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The Big Bad Wolf

Published May 20, 2012 01:00am


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LOOK away now if a certain kind of green and white and crescent and star flows through your veins.

Right, for those with the stomach, let’s try and take on some myths.

For a decade, we’ve been told that the US is the Big Bad Wolf. Don’t take your eyes off her, she’ll tear you to pieces and gobble up your young.

The US wants to break Pakistan. The US wants to invade Pakistan. The US wants to steal Pakistan’s nukes. The US wants to undermine Muslim Pakistan.

And through it all, Pakistan has been the ultimate almost-victim: vulnerable and weak but in the final analysis saved from the very worst machinations of the outside world by the self-appointed custodians of the national interest.

Since 9/11, that’s essentially been the public narrative. The US has looked for ways to corner Pakistan and Pakistan has wriggled away each time before the death grip could be applied.

So thorough has been the permeation of that very deliberate message across Pakistani society that you can only whisper a contrarian thought: what exactly has the US asked of Pakistan since 9/11 that has been or is fundamentally inimical to the interests of this country?

In Afghanistan, inside Pakistan and with India or the US itself, what have the scheming and manipulative enemies of Pakistan in the US asked of this country or wanted to do to this country that truly and unquestionably was meant to hurt Pakistan?

Remove the lens of paranoia and the Big Bad Wolf that we’ve all been told we must be scared of has mostly been chasing its own tail. And when it has snarled and snapped at Pakistan, it’s never really threatened to bite.

But, we are told again and again in subtle and not-so-subtle ways, the US is really out to harm Pakistan, to destroy Pakistan even, and we have to do everything in our power to thwart a wily and powerful enemy.

Yet, what is the actual record of American bullying and intimidation over the past decade? And how far has the US pushed Pakistan on anything?

The Pakistani narrative of fear and victimhood begins with 9/11. The US invaded Afghanistan and it was terrible for Pakistan because it upended our interests in Afghanistan and turbocharged militancy in the region with devastating consequences for this country.

But history doesn’t begin with 9/11. To anyone who cared to look, the wheels had already started to come off the vehicle that was Pakistan’s foreign and national security policies in the 1990s.

The US came and knocked out the Taliban government in Afghanistan and this was bad for Pakistan — but whose Pakistan? Yours or mine? Or the imagined Pakistan of the paranoid and insecure?

No, no, we are told, you can’t wrap your head around this stuff, you don’t understand how states operate and the nasty things they have to do sometimes and the even nastier things that some of them want to do.

What are these nasty things that the US has wanted Pakistan to do?

Help stabilise Afghanistan by preventing the resurgence of the Afghan Taliban. Deny space to militants seeking sanctuary in Balochistan and Fata. Roll back the infrastructure of jihad that has proliferated in Pakistan.

Which part of this is supposed to hurt Pakistan?

No, no, we are told, Pakistan exists in a tough neighbourhood and it has to do whatever’s necessary to protect itself. The Trojans had nothing on the Americans; everything they say and demand is really designed to undermine us.

But if becoming a global hub of jihad and all things regressive and parochial is what’s supposed to keep us safe, then perhaps we are better off not being safe.

The further down the rabbit hole of paranoia and insecurity you go, the more peculiar it all becomes.

What about Raymond Davis and all those contractors running around Pakistan, the self-styled defenders of Pakistan argue. Surely, they are here to defang our nukes, blow up cities and steal babies.

And didn’t the OBL raid prove that the Americans will do anything to embarrass Pakistan and nothing to treat it like an ally?

Yet, here we are, a decade down the road, several months after we closed the supposed lifeline to Afghanistan, and the US is still looking to engage Pakistan.

India, the one we feared would team up with the US in Afghanistan, has not taken over Afghanistan yet.

No one has gone after Pakistan’s nukes and few Americans even talk about them as an issue anymore.

We rail against drone strikes and their frequency drops.

North Waziristan is the hub of terrorism and militancy and nothing meaningful has been done to shut down the Haqqani network or interdict the Quetta Shura on this side of the border — and yet the ‘do more’ mantra of the Americans has subsided.

We fear the Americans will shut us out of negotiations with the Afghan Taliban and hurt our prospects in a post-war Afghanistan — but they keep looking to Pakistan to facilitate discussions.

