Most were convinced that that would be the case and when the truth came out they were immediately on their mobiles, spreading the news repeating: "What did I tell you, I told you so, this will really be the last straw."
The Pakistanis on the street say:
- For two decades militants have killed and maimed their fellow citizens in the name of Islam, various Islamic sects or male honor.
- They have exported this killing in the name of Islam to Kashmir, Afghanistan, Central Asia, Chechnya and the former Yugoslavia.
- They have been closely linked to the army since 1951.
- Pakistanis hoped that 9/11 would give the army a chance to change its disastrous policies and end its alliance with the mullahs.
- Musharraf could make peace with Afghanistan and India, crack down hard on militant groups and turn its back on extremism.
- Musharraf promised a policy of enlightened moderation but little has been done.
- Thousands of religious schools still spew out hate against non-Muslims and leaders of militant groups still wander the country giving sermons.
- Musharraf has squandered the lavish aid and support given to him by the US and Britain after 9/11.
- Extremism continues to flourish and democracy is further away than ever.
- A dozen training camps for militants, which closed down after 9/11, were revived in May with official blessing.
- Last month several Pakistani-Americans, arrested on terrorism charges in California, admitted to training in such camps.
- The London bombers were probably in touch with a local Pakistani group rather than al-Qa'eda.
- Pakistanis are fed up with being in the eye of the storm and just want to lead a normal life.
- They want to see an end to violence at home and a bad image abroad.
Well, all of that is fine, but I have neither seen nor heard anything out of Pakistan that would indicate that everyday Pakistanis have taken any action at all.
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