October 20, 2011

The sovereign people of Afghanistan express their views.


Bilaterale Beziehungen

19 Finden Sie es wichtig, die bilateralen Beziehungen zu der Islamischen

Republik Iran zu intensivieren?

70 30

20 Finden Sie es wichtig, die bilateralen Beziehungen zu der Islamischen

Republik Pakistan zu intensivieren?

58 42

21 Finden Sie es wichtig, die bilateralen Beziehungen zu den USA zu intensivieren?

64 36

22 Finden Sie es wichtig, die bilateralen Beziehungen zu der Republik Indien zu intensivieren?

76 24

23 Sind Sie mit dem Engagement der int. Gemeinschaft zufrieden? 47 53

http://www.kas.de/wf/doc/kas_29121-1522-1-30.pdf?111018083912

International Involvement and Relations

19) Do you see it as important, to intensify bilateral relations with Islamic Republic of Iran?
YES: 70 NO: 30

20) Do you see it as important, to intensify bilateral relations with Islamic Republic of Pakistan? YES: 58 NO: 42

21) Do you see it as important, to intensify bilateral relations with USA?
YES: 64 NO: 36

22) Do you see it as important, to intensify bilateral relations with Republic of India?
YES:
76 NO: 24

23) Are you satisfied with the level of engagement of the international community?
YES: 47 NO: 53



Next, Paki apologists crawl out of the woodworks protecting and projecting Pakistan as victims and ascribing their (manufactured) fears to the big, bad injuns. Afghans have spoken, and 3 of 4 want MORE Indian engagement (and American) over Pakistanis. Respect that basic, fundamental right of a sovereign people Mr. Schmidt! (And you were once our political officer posted in Pakistan? Little wonder!).


LETTERS TO THE INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE
Punishing Pakistan
Published: October 19, 2011
Bruce Riedel (“A new Pakistan policy: Containment,” Views, Oct. 17) argues that the United States should cut off aid to the Pakistan Army to punish it for supporting Taliban forces in Afghanistan.
But Mr. Riedel conveniently fails to mention two key points. First, the Pakistanis support the Afghan Taliban because they fear that if the Taliban are defeated, the United States will depart from Afghanistan, leaving behind a hostile Karzai government, which is allied to their mortal enemy India. Mr. Riedel might not care about this, but the Pakistanis do.? (And why should you care about Pakistan more than the Afghans Mr. Schmidt? If the sovereign people of an independent country of Afghanistan want a unencumbered relationship with India, why should we care what Pakistan thinks? )

Second, the Pakistani Army uses the money from the United States to fend off the Pakistani version of the Taliban and their jihadist allies, who have been at war with Pakistan for more than half of a decade. Like it or not, the Pakistan Army is the only force in Pakistani society capable of preventing these forces from taking over the state. You weaken it at your own peril. (same old, same old! Frankly, it is tiresome Mr. Schmidt! Besides, this concocted threat is pure nonsense, but not the place to rebut here!)
John R. Schmidt, McLean, Virginia

Reggie Sinha

No comments: