10 May 2011 22:13
Pakistan, like Israel, was created as a result of the disintegration of British colonialism, is, unlike Israel, turning out to be a failure.
Man holds poster of Osama bin Laden at rally in Pakistan 311.
(photo credit:REUTERS/Naseer Ahmed)
Pakistan was created in 1947 as an Islamic state for the Muslims of India. But
it is the Yiddish word chutzpah that best describes what seems to the country’s
For those with a grasp of Pakistan’s history – in
particular the self-defeating penchant by Pakistanis for blaming the country’s
many failures on its perceived deviance from the most extreme, reactionary
version of Islamic faith – it came as no surprise to hear allegations that
al-Qaida head Osama bin Laden had received help from Pakistan. If so, the sheer
blatancy of the duplicity boggles the mind. Here is a country that has had no
qualms about consuming billions of dollars in US aid annually while harboring
the US’s arch-enemy in one of the comfortable, walled, hilltop compounds once
frequented by colonialist British army commanders and now reserved for Pakistani