The following is the except of an article by
Jason Ditz and it's Chinese translation:
On January 1, 2009, a US drone strike killed
two senior al-Qaeda leaders, the first in what then President-elect
Barack Obama had said would be a dramatic escalation of the
aerial bombardment of Pakistan’s tribal area.
And escalate it did. The US launched 44 distinct
drone strikes in Pakistan in 2009.
The actual successes (of
the air strike missions) are few and far between, with only
five confirmed kills of real militant leaders.
The vast majority of the deaths, around 700
according to one estimate, have been innocent civilians.
With such a massive civilian toll and so little to show for
it, it is no wonder that Pakistani people have been up in
arms over the continued strikes.
But US officials have rarely commented on the
drone strikes, except on those rare occasions when they actually
kill someone meaningful, and seem completely ambivalent to
the hundreds of innocent people killed in the meantime. The
ultimate example of this was June 22-23.
On June 22, the US struck at a house officials
called a “suspected militant hideout,” burying a few locals
inside. When others rushed to the scene to rescue them, they
launched another missile, killing 13 apparently innocent
Pakistanis. When they held a funeral procession on June 23,
the US hit that too, ostensibly on the belief that Baitullah
Mehsud might be among the mourners. He wasn’t, but the attack
killed at least 80 more people.
Chinese Commune of 21th Century