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4. Pakistan is a corrupt, authoritarian oligarchy. It alternates between quasi-democrat rule and military rule. Many of its more prominent leaders, including its best known democratically elected prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, have been assassinated. Many of them also have enriched themselves while in office. Its current prime minister, Gilani, was recently held for contempt of court for his willful flouting of court instructions to assist in the investigation of old cases of money laundering against Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari.
5. Pakistan does not respect human rights, especially religious rights. For one example, look at their use of blasphemy prosecutions to discriminate against religious minorities and settle personal scores, which I have already written about here. Nothing more really needs to be said, except that things have only gotten worse.
6. Pakistan has become an incubator of terrorism, as its territory has a significant number of Islamist teaching religious schools, i.e. madrassas, and terrorist training camps, which together crank out terrorist after terrorist. The madrassas are often sponsored by money from Saudi Arabia and – surprise, surprise – teach Wahhabism to the new generation. There is a reason that many terrorists and would-be terrorist are found to have gone for “vacation” to Pakistan and/or Afghanistan.
7. Pakistan is – as always – belligerent towards its archenemy, the neighboring, more democratic state of India. The U.S. has an increasing interest in aligning itself with India. Pakistan is dangerously paranoid about its bigger neighbor. Elements in Pakistan have already sponsored or assisted terrorist attacks in India, most spectacularly the Mumbai massacre of 2008. And, of course, Pakistan only developed its own nuclear weapons because of India’s decision to do so. However, unlike Pakistan, India does not export them to rogue regimes. Not surprisingly, the U.S. alliance with Pakistan has impeded our developing relationship with India.
9. Pakistan is likely to become a failed state.
10. Supporting Pakistan makes us look stupid and weak to other states, for the reasons outlined above.
As I stated before, this list is not all inclusive – there are other reasons not to supply U.S. money to Pakistan. For instance, did you know that Pakistan is a growing participant in the smuggling of opium to the U.S and the world? Also, the Cold War, which originally prompted our alliance with Pakistan, is long over, but we continue to act as if Pakistan is a crucial ally.
Considering our increasing deficits and debts, does the U.S. really have the money to waste on false friends like Pakistan? The answer is, obviously, no. Let’s cut them off now, before they do something else we regret.
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