Sometimes I wonder, in the context of global Islamic terrorism, whether Pakistan, the US, and the UK are players in a farce or in a tragedy. Of course the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is the protagonist, whether it be a farce or a tragedy. Also it is amply clear that the US and UK are comfortable funding Islamic terrorism indirectly by financially and militarily supporting Pakistan. Their supporting role makes me conclude that the play is actually a farce, even though for the victims of the resulting Islamic terrorism (often idol-worshiping infidels of India) it is definitely a tragedy.
The PM of UK, Mr David Cameron, in a rare display of plain-speak during a recent visit to India said things that got the Paki knickers in a twist. The Telegraph reported:
David Cameron has risked inflaming international relations after suggesting Pakistan is promoting the ‘export of terror’ in Afghanistan and around the world.
In words which will be greeted with alarm in Islamabad, the Prime Minister also suggested that Pakistan had links with terrorist groups, and was guilty of double dealing by aligning itself with both the West and the forces it was opposing.
Mr Cameron’s attack will be even more unwelcome given that he was speaking during a visit to India, Pakistan’s neighbour and great military rival.
So it is OK for Pakistan to receive billions from the US and UK, and then turn around and use part of the money to promote terrorism and the taliban. But it is not OK for Pakistan’s patrons to announce that Pakistan is using the money to kill and terrorize. And so what does Pakistan do in response to Cameron’s comments?
It whines. It whines the way it always does whenever anyone speaks the truth about Pakistan’s promotion of Islamic terrorism. Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi whined, “Pakistan was itself a victim of terrorism and its efforts against violent extremism could not be negated.”
You know that story about the guy who killed his parents and at his trail pleaded that as he was an orphan, he was actually a victim and so deserved the court’s sympathy.
That’s the stuff of petty farce. On balance, I believe that the US, the UK and Pakistan are players in a global farce that is really not very funny.