A day after NATO attacked a border post killing 24 Pakistan troops,
angry men burn a photo of President Obama and an unidentified NATO
general. While NATO now claims its soldiers were fired upon first, the
attacks have further enraged the Pakistan public, where pressure is
growing to completely sever ties to the United States.
The Nation, Pakistan
Cost of Friendship with America is Far Too High
"It is Pakistanís turn to turn down NATO's blandishments and reject an alliance that comes at such a high cost of blood from its soldiers. The pretext that the incident occurred because the helicopters were chasing insurgents must be exposed as the lie that it is."
November 29, 2011
NATO's unprovoked helicopter raid on a checkpost in Mohmand Agency in the wee hours of Saturday killed 24 sleeping Pakistani troops. The reaction of the Pakistani people continues to be strong, with protests breaking out across the country since the attack on Sunday. Such demonstrations coincide with others around the world, all of which highlight not just for Pakistan but for the entire globe the high cost of being a friend to the United States. With China and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation joining the chorus and supporting Pakistan, the global condemnation is proof positive that the incident was a very serious violation - if any more were needed,.
The United States and NATO have sought to put a positive spin on the incident. Not because the NATO pilots were right, but because Pakistan halted military cooperation- cooperation that is essential for the continued occupation of Afghanistan by American forces. Among those calling Pakistan to have its decision reversed were U.S. Secretaries of Defense and State, Leon Panetta and Hillary Clinton, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, ISAF Commander General John Allen and NATO Secretary General Fogh Rasmussen.
Now it is Pakistanís turn to turn down such blandishments and reject an alliance that comes at such a high cost of blood from its soldiers. The pretext that the incident occurred because the helicopters were chasing insurgents must be exposed as the lie that it is. This is a pretext that readily feeds groundless fears about the Haqqani Network and ignores that the incident occurred in a pacified area bereft not only of Haqqani Network members, but any resistance fighters at all. Facing defeat at the hands of an ill-equipped and badly-armed opposition in Afghanistan and led astray by arrogance, it is almost beyond doubt that NATO is groping for excuses to explain away its mistakes.
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The Frontier Post, Pakistan: Karzai Finally Awakens to American Treachery
The Daily Jang, Pakistan: The Beginning of the End of U.S. in Afghanistan?
The Nation, Pakistan: Obama's Blunt Warning to Pakistan
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Der Spiegel, Germany: Obama's Plan Reignites German Withdrawal Debate
Asia Times, Hong Kong: Obama 'Puts the Heat' on Pakistan
Telegraph, U.K.: Osama bin Laden hiding place visited by Taliban
Global Times, China: Western Criticism of Pakistan is Wrongheaded and Unfair
La Jornada, Mexico: Afghan Official Asserts: 'Osama Blew Himself Up'
Tehran Times, Iraq: West Uses bin Laden's Death to Distract from Bahrain Atrocities
Diario Decuyo, Argentina: Bin Laden's Death is a 'Call to Arms' for the World's Clergy
El Pais, Spain: After bin Laden: West Must Reflect on Methods of Self-Defense
News, Switzerland: The Pope and the Terrorist: Two Misguided Beatifications
Tagesspiegel, Germany: Osama Photo Issue - Obama's Morally Superior to Bush
The Nation, Pakistan: Afghan Official Asserts: 'Osama Blew Himself Up'
Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland: Finally, It's Beginning of the End for al-Qaeda
Al-Seyassah, Kuwait: Osama Now Being Licked by the 'Hottest Flames in Hell'
Les Dernieres Nouvelles d'Alsace, France: Osama's Photo: 'The Impossible Truth'
Der Spiegel, Germany: Donald Trump and the 2012 'Campaign of Lunacy'
Excelsior, Mexico: Obama Quiets 'Right-Wing Witch Hunters' ... for Now
Izvestia, Russia: Osama bin Laden: From Abbottabad to Hollywood
Frontier Post, Pakistan: U.S. Raid Exposes Pakistan's 'Unnerving Vulnerability'
Al-Madina, Saudi Arabia: Osama Died, But those Who Gain from Terror War Live
Dar al-Hayat, Saudi Arabia: Osama and His Whole Way of Thinking - are Dead
Daily Jang, Pakistan: Operation Against Osama Spells Trouble for Pakistan
Kayhan, Islamic Republic of Iran: Obama Seeks to 'Vindicate Bush'
Outlook Afghanistan: U.S. Must Pursue Mullah Omar as it did bin Laden
Pak Tribune, Pakistan: Senators Call U.S. Operation a Breach of Sovereignty
Frontier Post, Pakistan: Osama Episode Puts Safety of Nuke Assets in Peril
Pakistan has a record of giving in to NATO's blandishments. When it cut NATO's Afghanistan supply lines last year, it restored them after accepting NATO's apology. Islamabad should not make the same mistake this time. It should stand firm. In fact, it should go a few steps further and end its alliance with the U.S. and all participation in its War on Terror. And it should make clear to all, particularly the U.S. and NATO, that Pakistan will brook no further interference or foreign presence in the region. That goes especially for a presence that is so inimical to indigenous forces.
The government must pay careful attention to the fact that outrage against the killing of our troops is so strong that any attempt to carry on business as usual will turn public attention (and anger) away from NATO, where it is now, to the government. Beset by crises as it is, Islamabad can't afford to allow that to happen.
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[Posted by WORLDMEETS.US Nov. 28, 11:59pm]