Thursday, September 21, 2006

Musharraf: US Threatened to Bomb Pakistan "Back to the Stone Age" after 9/11

In an interview with the CBS news magazine show "60 Minutes" that will air on Sunday, Pakistani President Musharraf reveals for the first time that the US threatened to attack his country if he didn't help in the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan. He claims a US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage threatened to return his country to the'stone age' if Pakistan didn't help the US. "One has to think and take actions in the interest of the nation, and that's what I did," Musharraf said. Documents show Armitage met the Pakistani ambassador and the visiting head of Pakistan's military intelligence service in Washington on September 13 and asked Pakistan to take seven steps. Musharraf agreed to all seven US requests the same day. Musharraf reacted with displeasure to recent comments by Bush on Wednesday that if he had firm intelligence bin Laden was in Pakistan, he would issue the order to go into that country. "We wouldn't like to allow that. We'd like to do that ourselves,"

On another front, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak announced today that he is interested in developing nuclear power: "We do not start from a vacuum, and we possess a knowledge of these techniques which enables us to proceed." This is not at all surprising, Iran opened the door and numerous rival regimes will undoutedly feel the need to follow suit. This could quickly turn into a mad rush on the part of potentially shaky Arab regimes to go nuclear. How long will it take for a nuke to fall into the hands of a shady third party?

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1 comment:

  1. Musharraf isn't my favourite person, and his suggestion about having an international law against defamation of Islam, are absurd. But it seems he is waking up to the fact that if you side with western political powers, sooner or later you're going to be stabbed in the back once you're usefullness has run dry. Musharraf may think he's an ally of the U.S government. But he's just being used by them until such a time that he falls out of favour and becomes "Terrorist : Number one". Musharraf is naive, if anything.


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