US President Barack Obama speaks at a memorial service for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 16, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. — Photo by AFP

“MERE words cannot match the depths of your sorrow, nor can they heal your wounded hearts ... These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change.” Every parent can connect with what President Barack Obama said about the murder of 20 children in Newtown, Connecticut. There can scarcely be a person on earth with access to the media who is untouched by the grief of the people of that town.

It must follow that what applies to the children murdered there by a deranged young man also applies to the children murdered in Pakistan by a sombre American president. These children are just as important, just as real, just as deserving of the world’s concern.

Yet there are no presidential speeches or presidential tears for them, no pictures on the front pages of the world’s newspapers, no interviews with grieving relatives, no minute analysis of what happened and why.

If the victims of Mr Obama’s drone strikes are mentioned by the state at all, they are discussed in terms which suggest that they are less than human.

The people who operate the drones, Rolling Stone magazine reports, describe their casualties as “bug splats”, “since viewing the body through a grainy-green video image gives the sense of an insect being crushed”.

Or they are reduced to vegetation: justifying the drone war, Obama’s counter-terrorism adviser Bruce Riedel explained that “you’ve got to mow the lawn all the time. The minute you stop mowing, the grass is going to grow back”.

Like George Bush’s government in Iraq, Obama’s administration neither documents nor acknowledges the civilian casualties of the CIA’s drone strikes in Pakistan. But a report by the law schools at Stanford and New York universities suggests that during the first three years of his time in office, the 259 strikes for which he is ultimately responsible killed between 297 and 569 civilians, of whom at least 64 were children.

These are figures extracted from credible reports: there may be more which have not been fully documented.

The wider effects on the children of the region have been devastating. Many have been withdrawn from school because of fears that large gatherings of any kind are being targeted.

There have been several strikes on schools since former president George Bush launched the drone programme that Obama has expanded so enthusiastically: one of Bush’s blunders killed 69 children.

SCARRED MINDS: The study reports that children scream in terror when they hear the sound of a drone. A local psychologist says that their fear and the horrors they witness is causing permanent mental scarring. Children wounded in drone attacks told the researchers that they are too traumatised to go back to school and have abandoned hopes of the careers they might have had.

Their dreams as well as their bodies have been broken.Obama does not kill children deliberately. But their deaths are an inevitable outcome of the way his drones are deployed. We don’t know what emotional effect these deaths might have on him, as neither he nor his officials will discuss the matter: almost everything to do with the CIA’s extra-judicial killings in Pakistan is kept secret.

But you get the impression that no one in the administration is losing much sleep over it.

Two days before the murders in Newtown, Obama’s press secretary was asked about women and children being killed by drones in Yemen and Pakistan. He refused to answer, on the grounds that such matters are “classified”. Instead, he directed the journalist to a speech by John Brennan, Obama’s counter-terrorism assistant. Brennan insists that “Al Qaeda’s killing of innocents, mostly Muslim men, women and children, has badly tarnished its appeal and image in the eyes of Muslims”.

TISSUE AROUND TUMOUR: He appears unable to see that the drone war has done the same for the US. To Brennan the people of Pakistan are neither insects nor grass: his targets are a “cancerous tumour”, the rest of society “the tissue around it”. Beware of anyone who describes a human being as something other than a human being.

Yes, he conceded, there is occasionally a little “collateral damage”, but the US takes “extraordinary care [to] ensure precision and avoid the loss of innocent life”. It will act only if there’s “an actual ongoing threat” to American lives. This is cock and bull with bells on.

The “signature strike” doctrine developed under Obama, which has no discernible basis in law, merely looks for patterns. A pattern could consist of a party of unknown men carrying guns (which scarcely distinguishes them from the rest of the male population of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), or a group of unknown people who look as if they might be plotting something.

This is how wedding and funeral parties get wiped out; this is why 40 elders discussing royalties from a chromite mine were blown up in March last year. It is one of the reasons why children continue to be killed.

Obama has scarcely mentioned the drone programme and has said nothing about its killing of children. The only statement I can find is a brief and vague response during a video conference last January. The killings have been left to others to justify. In October the Democratic cheerleader Joe Klein claimed on MSNBC that “the bottom line in the end is whose four-year-old gets killed? What we’re doing is limiting the possibility that four-year-olds here will get killed by indiscriminate acts of terror”.

