London, UK, January 24 2009 – In his inaugural address, President Obama said “to the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect”, yet his opening salvo has been to kill more innocent civilians in yesterday’s missile strikes in Pakistan. This continuation of the Bush policy shows Obama is more a change of style than a change of substance.
Reacting to this latest attacks, Taji Mustafa, media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain said, “The 21 bodies recovered from the latest US missile strikes are Obama’s idea of a ‘new way forward’ with the Muslim world. Obama continues Bush’s undeclared war on Pakistan because America is a capitalist state with a colonial foreign policy that seeks to maintain her domination and exploitation of the Muslim world. US Presidents come and go, policies may be amended, but there will be no real change.”
“Despite these and previous US missile strikes, there is now abundant evidence that the Pakistani government continues to allow the transit of US arms and supply oil from its refineries to the US war machine in Afghanistan. The Pakistani government is complicit in the murder of its own citizens, just like the Arab rulers were complicit in Israel’s massacre in Gaza. This is despite the fact that Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain’s delegation warned Pakistan’s London ambassador that the quickest way to stop American attacks is to cut US supply lines and fuel from Pakistan.”