From Harvard, with hate - for the narrow-minded

Published: June 28, 2011

The writer is a Harvard Shorenstein Fellow in The Press, Politics & Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government. He was also host of “TalkBack” on DawnNews [email protected]

The narrative changes. Pakistan ranks up there with unemployment as far as Washingtonian irritants are concerned and America at large has had enough as well. Now, there is little space for green in the red, white and blue palette. No big aid package is being pipelined. No confidence-building is pending to bridge the trust deficit. In effect, there is no love. For the polity of the US, Pakistan is somewhere between the bi-poles of all-out/isolating sanctions and total/existential war. But you won’t hear that in The New York Times. Or from Admiral Mullen when he calls to say goodbye to General Kayani. Not even from Ambassador Cameron Munter at one of his formally informal soirees.

Instead, you will hear this new narrative, and more, at Harvard — the lyceum of America’s Establishment. Not the khaki-wearing, nuke-trading, push-up pumping Establishment that you’re used to. Rather, the quantifying and qualifying, cost-benefit analysing, discourse and debate driven, bottomline-is-supreme thinkers of America’s elite. For many blue-bloods here in Cambridge, Massachusetts — the mecca of puritan tradition and progressive thought — giving Pakistan a helpful transfusion is up there with sipping tea with the Tea Party: Not On. Simply, Pakistan is running out of reputational fuel and even American liberals — the Academy — want it to switch to alternative sources of energy.

Why is this important? Because Americans debate their policies: Not just in mess halls and on golf courses, but also in lecture rooms and auditoriums. And Harvard is the citadel of America’s discussion. Senators and congressmen, generals and journalists, all visit here to sell or retool their ideas. Being here is witnessing brain surgeons operate on the American political mind: Skulls of wisdom are drilled, membranes of reason are pierced, tumours of myth are extracted and new policies are stitched up. It’s a beautiful procedure and it’s called discursive democracy. Understanding the academic policy-debate mechanism is critical for understanding America, while tracking the changes in its direction: A feat Pakistanis need to accomplish, and fast.

I witnessed this new Pakistan narrative unfold over the last few months. Graham Allison, the man who — besides advising governments — dominates security discourse at the Kennedy School of Government, maintains that the problem was “always Pak-Af, not Af-Pak”. Weeks before the OBL debacle, General Ray Odierno, known in this country as the liberator of Iraq, made an even more focused assessment about our de facto/four-star head-of-state: That it took the US “a while” to realise that “General Kayani will do what’s good for him”, and thus, America will treat him “accordingly”. Days before the SEALs rappelled into Abbottabad, another US army general addressed military officers here and warned that with the “endgame heating up, the Af-Pak Theater will swing, and the Pakistanis, of all folks, won’t like it”.

That, ladies and gentlemen, is a sea change. And it started months before President Obama’s 1/5/11 speech. Meanwhile, many Pakistanis here remained in denial. An email exchange between a couple of Pakistani professors, some Pakistani students and myself (about an over-bloated issue: The design of a poster for a student-organised seminar that questioned “The Unraveling Republic of Pakistan?”) led to the following verdict by the junior (Pakistani)professor, who obviously fancied himself as a graphic designer:

“We feel it would be more interesting to juxtapose images of the army and mullahs with girl children (sic) in school and it is important to portray less violent images of Pakistan. The big picture in our view should be girl children (sic) in schools… and you can have smaller pictures of the military and the mullahs that are juxtaposed against the big picture. This would be a better rendering of Pakistan’s complex struggles.”

This constructed ‘rendering’ — a dim attempt to stonewall the rising tide of anti-Pakistanism at America’s finest school, missed the larger point: That images of girls on a poster will not salvage Pakistan in the educated American mind. Brutally honest debate and frank policy discussions will.

Thus, from Harvard, with hate… For the narrow-minded.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 28th, 2011.

Reader Comments (61)

  • Talha
    Jun 28, 2011 - 12:46AM

    Well Harvard has not achieved anything positive for US&A from its “analysis” and “discussions”.

    The economy is continuing to slide down, the menace of terror has not ended and Obama has been an utter failure.

