Pakistani state is not going to collapse, says Prez Ten Percent
President Asif Ali Zardari denied on Sunday Pakistan is on the verge of collapse,
"No, no! Certainly not!"
as top US officials welcomed a military offensive against the Taliban in Swat. Zardari, in an NBC interview aired after a week of talks in Washington, also demanded a global effort to fight extremism as Afghan President Hamid Karzai said a new surge of US troops in his country had been overdue.
"But don't bomb nobody, okay?"
"Is the state of Pakistan going to collapse?" Zardari said. "No. We are 180 million people. There the population is much, much more than the insurgents are."
The appearance pre- and post- collapse would actually be pretty similar. They may have already collapsed for all I know.
Zardari admitted that Pakistan had "a problem" with the Taliban inside its borders
... just like the Titanic had a problem with water...
and called for an international approach to extremism as a whole, "because it's not Pakistan-specific".
"It's just Pakistain they're about to take over!"
"I think we need to find a strategy where the world gets together against this threat, because it's not Pakistan-specific," he said.
"If everybody's responsible then nobody's specifically responsible, which lets us off the hook, right?"
"It's not Afghanistan-specific. Like I said, it's all the way from the Horn of Africa. You've had attacks in Spain. You've had attacks in Britain. You've had attacks in America. You've had attacks in Africa, Saudi Arabia," he said.
"And they've been orchestrated and often staffed from Pakistain."
"So I think the world needs to understand that this is the new challenge of the 21st century, and this is the new war."
Posted by: Fred 2009-05-11