As the estimable Glenn Greenwald has pointed out, killing four-year-olds is what terrorists do. It doesn’t prevent retaliatory murders, it encourages them, as grief and revenge are often accomplices.

Most of the world’s media, which has rightly commemorated the children of Newtown, either ignores Obama’s murders or accepts the official version that all those killed are “militants”. The children of north-west Pakistan, it seems, are not like our children. They have no names, no pictures, no memorials of candles and flowers and teddy bears. They belong to the other: to the non-human world of bugs and grass and tissue.

“Are we,” Obama asked on Sunday, “prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?” It’s a valid question. He should apply it to the violence he is visiting on the children of Pakistan.

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ashok
December 20, 2012 4:32 am
You seems to be Indian, could you please tell me. Does Indian Politicians care for people ( Childrens and Womens). I think before adviceing others we should care about our problems.....
Akhlesh
December 19, 2012 11:36 am
"Political" is absolutely right. The Pakistani state, overtly as well as covertly, promoted terrorists. The Pakistani state is responsible for letting cowardly terrorists disperse among civilians (innocent or otherwise); remember OBL living for years in Abbottabad? 45% of the blame for the killing of Pakistani children lies with these terrorists, 45% with the Pakistani state, and 10% with the civilians who shelter the terrorists.
Emode
December 19, 2012 11:29 am
When it comes to Children, men, women and all the Malala's of the drone attacks, our voices only fall on deaf ears (hear and abroad). Pakistan and Pakistanis have no one to blame but themselves (ourselves).
Mohdudul Huq
December 19, 2012 3:36 pm
Nobody will care if Muslim kids are killed by some ones. Who cares? Only parents of Muslim children will feel the pain in their heart.
Rizwan
December 20, 2012 1:07 pm
When was the last time any Pakistani politician shed any tears for their own people let alone children? Look inward first.
Danish Bawla
December 19, 2012 4:20 pm
Forget Obama not even Zardari cries for Pakistani Children.
aks_USA
December 19, 2012 10:28 pm
well i never see a article against taliban or terror groups using children. I am an Indian and happy because with policies as of today in your country ---we do not need to do anything:)
Md Imran
December 19, 2012 5:14 pm
Mind you, Pakistan is also designing drones and will soon be the second country in the world to have armed drones. That will be an eye opener for a lot of folks. Pakistan Fauj zindabad, Pakistan paindabad forever..
MSAlvi
December 19, 2012 1:10 pm
Killing of innocent people in Pakistan or US, particularly children, is a dreadful act. There is no difference in there. What is different in drones and shooting in Newtown school is the intention; drone killing is not intentional, whereas school shooting was. Moreover, drones are trying to kill people who are killing other innocent people in Pakistan every day. Bear in mind that those innocent people in Pakistan are providing support and shelter to the insurgents in their area. It will be very effective if they cooperate in eliminating the insurgents.
Different View
December 19, 2012 8:16 pm
The Drone attack would not be needed if Pakistan could own up the terrorists and their act against their own people and people from other countries. Because it chose inaction over any actions other nations who feel responsible to protect their own people had to take some action. Pakistan should stop pretending and stand up on it own feet.
tsk tsk!
December 20, 2012 6:44 am
Predator Drones have made killing easy: "bug splat" is how the drone pilots describe when they see dead bodies. It would be very different seeing a dead person decapitated or his/her brain matter pouring out from a head and these are major reasons why soldiers returning from war go through PTSD and other psycological issues. With drones you can blow up a house and not care who all were in the house as long as you know that a terrorist was in there. Making killing easy ... what a concept.
raika45
December 19, 2012 1:19 pm
When terrorists seek shelter among common people and nobody has the guts to drive them out or sympathies with them, then your people and not the aggressor is responsible for innocent deaths.One cannot create trouble in your neighbor's backyard and seek shelter in populated areas across the border hoping to escape the wrath of your of your antagonist.
MSAlvi
December 19, 2012 1:22 pm
Also, we must bear in mind that US is not doing it without the consent of Pakistan. Government of Pakistan has not taken any action to stop the drones, other than making statements for public consumption for political purpose. Pakistani people are opposing it, for emotional but not rational reasons.
Naseer
December 19, 2012 4:54 pm
Much more children are killed in Pakistan by Taliban than the US drone attacks. The only way we can help stop drone attacks is if we root out the terrorism. What justification can someone give for trying to kill an innocent girl. But we still try to blame others for our problems.
a_writer
December 19, 2012 1:28 pm
Any death is a tragedy. In the case of the recent shooting of innocent children and adults in Newtown, we have been reading the detailed account of their lives and seen vivid pictures of their faces in happier times. With so many complaints about innocent deaths due to drone strikes, not a single news outlet from Pakistan or elsewhere, including this esteemed newspaper, Dawn, have ever published the details of these drone victims - No name,no Photo - absolutely not one bit of information. Now, why is that?
rajiv
December 19, 2012 1:29 pm
Its simply shocking to see that kind of article to appear in DAWN... Obama cried as being president he is as good as their father... he cried for his kids... did Zardari cry for anyone... or our great storymaker mr. rehmaan malik cried over any kid death... now pakistan has so much attachment with imported stuff that it wants ever tears to be imported... i wish the article saw the positive in obama gesture and had a title "Where are the tears of our leaders..." and then goes on to compare who obama feels the pain of its own citizen while paki leaders dont... even a sensitive issue is lost in your hate for America...
Mr.T
December 20, 2012 8:05 am
Why in world Obama cry for children who die from drones ? How many Pakistani cried for those children or innocents who die from drones ? He is AMERICAN PRESIDENT NOT PAKISTANI PRESIDENT. This article heading should be "DID ZARDARI CRIED FOR CHILDREN OF PAKISTAN".
Sheeehab
December 19, 2012 5:20 pm
Very good article I would say the author hit the nail on its head. The only 3 questions the west and pro-westeners should answer is what is the pursuit of happiness when USA is murdering little children?? Does freedom means invading any country and doing as you please?? And If a terrorist is someone who kills innocent men, women and children then what does that make the USA?? We all know about the hundered of thousands INNOCENTS killed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan And God knows where else to keep the Americans lives safe............God Bless the USA!
Bob
December 19, 2012 9:06 pm
Did President Zardari or any of the Pakistani leaders shed any tears for the Pakistani kids........
Ahmed Sultan (India)
December 19, 2012 5:15 pm
Because parents of those kids don't vote in US presidential elections.
addy
December 19, 2012 2:13 pm
did President of Pakistan shed any tears?? Did he took notice of the drones??... NO...oh bhai phele khood ko theek karo phir dosroun ko bolo...
Anwar Saadat(Karak,KPK)
December 20, 2012 1:45 pm
This categorically reveals the hypocrisy of American Govt. which cries for the killings in Syria, Egypt,etc,but ignores the innocent victims of its drones in Pakistan.
mansoor
December 19, 2012 5:17 pm
Tears or no tears, I do not believe that any ruler get tears on the misery of ruled one, irrespective of religion, myths, country, whether, terrorist, innocent, covered or half naked. Its only their own benefit they defend.
Agha Ata
December 19, 2012 1:48 pm
If people start crying for everyone killed in this world, the whole world would be crying all the time.
Imran
December 19, 2012 2:30 pm
Wow Akhlesh, how did you come about these fugures? Would you care to discuss your sources?
FactCheck
December 19, 2012 11:48 am
While killing children is a dreadful act, is it not Pakistan’s responsibility to protect its citizens from the mad men? Trying to blame others for your plight is national pastime in Pakistan. How about the mad men running the country setting of bombs and shooting girls on school buses (think Malala). Obama went to console the parents in Newtown and vowed take actions. Where was or is Zardari and your Prime Minister? Have they ever spoken to the people directly? Have they taken any action? The answer is resounding no. The make statements through papers from the safety of their fortress. Don’t blame others. Take responsibility for Gods sake.
Sunil
December 19, 2012 2:27 pm
No one cry for any other in this Kal Yug. If we will not value life of our people, no one else will. Short term goals always harm nations. Nations become powerful only when they take decisions based on long term strategies.
Joo Joo
December 20, 2012 8:22 am
Instead of accepting our mistakes and taking corrective actions, we leave it to others to make amends. America should fix our problems cause they bomb. They bomb cause we don't want to fix our problems. It's simple. We are proud of our corrupt premiers and system. Have we cried for this country? Have we brought the nation to a halt in order to cleanse it of evil? "Stop being emotional. No one is my brother or sister. They are all nationals of this country and I will treat them by law, no matter who they are." When we reach this stage, the world will cry with us should despair strike.
