Protest Against U.S. Missile Attack in Pakistan

January 22, 2006

On January 14-15, hundreds of thousands of people throughout Pakistan demonstrated against a U.S. missile attack on the village of Damadola, in the Bajaur area in northwest Pakistan.

On January 13, a U.S. airstrike against the village killed at least 30 people. Reporters told of many ruined houses, mud-brick rubble scattered across fields, and the bodies of humans and livestock lying close to the airblast. Four children were among those killed as they slept in their homes. The attack was carried out without any prior notification to the Pakistani government.

Anti-U.S. protests were held in every big city in the country, with largescale demonstrations in Karachi and Islamabad, the capital. Demonstrators not only denounced the U.S. attack and the violation of Pakistan sovereignty, but demanded that their government end its cooperation with U.S. imperialism. The Pakistan government, confronted by these massive protests, issued an official condemnation of the U.S. military strike.

The U.S. military admitted that the village was attacked by pilotless "Predator" drones controlled by the CIA. White House officials, as well as U.S. U.S. senators, both Republicans and Democrats, boasted that the attack was "successful," "clearly justified," and that such attacks would "continue against terrorists in the region."

On January 18, the Reuters news agency reported that the U.S. military has been increasing its use of pilotless drones in "targeted-killings" throughout the Afghan-Pakistan border. Scores of civilians have been killed in numerous incidents during the past six months.

Currently, hundreds of U.S. troops are operating inside Pakistan, and over 18,000 U.S. troops are in Afghanistan, fighting largely in the south and east of the country, in areas bordering Pakistan.

This brazen violation of Pakistan's sovereignty and brutal murder of Pakistani citizens again shows U.S. imperialism is an outlaw, aggressor regime prepared to launch preemptive military strikes against any and every country.