Seedoo’s Blog on DAWN.com a Pakistani News site

Seedoo's Blog on DAWN.com a Pakistani News site

Blogger Seedoo post on October 2012 DAWN.com’s article “Drone strikes in Orakzai kill 16 suspected militants”, argues that drones are an unfortunate necessity in Pakistan until the Pakistani government declares open war against the TTP. Seedoo supports this claim by listing the agencies necessary to have a uniform commitment to defeat the TTP and a metaphor of one’s house being in order. His purpose is to refute blogger’s Amhed’s claim that Drones are not the solution in order to illustrate that there are certain prerequisites Pakistan’s government must enact before it can be independent of U.S drone intervention. He establishes an understanding relationship with his audience of fellow bloggers who are predominantly Pakistani yet read and write in English so probably are classically educated and see their way of life threatened by TTP activity.

Bill Roggiro on Military Drones CSPAN interview

Bill Roggiro on Military Drones CSPAN interview

Caption: Bill Roggio in his April 2012 interview on Military Drone Use aired on C-SPAN Washington Journal explains why the US has expanded authority and adopted the use of “signature strikes”. Roggio informs his audience by including drone statistics, official statements, and from work his news journal, the Long War. His purpose is to abate growing fears of drone activity and expansion in order to offer a clearer public understanding of a complicated and intricate military initiative. He establishes a concerned relationship with his audience of politically involved viewers that are worried about military action and may not fully understand how drones work are and what drones may mean for national security.

Pakistan, Afghanistan and Battlestar Galactica

P.W Singer’s March 2011 interview by TEDTalk in response to the speech above argues that we should asking ‘the critical questions” like ‘what is right or wrong’ with modern warfare techniques and claiming this discussion “does not need to be talked about solely with the military”. Singer supports his argument by including science fiction metaphors, military statistics and experience, and research from his book Wired for War. His purpose is to raise awareness of the effectiveness of Drone warfare in order to include more than just military personal in a public discussion about drones. Singer establishes an authoritative relationship with a highly-educated audience that are probably politically involved and want national security and safety from possible terrorist threats.

This interview is included to explain the technical side of the Drone warfare from someone who is now published on the subject. TEDTalks is an excellent source for information and understands interesting conversations that need to be had – therefor for me it was vital to include a source from TEDTalks. Singer’s speech was pathos driven yet rung true also with his research which kept the argument based in logic.

Singer, P.W, (2009, April 3) Video Interview with TedTalks; “Pakistan, Afghanistan and Battlestar Galactica”

Singer, P.W (2009, February). Military Robots and the Future of War.Presented at TedTalks <http://blog.ted.com/2009/04/03/pakistan_afgani/>

Peace Protest

Peace Protest

A Majeed’s photo captures Imran Khan’s rally for peace in Pakistan October 2012, he asserts that Pakistan needs peace – which Imran Khan can bring to Pakistan. Majeed supports his assertion by highlighting Imran Khan’s as a leader of people’s rights, Majeed focuses the Image on Imran Khan . Majeed’s purpose is to inform his Al Jazeera audience about the Imran Khan anti-drone peaceprtoest in order to demand that peace for Pakistan is an important matter that can be accomplished by electing Imran Khan to a central government position. Majeed establishes a empathetic relationship with his audience of pakistani’s and other middle-eastern people who find the U.S intervention in middle-east affairs threatening.

A Majeed “Anti-Drone Protests in Pakistan” , October 7 2012, published by Al Jazeera a GETTY image

Unlikely Friends

Unlikly Friends

The Onion’s satirical article “Pakistani Boy, US Drone form Unlikely Friendship” on November 2, 2012 suggests that the Pakistani and American relationship is strained. This claim is supported by the Onion’s fictional story of a Pakistani boy and Drone becoming friends and the comical image above grabs viewer’s attention. The purpose of this article is to raise awareness of Pakistan’s distrust and dwindling relationship with the US in order to call for better Pakistani relations. There is a affable relationship with the audience of readers who are casual enough to not be offended by America’s personification in this article but understand the importance of foreign relations.

The ONION, “Pakistani Boy, U.S Drone Form Unlikely Friendship” November 2, 2012, issue 48-44

Dronestagram: The Drone’s Eye View

Dronestagram: The Drone's Eye View

James Bridle posted Nov 8 2012, the blog ‘Dronstagragm: The Drone’s Eye View’ argues that these locations (Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan) are not so ‘foreign’ – these are places where real people live and are under attack. Bridle’s argument is supported by the inclusion of actual photo’s from drones found from reputable sources within the U.K Bureau of Investigative Journalism. His purpose is to add pathos to the drone discussion and elicit viewer’s sympathy for people who live in these conflict areas in order to gain signatures on the ‘drone wars UK’s petitions to end the secrecy around British drone strikes’ attached the site. Bridle establishes an encouraging relationship with the audience of readers who have an internet presence like Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram who engage in online discussions of politics and foreign policies.

US Drones ‘causing mental trauma’ in Pakistan

Al Jazeera’s December 2011 video “US Drones ‘causing mental trauma’ in Pakistan, argues that “escalating drone strikes targeting armed groups injure many ordinary people” in Pakistan. Al Jazeera supports this claim by including footage from inside a mental hospital with victims of PTSD, quotes from those victims, and statistics of the civilian causalities since 2004. The purpose of this video is to raise awareness of the mental consequences of drone strikes in Pakistan villages in order to elicit sympathy for these victims to end drone strikes in Pakistan. There is a sympathetic relationship established with the Al Jazeera audience who – being mostly from the Middle-east, can identify with the ravages of this conflict and would be touched by the sad footage.

http://www.aljazeera.com/video/asia/2011/12/201112136012364220.html

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