The cold-blooded killing of Pakistani civilians in a push-button, PlayStation-style drone war is not just immoral and perhaps illegal, it is futile and self-defeating from a security point of view. Take Faisal Shahzad, the so-called Times Square bomber. One of the first things the Pakistani-born US citizen said upon his arrest was: "How would you feel if people attacked the United States? You are attacking a sovereign Pakistan." Asked by the judge at his trial as to how he could justify planting a bomb near innocent women and children, Shahzad responded by saying that US drone strikes "don't see children, they don't see anybody. They kill women, children, they kill everybody." [X]
(Sadly I cannot take credit for the title of this post; I snatched it from the comments section of an article on Bradley Manning.)
I had planned on posting part 2 of my WikiLeaks post yesterday but I got caught up in a whirlwind of related articles and videos. After many hours of reading nearly every link I came across, I ended up with little but a giant mess of quotes. I'm burnt out at the moment, but I'll polish it up soon. In the meantime, here are a few interesting numbers to interpret however you see fit.
By looking up "list of terrorist incidents" in Wikipedia (selecting each year individually) I was able to count up the number of attacks on America during the period 01/01/93 - 12/31/10. Atop the article for each specific year Wikipedia notes the incompleteness of the corresponding list, so take the numbers I've compiled below with however many grains of salt you wish, though keep in mind that nearly every attack on U.S. soil is likely accounted for (save for possibly the tail end of 2010). Included are thwarted attempts - such as the shoe bomber - as well as the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi.
(See the comments section for a few more details.)
Terrorist attacks in/on the United States before (and including) 9/11 (9 year span):
By Islamic fundamentalists: 10
By Americans: 8
Terrorist attacks in/on the United States after 9/11 (9 year span):
By Islamic fundamentalists: 11
By Americans: 10