A high-ranking American delegation arrived yesterday in Islamabad to deliver a stern warning to the Pakistani leadership that the United States would unilaterally attack Taliban groups on Pakistani soil if the Pakistani government won’t take more decisive action against them. The New York Times reported:
“Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; David H. Petraeus, the new director of the Central Intelligence Agency; and Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, planned to push their Pakistani counterparts to make a definitive choice between fighting terrorists or supporting them, the administration official said.
‘This is a time for clarity,’ Mrs. Clinton declared in Kabul, Afghanistan, where she met President Hamid Karzai before leaving for Islamabad, the Pakistani capital. ‘No one should be in any way mistaken about allowing this to continue without paying a very big price.'”
A time for clarity, indeed. Because it’s solely Pakistan’s fault the Taliban is active and not the occupation itself, right? It has nothing to do with the 24 percent increase in the Afghan civilian death toll, for instance. Or that the occupation has institutionalized rape. Or the drone attacks in Pakistan that have occurred with greater frequency since the Obama administration came to power and claimed the lives of civilians, including children.
No, the problem isn’t the occupation – it’s Pakistan not doing what its told. The occupiers who’ve fueled the Taliban’s rise and gave them a new lease on life after their demise through their state terrorism are blaming Islamabad as if they’re middle management.
Despite this, Clinton still had the nerve to claim American actions were actually helping Afghanis and Pakistanis:
“”We will be delivering a very clear message to the government of Pakistan and to the people of Pakistan because they, too, have suffered,’ she said, beneath a canopy of trees at the presidential palace in Afghanistan’s capital. ‘They have suffered at the hand of the same kind of terrorists. So there should be no support and no safe haven anywhere for people who kill innocent men, women and children.'”
Those are the rules – no support and no safe haven anywhere … other than Washington. Those are the rules and its innocent Afghanis and Pakistanis that continue to pay the price.