India's Wondering, 'If the U.S. Can Bomb Pakistan, Why Can't We?'
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Sovereign nations have the right to protect themselves, US president-elect Barack Obama said on Monday, when asked if India could follow the same policy he advocated during his election campaign â€” of bombing terrorist camps in Pakistan if there was actionable evidence and Islamabad refused to act on it.
The Times goes on to note that Obama carefully caveated his remarks, noting that India should only act unilaterally if the association is proved beyond a doubt and if Pakistan doesn't deal with it themselves.
Nonetheless, this is a particularly ominous development. US bombing and incursions into Pakistan are already destabilizing the country, and the Pakistani military and intelligence services have become unreliable instruments, using them to crack down on Pakistanis at the behest of outsiders has caused a great deal of dissent.