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Malik Jalal: What It Feels Like To Be Hunted By Drones

Pakistanis protest Hillary Clinton's visit, demanding an explanation for illegal drone attacks

Pakistanis protest Hillary Clinton’s visit, demanding an explanation for illegal drone attacks

via. The Independent

I am in the strange position of knowing that I am on the ‘Kill List’. I know this because I have been told, and I know because I have been targeted for death over and over again. Four times missiles have been fired at me. I am extraordinarily fortunate to be alive.

I don’t want to end up a “Bugsplat” – the ugly word that is used for what remains of a human being after being blown up by a Hellfire missile fired from a Predator drone. More importantly, I don’t want my family to become victims, or even to live with the droning engines overhead, knowing that at any moment they could be vaporized.

I am in England this week because I decided that if Westerners wanted to kill me without bothering to come to speak with me first, perhaps I should come to speak to them instead. I’ll tell my story so that you can judge for yourselves whether I am the kind of person you want to be murdered.

I am from Waziristan, the border area between Pakistan and Afghanistan. I am one of the leaders of the North Waziristan Peace Committee (NWPC), which is a body of local Maliks (or community leaders) that is devoted to trying to keep the peace in our region. We are sanctioned by the Pakistan government, and our main mission is to try to prevent violence between the local Taliban and the authorities.

In January 2010, I lent my vehicle to my nephew, Salimullah, to drive to Deegan for an oil change and to have one of the tires checked. Rumours had surfaced that drones were targeting particular vehicles, and tracking particular phone signals. The sky was clear and there were drones circling overhead.

As Salimullah conversed with the mechanic, a second vehicle pulled up next to mine. There were four men inside, just local chromite miners. A missile destroyed both vehicles, killed all four men, and seriously injured Salimullah, who spent the next 31 days in hospital.

Upon reflection, because the drones target the vehicles of people they want to kill in Waziristan, I was worried that they were aiming for me.

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    Anyone know why the site is dead? There have been 0 new articles posted here in a long time

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    *takes long walks on beach with a great many friends [alone], listens to and whole heartedly trusts politicians, trolls Loonwatch*


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    #BanTheBurka #NoMooslimPigsAllowed #MakeAmericaWhiteAgain

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  • Rocky Lane

    #BanTheBurka #NoMooslimPigsAllowed #MakeAmericaWhiteAgain

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    Schuring seeks to protect Israel from boycotts
    An Ohio House panel Wednesday approved a bill sponsored by State Rep. Kirk Schuring that would generally prohibit Ohio from doing business with companies that boycott Israel.

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  • Dr.S

    Conquest, consolidation,expansion, degeneration,conquest -a historical pattern codified by historian Ibn Khaldun.

  • The West more generally is in steep decline. The signs are everywhere. Have you ever Glubb’s The Fate of Empires? He’s not the only one to outline this, but I think his piece is straightforward and spot on:

    This is a season of history. We’re all spectators. 🙂

  • The greenmantle

    The Guardian seems to agree
    But is it …
    Partly its how we manage change and I think none of our governments are doing it very well.

    Sir David

  • It might even if Trump doesn’t win. He’s an opportunist taking advantage of a climate in an unraveling empire.

    I don’t know if you can tell from the outside how much America is in rapid decline. This is the sort of thing that can happen when people feel it but aren’t sure what “it” is and go searching for scapegoats.

  • The greenmantle

    I worry it could get a lot worse.
    Sir David

  • I hear you, but I probably would have said it’s the *predictability* that’s scary. No matter who wins, we will get (1) more war and a steady flow of weapons to regional hotspots (2) lopsided support and a blank check for Israel (3) catering to the rich at the expense of everyone else.

    That’s what we ALWAYS get. Or at least that’s what we’ve had throughout my entire life, which is why I don’t vote and don’t care who wins.

  • The greenmantle

    Its the unpredictability thats scary frankly
    Hilllery is more of the same and only Bernie offers a little hope .
    Maybe the first Jewish President could be the only one to tell Isreal to f### Off with out the fear of being called antisemitic 🙂

    Sir David

  • Friend of Bosnia

    “Don’t hate what you don’t understand” said John Lennon. Unfortunately, the majority of people are lazy thinkers.
    Even if peoples of different faiths and/or races do know each other and regularly interact, racism and acts of violence based on racism happen all the time.

    As everybody could see, in 1992 it did no good that people in Bosnia-Herzegovina share one language and culture and that there were many mixed marriages between Muslims, Orthodox and Catholic people.
    Likewise, German Jews were virtually undistinguishable from all other Germans.
    What did it help that in Rwanda all people share the same language and are for most Catholic, Hutu and Tutsi alike.
    When genocidal, fascist, thieving political gangsters and adventurers single out your group, mostly going by by your given names, as was the case in all instances of genocide mentioned above, and target you for repression and genocide by defaming you as “dangerous enemies”, if you can’t defend yourselves with military means, then God have mercy on your souls. Then you are doomed.
    Right now the world is experiencing a great step backwards. Back to tyranny, racism, 19th century style “Manchester” capitalism and fascism. It started when financially, morally and politically bankrupt Yugoslavia was ripped apart by (mostly) Greater Serb ultranationalism, and that has found imitators worldwide.
    I mean, just hear such people as Donald Trump, Duterte, Geert Wilders, Marine Le Pen, Frauke Petry, Lutz Bachmann. Hear them talk. Sound like Milosevic, right? Like Karadzic, right? Quacks like a duck, flaps like a duck, what can it be? Talk that talk, walk that walk. Dark times are looming ahead, and I don’t see them getting any better. The 20th century was bad enough, the 21st century will be worse. I already regret having fathered a daughter because at least in my childhood and youth such things as the Greater Serb Genocidal Anti-Bosniak Crusade of 1992-95, the wholesome destruction of priceless ands irreplaceable cultural heritage, the return of racist and fascist policies we hadn’t seen sonce the end of WWII, the fact that good and decent people are increasingly helpless against such developments and that there is more hatred, enmity, mistrust and malice than never before among peoples who until recently got along with each other more or less well.
    I think that could depress the most cheerful of souls.

