Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Pakistan: A Complicated Situation & Western Logic
The country of Pakistan is a complicated situation for the United States and the rest of the West. In this part of the world, things are not always so clean cut. Not everyone wearing a friendly uniform is on your side. In our western logic we say, it isn't black and white. No, everything in the world is not black or white, but it would be nice if life was that simple. When two teams line up on the field, one team is in one color and the opposing team is wearing a different color, and players can tell in a split second who is on their team and who is an opponent. But, that is the way things are in a controlled game where everyone agrees to the rules. The Pakistanis have not agreed to any rules, and obviously they don't play by our rules.
So, Why do we need them? The answer is quite simple. Pakistan is a nuclear power, and as such we need them on our side. They might not be on our side for everything, but we can live with that so long as they are on our side when it comes to their nukes.
So, perhaps now is it time to adopt the Pakistani logic of the situation. Osama bin Laden is dead; time to move on.
P.S. Later this week, I might try to write a piece about money and the various forms money takes. Water can be found in 3 states - a solid, frozen water we call ice, a gas, we call steam, and as a liquid which we call water. I might try to explain how water and money have properties in common.