Tuesday, May 10, 2011

US foreign policy: chose your side and it better be ours

"But no amount of external assistance can compensate for a lack of motivation and commitment. Pakistani leaders must choose once and for all. It is not enough to be a limited partner in the struggle against terror; Pakistan needs to become a full partner.

There will be Pakistanis who protest against the recent American military action, arguing that it violated Pakistan’s sovereignty. But sovereignty is not an absolute; it involves obligations as well as rights. Pakistanis must understand that they will forfeit some of those rights if they do not meet their obligation to ensure that their territory is not used to shelter terrorists.

If things do not change, the sort of independent military operation carried out by US soldiers will become less the exception than the rule. This is not nearly as desirable an outcome as Pakistan joining what should be a common international effort. At stake is not only assistance, but Pakistan’s own future, for, in the absence of genuine commitment to counter-terrorism, it is only a matter of time before the country falls victim to the infection that it refuses to treat."

Richard N. Haass, formerly Director of Policy Planning in the US State Department, is President of The Council on Foreign Relations.

1 comment:

Yamuna said...

Rami, I am very glad to have stumbled upon your blog. I'm not anti-American, but it's quite incredible to see how many blunders the US has made when it comes to international relations and foreign policy - the 1971 Bangladeshi revolution, Operation Just Cause, Iraq - the list goes on.
And coming back to agriculture, I'm new to your blog so maybe you have already mentioned this in your older posts, but I would be interested to know about your thoughts on International Development Enterprises (IDE) - their work and their approach. Thanks.