Just Another Day

"Any idiot can handle a crisis, it's day to day living that wears you out." - Chekhov

Friday, July 22, 2005

Tells Me All I Need To Know About The Shining Light On A Hill

Does it seem to anyone else that Pakistan is taking the bombing in London much more seriously than 9/11 or Spain? Okay, three of the 7/7 suspects are/were Pakistanis and there is arguably a much larger Pakistani population in Britain than in the US but given the seeming jubilation on 9/11 of many in Pakistan, the continued support for Al Qaeda among many of the country's people and tribes, and the relative silence after the bombings in Spain, leads me to another conclusion. Pakistan, as a country, is worried more about the potential economic impact and less about the human impact of terrorism since there are greater economic ties to Britain than the US. Pakistanis, as a people, are more upset at the London bombings because Pakistanis are alleged to be involved and because they are worried about repatriation of funds.

I could be wrong. It may be that the accumulation of the terrorist activities has finally gotten to them. However, I tend to think that perhaps the apathy, or antipathy, to the US has reached much higher proportions over the past few years. I can't necessarily blame it on Bush, no matter how much I would like to, because it wouldn't explain the 9/11 reaction. I can state rather unequivocally that Bush made a bad situation worse by proving Bin Ladin right in the eyes of many muslims after the attack on Iraq, the lust for oil, and the Abu Ghraib situation, all the while sitting on his hands in terms of Israel/Palestine in spite of nice rhetoric.

So, how long will it take us to clean up the mess of our foreign policy failure as regards the muslim world and the Palestine situation? Now, of course, there will always be radicals in the midst of the muslims, just as any religion has its share, who will be all too happy to grab attention and force conversion by any means possible but I am curious to know what it may take to right the course and get us back to relative comity with the muslim world. I don't think that we will ever be held in such high esteem as we were in the past but we may be able to get back to measured, mutual respect. I just wonder how long.