Officials have been presenting Pakistan as the key to the war on Afghanistan for a decade now, but when the Chicago summit on the war opens in 10 days Pakistan may find itself unwelcome and uninvited.
That was the implication of comments from NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who insisted that other non-NATO nations could attend the summit as a reward for helping with “important transit arrangements to the benefit of our operation.”
Rasmussen went on to slam Pakistan for blocking transport routes, which it did in November in retaliation for a US attack on two border outposts, while suggesting that attendance at the talks was predicated on Pakistan’s cabinet rescinding the closure.
Pakistani Prime Minister Yousef Raza Gilani downplayed the row in an interview with Sky News today, insisting that Pakistan retains a good relationship with the US and that there are ongoing discussions related to the border closure. Pakistan’s cabinet is expected to meet next week on the issue, but parliament is demanding any reopening of the crossing come with a promise that the US stop launching drone strikes against targets inside Pakistan.
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Not one NATO country would countenance American Drones Bombing their civilians, yet hypocritically they think it is acceptable to do it to Pakistan. It is Pakistan's Government that has to live with the blowback of what teh US is doing!
Seriously Pakistan should tell the US that they will start shooting drones down, over their airspace, just as the US would do if another country started flying drones over its territory let alone killing US citizens!
By the way it wouldnt be an act of War the US says their drone flights are not an act of war even though they kill people.
The Precedent goes BOTH ways oh foolish US POLITICIANS!
It is time for NATO to redefine itself, it has morphed from a collective for self-defense to an arm of US imperialism.
Our prize sucker — Escaping the greed trap?
Wealth being the lubricant that gets things done in an Empire, since the 1950’s our High Society ruling-class has been funneling billions into the Pakistan military with 80% of it ending up in the bank accounts of their High Society.
So, as destiny kicks on down toward a one-world Empire that can only happen after an all-encompassing one-world war, we see a battle royal taking place in Pakistan between the pure pleasure of greed and the most painful happiness of obeying common horse sense. Take your pain now or later, grab your pleasure now or never.
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