His assessment of U.S. drone war echoes that made by others of its victims: that it terrorizes communities; kills those not even targeted for death, including women and children; and is counterproductive.
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“I know the Americans think me an opponent of their drone wars. They are right; I am. Singling out people to assassinate, and killing nine of our innocent children for each person they target, is a crime of unspeakable proportions. Their policy is as foolish as it is criminal, as it radicalizes the very people we are trying to calm down,” he writes.
“All I want is for the West to stop trying to kill me, my family and my colleagues with the North Waziristan Peace Committee. They have tried to kill me four times, and my children are terrified. This Kill List is just making things far worse in my homeland,” Jalal added in statement released by human rights organization Reprieve, which is representing him.
Reprieve describes the U.S. drone war as “the death penalty without trial,” and has worked with some of its victims to achieve justice.
Clive Stafford Smith, director of the organization, said, “Malik Jalal puts a very human face on the horror of this policy,” and urged British Prime Minister David Cameron to “order a full and transparent inquiry into the Kill List.”
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism estimates that CIA drones strikes in Pakistan may have killed nearly 4,000 people since 2004, including roughly 200 children. And just 10 of the at least 60 people killed by 13 such strikes in 2015 have been identified, the Bureau reported.
But as author Tom Engelhardt wrote last year, “In the twenty-first-century world of drone warfare, one question with two aspects reigns supreme: Who counts? In Washington, the answers are the same: We don’t count and they don’t count.” He wrote:
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