Monday, May 9, 2011
I just had a thought. Are we all being too hard on the Pakistanis? I ask this because I recently read The Squad, a book about the intelligence war between Michael Collins, his agents and the political division of the police and army in Dublin Castle. Collins famously operated under the nose of the castle. He cycled around the city, chatted to police and army at checkpoints and socialised in the same venues as them. So is it really that strange that the worlds most wanted man, managed to evade capture for ten years by living where nobody expected him to. Ok so the comparison has lots of flaws. Nobody knew what Collins looked like where as Bin Ladens face was a global brand. But the principles have similarities. In addition I can understand why the Pakistanis are upset. A breach of sovereignty is one thing. But the Pakistanis have suffered over 30,000 killed in Taliban attacks over the last number of years. Furthermore, the military suffered over 10,000 casualties (3000 killed) in the various offensives into Waziristan and Swat Valley in 2008/09. The American media in particular seem to be jockeying to out do each other in their belittling of Pakistan. I say, is it time we gave them a break?