US drone strikes in Pakistan to continue

2012-06-06 22:24

New Delhi - Just two days after a drone strike killed al-Qaeda's second-in-command, Defence Secretary Leon Panetta made it clear on Wednesday that such attacks will continue as long as the US needs to defend itself against terrorists that threaten America.

Speaking in India - on Pakistan's doorstep - Panetta unapologetically dismissed suggestions that the strikes could violate Pakistan's sovereignty.

"This is about our sovereignty as well," he said when answering questions from the audience after a speech at an Indian think tank.

And he was blunt about the difficulties in the US relationship with Pakistan, as insurgents continue to find safe haven there, despite repeated protests from American leaders.

"It's a complicated relationship, often times frustrating, often times difficult," Panetta said.

"They have provided some co-operation. There are other times when frankly that cooperation is not there. But the United States cannot just walk away from that relationship.

"We have to continue to do what we can to try to improve [the] areas where we can find some mutual co-operation."

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-06 22:54

    That's the irony and upside of all this. As humans, at the current level of our evolutionary consciousness, we get closer to each other by fighting. If the US wasn't attacked, it wouldn't be working so hard at its relationship with Pakistan. It prefers its age-old non-involvement policy.

      Dragan - 2012-06-07 04:24

      Fred here's a question. Why is Benjy your beloved prime minister busy building 300 new homes in stolen Palestinian territory on the West bank?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-07 07:17

      Israel was created from 52% of the land formerly occupied by the Jewish and Palestinian people, and Palestine 43%. Most of the Israeli territory was the Negev Desert. Jerusalem fell into neither territory. The Palestinians with their unelected neighbors declared war on Israel the very next day. That was in 1947. In the 1960's they invaded Israel twice. Full military invasions. Israel survived and pushed them back, gaining territory in the process. This is the origin of what you wrongly call the occupied territories. There have been almost daily attacks by Palestinians, incited by their self-serving unelected neighbors. Palestinians even teach their children at Kindergarten to attack Israel, rather than be peaceful. Children. Kindergarten. From day one, and even today it's wage war on Israel. The aim is to garner international sympathy, pity really, when Israel defends herself. In the process, however, Palestinians get more and more hurt, and suffer more. All that needs to happen is for them to choose peace side by side with Israel. That's it. That's all that's needed. The entire situation will change almost overnight. The world will rush to help. All kinds of resources will pour into Palestine. This is more likely going forward, because the unelected dictators are being removed from power by their people one by one. They will no longer use the Palestinians for their own political reasons. It's important that you understand this.

      Larry - 2012-06-07 07:26

      Dragan, Israel has not stolen land. Israel has won territory and can take reparations in any form it sees fit until the palestinians accept Israel's terms of peace. For example, East Jerusalem is now annexed to Israel and nothing will change this fact. Like it or lump it.

      Henry - 2012-06-07 07:58

      There's no such thing as a palestinian,those arab folk are Egyptians and Jordanians,losers of a war they started

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-06-07 13:24

      Yea Fred non they must of really not have wanted to bomb Kosovo, Afghanistan Somalia Afghanistan Iraq Pakistan Yemen etc etc etc while building near 700 bases all over the world. Non intervention my ass.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-07 06:04

    Editor, Could you not find a photo of Leon Panetta, that was taken'inside' his nose !!

  • Larry - 2012-06-07 07:50

    It is interesting to note that the arms race is hotting up, but on one side only. Previously, with conventional modes of warfare, countries developed arms at an equal pace. For example, tanks and machine guns and fighter jets grew marginally in advancement with no real quantum advantage occurring. Terrorism has changed this outlook. The option of fighting terrorism with terror is the only response for the West, however by conventional means. So the arms race is invigorated with the result that the West is accelerating sophisticated weaponry and delivery systems, that its relatively unsophisticated enemy will be unable to contend.

      Fidel - 2012-06-07 10:20

      The funny part in all of this is that these so called terrorists would leave you alone if your western masters left their lands.

      Larry - 2012-06-07 12:16

      The funny part of your statement is that there are no Western Masters in Iran, or Syria, and neither were they in Afganistan until Al Quaida committed terrorist acts on USA targets. You are obviously referring to Israel and/or its occupation of West Bank. Well, Israel is not on any others persons land but its own.

      Fidel - 2012-06-07 15:20

      Afghanistan and Al Qaede is linked to US bases in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain. You are right Islamic terror started with the establishment of Israel and Palestinians loosing their lands and livelihood as a result.

      Larry - 2012-06-07 16:57

      Fidel, If Southern Africa was a group of majority Muslim states, as is the Middle East, and Lesotho was majority Jewish, then what reason would there be for a massive concerted attack on Lesotho by Angola, Namibia, Zambia, zimbabwe, Swaziland, South Africa and Mocambique, other than because it was Jewish. Israel was created out of the UN and it is legitimate. Israel will not be delegitimised by you or any organisation peddling their lies. Pestinians will regain their lives and get their own state when they accept Israel's terms for peace. They have no other choice. Put it down to a lesson learned that you attack Israel at your peril. Simple truth.

      Larry - 2012-06-07 21:13

      Lesego, you have gone around a full circle and still cannot catch your tail. Although it is pointless to answer your nonsense, it cannot go unanswered. The UN is a membership of sovereign states. It does not act as the UN by creating or un-creating new members or ratifying new states into existence as a world president or king. It acts on the instructions of its members and Israel was approved as an independent member state by a majority of members. Israel is no mistake and will never be delegitemised whether anybody likes it or not. So your comment is not only nonsense, but it is bloody minded stupidity. If Israel is making enemies by defending itself from attack and delegitimisation, then what is the option?

  • ct.guy.39 - 2012-06-07 10:31

    Why do i never terrorize my neighbours? Must be because they dont live in my house, park in my driveway, block me from leaving, cut my electricy and water supply line. And most importantly they dont help other neighbours to break into my house, detroy it, kill my children leave and then claim the land for themselves, and if they had done it they would say they did it because they had reliable intelligence from their 2month old baby that i was going to do it to them first.

      Larry - 2012-06-07 12:20

      Why do I have such peaceful neighbours? Must be because they did not attack my family from all sides after I moved in legitimately, on several occasions, and try to move me out of the neighbourhood - because I am Jewish.

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-06-07 13:21

      So ct guy what would you do if some stranger came from the other side of town and built a nice condo on your property and stole your water and electricity while telling you it was to enhance your families lives.

      Larry - 2012-06-07 21:15

      The Pestinians tried to take it back. Are they paying for it? Yes.

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