Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Islam and the West
04 Oct 2011, NewAgeIslam.Com
US-Pak: The Chains that Bind Us

By Ameer Bhutto

The formidable price tag of the US war on terror has brought America to its knees during the last 10 years. According to the Eisenhower Research Project at Brown University’s Institute for International Studies, the war in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan has cost the US four trillion dollars thus far; money that could have been pumped in to boost the economy and create jobs. Moreover, according to Wikipedia, America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have left nearly 5,000 US troops dead and 42,000 wounded. If Obama thinks he can go to the American electorate next year after opening a new war front in Pakistan, which would not only divert even more money from economic resuscitation measures but also produce a fresh wave of US forces casualties, and expect sympathy and support from American voters, he is in for a rude awakening. both sides are trying to diffuse tensions. It must have dawned on them that publicising this issue was a mistake when the desired objectives could easily be achieved quietly. How many among us would know the difference between a drone attack, a missile strike or a fighter jet sortie carried out in the middle of the night? How do we know that foreign boots are not already on our soil? Have we forgotten Raymond Davis? -- Ameer Bhutto


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