Some in Congress mutter about cutting off aid to Pakistan but the vast majority of legislators and policymakers continue to reject the idea.

Strip away the prejudice and paranoia and the Big Bad Wolf doesn’t look so menacing after all. But there is a problem: we keep nudging the US into picking up the stick.

Take the supply route closure. When Salala was seized on as an opportunity to settle scores over May 2, we ended up playing our trump card — only to realise it wasn’t worth as much as we thought.

It’s to our enduring luck that we miscalculated. Had the supply route in fact been critical and its reopening an urgent necessity, we may not have been treated so leniently for being viewed as spoilers by the international community.

Perhaps it’s too late in the game for Pakistanis to wrap their heads around the idea that the US isn’t the Big Bad Wolf that they’ve been told it is.

But we could do ourselves a favour and begin to realise that Pakistan, as articulated by the paranoid and the insecure, is a Danger To Itself.

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Cyrus Howell May 20, 2012 01:52pm
Just because we are paranoid, that does not mean there is no one out to get us.
sanjith May 20, 2012 01:53pm
the biggest problem with Pakistan is that it cannot gauge world opinion. Either the people in power are cretins, or they have fallen into the trap of their own propaganda.
Cyrus Howell May 20, 2012 01:48pm
"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. ... -- Sir Winston Churchill
lubna May 20, 2012 02:53pm
Look at the paragraph where USA want three things from pakistan which according to me almeida are good for pakistan.the American demands are help in controlling resurgence of afghan taliban,donotr give space to militants and rollback infrastructure of funny and amusing that at one time americans helped and used afghan taliban against soviats and look at the demand.In the past militants were supported by them now see what they are asking and then shun jihad which once was supported by them.furthermore the last two demands are identical to Indian demands and if you want to abandoned jihad then they have to leave their jihad which is crusade against Muslims and also the pakistan army has to abandoned their slogan of in other words do what they want us to do and relinquish your freedom to the American so by submitting to their fluid national interest which at one time was to support jihadis and now crush jihad because their. American National interest is changed now.Is this your logic Mr almeida that become slaves to American interests
Parvez Mahmud May 20, 2012 03:01pm
Simplistic at best.
Tariq K Sami May 20, 2012 03:35pm
Yea right Pakistan should just roll over and play possum! Sure Aimen Al Zawhiri may be in Pakistan?? Are we looking for him. Maybe. I do not think the average man on the streets cares. Not with the same passion or purpose as the US. More over his looks are more like ours. He is not physically noticeable. If Whitey Bolger can hide in Los Angeles for 30 years after he escaped from Boston and NY,being first on the FBI list for decades. So we are not much excited . Harboring terrorists. Depends who you talk to. Hafiz Saeed. Bush. Cheney,Obama. It is long said that one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. So no point scoring there. And we have a triumph card the supply route, probably not much but we need the money to take care of our widows left by your drones attacks. And by the way this is the North West of the Subcontinent. Interesting place it has 8 of the 10 tallest mountain peaks in the world. Talk to the hicks in the mountains of Tennessee and you will know, its similar in North Waziristan and Chesnyia (read Sholzenitsyn in the Gulag Archipelago). You cannot subjugate the mountain people. Its not that hard to understand. Its cheaper to befriend them, like the great Ronald Reagan did he invited Haqqani to the White House and said that Haqqani reminded him of the founding fathers of his nation. This is what we need remind Mrs Clinton.
Arun May 20, 2012 03:36pm
Pakistan will be in a soup when NATO Troops are pulled out and Pakistan loses in relevance. It has already isolated itself from rest of the world. It is still playing the politics of cold war era in the new century.
Hakimullah Begum May 20, 2012 03:45pm
I really do not agree with your stance that America is not the 'Big Bad Wolf' as you very maturely put it. I prefer to believe that America is the source of all our problems. Because it quite simply is. And please do not try to deny it. Its undeniably true. Oh and I agree with abs.
rahim shah marwat May 21, 2012 01:08am
thinking is the habit of great nation.we just follow the example of turks in this regard.sir your writing teach us the lesson of survival in international community as nation.
