Pakistan's Behavior About Osama Bin Laden Killing is Bizarre
The US-Pakistani relationship is like between a man and woman, it can get weird, like Venus and Mars. Another way to look at it is like The Odd Couple, a hilarious TV show where two men live together yet seldom understand the other.
After the killing by US special forces inside Pakistan of Osama bin Laden, the main objective for the US and Pakistan, so it was thought. Pakistan suffered great embarrassment to their incompetence of not knowing this man was living in a town where Pakistan's West Point was located. Not for only a few months, but over five years. To save face in front of the public, afterwards, Pakistan chastised and demanded the US apologize for this invasion, despite its good cause and obtaining the objective. The US expressed regrets numerous times, yet, Pakistan, seems to want more, so they shut down the roads for supply into Afghanistan for six months. While they may finally reopen, they still want a frickin' official public apology. The dispute sits on semantics. Regrets = apology in the US but not in Pakistan. It is something less, how stupid. Even if the US does thise, Pakistan wants to increase the cost per container shipped their country from $200 to $6000!
Now, the second bizarre response occurs. A critical player in helping finding bin Laden is Dr. Shakil Afridi, a Pakistani, who also worked undercover for the CIA. He collected DNA from the compound where Bin Laden was staying under a vaccination program to confirm his presence. His work confirmed the man thought to be Bin Laden, was in fact, him.
After Bin Laden was killed, Pakistani police arrested the doctor for questioning. It was believed by the US, he would be released, I mean, he helped obtain the main objective of US and Pakistan.- kill al Qaeda's leader. Pakistan, for some bizarre reason (are they rational?) thought he was spying on Pakistan. The US have told Pakistan this was not the case, he was only helping locate and confirm Bin Laden in Abbottabad.
American officials consider the doctor a hero, a patriot and should be honored. Pakistan considers the man a traitor and what he did was treason. Huh? Exactly by what rational rationale? Well, for them, the reason is because the Pakistani doctor was helping the USA, not Pakistan! OMG. LOL. WTF.
Is this just another petulant way Pakistan is retaliating for what Pakistan was too inept to do? Kill Osama Bin Laden? Well, in most Western countries, the answer is yes. Maybe, this is just another way to retaliate for not giving Pakistan an apology for the accidental friendly fire that killed many of their soldiers. War is hell and accidents occur. Think Vietnam, many times, this happened, all by accident, bad communication. Pakistan needs to get over it.
Pakistan wants to make the doctor an example for all Pakistanis about helping the USA. They sentenced this vital asset to 33 years in jail. Yet, another example how incompatible Pakistan and the US are. We think totally different.
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