacks did not constitute acts of terrorism. Six percent did not know. The study surveyed 395 Pakistani journalists and was supported by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

That said, about one in five also didn’t view the Mumbai attacks of 2008, or the beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl, as acts of terrorism.

The figures still underscore the public relations debacle facing President Barack Obama as his administration oversees a continuing drone program in western Pakistan, in an effort to wipe out Islamic extremists spilling over to the eastern side of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

The unmanned drone strikes in the region began under the Bush administration and have continued unabated under the Obama administration. The volume and frequency of the attacks has intensified in recent years, according to collected reports.

Northwestern Pakistan is believed to be a hotbed for activity among Islamic extremist groups.

Although US officials say the drone attacks have killed high-ranking members of Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups, Pakistani and international media have reported that innocent civilians are also dying in the process.

Three-quarters of the Pakistani journalists viewed the American people are favorably, but a whopping 77 of them had a negative view of US foreign policy.

“Indeed, as the United States broadens its effort to win the hearts and minds of Muslims, it would do well to look into the heads of the journalists who shape opinions in those societies,” wrote Lawrence Pintak of Washington State University and Syed Javed Nazir of Lahore University in the New York Times.

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  • Anonymous

    The argument in favor of extrajudicial killings seems a bit like that used to justify torture.

    It may have a convoluted short-term logic, but such a policy seems doomed as a general rule since we’re not going to like it when it starts to be applied against us.

  • Anonymous

    27% of Pakistani journalists are just as ignorant as their American counterparts. Obviously drone attacks that kill even one innocent woman or child are as murderous and illegal as those carried out by criminal extremists. State sponsored murder is as disgusting if not more so than criminal homicide.

  • Anonymous

    How could the U.S. killer drone program possibly be described as anything but terrorism? The U.S. is not even at war with Pakistan, yet sends drones to violate their airspace and deliver missiles into civilian neighborhoods full well knowing innocent civilians will be killed, and mother of all irony, does this under the guise of FIGHTING terrorism.

    I can think of no more extreme case of hypocrisy. The drone program is illegal and most definitely constitutes terrorism.

  • Anonymous

    fuck ya its terrorism, and now we have them flying over US cities… can’t wait for the justification they use to send armed ones out to fight the war on drugs…

  • Johnny Warbucks

    More breaking news from the Department of The Obvious.

  • ghostof911

    The unmanned drone strikes in the region began under the Bush administration and have continued unabated under the Obama administration. The volume and frequency of the attacks has intensified in recent years, according to collected reports.

    But don’t those Pakistanis understand? Preznit Stepin Fetchit needs needs the campaign contibutions from Boeing, Lockheed Martin, TRW, and the rest so he can be Preznit again.

    The Pakistanis need to get with the program.


  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M5FLH5JI4ZXJM422NAD6M5SS7U wc fields

    the united states is the absolute epitome of hypocrisy. we are stomping all over the planet, killing, taking resources, polluting, interfering with the will of the people. from korea, thru vietnam, nicaragua, chile, the middle east, etc ad nauseum, we just can’t leave people alone. propping up dictators, interfering with elections, bullying leaders. when the chickens come home to roost, we are the first to condemn others. “why do they hate us? they hate our freedom!”

    obama just proposes the largest military budget in history while our country sinks like a stone. we are the modern Rome: outsourced production, overextended military, just replace slaves with illegal labor.

    ” Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed”. Eisenhower, 1953.

  • Anonymous

    You’re right. And the globalist bankster cabal of criminals who actually run most of the planet are sending us the way of Rome in order to further consolidate their power — the last superpower must die, or at least be very significantly weakened. They’ve made tremendous progress of late, gotta give’em that.

  • Anonymous

    and the other 1/3 are traitors to their own people. of course the endless wars, torture, cowardly drone bombings are terrorism. what would we think if they were waging endless war, torture and drone bombings on us?

  • Anonymous

    indeed… last summer the US loaned russia 15 giant helicopters to help put out the fires… but when pakistan got hit by the worst natural disaster in recorded history with the floods that displaced 13mln and still 3 million homeless… not only did the US not give a single copter or dollar in aid to the stricken land… it gave $2.5bln in military aid and intensified the drone bombings of civilian pakistan. when will afpak, iraq, yemen, somalia, egypt and the rest of the moslem world turn on its colonial invaders. it has been ongoing since 1880 and killed some 15mln of them…

  • Anonymous

    thank you so much for the great quote by the man i believe to have been the best president the US ever had. jefferson was the greatest leader but his revolution, as he admitted towards his end, had largely failed and fallen to the bankers and militarists and he also erred terribly by backing the french against the new democracy after the slave revolt in haiti…

  • Anonymous

    Have you seen the city drones? Miami has one already.Pretty fuckin creepy looking. Like a bad sci-fi movie.