Farhat
December 19, 2012 6:17 pm
@Imran: Sources? Everyday events doesn't provide all evidences? If you still want sources, start reading non-pakistani newspapers. As pakistani media only spreads fairy tales about home applauding losers.
Zafar
December 19, 2012 3:26 pm
The last time I checked, Obama was the President of United States, not Pakistan. Before expecting others to be considerate of our children, we should ourselves be concerned about them first. Forget about our President and Prime Minister, has any Minister ever visited those inadvertently killed by drones? any national politician? And lets not forget that these drones operate (or used to operate) from a Pakistani air base with full knowledge of the Government and military.
Kashif
December 20, 2012 7:05 am
We only have ourselves to blame. Only if we had made the right choices at the right time. We would have been in a far better position than we are today.
Mukesh
December 19, 2012 1:38 pm
The 2 events are beyond comparision. I would expect Mr. Zardari shedding a few tears if Pakistani children get killed in drone strikes unless Pakistani authorities have authorized such strikes. US can not fire drones into a country unless its approved by Pakistan's govt and/or army. Otherwise how come Pak army can't destroy the drone when it enters Pakistani air space. Isn't it the job of govt and army to save the lives of its citizens?
Nasir
December 19, 2012 11:24 pm
Two wrongs does not make a correct answer.
Kashif Khan
December 19, 2012 1:42 pm
It is an unjust world where only might in right. Every thing else is just cheap talk.
Muhammad Farooq
December 20, 2012 12:48 am
hypocrisy at its highest.
Farhat
December 19, 2012 6:11 pm
Why should He? Everytime one of your kid goes out of your country and blow citizens of other country and other faiths, your PM/President never showed gesture of sadness? You always come out and start crying discrimination and distract the real issue. You know what, pakistan and pakistanis doesn't deserved to be sympathized.
Muhammad Shahzad
December 20, 2012 7:49 am
There is a difference between children in country with Pride and children in country without any Pride.
Logical
December 19, 2012 6:02 pm
Mansoor, You are so utterly and completely wrong on this one. There are countries around the world where leaders genuinely love their citizens. And furthermore those leaders serve their societies for the benefit and betterment of their citizens. You need to travel around the world and get your self exposed to other peoples, countries and societies. However you will have to travel far away from Pakistan to find that.
wbwise
December 20, 2012 2:21 am
I'm curious why you think he should shed tears for these children, he's not their president. Shouldn't the Pakistani president shed tears for his people?
Sam
December 19, 2012 6:39 pm
Does Zardari get tears for them?
Nasir
December 19, 2012 11:33 pm
But it is the10% that is killing the inocent children.
A
December 20, 2012 2:06 pm
Exactly my thought. I opended the article to comment that phrase.
Asif
December 19, 2012 2:57 pm
I did not see any Pakistani leaders shedding tears either. Nor did I see photos of Pakistani children who perished as a result of drone attacks. I have seen plenty of pictures of Christians being burned to death in Pakistan. No tears were shed by the politicians in Pakistan for their minority citizens. Let us not talk about hypocrisy. Pakistanis are masters at this game.
hasan
December 19, 2012 10:07 pm
This article is 'messed up' to begin with. Why should President Obama care? Is Pakistani children his responsibility? Why are the drones allowed in the first place? What is the Pakistani Government and the entire nation is doing to prevent the innocent lives lost? Nothing. STOP blaming others for God's sake. We have been blaming others ever since 1947!!
akil akhtar
December 20, 2012 12:37 am
True, but then the americans should not claim to be civilized and force for good.
Anonymous
December 20, 2012 5:00 am
Something to keep in mind: he never says or implies that Obama should shed tears for other children. His exact words were "Yet there are no presidential speeches or presidential tears for them, no pictures on the front pages of the world’s newspapers, no interviews with grieving relatives, no minute analysis of what happened and why." While he implies that Obama is a hypocrite from a humanitarian perspective, in as much as the U.S. president believes the death of children is a travesty while killing children, albeit unintentionally, in other parts of the world, I would like to point out that the use of drones minimizes the amount of damage done to civilians. It's a lose: lose situation, in as much as there will be collateral damage in the end, but Obama is picking the better of two options by making sure that as many innocent lives as possible can be saved, thereby minimizing the "collateral damage"
Wasil Arien
December 19, 2012 4:02 pm
