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Pakistan and the U.S., Post-bin Laden

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Posted on May 2, 2011
AP / K.M. Chaudary

Supporters of the Pakistani religious party Jamat-e-Islami attend a February rally against Raymond Davis, a U.S. consulate employee suspected in a fatal shooting in Lahore. Davis’ later release was reportedly secured by the U.S. government.

The news of Osama bin Laden’s death came at a time of strain between the U.S. and Pakistan. So how might this huge development affect future relations? Could be too early to tell, but the BBC took a look Monday.  —KA


The fact that Osama Bin Laden has apparently been living for years under the nose of the Pakistan military also revives the question that has increasingly dogged the US-led coalition in Afghanistan: Why are we still fighting in Afghanistan when it is Pakistan from where the Taliban insurgency is being directed?

Both the Pakistanis and the US have said Pakistan was not given advance notice of the raid.

The official Pakistan response was low-key, saying only that Osama Bin Laden’s death “constitutes a major setback to terrorist organizations around the world”.

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By Fearful, May 3, 2011 at 9:10 am Link to this comment
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I’m certainly no expert here but it seems to me that this is setting the stage for war with Pakistan.  There is a much bigger picture than the media is allowed to show us.  The fact that China has risen to such great economic power, building oil pipelines, high speed rails and highways from Russia and the Middle East, has the U.S. doing whatever is necessary to make it complicated and stir problems in those regions.  The U.S. should beware meddling with Pakistan, Iran, China and Russia who seem to have ties (and nukes).  If democracy is our main objective overseas, why do we import everything from communist China?  The future is bleak…

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By Blackspeare, May 3, 2011 at 5:45 am Link to this comment


Please get with the program and stop asking such pointed questions——just accept the propaganda.

P.S.  It is also quite obvious that higher ups in the Pakistani government were aware of the operation,  but for internal reasons it is best for them to stay very quiet!

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By rico, suave, May 3, 2011 at 3:59 am Link to this comment


What did Hitler have to do with Auschwitz, other than to endorse the operation? What did Hirohito have to do with Pearl Harbor, other than to endorse the attack. Both were symbols to their followers and as such they represented power and purpose. Same for bin Laden.

The 9/11 attackers went after symbols- the WTC and Pentagon- because they understood the psychological effects.

To characterize his killing as pointless is missing the point.

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By Hans Meulenbroek, May 3, 2011 at 1:09 am Link to this comment

I hope that within a couple of days the ‘intellectuals’ and journalists of sound mind and common sense will increasingly start to ask the questions that really should be posed. In general I wish this would happen more about what direction the US society is heading to at large, but right now in relation to the killing of Osama Bin laden: Does it not undeniably forces a review on what ally Pakistan has been all these years to the US? And the timing: Why, after the fact that Bin laden had basically turned into an insignificant icon to which more has been attributed than factual research allows, is his demise more important than the hanging of Saddam Hussein, which after he was captured was an anti-climax execution. I just don’t see the cheering and triumphalist attitude in the streets of Washington and New York as appropriate. What did Bin Laden really had to do with the destruction of the Twin Towers apart from endorsing that operation? What about the money trails traced back to Saudi Arabia that directly financed Atta and his fellow hi-jackers to fulfill their 2 year preparation for 9/11? I hope some down to earth journalism will kick in soon to give the (historical) events, beginning with the American invasion of Iraq since 9/11 2001 the place they should get. It has been embarassing to read the US newspapers and see the news on television on Bin Ladens death the last 24 hours.

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