Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Obama condemns violence in Iran. No word about Pakistan.

Speaking to reporters about the ongoing unrest in Iran, U.S. President Barack Obama declared he was “appalled and outraged” by the events of the past few days, stating that “we deplore the violence against innocent civilians anywhere it takes place.”

Meanwhile . . .
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — An airstrike believed to have been carried out by a United States drone killed at least 60 people at a funeral in South Waziristan on Tuesday, residents of the area and local news reports said.

Details of the attack, which occurred in Makeen, remained unclear, but the reported death toll was exceptionally high. If the reports are indeed accurate and if the attack was carried out by a drone, the strike could be the deadliest since the United States began using the aircraft to fire remotely guided missiles at members of the Taliban and Al Qaeda in the tribal areas of Pakistan. The United States carried out 22 previous drone strikes this year, as the Obama administration has intensified a policy inherited from the Bush administration.
Of course, it would be a grave act of moral equivalence to equate the deaths of a few Pakistanis -- excuse me, “suspected Taliban militants” -- with those protesters who have been victimized by the Iranian regime. After all, it is widely accepted that those accused of being terrorists or opponents of U.S. military action (or do I repeat myself?) are entitled to no legal safeguards save the right to be murdered alongside their families by an unmanned Predator drone -- assuming, that is, they have brown skin and live in a far off land.

Also: Twitter. It’s hard to empathize with a people that aren’t up to date with the latest in American social networking fads.

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