Pointing to a May 9 Boston Globe editorial saying that Barack “Obama conveyed the right message last week by hosting Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari” to emphasize “the close link between Pakistan and the anti-Taliban struggle in Afghanistan,” before admitting that “U.S. military strikes against militants in both countries inevitably provoke anger and indignation among civilians,” Palestine Chronicle editor Ramzy Baroud (5/14/09) notes that “this is as much as most U.S. media… are willing to concede as far as U.S. responsibility in lethal wars, civil strife and militancy in both countries is concerned.”
Baroud elaborates in ways unheard in corporate media:
The escalation in Pakistan is not entirely surprising, however, as U.S. officials and media pundits have been adamant in advising the new administration that it was not Afghanistan that posed the greater threat to U.S. interests, but Pakistan. It was similar to the attitude of neoconservatives in the Bush administration after its failure in Iraq. It was not Iraq that the U.S. should have attacked, but Iran, they tirelessly parroted, hoping to generate yet another war.
What we are not told, however, is that unremitting U.S. bombings of the utterly poor and neglected northern provinces of Pakistan have garnered untold animosity towards the U.S. and its central government allies. It provoked, in some areas, total chaos and lawlessness, which in turn gave rise to the Pakistani “Taliban.”
Closing with distressing estimates of “1 million Pakistanis already on the run in the northern and eastern parts of the country,” Baroud tells us how “they are threatened by fighting, hunger and all sorts of predators, including U.S. drones circling overhead”–which U.S. media also are keen to push as the latest bloody solution in the region. See the new FAIR Action Alert: “CBS Pro-Drone Propaganda: 60 Minutes Slights Critics of Controversial Weapons” (5/12/09).