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Turning to the Taleban in Pakistan

US raids on Taleban and al-Qaeda targets in Pakistani territory have caused outrage in Pakistan. And that has added to the loathing that some people there have long felt for the way that the US conducts itself on the world stage, as Owen Bennett-Jones discovers.


"I would rather live in the dark ages under the Taleban than be subservient to any foreign power."

The unexpected comment comes from an urbane, sophisticated and, I had always thought, Westernised Pashtun lawyer.

He wears none of the badges of Islamic piety - a beard, for example - and he normally sports a navy blazer not the local shalwar kameez.

He is a former minister with the Pakistan People's Party, the most liberal in Pakistan.


Rejecting the West

The word liberal in the Pakistani context means modern, educated, secular rather than theocratic and, up until now at least, pro-Western.

"You can't

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Added: Sep-22-2008 
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  • of course their foreign polictics suck ass but the invasion of pakistan is a must to stop these radical sandmonkeys or otherwise pakistan will be the new afghanistan..only with nukes!

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  • At least one country is fighting terrorism openly. Were fucking scared shitless of these muslims. "They deserve to die, say no to terrorism" We love to say shit but never act upon it. Pakistan dont care about helping anyone at all.

    Don't expect help when these rag heads come to your hometown and kill who they please. Because thats what's going to happen if you fucking pussies don't take your finger out and start fighting for what's yours.

    God bless our soldiers and I hope More..

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  • Pakistan is a 3rd world shithole which depends on American credit for money and food.
    If they won't sort out their affairs in the north then turn off the credit tap.

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  • Pakistan is the arsehole of the World and we would be doing humanity a service by just wiping the cesspit off of the face of the Planet

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  • Tough shit mujis. You can run but you can't hide. So face the east and FK your camel 1 last time cause we're commin for ya. Paki cannot protect you anymore idiots.

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  • The article is misleading. This anti-Americanism/anti-Westernism/anti-modernism has been growing steadily since 1977. Gen Zia turned the direction of Pakistan away from the progressive future it was heading towards... and instead he turned this populous nation towards conservative Islam. I don't think Zia intented for it to go this far... but hey... who knows... the man was a whack job.

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  • What does Pakistan do for the world except make cricket bats, carpets and knock-off chinese machine guns?
    It is a useless society with a useless vision in the world, the Taliban are actually allies with Pakistan, why else do they give them refuge? Pakistan needs to make a decision ASAP as too where their loyalty stands.

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  • America and India need to pop Pakistan like a grape.

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    • I agree, why don't we just give India the go ahead for a full scale war against there long time enemy? Pakistan is no friend of the west, just another country full of dirty muslims!

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    • Hell yeah, Pakistan needs to start owning up. For to long they have been pussies about this and now its getting out of control. Pakistan is a waste, sad to see such an ally wimp out.

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    • Packistan was never realy an ally. Now it's just a waste of space. Russia seems like they wan't to fight somebody maybe we can persuade them to attack packistan.

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  • Our Armed Forces should continue to pursue these assholes into Pakistan. We cannot afford to make the same mistake that we made in Viet Nam.

    Our Congress should identify our enemy, declare war and state that we will pursue our enemy and kill them without mercy wherever we find them. We cannot give them a safe haven to train and re-equip their rag-tag units.

    It is time to escalate the violence beyond their poor-assed ability to respond. Victorious war! And screw the Paki's. They've p More..

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  • Its not just about the Taliban and other militants. There is a bigger goal than fighting these elements. That is to counter china and Russia in the long term for their economic growth. This land has natural gas reserves and US sure want a piece of it. Why not have a military base in this part of the world too? They already have military bases in Middle east, some asian countries, and Europe.

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  • ANOTHER QUALITY STORY FROM THE BBC. ALL FACT AND NO BIAS...

    REMEMBER EURO-TRASH, FACE THE EAST WHEN YOU PRAY.

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  • US Foreign policy will always come back to bite it's arse! Happened before and will happen again!

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  • Hopefully the Pakistanis will turn on these shytehawks in double quick time.

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