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Submitted by Fred Baehr (United States), May 4, 2011 at 00:55

Our position vis a vis Pakistan is weakened by our continuing pretense that Pakistan is a good trustworthy ally. We are the more powerful of the two, they need us. Time to deal harshly with them like a parent who must finally punish a child. We should make them pay for this particular incident in the court of world opinion. To do less will invite contempt. (We should be more conscious of their point of view). Since they have depended on us for so long they would have some difficulty replacing all their ordinance with the alternatives, and we could make that next to impossible anyway. No, we have nothing to fear from them and they have everything to fear from us, unless they can continue to bamboozle us with concerned talk about the regional balance of power and stability and the radicals. We should severely cut our aid and offer rewards for good behavior. There is no other way to put it. They got a few rockets and they've been acting tough and now is the moment to cut them down a few pegs. Its how the game is played in the world just like in the neighborhood. Some little punkazz btch acts up, kick his azz! All we really have to do is cozy up with India, which we ought to do anyway, they're the only decent government in a thousand miles and the natural dominant power in the region. Cut the Pakies down! The more humbled we can make them now the better position we will have with them.

"There is a tide in the affairs of men, which, taken at the flood leads to greatness: avoided, and all his years are spent in shallows and miseries".

Right now the Islamic world is convulsing and no one knows what may come. The only prudent thing is to strengthen our diplomatic position generally and watch. We can't control the destinies of nations like conspiracy theorists claim. We will be fortunate to be any more at ease over the next few years. But the policies of nations are like moves in a game of chess that has no unbreakable rules. If the rules are bent or broken and the move is won, then, the move is won. Again, we have nothing to fear from them. They are a people much motivated by concepts some might find hard to understand but they are not crazy or insane. If we make them believe we will respond to any nuclear attack from their country, we will eliminate them. They can't touch us and we can evaporate them, and as horrible an act as that would be, we should convince them that we will if we must and if they launch we must.

The problem here is that, having said so, we must then be prepared to act. Are we, in fact, capable of doing such a thing? Millions of innocents vaporized, burnt, horribly maimed, and all our doing. For what? To stop nuclear aggression? Men, women, children, millions of them, dead and dying, for somebody else's wellbeing? Those poor slobs didn't have anything to do with nuclear anything and they're the ones dying everywhere. Could we do that? If we never could then we can't be the provider of order in the world as it is. As more and more comes within reach of more and more somebody is going to have to keep the less satisfied peoples either more satisfied or more wary. Now is a moment to increase the wariness of a bad citizen, to chastise him for all to see, and take away his allowance. For everything there is a season.

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