A US citizen views about pakistan by Chessika zimmerman

I am flattered by your offer, but I do not believe I am informed enough to speak for a large diverse population like America has. I feel that I can say without controversy that a large segment of the US population is very skeptical about our relationship with Pakistan.
I think that a lot of the US feels that we cannot trust the Pakistani government and it's commitment to work honestly with us in regards to fighting terrorism.  For example, when Osama Bin Laden was killed inside Pakistan and not far from a Pakistani military instalment many of us here were outraged. How could he have lived there for so long undetected by the Pakistani Government? Missed by military leaders. No where to be found by the Pakistani special forces and intelligence department. Americans felt that the story told by the Pakistani leaders was and is unbelievable. More seeds of discontent were sowed when the US acted somewhat unilaterally to cross into Pakistani airspace on a secret mission to kill him (yes, not capture but kill) and we did not inform your government because we could not trust. This is not a good way to act on either nations side. But then how do we bring the most wanted man in the world to any kind of justice when he is hiding inside a country that professes to be our ally in this fight? Then shortly after OBL's death it is splashed across US newspapers that a Pakistani Dr who apparently helped the US in the hunt for OBL is then persecuted and prosecuted by the Pakistani government. I realize there is controversy surrounding our own commitment to the safety of the Dr. who helped us. I am ashamed of my own country for not taking whatever steps were necessary to secure his safety. Actions such as ours in that situation may cause others who want to help us to think more and decide that we won't protect them when they need it most and so then they may choose not to help us at all. In reading another of the blogs you posted it talks about the value of educating the women of your country. I applaud that. See I think the notion of not only refusing to educate your women but beating and killing them according to some religious doctrine is just too much for most Americans to comprehend. I mean for all that is great... How in the world can the Taliban think that shooting a 14 y.o. little girl in the head on her school bus is a positive action? How in anyone's world can that be defended by some perceived holy scripture? She is fighting for her life because some Islamic militant extremist tried to kill her (and vowed to try again) simply for wanting an education. I think these are some of the things a lot of Americans wonder about or become enraged at the Pakistani government. I think most US people are just frustrated and stand in disbelief over some of the news items we get concerning practices there that are barbarian in a modern society. As a nation the US has went through some severe growing pains over our own history. We have our own dark chapters of oppression, slavery, race wars. These are hard things to overcome and as a nation we still wrestle with some of these issues. But there is a difference in how they are handled that is completely different from your country. Take the instance of the 14 y.o. girl who was shot... a taliban spokesman found a reporter somewhere over there and reiterated his happiness over the attack on her and vowed to see her death become real... IF someone boarded a school bus over here and shot a little girl in the name of anything he would be hunted down merciless and arrested and tried in court. If that person tried to make a news release bragging about it while running from the law there would be a good chance that a citizen may kill him. There simply is no tolerance for that kind of demented behavior. There would be no one speaking to defend his actions. After reading several of your post I can see that there are many different issues confronting Pakistan. From the government leadership down to the simplest person just trying to carve out a life, there are massive changes that are going to have to occur for Pakistan to be recognized as a legitimate, stable power in America and I believe the rest of the free world. I hope for the sake of your people and future generations you can accomplish the things necessary for this


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