Mon May 7, 2012 2:15PM GMT
“These drone strikes create more terrorists. So, the war will keep going on and the question is who profits? And the answer to that is… the officers, the senior generals, arms makers, and arms dealers,” he said in an interview with Press TV’s US Desk on Sunday.
“The arms dealers will give heavy contributions to both political parties and the people in Congress who remained in office,” McGovern added.
The analyst also criticized the former administration of George W. Bush and incumbent Barack Obama for disregarding international law over the attacks.
“The US regime behavior towards international law is a very difficult issue to address,” he said.
McGovern said the attacks are carried out by the Central Intelligence Agency to avoid clear violation of international law.
“The US drones in Pakistan run by the CIA, why is the CIA running those drone strikes, not the Air Force? It’s very simple,” he said.
“If the Air Force did it, it would be a clear violation of international law since we are not at war with Pakistan,” the analyst added.
The aerial attacks, initiated by former US President George W. Bush, have escalated under incumbent Obama.
The US regularly uses the unmanned aircraft for attacks and spying missions in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal belt near the Afghan border, Afghanistan, Somalia, and Yemen.
Washington claims that the unmanned aircraft target militants and their strongholds, but victims of such attacks have been predominantly civilians.
In an interview with Press TV, Pakistani human rights lawyer Shahzad Akbar said over 2,800 of the 3,000 people killed over the past seven years in non-UN-sanctioned US assassination drone strikes in Pakistan were civilians.
The director of the Foundation for Fundamental Rights said only 170 of the people killed in the aerial attacks on the northwestern tribal belt of Pakistan have been identified as militants.
That means that “over 2,800 people were civilians, whose identities are not known, and they have just been killed on suspicion of being militants,” Akbar said.
The killing of Pakistani civilians, including women and children, in the US drone strikes have strained relations between the two allies, prompting Pakistani officials to send warnings to the US administration over the assaults.
- Drone strike kills 10 Pakistani militants (abc.net.au)
- Obama Orders Drone Strike in Pakistan; Kills 8 (waronterrornews.typepad.com)
- Drone Attacks: The Latest Aspect of Growing US “Shadow Warfare” (veteranstoday.com)
- Counter-terrorism official says drones help prevent deeper conflicts (latimesblogs.latimes.com)
- U.S. Drone strikes taking a heavy toll on Al Qaeda leaders and operatives (markosun.wordpress.com)