With the United States relying on the use of drones to target Islamic extremists, Nonresident Senior Fellow Akbar Ahmed writes in his new book, The Thistle and the Drone, that what began as the war on terror after the 9/11 attacks is now a war against tribal Islam. Ahmed explains that women are the innocent victims who suffer the most and argues that America must re-evaluate its war on terror and use proper methods to attack the right enemy.
The impact of the drones has been devastating and counterproductive.
We are destroying an entire generation of human beings who are completely innocent.
The enemy is not the ordinary tribesman. The enemy are the criminals.
The objective of this kind of [safe zones] project may be described as fundamentally humanitarian, but the reality is that any number of parties, starting with the Assad regime and the Islamic State, are going to see it as a threat, and that’s going to make it a target instead of a safe place.