In Pakistan: Some Hope; But Much To Doubt

My Pakistani friend shrugged, “Even if the Taliban runs the government, we live in corruption.  These guys or Taliban — it makes no difference.”

So much for the democratically elected government of Pakistan.

The truth not told to Americans who pay most of the bills in Pakistan’s dubious war against terrorists is this: the people could care less and most have a very dim view of their government and ours.

Ours as in: most Pakistanis could care less about American lives.  Many cheered after 9/11.

I heard a very smart American talking head say on TV just the other day, “Prisident Zardari of Pakistan has every reason to win this war.  After all, the Taliban killed his wife Benazir Bhutto.”

One of my other Pakistani friends disputed this notion.

“Zardari gained more than anyone, even the Taliban, when his wife Benazir Bhutto was killed.  Who killed her doesn’t matter.  In Pakistan, what matters is, who is to gain?”

John E. Carey
Wakefield Chapel, Virginia

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