    Their views do not change anything, they come to repent all their decisions on the long term.Recommend

  • Jun 28, 2011 - 12:50AM

    Haww! It seems that you are not doing your bit to project a positive Pakistani image! Please remind everyone around you that South Kore copied our economic plans! Recommend

  • Akhtar Nawaz
    Jun 28, 2011 - 1:04AM

    He had to tell everyone hes at Harvard now! :D
    Though the way he exemplifies issues is beautiful!Recommend

  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Jun 28, 2011 - 1:08AM

    Hate can turn into love but stupidity has no cure and in this case, its more stupidity than anything else. May I ask why nobody from Harvard told American policy makers that its far more easy to buy Afghans than to fight them. With trillion dollars spent and so little job done, I thought silly Harvardians would be hating themselves.Recommend

  • Ali Wazir
    Jun 28, 2011 - 1:08AM

    lol,Yes we get it you are in Harvard (sic).. Good for you…Recommend

  • G. Din
    Jun 28, 2011 - 1:15AM

    “Brutally honest debate and frank policy discussions will.(salvage Pakistan in the educated American mind.) “
    Pakistan should be the last one to ask for a “brutally honest debate and frank policy discussions” after all the double-dealing, back-stabbing of Americans. Americans, like Indians, give a long rope to their adversaries -for them to go hang themselves with it. And, Pakistan has done it “quite expectedly”, one might say!Recommend

  • Noman
    Jun 28, 2011 - 1:24AM

    In your list on discursive democracy, don’t forget to add those Harvard graduated Wall Street bankers/crooks who left millions of people unemployed and homeless. Also don’t forget that the level of discursivity is so high in US that it discipline its largely white citizens into becoming obedient workers and soldiers. Go and take a walk outside campus in Black and Hispanic neighborhoods instead of listening to boring lectures. Recommend

  • faraz
    Jun 28, 2011 - 1:45AM

    Well it won’t surprise many in Pakistan; most of the people already suffer from a ridiculous delusion that Pakistan is a fortress of Islam that is under threat from global powers. It will only surprise the “geostrategic importance” crowdRecommend

  • Jerry
    Jun 28, 2011 - 2:19AM

    Wajahat

    I enjoyed your TV show ( don’t know if it is still continue?) ,and out of few Pakistani intellectual,I like your views on current affairs ,Some time brutally honest not always bias.
    Yes you hit bulls eye with this article ,It seems like most of Pakistani living in denial.
    Everything is not Hunky Dory in pakistan ,Not out of woods as of yet or in near future.Recommend

  • Ghulam Mustafa Chaniho
    Jun 28, 2011 - 2:23AM

    A classic example of an untrained political mind trying analyse politics. What a pity… Recommend

  • mullah omer
    Jun 28, 2011 - 2:48AM

    Be there in America and don’t come back please. :)Recommend

  • r
    Jun 28, 2011 - 4:11AM

    Brutal – Pakistan is.
    Honest – Pakistan is not.

    Unless you are ready to address the bigotry and self rigtheousness you teach at all levels of society, Harvard cannot free you from the delusions that afflict the mind. Recommend

  • KJB
    Jun 28, 2011 - 4:19AM

    Isnt’t Harvard the place where Bush got his degrees from????!!!!

    Please please don’t take the Ivy League that seriously….remember these are the same places who are in the news for the hitherto sub prime educational loans fiasco…..legend has it that it would make the sub prime mortagage fraud look like tea party.

    So the Americans don’t love us no more…..big news……you would have been foolish to think otherwise.

    Our relationship is strictly transactional and its good to be reminded that its hatred( business) as usual between us.Recommend

  • Sameer
    Jun 28, 2011 - 5:34AM

    @ KJB – Any Pakistani would die to send their children to an Ivy League college so please don’t kid yourself.

    The fact of the matter is, even the ultra-liberal Americans who lack the spine to fight terrorism are realizing that Pakistan is the epicenter of the terrorist problem that USA spent trillions to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq. These same ultra-liberal people are wishing it was Pakistan that was attacked for its decades of support of terrorism.

    This is a black and white issue. What Pakistan has done wrong. The world’s patience is up. It’s time to give up the delusion and turn Pakistan around completely. Recommend

  • Arjun
    Jun 28, 2011 - 6:41AM

    KJB: GWB got his degree from Yale.

