“The worst catastrophe to hit any state since Biblical times” – as created, in part, by the U.S. military.
FERYAL ALI GAUHAR: So, he actually mentioned to me that the River Indus, which is one of the largest rivers in the world, carrying now a volume of water which has not been known in contemporary history, was breached on the left bank deliberately in order to protect the base, which is on the right bank. And the breaching caused, consequentially, the inundation of an entire district, which resulted in the displacement of millions, not thousands, but millions, because we have 170 million people in the country, and this particular district is one of the most densely populated. So, yes, there is a connect between, you know, what is considered to be a natural disaster, but then the management of that disaster is not natural at all.
AMY GOODMAN: And this is a base that is used, run by US military, to run its drone attacks?
FERYAL ALI GAUHAR: Oh, absolutely. In fact, it is a base where non-US military personnel are not allowed.
This is pretty alarming:
Robert Gates on drones:
Militant groups, as opposed to other countries, were a bigger concern when it came to the spread of drone technology.
“My worry would be capabilities like this getting into the hands of non-state actors who could use them for terrorist purposes,” Gates said.
Worse than Haiti, but almost totally off the radar – unsurprising, perhaps, given that the U.S. contributed to the disaster. Ways to help here.