P N Eswaran May 20, 2012 08:06am
Paranoia was not created in Pakistan overnight. It is in Pakistan's DNA.
bilalkhan May 20, 2012 01:08pm
State is established/formulated by its inhabitants. we are all well accustomed with the ground realities. Neither the America nor the Govt is responsible for this vulnerable state of affiars. Pakistan ,being the part of indian subcontient, has been trying to shed the the practice where bounty was granted to the state by the invaders for facilitating their course of actions. Freedom was supressed and we remained under subjugation for centuries.Now things have been changed, people are thinking, fixing responsibility on wrongdoer,they will definitely compel the state to follow the suit of rationality. Thanks to freedom of expression, change in social fabric is inevitable.
Cyrus Howell May 20, 2012 01:23pm
NATO SUMMIT = "The United States and NATO are unlikely to reach an agreement with Pakistan at the summit, according to two senior U.S. officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the subject. "There is no deal, and there won't be one until President Zardari returns" to Pakistan, one of the officials said. " Even that is not assured." The goal, says the official, "is to get a deal. It's less important as to when."
R. Albuquerque May 20, 2012 10:18am
As mentioned, the US is not the enemy. Neither is India. Pakistan's enemy is within. Having said that, many people and many countries as well have made many mistakes in the past. However, it is the wise and the confident who admit, change course and move on. Hope Pakistan does the same.
Irfan Husain May 20, 2012 10:02am
Sadly, Pakistan remains a state in perpetual denial...
Abbas May 20, 2012 02:26pm
Taliban came into existence during civil war in Afghanistan, and what they desire is power and money. TTP is the same story.
ghazala alam May 20, 2012 11:43am
after reading this article a quote from george b. shaw came to mind "People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don?t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can?t find them, make them".... we as pakistani's need to get up and start looking....
Agha Ata May 20, 2012 05:52pm
Well said. lol
Bilal May 20, 2012 02:37pm
how is this statement applicable....though its a nice one !!!
raika45 May 20, 2012 02:40pm
Your country is in a huge economic and a financial mess.Your authorities needed a diversion for the people and thank the all mighty he sent you America as your target.Now all your problems can be unloaded on the American presence.
ysk May 20, 2012 02:44pm
I can over simplify on the contrary also
Cyrus Howell May 20, 2012 02:49pm
"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." = -- H. L. Mencken US editor (1880 - 1956)
moko May 20, 2012 04:55pm
When the CIA asked ISI to build the mujahideen to oust Soviets, Pakistan became the new capital of the 'Islamic Caliphate'. That started the problem.
Tauheed Ahmed May 20, 2012 08:47am
Absolutely correct. I have known always wondered at the insanity that seems to prevail in Pakistan whereby they refuse to see what is happening before their own eyes. This is no doubt a result of Musharraf's double games of fanning anti-US feelings within Pakistan by painting the US as the bully forcing him to fight what he termed "America's war" and then turning around to Bush and promoting himself as the only friend the US has in Pakistan.
Mehroo May 20, 2012 05:23pm
I don not doubt that i concur with u sir. I am a girl of 15 years and all i want to say is that the article was very well written and there is a point lacking there that, what i think, is that both sides are at the wrong and that no body is right and when anybody gets any type of authority they ruin themselves. And one more thing that all those comments you got were bit pessimistic and I thought that as pakistanis we are the ones that created that mess, not only the government but the people and instead of crying over it and sending quotes we should clean up that mess. I know I am only young and not capable of writing big fancy words but i say what is write sir.
G.A. May 20, 2012 07:25pm
Given America's track record in Vietnam, Cambodia, Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan it is only logical that Pakistanis would be vary of them. Indonesians too voiced such fears when polled a decade or so ago. Having said that, I think Pakistanis should also consider that if the U.S. wanted to destroy Pakistan it could have done so through sanctions and naval blockade. Pakistan would have collapsed in two weeks.
True Pakistani May 21, 2012 12:29am
..and in the process get labelled as a "traitor" and either get killed or forced to go into "self-exile"!!
Zeba Ansari May 20, 2012 10:13am
