Suicide attack in South Waziristan
A lot has been said about the links between drone attacks and suicide bombing, how drone attacks are leading to a marked increase in support for the Taliban in the areas affected.
The problem with this argument is that it implicitly blames the people of Waziristan for the suicide bombings in the rest of the country. But what this argument lacks is an acknowledgment of the misery of the people who live under the yoke of the Taliban. Yes, Waziristan is suffering from drones, but more so it is suffering from the atrocities of the Taliban.
As this recent suicide bombing in the Shakai Village of Waziristan shows, ordinary people in the tribal areas are as much a target as someone else in the country. If these bombers are solely motivated by revenge for the drone strikes, then why would they attack their own villages and people?