  • Anonymous

    Only 67% huh? 6% the jury’s still out? Wow, just wow.

  • Anonymous

    hey, preaching to the choir is fun, but… deluge the YAF for its dumping ron paul for his antiwar position. and force war crimes trials on bush and obamabush administrations.

  • http://www.bobcatarts.com/ Robert Gandy

    Summary executions without trial, bombs killing everyone around including the single target, remote activation of bombs to protect the safety and identity of the mass murderer, using bombings and the threat of violence to influence political processes in a foreign land?

    Only terrorists do that, right?

  • Anonymous

    WTF is wrong with US? Why? And how can we think that “they” is the enemy… Pogo… I have seen the enemy and they is us. I just don’t understand…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OSXMYP34JVBVSJNCPX3Z6VTEPA edwardteller2000

    Kind of depends on which side you are on whether they are viewed as weapons of terrorism.

    I don’t have a problem terrorizing terrorists.

  • Anonymous

    ” ‘member that saying , ambush is hell, pay-back’s a bitch. ?”

    The karma we create for ourselves as a nation is a down right rancid kettle of fish.
    Does higher power only hear the prayers of the chosen? Who is chosen and why?
    Even if higher power is moot, string theory comes to mind. The shear force of human will
    crying out to the universe for justice/revenge should cause one to pause before action, before a word
    is spoken. Instant or protracted, when karma comes call, hold on to your knickers, it’s a bumpy ride.

  • http://www.bobcatarts.com/ Robert Gandy

    If it were a simple binary argument, sure, but it isn’t. There aren’t any “sides” to this. Life isn’t a simple US vs. THEM situation.

    You have people committing acts of violence according to their religious beliefs (so the story goes) and those that don’t. You have people committing acts of violence to protect their profits and those that are being exploited in the name of those profits. You have those advocating the use of a theoretically impartial judicial system to punish criminals and protect the innocent, and those that say a simple accusation alone is enough for punishment. These groups overlap.

    Where do you stand in this spectrum?

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    “27% of Pakistani journalists are just as ignorant as their American counterparts.”

    Or in the employ of the CIA.

  • Guest

    What about freedom fighters? Would you terrorize them?

  • Anonymous

    not only is it terrorism but it is an act of extreem cowardice since don’t even have the balle to face our enemy.
    one thing it seems that no one has yet brought up is that it makes places like Las Vegas where the drone planes are piloted from ligimate military targets.

  • Anonymous

    Possibly they are. Either that or they are stupid, stupid, stupid.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/42THFKXIPMJHQBIH6OPI4RVIDY Thebes

    If they think THAT is terrorism, wait until we try to Bomb them into Freedom!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/42THFKXIPMJHQBIH6OPI4RVIDY Thebes

    I sense a new drone joke for Obama in this someplace.

  • Anonymous

    That make you a terrorist

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FONW6K3ZWV4BU4ZTCDCSZHHH6E Mick Jagger

    Anyone with a brain or heart knows the ones dropping bombs on families from above are the real terrorists. Armies and police have been the biggest terrorists since time began. Its amazing that people dont think about how Israel got established. The Zionists blew up civilians and government buildings all the time.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/XIWZRWAXJQKAJ4QEHKMVMCMLAY brian

    How much money must we be giving their politicians so they keep their mouths shut about this?

    How much would canada have to pay to fly over the US and drop bombs and not have anyone in the govt complain?

  • Anonymous

    Our leaders are cowards

    They engage in terrorism by using unmanned drones to bomb innocent people.

    You are an idiot for calling our leader a hero. He is destroying our credibility and our country.

  • Anonymous

    who do you imagine you are talking to? i denounce obama and all other
    shit warmongering cowards. the quote referred to by me was fro Ike not
    this bobmabush thug. wake the fuck up and LOOK before insulting me
    asshole! sick of goons in my face who cannot read what i write! stop
    with the prozac!