It is for the president of Pakistan and army chief to look after the welfare and lives of Pakistanis adults as well as children, so it is for them to shed tears for the horrendous attacks on their fellow citizens. The Pakistani army and civil administration lack the potency and competence to deal with the terrorists themselves who are wreaking havoc throughout the country, as such they have given tacit approval for these drone attacks, which have proven immensely helpful to eliminate so many terrorists. Of course there have been collateral damage, but the same is insignificant as compared with the damage done by the terrorists. I am sure that as a sensitive human being Obama must have feelings for the children of the entire world, but he could do and show what after all he is capable of doing and showing.
Nasir
December 19, 2012 11:27 pm
Then fairness requires that we should not cry for anyone.
ashok
December 20, 2012 5:17 am
Pakistan is a powerful country then why can't it stop or shoot drones then..........Does Pak really want's drone attack to be get stopped?
Logical
December 19, 2012 3:22 pm
Obama cares and cries for ALL children around the world. Regardless of which country, race or what ever religion they belong to. Why else do you think he is trying to eliminate terrorists from around the world. The terroriste that use children as human bombs. If the Pakistanis do not want their children to be killed when the drones rain bombs on their terrorists then they should move the innocent families away from the areas where the terrorists are being targeted.
Annie
December 20, 2012 2:41 am
I understand Obama cried for the children of his own country, did any of our country leader cried of any of the innocent people killing . Don't take me wrong but from killing Muslims in masjid or Shia target killing or polio workers they all were killed by Muslims
Adam Khan
December 19, 2012 3:04 pm
Why Obama, Even there are no tears in the eyes of our own Rulers/public!! that is the main issue
Tariq Khan
December 19, 2012 12:03 pm
Why should he cry for pak children when our own leaders laugh on the misery there? Every one knows the reality in Pak so any comments on this are unnecessary but one cannot be passive!
Mike
December 19, 2012 2:51 pm
If thousands are killed by taleban and extremests because they are shia, or christian, or qadiani or hazaris and no one Pakistan care enough to provide protection and fight these extremests why should any one else far removed. Find this article so silly to contrast a sad event in USA and say the American president does not shed a tear. Does president Zardari shed tears for his people?
Shafiq
December 19, 2012 3:14 pm
It is easy to criticize USA. The Pertinent question is , do Pakistanis care for their own? Who is killing them in Peshawar, Karachi and the rest of the country? Why our Defence Forces do not take steps to stop danger from outside? Why our Government tell us the reason for failure to stop killing in the country? Stop blaming others put your house in order first.
Political
December 19, 2012 11:27 am
Good article but misses the critical point of why a democracy such as the USA, supported by ordinary human beings, can ignore the plight of innocent Pakistani children, while crying for their own? Is it just that they do not care or are inhuman or are racists? Perhaps the answer is more than just that, as 350 Million humans cannot all be racists or inhumans. Is it not the responsibility of the Pakistani state to separate the dreaded terrorists from the areas where innocent children live? How else does the US safeguard its own people without killing the disease at the root? While the drone attacks are far from ideal, their practical cost and benefit is seen as better than any other option that Pakistan has helped create. While the worlds heart beats just as much for any child's death, 90% responsibility of such tragedies lies at the doorstep of Pakistan alone.
Farraz
December 20, 2012 6:23 am
if President/PM and People of Pakistan has no tears then why should President of US.?
Zeeshan
December 20, 2012 2:03 am
Very valid article which should cause us to pause and think
danial tariq
December 19, 2012 1:14 pm
In my view obama perhaps feels the sorrows and pain of children and in broader terms humanity suffering throughout the world but it is his people that care little about people both with in and outside US. One can draw this conclusion, only if he sees the facts and statistics of the decade long war fought in Afghanistan. The general concept suggest that US forces are responsible for all the MILLION people affected in this war who might have nothing to do with extrmism or terrorism. This distinction in his administration might result in severe results.
Mariam jan
December 19, 2012 12:10 pm
The media does not want you to make your own analysis or opinion but they inject distorted and manipulated information in your mind that is helping the greedy war mongers around the world to keep oppressing innocent people. "If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing." ~~ Malcolm X
