Pakistan Poses a Growing Challenge for the Obama AdministrationSubmitted by alwayssimon on Mon, 01/26/2009 - 15:31
Pakistan was once seen as the key to fixing Afghanistan, these days it's starting to look like an even more serious security crisis in itself. According to a report released by the Pakistan Institute of Peace Studies, a terrorism monitoring organization, last year 8,000 lives in Pakistan were lost to suicide attacks, terrorist bombings, Predator drone attacks and military operations against militants - some 600 less than the lives lost in Afghanistan, a country at war. And the government in Islamabad appears unable to respond effectively.
Don't take it as I agree with everything in this article, but I figured some of you guys might like to read between the lines. The issue with Pakistan worries me because we have not issued a declaration of war with them, yet we keep bombing them under their government's protests. Where does the authority come from people? The right answer should be us...the Sovereign States. Do we really want to keep antagonizing already unstable governments? Do we have the right to?
I'm pretty disturbed at how many people just accept that this stuff is for our safety, I mean we know that Pakistan has nukes- yet blowback seems to be a disregarded issue in D.C.
I think not only should the opinion of America's sovereign citizens dictate its course (and I do believe they neglected to ask or listen to the chatter), but also that our own personal safety should be a foremost consideration- and if they won't follow that cardinal law then we need to give them reason to. Be it peaceful or whatever.