A full scale military operation to rid Pakistan of the scourge of terrorism in the country's tribal belt has sparked a national debate, and defense analysts and experts on Afghan affairs and militancy have begun shedding light on the Karachi airport attack. Given that Pakistan has already reportedly suffered 49,000 casualties -- including the loss of more than 15,000 security personnel in its fight against homegrown insurgency -- and given the prospects of full throttle action against the militants in coming days, the government needs to focus on formulating an effective strategy to avoid civilian casualties in future situations. Hence, it is the high time to quell the insurgency through employing all the resources available.
What is happening in that country that makes people so hard-hearted, vicious, and sadistic? If Pakistan will not come to the aid of its own people soon, it will be too late for anyone to save the country from being completely overrun by extremists.
If the rulers cannot ensure the safety of the people, then better they resign and quit power. The present government's endeavors to build a bridge of understanding with the Taliban are a mere waste of time. The Taliban, who have scant regard for the sanctity of human lives, do not deserve -- nor should be shown -- any mercy. If the government is reluctant to unleash a ruthless crackdown on the Taliban, then let the army on its own volition take this most indispensable onslaught and finish the job of eliminating these latter-day assassins once and for all. Otherwise, Pakistan is doomed and will remain subservient to the killing sprees and criminal and bulging demands of these murderous thugs.
SriLankan Airlines Flight UL 183 was cancelled Sunday. On June 9, the destination that SriLankan's passengers wanted to reach was recovering from a siege by the Pakistani Taliban.
It is what the masked men did to her before they took the money that keeps Sajida Gulamrasool up at night.
Pakistan's history is soaked in the blood of those who have -- and continue to -- suffer agonizing pains on the basis of their faith. Right in the start, a newborn Pakistan was gripped by sectarian violence when extremist clerics led nation-wide riots against the moderate Ahmadiyya Muslim community.
There is so much for us to gain in this world if people could see beyond this distorted concept of "honor." True honor lies in caring for those we love, in seeing them as human beings, and cherishing their lives - regardless of whether they are a man or a woman.
Much of what U.S. service personnel died or were wounded for will have been lost. Although extremely tragic, however, this bad outcome may not be the worst effect of the war. That would be the destabilization of nearby Pakistan, which has 100-200 nuclear weapons and an insurgency trying to overthrow the Pakistani government.
The most important thing for Americans to know about the Karachi attack is not any geopolitical upshot, but the fact that innocent Pakistanis died.
Taking the best of your culture and passing it onto your kids is a constant work in progress. You have to be prepared for battle from a myriad of external forces, but right now when they are learning right from wrong, is as good a time as ever to start. Enjoy the ride and hands inside the cart at all times.
Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogDave Cooper, Command Master Chief SEAL (Retired) for the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU), has authored a ...
It is true that the current superpower is not an angel, but the way we are viewing things has seriously affected our own welfare and virtually made us unable to self introspect.
One way or another, the United States owes its service members the ride home. They may face military court, or simply return to their lives, but leaving anyone behind is not right. But questions over Bergdahl's motivations and actions are not what embarrasses Obama.
In Pakistan right now, there is absolutely no fear of being caught and no dread of being punished. This is a big problem. This is what we witnessed in the brazen act of murdering a woman outside a court in a prime center of the city.
Over the last dozen years, American foreign policy has, in its most dynamic aspects, been an abject, and highly destructive, failure. But our self-perpetuating foreign policy establishment seems substantially incapable of fully appreciating the extent of the disaster.
Those looking to explain Modi's India with labels like 'right-wing' or 'religious fanatic' are going to find themselves stymied. So, what will India's foreign policy under Modi look like?