Saturday, August 04, 2007

Pandering to the Masses: Moronic US Candidates Roil Muslim Allies

The entire debate between the Democratic candidates about whether we should consider using nuclear weapons against tribal lands situated along the Pakistani and Afghan border reveals to me how impoverished this country's political discourse has become.

The idea that we would use a nuclear weapon to kill one person (even the infamous Osama bin Laden) is so ridiculous that it reveals the limits of the use of force. No one has yet devised a weapon that can destroy an idea, a meme, or a revolutionary cause and even in death, Osama bin Laden will always be the embodiment of the desire for a world-spanning Caliphate.

The entire discussion of this ridiculous proposal is further alienating the few allies America has left after six years of the worst President in our history.
The [Pakistani] government on Friday set a foreign policy debate in the National Assembly for Monday to focus on Pakistan-US ties in a move that seemed designed to demonstrate Islamabad’s unease at some latest developments and also deflect opposition attacks over both internal and external situations....

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Sher Afgan Khan Niazi had first proposed that the house pass a resolution to condemn a recent suggestion by one prospective United States presidential candidate [Barack Obama] to send American troops into Pakistan to hunt down Al Qaeda terrorists and one by another [Tom Tancredo] to target Islam’s holiest sites in Makkah and Madina, after the issue was raised by some opposition members.

It was agreed by the two sides to draft a joint resolution, which did not come for some unexplained reasons.

But instead of that, apparently after consulting the foreign ministry, Mr Niazi came up with a motion towards the end of the sitting calling for a foreign policy debate that he said should focus on five subjects: ‘dirty’ statements by prospective US presidential candidates, the India-US nuclear deal, threats of anti-militant US military operations inside Pakistan territory, Pakistan’s role as a front-line state in the war against terrorism and a recently passed US law containing 'double-standards and unreasonable conditions’ for giving aid to Pakistan.

Speaker Amir Hussain Chaudhry set Monday for the debate, which he said could continue for two days, but dismissed a suggestion by Pukhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party chief Mahmood Khan Achakzai that a joint session of both the National Assembly and the Senate hold such a debate.

|[Pakistani] Foreign policy debate to focus on ties with US - Dawn|

While the Democrats idea is foolish, Tom Tancredo's idea of threatening Mecca and Medina is truly insane. It's like the British government threatening to destroy the Vatican for the acts of Irish Catholic terrorists.

It is a move guaranteed to radicalize moderate Muslims and to truly and finally bring on an apocalyptic war of elimination between Islam and the United States.


Jason said...

Just for the record, I don't think any Dem. candidate actually did suggest using nuclear weapons in this whole affair. I think Obama (who said we wouldn't) stumbled a little on his answer, and the AP ran a very poor version of the story.

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