Original Proposal - The Thistle and The Drone - July 10th

Our focus for July 10th will be The Thistle and The Drone: How America's War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam by Akbar Ahmed ($24.32 + shipping hard cover & $18.12 kindle edition from Amazon.com -- 369 pages excluding notes & index).

The former Pakistani-Government Administrator of South Waziristan (the tribal area often called the most dangerous place on earth), Akbar Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C. He was the former Pakistani High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (NB: The Ambassador of one member of the British Commonwealth to another member of the British Commonwealth is known as the High Commissioner rather than as the Ambassador), the first Distinguished Chair of Middle East Studies at the U.S. Naval Academy, and is a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Among his previous books are Journey into Islam and Journey into America, both published by Brookings. He is also a published poet and playwright.

AT THE REQUEST OF PAKISTAN, RUSSIA AND CHINA, the United Nations launched last January an investigation of the U.S. drone-assassination program. The report is scheduled to be submitted to the U.N. General Assembly in October.

TOM BROKAW SAID ON MEET THE PRESS 4/21/2013: “And I think we also have to examine the use of drones that the United States is involved and -- and there are a lot of civilians who are innocently killed in a drone attack in Pakistan, in Afghanistan, and in Iraq. And I can tell you having spent a lot of time over there, young people will come up to me on the streets and say we love America. If you harm one hair on the -- on the head of my sister, I will fight you forever and there is enormous rage against what they see in that part of the world as a presumptuousness of the United States.”
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