Spreading the War over all of Central Asia, is that the U.S. policy? Leon Panetta can stop this from happening, he should not allow Drone attacks in Quetta, Balochistan. Leon, we know you as a person, a fine husband,father, brother, son and uncle, and grandfather(?). You worked hard for the U.S. government all of your adult life. As a staffer in the Civil Rights Office in Nixon’ White House (where you resigned in disgust) to a Member of Congress from the Central Coast of California; to Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Clinton; to Chief of Staff to President Clinton; to the co-founder with your partner and wife Sylvia, the Panetta Foundation; and now, we don’t know you as Central Intelligence Agency Chief, the head of the CIA.
You are from an Italian family. Your roots go back to tribes similar to those in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and most of Central Asia. You can stop the death of innocents due to Drone attacks. It is an inhuman weapon. It is directed to fire on a home by “intelligence” that someone that you want dead is there. But you don’t know for sure. You order the Hellfire Missile to be fired, the President agrees, and more people are killed. Please do not spread this to Quetta, the capitol of Balochistan. It will mean the end to the current Pakistan Government, and will cause your supply lines to be cut off from Pakistan to Afghanistan. A humanity and tactical error of great magnitude. Leon, help End this War. Come up with a strategy to accomplish what you want without putting so many millions of people in jeopardy and starvation. Let the Pope be your guide. Please, Leon, do what is right, you’ve been doing that All Your Life. Many of your liberal supporters on the Central Coast of California call upon you to lead us out of this trouble [Leon, this is John from 1976 writing this to you]. You can do it. Yes, you can. Reader, call Leon Panetta at (703) 482-0623, CIA headquarters, leave a message: Don’t attack Quetta, End the War(s).
Why send Killer Drones to Quetta? On a hunch? On faulty intelligence? Are you told by Indian spies that Mullah Omar is there? The Prime Minister of Balochistan tells you what he knows, they are not in Quetta.
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Quetta History: The following paragraph was taken from The City District Government Quetta website.Go visit the site. It is in English and very well done. See what we are about to destroy, chasing ghosts….Quetta district is ethnically diverse. A colourful culture can be seen in the district. The district is multilingual in the sense that there are five major ethnic groups, and each group has its own cultural values. They are Pashtoons, Balochs, Brahuis, Hazaras and Punjabis. Some other minor ethnic groups like Urdu speaking Mehajirs and Sindhis are also living in the city. The mode of living differs from group to group. In the urban area except Kachi Abadis, the way of living is somewhat modern especially among the wealthier people. In the rural area, the style of living is more traditional.
Over 750,000 people, just like you and me and our families, our children, our aunts and uncles, our in-laws, our grandparents, our parents, our sisters and brothers are all about to be torn apart and some killed. The Swat Valley residents still have not fully returned, and over 2 Million were ‘displaced’ prior to the Military action there by Pakistan and our Drones. Over 125,000 have left the South Waziristan area all ready and are now ‘displaced’, in anticipation to the Pakistan Military shellings prior to the invasion planned there, and the American Drones coming and killing.
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Action You can Take:
Congress Should Vote “No” on 2010 Military Budget! To reach the U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121 Leave a message: Vote No on the Military budget. End the War(s). Reader, call Leon Panetta at (703) 482-0623, CIA headquarters, leave a message: Don’t attack Quetta, End the War(s).
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