Chimp downs a drone, puts Pakistan military to shame
(First published on Radical Sister blog April 12th 2015)
For years the Pakistan government has spurted rhetoric on drones violating Pakistan airspace and killing civilians whilst doing nothing practical to change this situation. It was stated at a UN conference by a representative from Pakistan that since Zarb -e-Asb military operations were launched in June 2014, US drone strikes (using Predator designed by an Israeli) were no longer needed. Pakistan now has its own drone Burraq but only today DAWN media reported,
“at least four suspected militants were killed when a US drone fired two missiles at a hideout in South Waziristan tribal region’s Shawal area along the Pak-Afghan border on Sunday.”
and also with regard to earlier drone strikes,
“in an audio message released Sunday, Usama Mahmood identified the dead as deputy chief Ahmed Farooq and Qari Imran, in charge of the group’s Afghan affairs.
Mahmood says a Jan. 5 drone strike in North Waziristan killed Imran, while a later drone strike killed Farooq.”
Research shows that drones are counterproductive with some counter -terrorist experts now recognizing and writing on this fact. Drones incite retaliation violence and radicalize youth as was shown in a recent video of a militant camp in Pakistan where family members of drone victims were being trained to take revenge.
Anti-drone campaigners have repeatedly asked why drones that cross into national airspace are not downed by Pakistan that boasts of the competence of its Armed Forces. Pakistan is said to have the capabilities to take down a drone but appears not to have the motivation despite loud protestations of annoyance when it suits. Hypocrisy reigns supreme.
Champion chimp shows who’s boss
They government and Armed Forces could perhaps take a lesson from a chimpanzee that was not prepared to have his/her airspace violated. The chimp at Royal Burgers Zoo in the Netherlands asserted superiority over humans showing it was not about to tolerate being spied on. The fearless ape went into attack mode knocking a drone out of the air with a stick and even managed to film the incident. Chimps may be captive in an enclosure but clearly they are more liberated than their human counterparts see following video link,
As the Telegraph reported,
“having little care for such superfluous technology, the chimp prepared to ambush the drone mid-flight.
As the drone passed by one of the trees the chimp came into view armed with a branch, with which it expertly smacked the drone out of the air.”
The drone was destroyed after footage was taken.
Perhaps Pakistan military could benefit from using this demonstration of strength and determination as a training video. The chimp was not afraid to tackle his/her masters and show who was boss whereas Pakistani military minds on the other hand appear enslaved by those who hold them captive with US dollars.
Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad . She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.