The fact is that as long as we keep blaming the US for all that ails us, we don't have to look down our own garebaan. That is our biggest shortcoming. Great article, as usual.
Akil Akhtar May 20, 2012 11:26pm
Sure, invasion of Iraq, massacre of millions in vietnam and the other 20 odd wars started by the US in the last century are all paranoi and they actually did not happen. Instead of wiping out the Taliban in Afghanistan they were pushed into Pakistan by the US but I guess that is alos our paranoi. BLA training camps in Afghanistan is also our paranoia, training of Muktibahini by India was also our paranoi... give us a break.. Why do our so called writers keep parroting the point of view of those across the border.
mangat May 20, 2012 12:51pm
Very well written ! Hope the people of Pakistan realises that it is now time to look at itself, what it has achieved by blaming others for its shortcomings and lack of will to stabilise Afganistan.
Junaid May 20, 2012 12:42pm
An oversimplification by the author to say the least. My question for the author is that if Americans are so benovelent , why are they so 'desperate' to have us on the table? If our ' trump card' is so useless, why so much fuss on getting GLOC restored by US. As for what is wrong which America is asking us for, i would say to him that such analysis will be unfair of he sees the things in such a myopic way. US has so much harmed Pak with the connivance of our elite that the country is on the cusp of an implosion ( remember NRO).
Sanjay Saksena May 20, 2012 02:03pm
The average Pakistani hates the US for it does not allow the pursuit of global jihad. By killing the soldiers of Islam, it is actively thwarting that objective. By removing a radical Islamic regime from power through use of military force in Afghanistan, the US is effectively saying that you are not capable of setting up an Islamic republic even in your backdoor. To millions of Pakistanis this is an insult to their muslimhood, their manhood. We need to recognise that conversion of the whole world to Islam is a laudable goal in the eyes of most Pakistanis, though many may not agree with the means adopted by the jihadis in pursuit of this end. It is unreasonable to presume that most people in a third world, muslim country like pakistan would be as rational and logical as the author
Adnan Sharif May 20, 2012 12:36pm
we should shake up our heads and unite and the world Pakistan is not beggar and we dont compromise our sovereignty but before that we need to put our own house in order
kanak May 20, 2012 12:32pm
Sir, It is people like you who have to guide Pakistan with your vast experience. You have to gather like minded people and advise so that correct steps are taken before it is too late.
Ahsaas Wasti May 20, 2012 07:29am
Should have looked away going through the 1st line Cyril but your captivating command over style makes it hard even for a Crescent +ive blood group. Agreed agreed agreed but history taught us a different lesson. Even with Mughals, Brits and Soviets we've been our Big Bad wolves ourselves, yet it won't sound totally out of context if we are to define, who actually made us that way. The elements you pointed out have been initiated, inspired, encouraged and even appreciated by the Big Bad Wolf you mentioned. Remember the 80's? Remember the brothers in arms relation between the Pak-Backed Afghan Islamists and the Big Bad Wolf? Sometimes the Big Bad Wolf just need to know the Little Red Riding Hood could have a detour!
Junaid May 20, 2012 02:00pm
Please write on stuff you know. An oversimplified view point with utter lack of understanding of history and the present situation of Afghanistan.
S. Zafar Iqbal May 20, 2012 06:56pm
As always, a cogent and insightful analysis. The concluding sentence sums up the frightening reality that "Pakistan, as articulated by the paranoid and the insecure, is a Danger To Itself". Our enemies know this and see no reason to waste their time or energies on us, as they watch gleefully, that those who have highjacked our national leadership are doing their bidding, better than our enemies could have done. The enemy is here and is now in full control.
An Observer May 21, 2012 12:49am
There are quite a few voices of sanity in Pakistan - to name, but a few: Irfan Hussein, Najam Sethi, Hasan Nisar, Ardeshar Cowasjee etc. The problem is that Jinnah ensured that the eyes and the ears of an average Pakistani are resolutely kept shut.
Anuj May 20, 2012 08:29am
