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    Monstrously obnoxious article about Pakistan in the New York Times!!! read this !!!

    http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/21/opinion/21KRIS.html

    Our Friends the Terrorists
    By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF




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    Just to puncture our hypocrisy for a moment: We've been battling terrorism by bolstering backers of terrorism in Pakistan.

    Pakistan, our new ally in the war on terrorism, has a long history of supporting indiscriminate attacks in India and especially Kashmir. The latest, headline-grabbing attack was the assault on the Parliament building in New Delhi that now threatens war between two nuclear powers, but many thousands of civilians have been killed over the years by Pakistani-financed terrorist organizations.

    All in all, Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence Agency, or I.S.I., is responsible for many more killings than Osama bin Laden.

    But however hypocritical it may be to bolster one government that harbors terrorists while overthrowing another, there is no good alternative. The Bush administration is exactly right to be simultaneously supporting Gen. Pervez Musharraf and twisting his arm to fight terrorism, for he may be Pakistan's last hope to rescue his country.

    Pakistan today is not only a catastrophe for Pakistanis but a threat to the entire region. Its economy is quasi-feudal, some 55 percent of adults are illiterate and more than 10 percent of children die by the age of 5. Pakistan now has more drug addicts than college graduates.

    In the last 20 years public schooling has been partly replaced by madrasas that preach extremism, the pursuit of nuclear weapons has isolated the government, and foolish policies have crippled the economy. The I.S.I.'s installation of the Taliban in Afghanistan has backfired, and now there is a risk of the "Talibanization" of Pakistan, as religious extremists return from their "crusades" in Afghanistan and Pashtuns perhaps revive their quest for an independent "Pashtunistan."

    In Pakistan earlier this month, I flinched whenever I read the newspapers. Guerrillas in Kashmir were "freedom-fighters" if they lived, "martyrs" if they died. And on The Nation's editorial page appeared this rant: "The Christian world has not accepted us [Muslims] as human beings even. These nations are determined to exterminate the Muslims."

    General Musharraf is in charge of this morass, and — under strong pressure from President Bush, and less visible nudging from China — he has acted decisively to pull his country toward reality. He ousted the head of the I.S.I., permitted the entry of U.S. troops to oust the Taliban, and sent troops for the first time into tribal areas to capture Taliban escapees. He has moved to sideline the religious fanatics, close the extremist madrasas and deport foreign religious students. Next he must clamp down on the Kashmiri fighters.

    Over the last two years General Musharraf has shown himself capable of brutally tough decisions, and there is some reason to think that he can regain control of the I.S.I. (which may have run the latest Indian attack as a rogue operation), cut off state support for Kashmiri terrorists, nurture a growing market economy — and prepare for democratic elections. The religious parties get less than 5 percent of the vote in Pakistan, and so democracy can delegitimize extremism as well.

    When I first traveled around Pakistan as a student backpacker two decades ago, I sneaked into closed tribal areas and visited a village that was a center for heroin and gun-running. One gunsmith tried to sell me a pen that could not only write but also shoot a .22 bullet out the end. Not even a Palm Pilot can do that, and it was only $7! This incredibly nifty gadget enthralled me as a symbol of Pakistani ingenuity — and it's also apt because Pakistan has squandered its considerable potential and excelled far more at things destructive than constructive.

    Now Pakistan is at a moment of maximum danger, threatened by the instability caused by returning Taliban fighters on the west and by the risk of war with India on the east. Similarly, it was at a time when India was near economic collapse, in the summer of 1991, that New Delhi moved decisively toward a path of economic reform — and toward more sensible domestic and international policies across the board.

    Pakistan, after so many wrong turns in its history, has tentatively taken a right one in the last few months. Now it must build on that by clamping down on its own terrorists. And, whatever the stench of blood in Islamabad, we Americans must hold our noses and do all we can to help General Musharraf hold his course.




    #2
    It’s not an “article”; it is an op-ed essay. I read it this morning. What’s so monstrous about it? You don't want people to be praising Pakistan all the time? Do you?

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      #3
      Pakistan is really in a dicey situation.
      1.New Afghan Govt. could make trouble.
      2.India could make trouble.
      3.OBL and gang could make trouble.
      Though I admit he is no friend of India, I have to say Perveez Mushraaf seems to be a good bet for Pakistan right now.

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        #4
        Originally posted by Andhra:
        Pakistan is really in a dicey situation.
        1.New Afghan Govt. could make trouble.
        2.India could make trouble.
        3.OBL and gang could make trouble.
        Though I admit he is no friend of India, I have to say Perveez Mushraaf seems to be a good bet for Pakistan right now.

        ohhh India has already made enough trouble by recalling its side kick from Islamabad

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          #5
          The people of Pakistan will largely reject the idea that Kashmiri freedom fighters are terrorists. Musharraf doesn't stand a chance.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Andhra:
            Pakistan is really in a dicey situation.
            1.New Afghan Govt. could make trouble.
            2.India could make trouble.
            3.OBL and gang could make trouble.
            Though I admit he is no friend of India, I have to say Perveez Mushraaf seems to be a good bet for Pakistan right now.
            "So is India"

            Bajapai is crying to his anal strains - No war over parliament shooting with pakistan but admits its a terrorist activity by ISI

            Al-Qaeda is movin to kashmir valley

            Andrha is acting out as usual


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              #7
              OBL is more than welcome to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.
              Americans will finish the job for us
              Ofcourse Vajpayee will publicly say no war YET.

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                #8
                You say something, I want something else, but nothing goes only what Allah (swt) wants.
                And he is the best of planners. Ameen

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                  #9
                  If you review history including current affairs, you will be left with no doubt as to whose plans are prevailing

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Andhra:
                    OBL is more than welcome to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.
                    Americans will finish the job for us
                    Ofcourse Vajpayee will publicly say no war YET.
                    Oh yes BTW Pak kashmir line ends up in Indian occupied Kasmir

                    Americans hav'nt started any thing, forget about finishing

                    So what u R saying about bajpai is typical Bunyia mentality. "Baggal mein Chhuri moonh mein ram ram"

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                      #11
                      Carry on m10. I don't know if you were around GupShup when Kargil broke out.
                      But it was really funny seeeing how every body except Indians went silent on this forum
                      I remember ZZ and others calling for Jihadis
                      So don't worry. Keep posting!!

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Andhra:
                        Carry on m10. I don't know if you were around GupShup when Kargil broke out.
                        But it was really funny seeeing how every body except Indians went silent on this forum
                        I remember ZZ and others calling for Jihadis
                        So don't worry. Keep posting!!

                        Let me first
                        retreat is never defeat, whether you know or not
                        Do'nt express your hopelessness
                        For you Muslims of India r enough who will gain dominance in due course of time




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                          #13
                          I don't think outbreeding will work.
                          Look at Israel

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Andhra:
                            I don't think outbreeding will work.
                            Look at Israel
                            Do'nt act like a kiddo now, The moment US back is out, No more Israel

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                              #15
                              >>Do'nt act like a kiddo now, The moment US back is out, No more Israel<<
                              US backing out on Israel!!
                              Who is talking like a kid now?

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