VANCOUVER, CANADA: This is in reference to Maria Waqar’s article “Why drones won’t work” (June 11). The writer says: “Even though the US has stepped up its aerial attacks in Pakistan, it can hope to ‘win’ nothing more than worse relations with its ally”.
One problem with this analysis is that, like so many others, it is based on the assumption that Pakistan is an “ally” with whom the US strongly desires good relations. This may have been a correct assumption a year ago, but that is no longer the case. Pakistan is now clearly an enemy of the US, and US official rhetoric is beginning to acknowledge that status.
Published In The Express Tribune, June 12th, 2012.
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