US media: addicted to UAV war, US makes more terrorists

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 US media: addicted to UAV war, US makes more terrorists


Just as the protests and riots triggered by the killing of George Freud shocked the United States, the assassination continued in our name all over the world. While there is little or no sign of success in countries such as Somalia, the trump administration is more committed to a core tactic in the war on terror that is supported by both parties: the use of drones.

Since trump took office, it is estimated that 155 air and UAV strikes have been launched in Somalia. Thats five times the number of similar strikes in Obamas last term. In Yemen and Afghanistan, there has been a similar increase in air and drone strikes, except that the United States no longer publishes data on attacks. In most cases, the higher the frequency of drone strikes, the more civilian deaths.

Short sighted American news media rarely report on the ongoing UAV war in the United States. Thats what this tactic is all about. There is no personal danger to soldiers and contractors operating UAVs in air-conditioned rooms thousands of miles away from their targets. This is war by remote control, killing by computer algorithms.

Policymakers and politicians dont have to worry about terrible reports describing wounded or dead American soldiers. Nor will the public raise thorny questions about the significance of American military sacrifice. The media usually dont speak for people killed by drones in countries like Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan, etc.

Whether the dead are militant or not, they are declared militant and forgotten. Since there is no cost other than finance, remote war has become a reliable means of attacking the belligerents and terrorists identified by the United States around the world.

Reliance on drones - like the war on terror itself - is a tactic that lacks strategy and only creates more terrorists and warmongers. The center for strategic and international studies estimates that the number of militant elements supporting Salafi increased by nearly 400% from 2001 to 2018. This may still be an underestimation. In particular, the use of drones has boosted the recruitment of militant Salafi groups in various Muslim countries.

During many visits to Yemen and the horn of Africa, government officials, community leaders and tribal elders have told me that the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the United States - and the poorly planned war on terror in the United States - are the root cause of the popularity of various Salafi militant organizations. They [drone operators] look at us like animals in a zoo, explained a tribal elder from southern Yemeni. They kill us if they want. If boys and young men think they are men, they will certainly do something to fight back and seek revenge. As a result, many will join the ranks of those who promise to help them do it.

Now, in Yemen, Somalia and other countries where the United States is fighting terrorism, there are far more rebels and terrorists than before this permanent war began.

Most militant groups, including Al Shabab, now have their own drones. Before long, even small militant organizations with insufficient training and funding will deploy UAVs or UAVs capable of tracking and killing distant targets. In fact, the widespread availability of advanced fly and forget technologies means that fighters and terrorists dont have to put themselves at risk.

Its hard to find a country that has become more stable because of U.S. policy and whose number of insurgency continues to decline. On the contrary, US troops are stationed in almost all countries. However, neither the Republicans nor the Democrats have made a fundamental reflection on the permanent war of the United States and its dependence on armed UAVs.

In his book the theory of drones, greguar samayo believes that UAVs have changed decision-making in war, because the threshold for resorting to violence has been greatly reduced, and violence is often regarded as the default option of foreign policy..

As Jean Gentile shows in his book the wrong transformation, counter insurgency itself is fraught with problems and rarely succeeds. However, the anti-terrorism tactics centered on UAVs are more problematic. Just as the media or the American public rarely question the U.S. drone war, policymakers rarely ask themselves: is this working?

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