PESHAWAR, 2nd January 2010: Of the 44 predator strikes carried out by US drones in the tribal areas of Pakistan over the past 12 months, only five were able to hit their actual targets, killing five key Al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders, but at the cost of over 700 innocent civilians.In other words, President Obama has surpassed even his predecessor’s murderous record in Pakistan.
According to the statistics compiled by Pakistani authorities, the Afghanistan-based US drones killed 708 people in 44 predator attacks targeting the tribal areas between January 1 and December 31, 2009. For each Al Qaeda and Taliban terrorist killed by US drones, 140 innocent Pakistanis were also killed. Over 90 per cent of those killed in the deadly missile strikes were civilians"
His reward? - The Nobel Peace Prize for 2009.
George Orwell was right - his '1984' was just a little premature, that's all.
So, as the first decade of the new century closes, "War really IS peace. Ignorance really IS strength and Freedom really IS slavery" - with the massed sheeple of the Western World still lapping up Big Brother's narrative of the way things are and are meant to be.
Hat-tip to Pulse