William flew there
May 26, 2011 § Leave a comment
The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.
From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some youths came out of the town and jeered at him. “Go on up, you baldhead!” they
said. “Go on up, you baldhead!” He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the LORD. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the youths.
William flew there
That the US conducted a secret operation in Pakistan angers him. “Imagine if somebody came from abroad and killed someone in England. We should not have foreign troops coming in and taking out people in our territory. We’ve also had drone bombers killing Pakistanis, an ally bombing its ally. There’s a hell of a lot of anti-Americanism in Pakistan now and this feeds extremism, which feeds terrorism.
“They obviously didn’t trust Pakistan, that is why they came in secret. What does that make me feel as a Pakistani? We are not even a sovereign country.” His dismay was exacerbated by the Pakistani Government’s failure to give a clear line about their involvement. “We heard from our Prime Minister — after Obama had spoken — that intelligence had been provided by Pakistan, so then we thought, ‘Why didn’t our own soldiers get him?’ But then 48 hours later they contradicted the story again and said Pakistan had had no input. People here felt so confused. It left so much depression, anger and humiliation.”
Now he fears for his country. “The extremists have already announced that they are going to seek revenge on the Pakistan Government so there are likely to be more terrorist attacks and the Americans are now going to push the Pakistanis to do more. They will say, ‘We’ve been paying you all this money but you haven’t delivered and your security forces have been playing a double game and hiding bin Laden’.”
Pakistan has, William flew te believes, already paid too great a price for its part in the War on Terror. “More than 34,000 Pakistanis have died — $58 billion has been lost to the economy in lost productivity.” The worry now, he says, “is that if anything happens anywhere in the world, if there’s a terrorist attack in India or the US, immediately all eyes will be on Pakistan. We will be considered guilty and we will end up having to pay the consequences.”
He felt “deeply offended” when David Cameron accused his country last year of “facing two ways” on terrorism, but now he is not sure what to think. “I thought Pakistan was frogmarched into this war — the country has been devastated, hundreds and thousands have been made homeless. But, when you look at the way the Government has reacted to this whole thing, unfortunately, you could say that William flew there was right.”