In the wake of the announcement of the death of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, US officials have criticized Pakistan for sheltering the notorious terrorist, creating tensions between the two countries.
On May 3 2011 it was the most read online news article in the USA.
John O. Brennan, the top White House counterterrorism adviser, said there were many questions about how the sprawling compound “was able to be there for so many years with Bin Laden resident there and it didn’t come to the attention of the local authorities.”
lawmakers described Pakistan as a duplicitous ally undeserving of the billions of dollars it receives each year from Washington.
Top Pakistani officials have vehemently denied that Islamabad tried to harbor Bin Laden, and American officials said that at this point there was no hard evidence that any Pakistani officials visited the compound in Abbottabad, or had any direct contacts with Bin Laden.Responses from some American citizens have been to declare war on Pakistan and call for either invasion or nuclear bombing of the country. One comment to a Huffington Post article said:
Considering the fact that Pakistan was knowingly harboring bin Laden ... I think we should pay them a visit before we head home. Considering how our opporation went down right next to their "west point" I think we might be able to walk right in and take it. ;0) either that or glass them.The conflict has triggered a hefty response from Syed Zaiduzzaman Hamid, also known as Zaid Hamid, a Pakistani security consultant and political commentator. His views appear in newspaper articles under the nome-de-guerre Zaid Zaman.
US Criticism Seen by Some as Prelude to War
On YouTube he has published this video on the BrassTacksOfficial channel:
"Pakistan is under attack... the last frontier of the Muslim world is being attacked from all axis."
"[The] American media disinformation machine is waging a global war of lies and deception and deceit."
"...now all the Zionist guns are targeting Pakistan."In fierce and bellicose rhetoric Zaid Hamid warns USA and India and Zionist forces around the globe not to attempt an invasion of Pakistan, stressing the role of Pakistani forces in the war against the Soviet occupiers of Afghanistan, and the nuclear arms of Pakistan.
"We are not Iraq. We are not Afghanistan."
"You will start the war, but we will finish it for you."New front lines are being drawn up only hours after the surge of American patriotism running through the country after the news of the death of Osama bin Laden. In USA the politicians are split on the issue of Pakistan, whether it is a valuable ally or a liability.
Speaker John A. Boehner, who just returned from a congressional visit to Pakistan and Afghanistan, said that any discussion about cutting aid or decreasing engagement with Pakistan in the aftermath of the Bin Laden strike was premature and that he would strongly oppose any such move.
“We both benefit from having a strong bilateral relationship, and I think we need to use this moment to strengthen the ties between our two countries,” Mr. Boehner told reporters. “This is not a time to back away from Pakistan.”The Iranian foreign ministry spokesman spoke for millions of Arabs in its response to Bin Laden's death.
"An excuse for alien countries to deploy troops in this region under the pretext of fighting terrorism has been eliminated. We hope this development will end war, conflict, unrest and the death of innocent people, and help to establish peace and tranquility in the region."