U.S. Defense Secretary Flaunts Logic of "Might Makes Right" to Justify U.S. Drone Attacks in Pakistan

June 10, 2012

On June 6, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta tried to justify U.S. drone attacks on Pakistan by claiming that U.S. "sovereignty" includes the right to carry out military strikes inside of other countries.

Panetta claimed that a recent barrage of U.S. drone attacks in western Pakistan, which resulted in the deaths of dozens of people, are "about our (U.S.) sovereignty" because there are people "involved in planning attacks" located in Pakistan. According to this simple logic, U.S. "sovereignty" is limitless. Panetta also explained that, "we have made it very clear that we are going to continue to defend ourselves." In other words, the U.S. will continue its drone attacks on Pakistan.

The latest U.S. drone campaign has been organized to be as unpredictable as possible in order to incite terror. On Saturday June 2, U.S. drones attacked a house in the Ghowa Khowa area of South Waziristan, killing four people. On Sunday morning, U.S. drones fired four missiles, also in South Waziristan. At least 10 people were killed. Early on Monday morning, two U.S. drones targeted a house and vehicle in Mir Ali, an area in North Waziristan. According to media reports the drones were still hovering over the town 5 days later causing panic among residents.

In one of the latest protests against the U.S. drone attacks, large numbers of people gathered in the northwestern city of Peshewar on June 9 and demanded an immediate end to all U.S. drone attacks and an end to all U.S. interference in the internal affairs of Pakistan.