    And just because you don’t like the message(or reality), that doesn’t diminish Harvard’s value.Recommend

  • Mo
    Jun 28, 2011 - 8:42AM

    Wajahat S Khan you have confused Washington Think tanks with Harvard.and also included a unnecessary attack on Pakistan Military. Americas pakistan policy is set by the Pentagon. Joe Binden wanted to withdraw 40,000 troops from afghanistan, the pentagon wanted 10,000 and guess who won ?. Harvard students dont hate pakistan, ive met many of them and they dont even know where pakistan is, those who do know are sympathetic to pakistans challenges.Although that may have changed as anti muslim sentiment increases throughout out america.Recommend

  • vasan
    Jun 28, 2011 - 10:09AM

    What a hate-filled and negative comments about Americans and American universities from Pakistani commentators. Just think where is USA and where is Pakistan, Rest will dawn on you. Agreed both have negative features, violence and discrimination. I , guess, the scale and intensity of these qualities in these countries tell the story.Recommend

  • Syed
    Jun 28, 2011 - 10:19AM

    Harvard you can go to hell !Recommend

  • Jun 28, 2011 - 10:36AM

    I would rather prefer University of Columbia or MIT any day over Harvard. Recommend

  • Sana
    Jun 28, 2011 - 10:40AM

    “…That images of girls on a poster will not salvage Pakistan in the educated American mind. Brutally honest debate and frank policy discussions will.”

    Dude, what’re you saying? You seem to be relying on several unfounded assumptions, not least of which is that the proliferation of high-ranking officials and depth of discussion at Harvard marks it as the arena of an honest and evolved understanding of foreign politics. You’re isolating a certain cadre of people with access to a certain set of resources as being able to hammer out the truths and complexities of a situation, while essentially if not directly indicating that the rest of the universities or other institutions in the US and elsewhere are somehow lacking in these abilities. While that in itself was somewhat insulting, your argument that images of Pakistan such as that of little girls that would garner sympathy or understanding on some level would have no hold on the American imagination- oh wait you’re only talking about the “educated American mind” whatever that means- whereas “honest debate and frank policy discussion will” signals some level of ignorance of American politics. This is not to say that images are enough to change perceptions, but the idea that any discussion of political motivations and foreign interests by US officials can be “frank” or “honest” is laughable, and I’d advise you to check the news for the past ten years if you need examples. Recommend

  • Hammad Ali
    Jun 28, 2011 - 10:51AM

    ”Harvard — the lyceum of America’s Establishment. Not the khaki-wearing, nuke-trading, push-up pumping Establishment that you’re used to.”
    ”Americans debate their policies: Not just in mess halls and on golf courses, but also in lecture rooms and auditoriums.”

    Bulls eye !Recommend

  • Khan
    Jun 28, 2011 - 11:20AM

    He should be part of the marketing team of Harvard. Just a semester at Harvard did this to him, I wonder how he would have been if he was studying for an MSc/PhD at Harvard.Recommend

  • Aftab
    Jun 28, 2011 - 11:26AM

    From Harvard, with hate…

    We know they hate us! Any news please?Recommend

  • MYM
    Jun 28, 2011 - 11:56AM

    Dear Wajahat,

    Very frankly speaking the main problem Pakistan faces is that of its perception in not just the american public mindset but the larger world in general. We have been a play ground for World Powers for too long, and the sooner our enlightened leaders learn that not every decision they make as per liking of occupant of GHQ/White House/Downing street also goes down well with public (Pakistani and others). What Pakistan lacks the most is a person at the top who is taken notice of by people. One example i can quote is that of Dr. Mahathir Muhammad of Malaysia who was/is outspoken critic of USA yet under him Malaysia’s largest source of investment was USA. Same goes for Malaysian relation with Australian and Singapore govts yet the people of these countries have a very positive outlook about the country. How many people in the west have heard about the Edhi, Imran khan (as a social worker), Dr. Aurangzeb Hafi, Gulgee, Saadqain, Jahangir & Jansher Khan, Mehdi Hasan, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Mahbub ul Haq etc just to name a few. Second thing Pakistan lacks is not the debates and discussions on policy rather its any of those discussion carrying substance and having any effect.Recommend

  • Mariya
    Jun 28, 2011 - 12:00PM

    Ok, so what was the point of this article? To tell that you are in Harvard or what Americans think about Pakistan?

