mercredi 8 août 2007

Barack Obama : les vrais champs de bataille sont "L'Afghanistan et le Pakistan"

Je viens de repiquer éhontément un post de David Axe qui a lu de façon plus approfondie que moi un discours de B. Obama, candidat démocrate potentiel à la présidence US et qui entend recadrer les engagements US vers des zones de batailles plus importantes que l'Irak... et qui inclut le Pakistan, qui n'a naturellement pas aimé :

"It is time to turn the page. When I am President, we will wage the war that has to be won, with a comprehensive strategy with five elements: getting out of Iraq and on to the right battlefield in Afghanistan and Pakistan; developing the capabilities and partnerships we need to take out the terrorists and the world’s most deadly weapons; engaging the world to dry up support for terror and extremism; restoring our values; and securing a more resilient homeland.
The first step must be getting off the wrong battlefield in Iraq, and taking the fight to the terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

I introduced a plan in January that would have already started bringing our troops out of Iraq, with a goal of removing all combat brigades by March 31, 2008. If the President continues to veto this plan, then ending this war will be my first priority when I take office".

Quant à la réaction pakistanaise, selon l'Associated Press:

“It’s a very irresponsible statement, that’s all I can say,” Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khusheed Kasuri told AP Television News. “As the election campaign in America is heating up we would not like American candidates to fight their elections and contest elections at our expense.”
Sure, Barack’s statement is deliberate campaign move, but is he wrong that Pakistan is the major source of terror in the world? Not according to the Afghan ambassador to the U.S. … and the Council on Foreign Relations:

Despite its government’s cooperation with the United States, Pakistan is home to many Islamist extremists, some with links to al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups. Militants have conducted several terrorist attacks on Americans and other Westerners in Pakistan since September 11, including the abduction and murder of Daniel Pearl and the June 2002 car bombing of the U.S. consulate in Karachi, which killed twelve Pakistanis. Thanks to shared Islamist sympathies and ethnic ties, some Pakistanis have also helped Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters fleeing from Afghanistan take refuge throughout Pakistan.

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