What would it take to be bombed?

On Sunday night, while reading the newspaper and going through the headlines that were already a few hours too late, I came across the statement by American Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. The statement was clear, and there wasn’t any doubt about what it can mean to us. It read,

Hillary warns Pakistan of ‘severe

consequences’

I turned to my dad and asked ” Can America really bomb us?”

He looked at me with a look (that I have yet to decipher) and then laughed (again which has to be decoded) and said “Ofcourse they can ”

Could this happen to Karachi Yesterday?

Now please don’t go on assuming that this question reveals the skeptic, naive, or politically unaware person inside of me. I am well aware of the fact that there is a war going on in half of the country, a matter of a couple of miles from our capital, but the fear (yes I am not scared to say that I was worried) that this “severe consequences” can mean the same fate for cities like Karachi as for Waziristan was a bit too much for me. Continue reading

Today’s Episode of Fareed Zakaria GPS: Interview with Mathew Hoh

Today’s Episode at this show was definitely worth watching. It shows that how the views of the American people are changing, which is the need of the hour, drastically regarding the issue of Afghanistan.

In the episode, the interview was conducted with Mathew Hoh, the first to resign from Afghanistan and is now of the opinion that the government too should realize that the war in Afghanistan would yield no results.

According to his opinion, the USA is in the middle of a civil war in Afghanistan, which has no end, and can only be seen with regret, lets say 4 years from now, when we would come to realize that there is no future to this war.

The statement that really stuck was the line that went something like this we now have to realize that the Soviet Union came in to stabilize the situation in a country which had been devastated by the constant civil war.

Mathew Hoh

The man of the hour - Mathew Hoh

It was interesting to note his observation regrading the difference in the situation in Afghanistan and Iraq. In Afghanistan according to him, there are two type of people, mostly those that are Pakhtun and living in the rural area, having a strong hold with their traditions, who just want to be left alone to their ownlifestlye. In Iraq, however, you had people that were feeling insecure and welcomed the allied forces. The people of Afghanistan are poor people, and thus the way and the new policies of the centeral government have only helped in increasing their negative perception about how the situation is being handled in this region.

His point of view about how in a population of 3 million, you can hardly stop a 100 or so people from joining a fringe group like the Al-Qaeda is also valid, to a point where the presence of the American forces or the increase of their numbers only help to justify the point of AL-Qaeda and their acts towards these troops.

A definite must watch episode.