    Shame on you for not defending Pakistan! I am not asking you to defend the extremist or the corrupt in but speak up on how America has been partners with all our corrupt dictators. Zia, the engineer of extremist Islam in Pakistan was invited for state dinners! Ask them why did they invite a dictator for dinners? Why did they deal with a man who hanged Bhutto( elected prime minister). Later America supported Musharraf and helped him stay in power when the people of Pakistan came out on streets against him. Why don’t you ask American, what do they really expect after supporting dictators and corrupt leaders in under-developed countries?

    Ask them how America helped create Taliban. Pakistan didn’t do it alone…we did it with the help of American money. So now why is the blame not being shared? Why the aid to fight Taliban sounds like a ‘MEHRBANI’ to Pakistan. Speak up for Pakistan Mr Wajahat or else don’t bother with these articles.

    Shame on you for trying to tell us that whatever is being said in America is true. Well they have been wrong about every thing in last 100 years..from Vietnam war, to Iraq and Afghanistan. So how can they be right about Pakistan?

    70% of the guns being used in Mexico are coming from AMERICA! and I am sure that’s the case in Pakistan too! So speak up for our country and don’t let a bully make you believe that it’s ‘our fault’. Ask these questions to the people you just quoted and tell them to stop pointing fingers at other nations. They need to look inside for answers just like us…we Pakistanis need to stop blaming America for everything.

    Mr Wajahat I have shared my above views while at LSE and also on BBC without any fear. So be a man and stand up for your country. This country doesn’t need your Harvard degree …just your patriotism.Recommend

  • Azwer Ali
    Jun 28, 2011 - 12:19PM

    Harvard cant address the oldest problem with humanity….”Lack of Empathy”Recommend

  • IZ
    Jun 28, 2011 - 12:21PM

    mixing metaphors much?Recommend

  • schloe
    Jun 28, 2011 - 12:36PM

    a very dim-witted , pathetic article. we just don’t need a meddled rhetoric alloyed with sarcasm ,
    there shall be some SUBSTANCE in your writings , not a cliched cry of problems :pRecommend

  • Zahid Qureshi
    Jun 28, 2011 - 12:40PM

    I wonder where all the intellectuals and brainy guys of Harvard were when George Bush was nominated as America’s President and also Governor of Texas once…..

    Just a piece of information George W Bush also graduated from Harvard Business School in 1975 and we consider him worse than Hitler……as he found many weapons of mass destruction in Iraq

    I think after George W Bush’s invasion of Iraq, Americans/Harvard intellectuals should be ashamed of themselves as they have caused more havoc in the world then those narrow minded people in Pakistan

    I wish they would also inculcate humanity in Harvard Graduates Recommend

  • SavePakistan
    Jun 28, 2011 - 12:41PM

    Harvard is a huge university. What school is he talking about? Public Health, Kennedy, Business, Medical, Dental, Law?Recommend

  • MMN
    Jun 28, 2011 - 2:19PM

    Why do we need to salvage Pakistan in an American Educated mind? what does an American think of himeself? Americans are meddlesome. nobody likes meddlesome pricks i am sure neither do you!Recommend

  • omar yusaf
    Jun 28, 2011 - 2:39PM

    @Mariya: Hear! Hear! Well said Mariya. Studying in America may have honed Wajahats writing skills, but sadly, it has done nothing for his sense of what is right or wrong. As the next commentator after your post correctly states, poor Wajahat towering educational accomplishments are stunted by his lack of empathy. Made in the US of A indeed!Recommend

  • omar yusaf
    Jun 28, 2011 - 2:40PM

    ….and whats with the sultry looks? Couldn’t he at least crack a smile? The hero number zero snapshots went out with Wahid Murad decades ago.Recommend

  • Sidra
    Jun 28, 2011 - 3:09PM

    Shameless self-promotion or what!Recommend

  • family man
    Jun 28, 2011 - 3:14PM

    I am a family man. Someone gives me money (either for work or anything else). I goes to market. There are plenty of things available in the market, some are good some are bad or worst. What will I buy to secure my future of my family ? Weapons or books ? Nasty drugs or good food ? Its me who decides what to buy for my family. Its me who decides my shopping list. Its me who decides my priorities. Even in life, its me who decides my friends. Even while driving its always driver’s fault; not of a car. Heads of all nations (including tiny countries like Singapore, Haiti, Seychelles, Bhutan, Cameroon) decides their own policies. So why Pakistani nationals think that someone else drives their own country. Its my view.Recommend

  • Ali
    Jun 28, 2011 - 3:24PM

    its not about him being at harvard, there are many paks there, its about us chaning our mindset becsaue there is no support for the military and the mullah anymore!

    its time WE thought about education and health as oppose to strategic depth oh and to fund our schools we should tax the zardaris and gilanis!Recommend

  • Tilsim
    Jun 28, 2011 - 3:50PM

    Focussing on Harvard is irrelevant to the points being raised by the author. The facts are that this current crop of Pakistani leaders (across the board) are leading Pakistan into headlong confrontation with the US and Europe. It’s only natural that the US elites (policy making and otherwise) are recalibrating their views of this country. Pakistan’s current combative stance will not pay any dividends to the citizens of this country. It will compound our problems. Pakistan is not in a position to be taking on the US and India at the same time. It’s sheer folly.

    It does not need to be this way. The military leadership can take the finding of OBL in Abbottabad as an opportunity to turn away from failed policy stances. They can pursue an independent fact finding mission with vigour and purge black sheep within their ranks. It’s very tempting but of no practical use to focus on diversionary tactics, issuing press releases and trying to lash out at everyone to hold on to lost turf. These tactics are losing Pakistan further credibility.

    Two months have passed since OBL’s killing. It’s time to get a grip. reflect and course correct in the interests of this nation and it’s desperately worried people.Recommend

  • pakistani
    Jun 28, 2011 - 4:34PM

    its better we start thinking inward then to impressing others.Recommend

  • yousaf
    Jun 28, 2011 - 5:17PM

    @Talha.I would have taken much more space to rebut this article.you in 3 one liners have said all,thankyouRecommend

  • KJB
    Jun 28, 2011 - 6:21PM

    Harvard here as been used as branding tool for ‘ bright and best’ of USA.
    Readers and commentators have seemingly rejected the notion of Harvard having moral or skilful license for any presumed authority. Recommend

  • Tasawar ul Karim baig
    Jun 28, 2011 - 7:08PM

    What makes the difference, if we are do the same as other here in USA, while visiting Pakistan,
    “Skulls of wisdom are drilled, membranes of reason are pierced, tumours of myth are extracted and new policies are stitched up”. Specially, when we get these fellowships and scholarship not only to learn new dimensions and opinions people make in elite institutions. No one disagree with the situation we have, but, it is better to look for remedies. What a pride we always feel to abuse ourselves and get the attention. Let change the paradigm of thinking and looking at situation to make situation better.Recommend

  • Siraj Ahsan
    Jun 28, 2011 - 8:05PM

    @Syed Nadir El-Edroos:
    and when was that? Why did South Korea move to being so ahead of the game and we almost if not at the abyss? So who ever did what and gained what we are doomed this is also one the facts we shouldnt forget mentioning.Recommend

  • Venky
    Jun 28, 2011 - 8:32PM

    @Mariya:

    In the beginning you ridiculed that he wants to tell everyone that he is Harvard, but in the end you did the same thing, lecture at LSE. lol. He is at Harvard, you are at LSE, the true and poor Pakistanis are waking up everyday fearing Taliban.Recommend

  • Maria
    Jun 28, 2011 - 8:32PM

    One sincere suggestions, please send above picture of yours to some bollywood director as a replacement for Amrish puri. You have a future in THAT kind of field. Heard even Kareena went to Harvard for a semester….Recommend

  • Farrukh Siddiqui
    Jun 28, 2011 - 8:59PM

    So the writer is @ Harvard on some scholarship? So what? It seems the whole purpose of this piece was to inform or impress us. Well, we are over awed!Recommend

  • Mariya
    Jun 28, 2011 - 9:53PM

    @Jerry: No Pakistani living in Pakistan is in denial as we suffer from terrorism everyday! Yes, Pakistani dictators who were supported by American leaders and American money are behind creation of Taliban. This is a fact to which you Americans choose to deny.

    Its people like you who are in state of denial by pointing fingers at others. You people started war in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan but still call others terrorist. In last decades you have attacked many countries but still call yourself LIBERATORS. You support dictators and call yourself CHAMPIONS OF DEMOCRACY. You are behind 80% of the guns being used for terrorism around the world and still call yourself VICTIM. You had one 9/11 but we in Pakistan have 9/11 everyday and yet you call us to be in denial.

