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The Pakistan Conundrum

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Submitted by Frank Luke (United States), May 5, 2011 at 20:15

Now that we have got rid of Bin Laden perhaps it is time to save that $4.5 billion handout. However, let us remember that moderate leaders in Moslem lands have to make some noises about "sovereignity" to pander to the feelings of some of their countrymen. Pakistanis were never known for their balanced views. Most of them view issues in terms of "Pro Islamic - Anti Islamic" because they have been brainwashed by their religious leaders. Moderates in Pakistan are aware of this brainwashing and if they (moderates) want to remain significant in Pakistani politics, they will need to say at lease SOMEthing negative about America from time to time. In this case, we need to accuse the Pakistani government (at least publicly) of protecting Bin Laden. Be hard with the extremists and soft with the moderates - that is the golden rule.

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