Saturday, May 28, 2011

TRUST - Nothing goes between Washington and Islamabad

The national security adviser of President Obama, Thomas E. Donilon, called Sunday, May 8 in Pakistan permission to interview the three wives of Osama bin Laden. This requirement should not improve the already tense relations between the two countries since it was discovered that the leader of Al Qaeda had hidden for years near Islamabad.

MM. Donilon and Obama remained cautious and did not accuse the Pakistani leaders have been aware of the residence of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, a garrison town situated about fifty kilometers from the Pakistani capital. They wished to recall that the United States still considered Pakistan, a nuclear fragile, as a key partner in the fight against Islamist terrorism.

But by repeatedly declaring that the data uncovered by the team of Navy Seals after the assault alone could fill a small university library, Donilon seemed a warning to the Pakistanis: Washington will soon have the evidence to identify people in government or outside that would have protected Osama bin Laden, the most wanted terrorist in the world.

The Americans want to know how the Pakistani government, its army or its intelligence services have protected Osama bin Laden. Their widows might as such play a crucial role in the investigation because they may have information on the whereabouts of persons who brought him their assistance.

A double well known game This request is not unlike the previous standoff with Pakistan that began in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. At the time, the United States had urged Pakistan to choose sides and join to fight Al Qaeda. Pakistan had then officially severed ties with the Taliban government still in power in Afghanistan.

Since then, Washington has often struggled to maintain the loyalty and actions of some senior Pakistani leaders. Eight years ago, for example, the Bush administration had requested to interrogate Abdul Qadeer Khan, father of the Pakistani atomic bomb. The United States sought to know who in fact, within the intelligence services or the Pakistani army had allowed the sale of nuclear weapons technology to Libya, North Korea and Iran.

Pakistan has probably declined because Mr. Khan threatened to reveal everything. Pakistan has said it would investigate the case of Osama's side, but U.S. officials are skeptical. For over two years, the investigation of the assault on Pakistan conducted in 2008 in Bombay by a terrorist group, Lashkar-e-Taiba, has stalled.

But this terrorist group is strongly suspected of collusion with the Pakistani secret services. And trial for the attacks which will soon open in Chicago shook the Pakistani leadership: What is expected to be revealed evidence of the involvement of an officer of the ISI, the intelligence service Pakistan.

The controversy surrounding the investigation into the network of support for bin Laden threatens to lay bare what senior U.S. intelligence officials call "double game" of Pakistan. Obama has raised the possibility Sunday night in the U.S. show 60 Minutes. "We think there must be some sort of support network for bin Laden inside Pakistan," he said.

But we do not know if people who helped were inside or outside the government. That is why we must investigate and, more importantly, the Pakistani government must investigate. "Financial assistance necessary debate within the administration about the importance of exercising pressure on Pakistan - and the need to make public all evidence in possession of the United States - has resurrected another question: time she would not come to end the tacit contract between Islamabad and Washington, or at least modify it so radical? The terms of this contract have been very simple for several years: to ensure Pakistan's cooperation in tracking down leaders of al-Qaeda, Washington has poured billions of dollars to the Pakistani army.

While more or less silent fears that fundamentalists are not hiding in the cavernous Pakistani nuclear, and his prejudices about race in which Pakistan had started to develop its arsenal. This development is one of the fastest in the world, which, according to U.S. officials, increases the risk of dropping nuclear material in the hands of terrorists.

But as indirectly Donilon said Sunday, back on that agreement could be worse. Remove financial assistance to Pakistan could end cooperation that continues to function quite well in the tribal areas. "As I said, we've had problems with Pakistan, but we also had to work very closely with China to fight against terrorism," said Thomas Donilon.

There were more terrorists and extremists captured or killed in Pakistan than in any other place in the world. "

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