This has not been a good week for Richard Holbrooke. First of all Delhi told him not to visit the capital without a formal invitation and never at short notice. He got an earful in Pakistan.
Do we read about this in the NY TIMES? THE WASHINGTON POST?
ON THE NETWORKS? ON CABLE NEWS? Why do we have to get the NEWS from foreign local news outlets. WE ARE IN A BLACKOUT OF NEWS BY OUR GOVERNMENT.
DON’T BELIEVE ME? This is a small part of a large post with many links to great stories about what is happening in AFPAK, and the players involved. PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THIS:
After Ms. McHale, the Obama administration’s new under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, gave her initial polite presentation about building bridges between America and the Muslim world, Mr. Abbasi thanked her politely for meeting with him. Then he told her that he hated her.
“ ‘You should know that we hate all Americans,’ ” Ms. McHale said Mr. Abbasi told her. “ ‘From the bottom of our souls, we hate you.’ ”
But Mr. Abbasi’s reaction — a response that, Ms. McHale acknowledged, apparently reflects the feelings of about 25 percent of the population, according to a recent poll — demonstrated just how tough the job is. For all of the administration’s efforts to call attention to the nonmilitary ties that would bind the two countries, America is still being judged by many Pakistanis as an uncaring behemoth whose sole concern is finding Osama bin Laden, no matter the cost in civilian Pakistani lives.
“He told me that we were no longer human beings because our goal was to eliminate other humans,” Ms. McHale said Wednesday, recounting the conversation with Mr. Abbasi. “He spoke English very well, and he said that thousands of innocent people have been killed because we are trying to find Osama bin Laden.”
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