Aizaz Moin
December 19, 2012 3:28 pm
SwamiG you have taken the words out of my mouth. You are so right. Our Pakistani brothers are Soooo split amongst themselves that they cannot see a way forward from this mess but expect other world leaders to cry for their children. How childish! Set your own house in order first Pakistanis!
raza
December 19, 2012 2:04 pm
How, how could you expect the neighbor cries on you loss, when your own people has no remorse or sham or feelings. Why blaming others. They cry on their loss , you don't (you try to cash it , heartless and selfish).
ImmI
December 19, 2012 2:04 pm
Have we ever thought why there is so misery,violence and helplessness in our world. . ? I think the cause lies in the double standards shown by the most civilized nations of this world.This creates a sense of deprivation and this sense then invites hate and aggression.We belong to human creed all then why the killing of one member belonging to a particular nation is mourned and other is not. . .?Let's break the shell of nationalism and mount around us the high and strong walls of humanity!We will find one day an eternal peace in our world.
TKhan
December 19, 2012 7:21 pm
In the interest of respecting grieving parents and loved ones, timings of this article is out of place. The families who are grieving; the ordinary folks, probably never heard the name of Pakistan; and telling them in a moment like this that "See, we told you so": and somewhat justifying the incident is pure cruelty There is a time & place for bringing awareness to the larger problem.
Abdul
December 19, 2012 11:52 am
One can Judge the behaviour of our all Pakistanis that we only have two comments on very very senstive and logical issue. Where are so called secular minds now. If it was against pakistan, everyone would have loudly spoken out. such a shame
Maate
December 19, 2012 11:53 am
Pakistan must handle its issue on its own. USA will only mess Pakistan.
Hadi Sakey
December 20, 2012 1:24 pm
If Zardari cries with tears it will be crocodile tears.
Hasan
December 19, 2012 12:22 pm
How does the killing of a child from a remote controlled plane many a thousand miles away be the responsibility of the Pakistani people suffering from the drones? Akhlesh please dont carry the holier than thou approach, your country has also harbored terrorists and have carried out many an atrocity in Kashmir as well as broken international law in East Pakistan in 1971. The jist of the article is simple, while tears flow(justifiably) for all the children killed in Connecticut, where are the tears for the children who have suffered the wrath of the drone strikes? Maybe when the drones are at your doorstep and killing your people like bugs, only then shall you realize the pain and the plight of the children. And please refrain from lecturing Pakistan on terrorism, your state has enough Muslim and Sikh blood on your hands, please do not conveniently forget history when the times are good on your side.
Anony
December 19, 2012 2:36 pm
We don't expect Zardari or the current government to show ANY sympathy towards the poor people of Pakistan. EVERYONE knows the level of corruption. But the US president, being the so-called world leader, such a thing is not expected of them. Your statements sort of defends Obama's stand on the Drone Wars which is a shame. YOU should be ashamed of yourself.
mohan majhi (@mohanmajhi007)
December 19, 2012 12:21 pm
Indeed how can we discriminate people, when the most powerful person is justifying such heinous act, our future remains bleak
sraz45
December 19, 2012 10:46 pm
This is the first objective answer I have read in a long time on this issue. We cannot blame others for our ills. The Taiban monster has to be confronted. We have lived in denial for most of our short historty. It is time we took a serious look at our issues and solved them. A forceful drive against these people will put Pakistan back on track.
krishnan
December 19, 2012 1:54 pm
Drone attacks should stop but to expect USA to commiserate when your leaders are not bold enough to condemn killers of Salman Taseer et all is sad.
Uzair
December 19, 2012 8:50 pm
what you should be asking why Pakistani leadership shed any tear? Obama is not President of Pakistan he is president of United States of America. Grow up people of Pakistan as stop blaming other for your misery and elect someone in March who cares for you not their pockets. If you elect the same people you deserve all the misery as no one else can be blamed.
Mohsin
December 19, 2012 8:56 pm
very good article. Loss of life anywhere in the world is tragic. Look how the Quran elegantly states (meaning): "To save a life is as if to save all of mankind". The question really is do WE as Pakistanis have tears or not for the children killed by drones, sanctions, etc. Why do we care if Obama or whoever the hell thinks they are incharge of Pakistan and the rest of the world show affection towards us? We are an indigenous nation and have no need to rely on behavior of others towards us!
