Reports issued by H.R.W. and other human rights groups are professional analyses of different countries. It is absolutely irresponsible and unethical to respond to such criticism with personal attacks on individual professionals affiliated with these organizations.
I have no illusions about our ability to influence policymakers or help end the war in Afghanistan or the violence in Pakistan. But I'm concerned with doing whatever we can and we can achieve a lot more by taking initiative to talk and work together than by worrying and complaining.
Despite anger by lawmakers, a bill to freeze the $2 billion aid package to Pakistan failed to pass Congress. Now comes news the Obama administration has canceled $800 million of aid, purportedly to persuade Islamabad to do more to combat terrorism.
In a country ruled by the military for most of its existence, where the ruling elites are better known for corruption and thievery, where is the little guy supposed to find relief? Humor is what keeps Pakistanis sane.