Pakistani Ali Raza sits on the rooftop of his house as he views Abbottabad, Pakistan, May 15, 2011. Pakistan is facing pressure from inside the country and abroad to explain why Pakistani intelligence didn't know that bin Laden was hiding in their country
"The Fractures That Breed Danger"
Op-Ed, The Huffington Post
May 25, 2011
Author: Karthika Sasikumar, Former Stanton Nuclear Security Junior Faculty Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom, 2010–2011; Former Associate, International Security Program, 2008–2009
Belfer Center Programs or Projects: International Security
"Many in Washington are outraged that America's most wanted man, Osama bin Laden, was hiding in plain sight just two hours' drive from Pakistan's capital. But calls to punish Pakistan are premature and petty at best, and dangerous at worst.
The problem is that there is no longer an entity that can credibly claim to be Pakistan. There is neither truth nor justice in the claim that the Pakistani people are responsible for hiding Mr. bin Laden. In fact, it is moot as to whether the Pakistani government itself can be blamed. The state seems to be at war with itself, the lack of trust between different arms of Pakistani governance rivaling the distrust between the United States and Pakistan...."
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