I found the article on the high civilian death toll in Pakistan drone sights extremely unsettling and actually had to take time to reflect before responding to it because of my mixed feelings on the topic as a whole. Initially, hearing that innocent people are being killed for something out of their control is of course upsetting, and I immediately sympathized with the Pakistanis who live in these dangerous and highly turbulent situations. These individuals are in constant fear that they will be the next target of a drone strike and have had to witness and cope with the death of family members and friends in their community who have no connection to the terrorists the drones are really after. In addition, the strikes are increasing hostility in the area and possibly producing more terrorists. It is easy as a compassionate and emotional human being then to want to end the drone strikes all together, but after some thought and further reading I do not know if this is the best solution.
As stated in the article, drone strikes are possibly the most effective way to get rid of terrorist groups, and experts in the field believe that other options may actually kill more innocent civilians than the drones. Also, in my personal opinion, the drone strikes are not worse than what the Pakistani government is doing to its citizens by allowing terrorist organizations to function and train in their country. President Asif Ali Zardari admitted in 2010 that the Pakistani government had at some point in time established terrorist organizations to achieve short term goals and that the members of the groups were held in high regard in society. Additionally, it is thought that the intelligence agency and government are supporting the terrorist groups that the drones are targeting and allowing them to practice their fighting and terrorist tactics in Pakistan, despite the fact that they know their very own citizens are dying as a direct result. In my personal opinion the fact that the government values terrorism and violence over the lives of the innocent people living in the country makes it harder to want to stop drone strikes. The people making these decisions to continue building militant groups that use terrorist tactics need to be put out of power and this may actually be the most efficient way to get the job done and if America won’t do it, who will?