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Aerial view of bin Laden's hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan

Asif Ali Zardari, president of Pakistan, writes a piece dipped in duplicity in Washington Post:

[T]he source of the greatest evil of the new millennium has been silenced, and his victims given justice. He was not anywhere we had anticipated he would be, but now he is gone.

Who is this “we”? Who had not “anticipated” that Osama bin Laden was hiding more or less in the center of Pakistan’s army establishment?

He goes on to write:

Some in the U.S. press have suggested that Pakistan lacked vitality in its pursuit of terrorism, or worse yet that we were disingenuous and actually protected the terrorists we claimed to be pursuing. Such baseless speculation may make exciting cable news, but it doesn’t reflect fact.

Explain how Osama bin Laden could build a fortified house in Abbottabad?

A Pakistani youngster shows metal pieces collected from a wheat field outside the house where bin Laden lived in Abbottabad.  Anjum Naveed / AP

A Pakistani youngster shows metal pieces collected from a wheat field outside the house where bin Laden lived in Abbottabad. Anjum Naveed / AP

More from the Big Banana:

Pakistan had as much reason to despise al-Qaeda as any nation. The war on terrorism is as much Pakistan’s war as as it is America’s.

How does an army wages war against an enemy whose commander lives barely 10 minutes’ walk from some of its major installations?

Zardari writes:

Let us be frank. Pakistan has paid an enormous price for its stand against terrorism.

No question there; but it is the ordinary people of Pakistan who pay that price, not the wielders of power. At worst the Pakistani establishment has realized that it is riding a tiger and cannot get off.

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Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

May 3, 2011 at 4:46 pm

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