    I don’t know what advice to give to my daughter except that neither of us should be led like lambs to the slaughter. Therefore I will engege her that like me, she will not allow some pig-faced, pig-mannered thugs to run her out of her house, her hometown, her country. That if we are overwhelmed, we will face death gallantly, like the fighters of the Warsaw Ghetto did. That each of us will then take down to the Nether-World at least eight racist, fascist genocidal side-boys.

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    Majority of Germans ‘have limited contact’ with Muslims
    Reports by pollster YouGov said 62 percent had no Muslims in their private friendship and family circles.

    The majority of Germans have limited contact with Muslims and know very little about their religion, according to a new poll.

    According to the survey drawn up for dpa news agency by pollsters YouGov, 62 percent of non-Muslim respondents said there were no Muslims in their private circle of friends and family.

    The survey’s release on Friday came in the wake of the political tensions unleashed in the country after about 1 million mainly Muslim refugees entered the nation last year, fleeing war and poverty in Africa and the Middle East.

    It’s about 60 years since migrants from Turkey began arriving in Germany to help fill the acute gaps in the nation’s workforce resulting from the country’s so-called economic miracle after World War II, with about 4 million Muslims now living in the nation.
    A Syrian refugee at a traditional Christmas market [Jens Meyer/AP]

    The country’s right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD), which has been making big gains in a series of recent elections, has now adopted an anti-Islam stance as part of its new manifesto.

    In addition to declaring that “Islam does not belong in Germany,” the AfD’s platform called for a ban on minarets.

    In the meantime, support for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrat-led political bloc has slumped since the mass influx of refugees began eight months ago as many of its voters have switched to the AfD.

    The AfD’s new manifesto and its concerns about Islam sparked widespread condemnation from political and religious leaders.
    Islam ‘part of Germany’

    But in an interview on Thursday with the daily Neue Osnabrucker Zeitung, Volker Kauder, a key Merkel ally, said while Muslims were part of German life, Islam had not shaped Germany “historically and culturally.

    “But just so there is no misunderstanding: The Muslims themselves are a part of Germany, there is no question about it,” said Kauder, who heads the parliamentary group of the Christian Democrats and their Bavarian-based allies, the Christian Social Union.

    While insisting that freedom of religion was enshrined in the nation’s constitution, Kauder said that Islam also took on forms “that we can never accept in Germany.”

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    Flight Delayed After Passenger Reports Professor’s Math Equations as Suspicious

    An Ivy League professor writing math equations on a plane was inadvertently involved in a flight delay on Thursday when another passenger reported his activity as suspicious.

    Guido Menzio, an economics professor at the University of Pennsylvania, said the plane—which was flying from Philadelphia to Syracuse—returned to the gate after the woman seated next to him gave a note to the flight attendant, the Associated Press reported.

    Casey Norton, a spokesman for American Airlines, said the woman reported that she felt sick and wanted to get off the plane, prompting its return to the gate. As she was leaving the Air Wisconsin-operated flight, the woman expressed concerns about Menzio’s behavior, and an airline security official was called, Norton said.

    Menzio, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment, told the Associated Press that he was questioned by the pilot and an official after the plane returned to the gate.

    “I thought they were trying to get clues about her illness,” Menzio said, according to the AP. “Instead, they tell me that the woman was concerned that I was a terrorist because I was writing [strange] things on a pad of paper.”

    Norton said Menzio was not removed from the plane, but he got up from his seat to speak with airline officials on the jet bridge because he was concerned about the woman’s illness.

    “There was definitely a conversation about the concerns that she raised,” Norton said, declining to specify what her concerns were. “Anytime a customer expresses concerns we are going to look into it and determine that the flight is 100 percent safe to fly.”

    Menzio returned to the plane, which took off after a roughly two-hour delay, while the woman opted to take a later flight, Norton said.

  • If you strip away the bluster, I don’t know that he’ll be worse. Or much different. The elite who really rin the US are always the same, leaving very little room to maneuver no matter who is in office.

    This is why we always have war and a sliver of rich getting richer at everyone else’s expense. I don’t fear Trump any more or less than Clinton.

  • The greenmantle

    maybe because so few americans are on it 😉 although with president Trump who knows what will happen ……

    Sir David

  • mindy1

    Sad story :(, but most Americans will ignore it if it keeps our guys safe on the ground, rather than risk their lives in ground combat.

  • AJ

    Strategically, I don’t think this is a good article for using against drones since this guy Malik Jalal has at one time voiced support for suicide bombers (perhaps as revenge but even still). However, this is a great opportunity to figure out what exactly is happening in that area and who the drones are targeting.

  • Laurent Weppe

    You shouldn’t be. A great many people’s attitude toward abuses of power and incompetence is to think “Am I a likely target? No? Then I don’t care

  • I’m amazed the “kill list” doesn’t generate more outrage among Americans.

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