Worldview item of the day
In an interview with the Associated Press, the Pakistani foreign minister declared that Pakistan has not and will not allow foreign countries to pursue Osama bin Laden in its territory.
If this declaration proves to be anything other than a screen by the Pakistani government to avoid the political consequences of allowing the US to hunt for bin Laden in western Pakistan, then it seems that Pakistan unilaterally declared its nearly lawless western states to be a haven for the terrorist leader. In doing so, Pakistan gives harbor to one of the United State’s greatest enemies, an action tantamount to a declaration of war.
The current political climate in the United States makes people throughout the world forget a critical factor in the still ongoing war against the fundamentalist Muslims who attacked American on 9-11: the free world can no longer afford to sit idly by while zealots and dictators plot the overthrow of free people. The reason for invading Afghanistan and Iraq, the reason for the aggressive diplomacy with Iran and North Korea is to prevent events like 9-11, Bali, Madrid, and London from ever happening again.
President Bush once said that nations who were not with us in the war to end these threats were against us. He was right. There is no neutrality in this fight. If Pakistan’s rhetoric proves to be true, then that nation becomes and enemy and must be treated accordingly.