    KNOCK KNOCK..wake up Jerry. Don’t worry about us Pakistanis coming out of the woods but worry about you getting lost in the woods soon. With high debt and 3 wars you guys are really screwed up to be bothering about us.

    Pakistanis like Wajahat are a shame for this country and not intellectuals! Its easy to point fingers but takes a man to make difference in any society. Yes all it takes is to be a man and not degree from Harvard.

    As for you Jerry, I have hit bulls eye with my reply but expect you to stay in denial my friend.Recommend

  • SaudiRules
    Jun 28, 2011 - 10:38PM

    Mr. Wajahat S Khan,
    If you have read some of the comment to ur honest article from your/our countrymen here, you can safely conclude that the pakistan is a hopeless case. Pakistan is a terminally ill cancel patient, slowly but surely fading away.
    Please, enjoy ur stay, find a decent profession in the US and make something of ur life.
    Cheers!Recommend

  • Jhoolay Lal
    Jun 29, 2011 - 12:40AM

    seems like you went to Harvard straight from IQRA university. No wonder you are so impressed.Recommend

  • Sameer
    Jun 29, 2011 - 1:43AM

    @ Arsalan – your comment doesn’t make a lot of sense. I’m just stating a fact, not an opinion when I say that even the ultra-liberal Americans no longer side with Pakistan.

    As for whether might is right, that’s a different issue but I think the world generally views Pakistan with a very negative eye. Pakistan has really done nothing to make people think its a trustworthy nation. There are many trustworthy people IN Pakistan and Pakistanis outside of Pakistan but as a nation (government and military), no one trusts Pakistan. Recommend

  • Khurram
    Jun 29, 2011 - 6:00AM

    Sir, apart from telling us that you are at Harvard there is nothing in your article that makes any sense at all. Is this the standard of learning at Harvard? Honestly, I had a much higher expectation from people who go there. Then on second thoughts perhaps like everything else in the USA perhaps Harvard too has become a “has been” nothing more than name it can brag of.Recommend

  • Farah
    Jun 29, 2011 - 11:36AM

    Seriously? The one thing I took away from this article was that the columnist went to / is at Harvard. While Harvard may be a wonderful institution webspace should be reserved for more informative articles. Recommend

  • Salman
    Jun 29, 2011 - 12:23PM

    Well written though a complete waste of my time. Harvard hates us big deal i dont think we’re really trying to be liked by a couple of thousand elite snobs. American views are changing about pakistan, big deal they were the ones who wanted to push pakistan towards the so called democracy it is right now and now they cant trust our government. If it takes going to harvard for your to understand this then maybe you should’ve been at those golf courses and dinner table and you would have predicted this three years ago my friend.Recommend

  • amoghavarsha.ii
    Jun 29, 2011 - 2:56PM

    I did not understand why the author is being throughly criticised by majority of commentators here.
    Will showing patriotism in front of the people who are discussing the US/Pak situation cut ice.
    Only facts/ actions/ proof will.
    And is there any facts/actions of pakistan to show.
    Saying pakistan lost 35K people will not cut ice, they will simply ask what policies did pakistan make and implement to protect them, that is the beauty of discussion/analysis.Recommend

  • Cambridge
    Jun 30, 2011 - 12:39AM

    Well done, Mr. Khan–you waited until your fellowship was safely finished before getting your licks in.

    Pakistan funds and supplies insurgents that kill out soldiers, harbors terrorists, makes blatantly anti-American public statements to appease hard-liners, works with the Taliban while its soldiers attend our Army’s classes, and all of this while they take millions upon millions of foreign aid. This kind of willful ignorance would be like Hitler, in 1939, venting publicly and demanding to know why Germany was suddenly so unpopular in Europe. Put another way, it’s like a man bewailing the fact that he’s off to the electric chair without ever considering the capital murder that got him there. Of course the punishment seems unjust in-and-of-itself if you fail to consider the crime.

