When that Paki doctor who targeted bin Laden for us was arrested and sentenced to 33 years for “high treason”, I waited to see what our response would be and was gratified that we are costing the miserable, two-faced and backstabbing Paki officials 33 million dollars of the payola they’ve been accustomed to dividing between themselves.
Other lesser punitive monetary efforts are also either mandated or are in the works, but I really don’t think withholding funds is adequate, given their response to what we’ve done and said so far.
When they tell us that imprisoning that doctor “is payback” for our raid on bin Ladens compound, and that we should “take a deep breath” and “move on”, I bet that pisses a lot of Congress people off just as much as it does most other Americans. I know it irritates the crap out of me.
Pakistan is a fourth-rate nation. Having a nuclear arsenal doesn’t incur sophistication or make them deserving of respect. What deserves respect is honesty, fair play, evenhandedness, high standards, respect for others, equal and fair application of the law, that sort of thing. All of which the Pakis lack.
The people in power in Pakistan do whatever they want regardless of what their laws are and regardless of agreements. They act more like a group of competing Mafia families than anything resembling an organized and cohesive government. Pakistan is what Clint Eastwood called a clusterfuck.
And there we are, trying to make deals with this mess of a nation that has no real central leadership, and constantly getting stung. This is totally the wrong approach. Bribes and payola are clearly not working, they take the money, put their hands out for more, and then go right ahead and screw us over anyway and renege on all the deals. But they keep the money.
Instead, we need to do the opposite. Rather than give them money we should be depriving them of their other income, from whereever. Cut off their lines of supply, dry up their financial sources, embargo their exports, sanction the Hell out of them and countries that do business with them, arm India and side with India in their dispute over Kashmir. Threaten them.
THAT will get us what we want, absolutely. I know this from seeing how Muslims do business among themselves. They don’t bribe each other, they kill each other. Saddam Hussein was a highly successful ruler of Iraq until Bush went after his oil, and he got there by ruling like a despot. Exactly as all Arabs successfully rule and the only way they can rule and stay in power.
The iron hand is the only thing that Muslims accept, especially Arab Muslims. Islam is all about fear. You don’t get all that submission from handing out gumdrops and candygrams, you get it by instilling deep fear in the people. They understand fear. They don’t understand bribes. Bribes are proof of weakness, thank you for the money, stupid infidel, now give me more. Stupid infidel.
We need to squash those badmouthing Paki officials like bugs, literally, leave them with burst intestines all over the floor, kill their families, get bloody and messy, and do it repeatedly until they fall in line. Then we can win this damn war and come home.