There is clear and present danger to pakistan today from it's isolation from most of the world( I wouldn't really count friendship with n Korea as an instance of great foreign policy...) . It's inability to re engage with the very forces that had made it, in pre Zia days, one of the fastest growing economies, whose Karachi was a model to follow for the Koreans in early 70's, whose PIA gave lessons on customer service and ops to others and where investment flows and consequent international relations for strenthening relationships were growing faster than in the so called Asian tiger success stories later. Sure one can argue about the politics of religion and of the issues caused by the Soviet invasion and pakistan's role in arming it's own and some Afghan citizens to go and fight a la Operation Gibraltar in Kashmir just after independence. Does all that matter/ The only thing that does is that Pakistan may have got some macho pride from informally supporting the Soviet invasion, but macho pride like all cases goes before a has not used the interim periuod to relook it's foreign policy, just hardened it's perceptions of the cold war days. Time to look beyond, reconcile and move on, as the citizens could do with better future than a benighted one. Certain oil producing nations or far east powers are not going to be able to do this - this will have to come from Pakistan's army and civil leadership's joint decision (let's face it , the "quiet "army still calls many of the shots even today and needs to have a say as well....hoepfully they too have agreed to look at changing their mindset).
ash May 20, 2012 07:58am
Very well written.
Eddied May 20, 2012 01:01pm
It is good to see the truth being told by at least one Pakistani media source...Congratulations to Dawn!...
FQ123 May 20, 2012 12:59pm
Good article!
abs May 20, 2012 08:32am
poor analysis
Cyrus Howell May 20, 2012 01:43pm
"Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind, and when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so. How do I know? This is what I have done. For I am Caesar." = -- Julius Caesar
Mustafa May 20, 2012 07:28pm
Excellent article by Cyril Almeida. The last sentence in the article: “But we could do ourselves a favor and begin to realize that Pakistan, as articulated by the paranoid and the insecure, is a Danger to Itself.” is a hammer on the head of Pakistan and no Pakistani will like it. There is a fear that Pakistan will be completely isolated from its friends due to its support, sympathy as well as cooperation with organizations like Al-Qaeda, Taliban’s, Fanatic groups and Jihadists. Allah says in the Holy Quran: “O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honored of you in the sight of God is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And God has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things). Holy Quran Surah al-Hujurat (49:13). Therefore, Muslims and Non-Muslims have equal rights to live in the world and enjoy the bounties of Allah. Muslims are commanded to live in peace and harmony with all mankind and hating anyone just because he/she is a Christian, Jew or Hindu is unacceptable in Islam.
malik100 May 20, 2012 04:12am
“Pakistan is like a blackhole for American aid. Our tax dollars go in, our diplomats go in, our aid professionals go in, our hopes go in and our prayers go in. Nothing good ever comes out.” Summed up beautifully by Congressman Gary Ackerman.
Khalid Usmani May 20, 2012 05:03am
Great write up. Thanks man. Wake up Pakistan!
rabia May 20, 2012 05:05am
Well said. Pakistan, or any entity that refuses to look at its own shortcomings and lays everything at another's door is a danger to itself.
Abbas May 20, 2012 05:08am
Voices of sanity like Mr Almeida are rare in the country. Pakistan, with its million internal problems, is mad to even think of wrestling with the US.
BRR May 20, 2012 05:12am
Plain speak at last. The writer does a favor to the nation, but his words surely falls on the deaf.
Syed. Nasir Mehdi May 20, 2012 10:09pm
Pakistan and we Pakistanis are to blamed for giving our future tor blinds.and peers, Sajada Nasheens and Makhdooms -makhdooms means who take work from his mureeds. So why to cry. We pray they sent in front of the doors of late peer and the government be run by middle/lower middle educated class having experienced and renowned honest policy makers of repute. The present parliamentarians be disqualified.
@answers70 May 20, 2012 09:40pm
An unusually simplistic analysis by the normally brilliant Cyril. The question whether somebody is out to get you is not the right framing of the question. Clearly the US has its agenda which cannot be the same as the sorry citizens of Pakistan. However, the more problematic issue is the fact the such an influence and engagement by the US (and for that matter, by other actors like Saudi, Iran, etc.) is distorting the fabric and strengthening the hand of the very people who are the purveyors of this strategic depth kind of thinking.
Mohni May 20, 2012 06:15am
Very well said ! The problem is that our house is not in order. There is no other option but to clear our stables.
kanak May 20, 2012 06:20am
