Sunday, June 21, 2009
Pakistan's Anwar Iqbal face to face with US President
Dawn correspondent Anwar Iqbal with Barack Obama during an exclusive interview at the White House on Friday. —DawnWorld Obama talks to Pakistan
SEE UPDATE below...
WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama, in an exclusive interview to Dawn, has said that he believes the Pakistani state is strong enough to win the military offensive against the extremists.In this first-ever one-on-one interview by any US president to the Pakistani media, Mr Obama assured the Pakistani nation that he has no desire to seize Pakistan’s nuclear weapons or send US troops inside the country.
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UPDATE: US missile strike kills 60 at funeral in Pakistan here from The Guardian. When I first read the article above from Dawn - I noticed the silence from Obama when asked about the use of drones - ie: "Responding to a question about drone attacks inside Pakistan’s tribal zone, Mr Obama said he did not comment on specific operations..."
In this article - URL - I added for today, June 24th - the revenge motives, ruthlessness, killing of civilians and chaotic violence would seem to be on all sides. For our part as would be peacemakers in the US, I can't see how the use of drones has been demonstrated yet to be ultimately wise or useful? Perhaps someone may eventually find that for every civilian killed - the "beneficial" effects of killing two militants is wiped out? Of course - even framing a discussion this way is ludicrous. Yet I trust that the point is made. The very fact that as so often civilians are being killed would certainly be counter-productive - and especially at a funeral! (And as has happened a number of times before in other places - civilian killings at weddings and mosques!) Why would those who want to appear to take a "high" road of defense - even when there appears no way except the use of violence - choose to use some of the SAME "genre of methods" as those whose tactics they abhor? And what about the end results in terms of the allegiances and sympathies of villagers who become victims and observers? As an American, I'd urge less following of American military ways and more of what comes out of Pakistan's more elevated principles. And let's all hope, pray and act so that violence will be on the way out as a method of choice.
Posted by CN at 12:33 AM