    It’s extortion, plain and simple. If we don’t continue to dole out foreign aid, Pakistan will become even more hostile (if that’s possible) and the costs to the U.S., both in terms of terrorism and militarily, will most definitely increase. On the other hand, it’s a particularly foul deal for the U.S. because Pakistan already is hostile–we’ve got a choice between being screwed-with moderately or being screwed-with severly, but either way, we’ll be screwed-with whether we pay or we don’t. One doesn’t need a Harvard education to wonder why the average American has serious doubts about continued aid to Pakistan.

    So, Mr. Khan, you wonder about U.S. hostility? The biggest wonder is how you, who accepted an invitation to come to the U.S. and work at Harvard, thinks that publicly trashing both the University and U.S. foreign policy is going to do anything but add fuel to the fire.

    Think that paper of yours will ever see the light of day?Recommend

  • AN
    Jun 30, 2011 - 1:05AM

    Seriously man! Pak and US never had a relationship to begin with. What ending of relationship you are mourning about? Good for us and good for them to end this hypocrisy. Just keep a normal relationship. No need for strategic dialogue or any other drama.Recommend

  • Wajahat K
    Jun 30, 2011 - 10:16AM

    Agree with most comments, this article seems to be nothing else that nauseating eulogizing of Harvard. Go to any top uni for that matter, Ivy League or Oxbridge, yes high profile speakers do give lectures there, yes there is a lot of policy ‘research’ going on but as far as policy decisions are concerned that task is still undertaken in the highest echelons of governments.

    As one reader pointed out, justthink what this chap would write if he ‘actually’ studied at Harvard! He is just ‘visiting’ for crying out loud!Recommend

  • Afzal Khan
    Jun 30, 2011 - 12:41PM

    I think this article exaggerates a number of notions. Firstly, as a person who went to college in the west for a year I would like to point out that most sensible americans trust pakistani’s and pakistani americans and some have them as their best friends. The hatred is an anomaly and it only comes from the ultra-right wing gun owning illiterate class which might go on getting educated and becoming part of the “senator and congressman” world. Secondly, in the public discourse and the political debates, a significant amount of the American intelligensia including Hilary Clinton still believes that the sane elements in Pakistan can pull it off and they can rid the region of terrorism. They still continue an ever-important partnership with Pakistan which is needed for the stability of this region. Also, many intellectuals in Washington including Obama himself are keen on solving the Kashmir issue which a number of American intellectuals believe might be fuelling terrorism(Although i Don’t think it is but it is nevertheless very important to solve it). In short, this article is a gross exaggeration.Recommend

  • Hisham
    Jul 1, 2011 - 1:29PM

    Having had extensive interaction with Harvard students, staff, and faculty, I have to say that Harvard is anything but the picture you’ve painted in the article. It baffles me as to how someone like you got there.

    Voting and changing > blogging and complainingRecommend

  • Monaco
    Jul 2, 2011 - 2:28AM

    @SaudiRules:
    Thank you for your diagnosis on Pakistan. I would suggest you focus your energy on Saudia Arabia or has the Saudi Government met your price to ensure complacency?

    Do you know they could pay you even more if you could just get them to stop funding our madrassahs and spreading wahabism in OUR country – the most rigid, ridiculous, unislamic interpretation of Islam.. Or maybe Saudi could get off its useless fat ass and play some positive role in the Middle East and actually make a difference to the Arab people ( I dont know how you can stomoch the Palestinian Crisis for 50 years, maybe all the oil fumes have killed your brain cells).. Ill take our cancer over your paralysis anyday. BTW dont be so quick to forget OBL was Saudi not Pakistani – 9-11 was carried out by Arabs (majority Saudis) not Pakistanis. Your country has gotten away with cold blooded murder and we are paying the price for it… Saudi Rules?? hahaha, cancer must be contagious bc we definitely got it from you Saudis – Keep your comments to yourself, keep your wahabism to yourself, keep your oil money to yourself, and leave us the F alone. KKkKhhhuuDaHAAAffiizz (spit, spit spit). One day we’ll send all these damn Saudi funded Mullahs where they belong – RIYAD – InshAllah.Recommend

  • Mariya
    Jul 2, 2011 - 3:51PM

    @Monaco: good replyRecommend

  • Jay
    Jul 2, 2011 - 6:12PM

    ‘For many blue-bloods here in Cambridge, Massachusetts”

    Dude, blue-bloods are from Yale. Harvard are crimson-bloods!!!Recommend

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