by Joe Scarry
The 2013 CODEPINK Drones Summit has made it clear to me that the global movement against drones is happening.
I opened my computer this morning to see this image:
|Imran Khan addressing a massive crowd at the #PakistanAgainstDrones
protest at Peshawar yesterday. (Photo via @AhmerMurad)
This is a rally in Pakistan to stop US drone killings. (In fact, it has morphed into a movement to resist NATO military operations in the region.) Many of us who weren’t in Pakistan participated in this protest by holding rallies where we were (for instance, in London), or by participating virtually via the #PakistanAgainstDrones campaign on Twitter.
|A huge turnout outside the US Embassy in London. (via @SorayaAziz)|
The New York Times gave front page coverage yesterday to the testimony of Faisal bin Ali Jaber from Yemen when he came to Washington, DC, to tell people first-hand about US drone strikes killing peacemakers in his home country.
|Faisal bin Ali Jaber (NY Times)|
Of course, some activists have an easier time getting a hearing than others.
|Malala Yousafi at the White House: “I also expressed my concerns that
drone attacks are fueling terrorism. Innocent victims are killed in these
acts, and they lead to resentment among the Pakistani people. If we
refocus efforts on education it will make a big impact.”
The CODEPINK summit itself, in addition to hosting Faisal and his colleagues, brought forward the voices of speakers from Pakistan and Afghanistan. In addition, we learned about the efforts ofactivists in Germany to resist the US drone command center there that focuses on Africa. And, of course, we heard about the great work of Drones Wars UK to resist British drone militarism, particularly in Afghanistan.
So . . . where else in the world is the movement against drones taking off?
Five big realizations I’m taking away from the 2013 CODEPINK Drone Summit “Drones Around the Globe: Proliferation and Resistance” in Washington, DC.
The biggest idea coming out of the 2013 Drone Summit? We will only deal successfully with the crimes being committed using drones when we understand them as part of the much larger war against communities of color . . . .
A new U.N. report makes it clear that the U.S. has to report fully on all its drone attacks.