A very sensible article written by the author. Pakistan has been afraid of its own shadow and has blamed the US, India and Israel for all its problems without realising that the problems are home grown and the world is hardly interested in Pakistan and for that reason Afghanistan. The world is only worried about Taliban and Al Qaida taking over Afghanistan and parts of Pakistan. Strategic depth in Afghanistan, equality with India in all military matters etc. are all Pakistani creation.
Someone May 20, 2012 03:24pm
Very simplistic analysis. The questions may be right but the answers you give are very naive and some may argue incorrect. (Funny how usually it is analysts in these spaces are usually accusing others of being so naive when they are arguing the opposite argument)
VINOD May 20, 2012 07:50am
A very balanced article worth reading and sharing
Shehzad Shah May 20, 2012 06:49am
Cyril, your conclusion is accurate. However keep in mind that the Taliban are also Afghan; they are extreme & vicious, but theirs is an indigenous campaign. America's sin is the invasion of Afghanistan itself; in any country, but especially in a conservative tribal one like Afghanistan, native resistance against a foreign invader will be seen as legitimate by many, if not the majority. This perceived legitimacy bleeds into Pakistan & strengthens the Pakistan Taliban & other extremists here as well. The American invasion was an act of hubris, when in fact it would have served America's interest better to focus on pursuing the few hundred terrorists of Al-Qaeda rather than take on responsibility for a vast & intractable nation like Afghanistan. The OBL elimination was proof if you consider the counter-factual; if America had not invaded Afghanistan, could OBL have been killed the way he was? I really don't see why not. The only difference in detail would have been that the American helicopters would have taken off from carriers in the Arabian Sea or possibly from a base in Central Asia. Of course, a superpower will do as it wishes, and we have to look to our interests within that condition. My point is that without the legitimacy granted by the folly of the American invasion, maybe our people & even the establishment would have by now been able to clearly recognize the extremist threat for what it is. Maybe. At other times, I think this malignancy was embedded in our DNA at birth. It has only taken this long to manifest fully.
Devendra May 20, 2012 08:43pm
An Excellent article by Cyril. But then there are so many great, courageous journalists (Irfan Husain, NFP, M. Amir Rana and several more). The question is - Are they having a real impact? And the sad, unfortunate answer is an deafeningly loud "NO." The fault does NOT lie either with the author (they are to be praised) or the article itself but (with) who they are reaching. These great articles by such good, honest journalists are NOT reaching the poor, semi-literate or illiterat Pakistani masses who need to know what is going on in their country. They are the ones who will bring real cahnge to Pakistan once they know what is being done in their name and how harmful it is to them and their children. These brain washed masses need to know the truth. Reaching people like us is just preaching to the choir. SOLUTION : PUBLISH YOUR ARTICLES IN ALL LOCAL URDU NEWSPAPERS ALWAYS (AS WELL).
S.S.Sohoni May 21, 2012 10:37am
Pakistan may as well be mindful that the entities that made it on grounds of expediency, can, and will, unmake it if considered expedient by them.
SZD May 21, 2012 12:09pm
The governments and leaders of Pakistan have made many mistakes, and continue to do so, but then again, indiscriminate drone bombing across residential zones in the tribal areas do not make the US popular with the people. When ordinary peaceful people see their families bombed while asleep, they set out to take revenge. Since they can't find "US" around, they take it to the next best option, i.e. the Pakistan establishment/ forces/ police etc, and blow themselves, killing themselves and a couple dozen others. And you ask why the Bad Wolf!
Sarah May 21, 2012 12:42pm
fully disagree.....biased article towards US
NASAH (USA) May 21, 2012 03:41pm
Cyril -- you exactly pre-spelled out what is happening in Chicago between the Little Red Robin Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf -- what a disappointment ambassador Sherry Rehman turned out to be -- especially from a country like Pakistan where experienced veteran diplomats abound. This column is one of your crowning moments of analytical journalism.
Expat (usa) May 22, 2012 09:31pm
When there are floods, US sends the help, when there is earth quake, US sends the help.Next time ask talibans to help you. Pakistanis are an emotional bunch. Let us see how Pakistan handles those talibans after US pulls out. Within a month, they will take over Peshawar.