July 18, 2007

Pakistan is seen as an ally by the USA

Pakistan is seen as an ally by the USA and Bush has signalled to President Musharraf that a tougher line on Terror is required especially in the Tribal areas which supposedly have been subjected to more military interest. Bush's stance may have precipitated the attack on the Red Mosque. Unlike Iran there seems little comment and no demonisation of Pakistan for being a nuclear club member and the most likely reason is that to date there's little or no connection with Palestine and Israel; should Pakistan be seen as a new supporter of the Palestinians all will change. However it should worry the US/UK as they struggle in Afghanistan and Iraq, as to open up a new front in either Pakistan (where arguably to combat the Taliban one is needed) or Iran would seriously strain their military capacity and their domestic political support.

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