sadiq
December 19, 2012 4:12 pm
I know that my comment will never publish here but still I can't stop myself commenting. You should cry for your children, don't expect that Obama or anyone else will have the pain of yours. Reason for drone attacks are created by Pakistan itself. You people support and sponsor the terrorism worldwide and now it comes on you also. See the example of Malala, she was not shot by a drone or a US army man, but you know who were the attackers. Pakistan itself is the cause of its all PROBLEMS.
MSR
December 19, 2012 1:53 pm
Taking the fact into account that Pakistan's ruling elite is responsible for casualties in northern areas of Pakistan, I would agree with your comment. However, I would like you to kindly be aware of the fact that common Americans do not know the fact that how many children have been killed in drone strikes. Could you please name any known media outlet in the States who had broadcasted exclusive transmissions for children being killed in Pakistan. I agree that they are not racists and inhuman but I also recognize the fact that they are unaware of facts!
Syed Ahmed
December 19, 2012 4:17 pm
"There can scarcely be a person on earth with access to the media who is untouched by the grief of the people of that town." Neither President of US nor Pakistan is grieved over killing of children by Drones in Pakistan.
SwamyG
December 19, 2012 1:49 pm
Obama cares for children in his country - at least. Pakistanis should care for their children (and adults) first. Pakistani politicians care for themselves. They neither care for their citizens nor for the innocent lives of the citizens the terrorists they supported and support kill everywhere.
Different View
December 19, 2012 8:49 pm
You cannot be any more wrong about the issue being discussed. It is between US and Pakistan. You don't need to bring India in the picture. The US is still continuing with the drone attack because Pakistan can not or will not deal with the terrorism. Pakistan should stop pretending that they are weak and deal with the terrorists on their land. This is real hypocrisy.
Shazia Arain
December 19, 2012 4:19 pm
Does our own President ever shed a tear fro the children killed in Pakistan? I am amazed atthe criticism of President Obama, who is a great president for his country, Please criticize our own leaders fro the ill fate of our kids, Has Zardari every shed a tear fro the kids killed in our country ??? why do we expect an American PResident to shed a tear for our kids when our own leaders dont give a hoot!... Stop blaming US for all the evil in our country.. look around we our selves are responsible for the hell-hole we have turned our country in. !!!
Mohsin
December 19, 2012 2:44 pm
Isn't it irony that that author of this article is not a Pakistani? I don't recall any condemning article on the casualties each drone attach presents to us by any Pakistani journalist. We all are so dead from inside, including our so called 'independent' media.
Rae
December 20, 2012 9:17 am
Some of these comments are honestly embarrassing to read. Obviously Obama is not the Pakistani president, but the fact that he stood on a podium and cried over deaths that he couldn't prevent whereas he ORDERS drone strikes in Pakistan that have maimed and killed dozens of Pakistani children isdisgusting. Our first job is to take care of our children right? Well, in the face of our Commander-In-Chief's foreign policy Pakistani parents are stripped of the ability to do this.
salman
December 20, 2012 10:38 am
Wrong Reporting...It should be ..."No Zardari tears for children killed by drones in Pakistan"
Naseer
December 20, 2012 9:32 pm
It should actually be no Zardari tears, no Nawaz Sharif tears, no Imran Khan tears for the children killed in Pakistan.
meher raza
December 20, 2012 10:49 pm
President of Pakistan ,Zardari should be visiting their parents and shedding tears. He is responsible for what is happening in Pakistan.Drones are not the only object killing children, Taliban and other fanatics killing children and adults everyday. No one is taking any notice, culprits are never caught and human beings are trashed without any respect or sympathy!
Asif
December 20, 2012 11:06 pm
Exactly my thoughts. Totally agree with the writer.
Sam
December 21, 2012 1:22 am
It is the sole responsibility of Pakistani Army and Pakistani governemnt to protect its tax payers.Obama have no obligation to proctect Pakistani citizens or Pakistani tax payers.Why we are asking for mercy from others?
Silajit
December 21, 2012 10:34 pm
The death of children at the hands of drones is because the establishment claims that they lack the ability to attack Taliban terrorists that kill Afghan men, women and children.?
Ghazi
December 22, 2012 1:10 am
Why do we expect Obama to have tears in his eyes, for drone killings there should be tears in the eyes of Zardari and the prime Minister of Pakistan, but they are too shameless to get tears in there eyes.
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