The administration of US President Barack Obama oversees assassination drone strikes in Pakistan to protect Washington’s “80-billion-dollar drug empire,” an American intelligence analyst tells Press TV.
In an interview with Press TV on Sunday, Gordon Duff, the senior editor at Veterans Today, said that the drone attacks in Pakistan are not carried out to target suspected militants and that the “real issue, the justice of war, the respect for Pakistan’s sovereignty are never brought up.”
“If one looks at this quite honestly, there is no reason for American involvement in Pakistan other than to protect an 80-billion-dollar drug empire. That’s what we’re really doing.”
“We have built no police force. We have built no army. We have no consensus government. We have no policies. We have found no weapons of mass destruction. We have found no members of al-Qaeda. We certainly did not find the people responsible for 9/11 as they were never as any person of common sense knows. We are there for another reason,” Duff said.
“We are there to make money. We are there to steal, and we are there to grow opium, process it into heroin and distribute it around the world - nothing else.”
Despite Islamabad’s repeated calls on Washington to end the drone attacks, the US continues the strikes on tribal regions of Pakistan.
The United Nations says the assassination drone strikes in Pakistan pose a growing challenge to the international rule of law.
Washington claims the attacks target militants, but casualty figures clearly indicate that Pakistani civilians are the main victims.
On November 24, the New York Times
reported that the US has been drawing up a formal rulebook that would give the new administration “clear standards and procedures” to continue the targeted killing program.
Referring to the report, the American commentator said the issue of the rulebook is a “war crime.”
“There has to be an accountability on behalf of anyone that violates the rights and sovereignty of any nation and any people, and the United States can no longer be above the law,” Duff said.