Three years ago, The Christian Science Monitor revealed that the administration of George W. Bush had ended efforts to improve America's image abroad. They adopted a new policy that used the visibility of Muslim extremists to justify a war against all Muslims.
In other words, America has sacrificed its image in order [Read more]
Before we close this file, it is important that we stop and examine some significant aspects of the case of Ilan Grapel, a spy who was exchanged for several Egyptian prisoners on Oct. 27 of this year. All of these are political aspects, separate from the discussion about the number of the prisoners, the kind of crimes [Read more]
The American “Asian Dance” tends to change from a waltz to a tap dance. At the APEC meeting, Obama wholeheartedly promoted the Trans-Pacific Partnership, then visited Australia, where he announced he will deploy more troops, and attended the East Asia Summit. This is the first time the U.S. attended the summit. [Read more]
One of the most rewarding aspects of my job as US ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the opportunity to interact with young Saudis at events ranging from children's book fairs to meetings with college students before they depart to study in the United States.
Why are we deluding ourselves? This lethal NATO helicopters’ attack on two Pakistani border posts couldn’t be an “accident”, as the command of coalition forces in Afghanistan would have it believed. This was a naked aggression, plain and simple, deliberate and planned.
Our safety, security and sovereignty were compromised there and then, as soon as it was decided that we would be an ally and party to the heinous crimes and anti-humanity agenda that was to be pursued by the US on our soil.
There is no question that the Mohmand Agency episode – where Nato helicopters attached a military check post at Salala, leaving up to 28 soldiers dead and injuring 13 others – constitutes a violation of international law. The question is what remedies are now available to Pakistan in the realm of international law?
After the Salala aggression by the Afghanistan-based US-led NATO forces, the time has come for the Pakistani establishment to at least now stop playing a servile and start acting in a manner behooving a sovereign and independent state’s hierarchy.