Do you agree with politician Imran Khan who says the main reason Pakistan faces a homegrown Taliban insurgency is because of its alliance with the US? Mr Khan recently protested against US drone attacks.

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Do you agree with politician Imran Khan who says the main reason Pakistan faces a homegrown Taliban insurgency is because of its alliance with the US? Mr Khan recently protested against US drone attacks.

Do you agree with politician Imran Khan who says the main reason Pakistan faces a homegrown Taliban insurgency is because of its alliance with the US? Mr Khan recently protested against US drone attacks.

  • Start date:Oct 8, 2012
  • End date:Oct 10, 2012
  • Voters: 1,867 times
  • Yes
    15.2%
  • No
    83.8%
  • I don't know
    1.0%

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  • Discussion 23 : 09 Oct 2012 at 17.4823

    Khun Onlyasking #18, I hope my previous (long) comment got posted. If not, this is a short version. During the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the Taliban didn't exist yet. And "the enemy of my enemy if my friend" was in full swing, among various Afghan tribal factions, OBL, and the CIA via Pakistani ISI. Once the Soviets were defeated, the Afghan factions turned their guns on one another during a bloody civil war, while OBL was planning 9/11 Attack on the US in Yemen, after the US military infidel stepped over the holy ground of Saudi Arabia. Amidst the clouds of death and destruction over Afghanistan, the Taliban, with help from the ISI, rose to take control of much of the country. Soon, OBL and his Al Queda misfits returned to Afghanistan, and soon after the 9/11 Attack, the US also returned, in order to root out Al Queda, along with its Taliban host. And the rest is history. The whole thing is beyond CRAZY for me, so I better stop right here.

  • Discussion 22 : 09 Oct 2012 at 15.1722

    Pakistan is failing because it is unstable and unattractive to investors. Education is poor and not a priority.
    You can not compare it with India if you want to blame it all on corruption. India thrives despite systemic corruption.

  • Discussion 21 : 09 Oct 2012 at 14.3021

    bkk-farang D12, I am a US citizen living in Bangkok. Yes I defend the US against people who do not check facts and just speak without knowing truth. Is the US perfect-no, Has the US made mistakes-yes. People do not want to realize that in the last 200 years, the US has done more to advance humanity and defend and protect freedom around the world than any other country in history. We are not perfect, we make mistakes but we do more good for others than other countries do for themselves.

    Haters will always hate, that is their right and US soldiers have died to defend that right for you. When the US makes mistakes, I am critical of it also - but I will always defend the US against lies and the fools that speak them. Do you feel this way about your homeland?

  • Discussion 20 : 09 Oct 2012 at 14.2320

    Disc 13, Yes, the US was the first to create 'stealth' drones. But the previous topic was not about 'stealth' drones, it was about creating/using drones in general that people were blaming the US for. I point out that we did not create them or use them first, we just improved the technology on the existing concept.

    Of course, now that drone lineage is accurately defined people shift the topic to "stealth" drones. My point is that haters will blame the US for anything and everything without checking the facts.

  • Discussion 19 : 09 Oct 2012 at 12.4619

    @spiceman #17: My answer to your question “why Pakistan is sinking deeper and deeper into anarchy” is simple: I don’t know.
    But maybe it has to do with corruption and people in power who are more interested in personal gain than the prosperity of their country – just like Thailand.
    And then there is of course the USA. Why is the USA in Afghanistan and Pakistan? To help the people of these countries? To make this world a better place? In my opinion American politicians do what most politicians do all over this word: They pretend to do something good so that they are (re)elected. And that has little to do with what is actually good for the people in their own country and even less to do with what is good for people in some foreign countries far away.

  • Discussion 18 : 09 Oct 2012 at 10.5418

    D 14 Khun Spiceman the Taliban was formed in Afghanistan during the war against the USSR. Only after it was formed did the ISI started to support it, the ISI didn't form it. But may I also point out that the US also supported the Taliban during their struggle against the USSR.

  • Discussion 17 : 09 Oct 2012 at 10.1817

    Khun BKKFarang #15, the real question we should be asking ourselves is why Pakistan, via the ISI, continues to support the Taliban, who are oppressing the Afghan people, or the islamic terrorist group, who are terrorizing the people of India? Do you think it's a sheer coincidence that OBL had been taking up residence next to the Pakistani Military Academy for years undetected, until he was visited by the SEAL a few months ago? One thing you should know about Pakistan is that the whole country is barely governable, and highly unstable, with most of the country, being ruled by various tribal warlords. My question to you is why Pakistan is sinking deeper and deeper into anarchy, while its sister country, India, is constantly rising?

  • Discussion 16 : 09 Oct 2012 at 10.1016

    the "taliban" came to power with the heavy support of the CIA, in their fight against the USSR in Afghanistan. the man behind that was US congressman Charlie Wilson who fingered the financial support for the taliban from USD 5.000.000 to USD 1.000.000.000 (with Pakistan acting as middleman). that broke the USSR's neck. after the russians left, the taliban established their regime in af. and gave shelter to bin laden/al-qaida. who was on the paylist of the CIA before. that the pakistan ISI is involved in some kind of support for al-qaida is undoubtful. they just don't ant afghanistan to recover. also see movie Charlie Wilson's War http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Wilson%27s_War .

  • Discussion 15 : 09 Oct 2012 at 09.0415

    @spiceman #14: And how many people joined the Taliban to fight against the foreign invaders, especially the USA?
    There are lots of sides to this story and I know little about it. But I understand that people join rebellion groups to fight against invaders and enemies. It’s all a question of the perspective.
    Imagine if another coalition of the willing would invade the USA because the American elections are nothing but a farce and because these invaders want to bring real democracy to America. Would you understand when the people in the invaded country (in that case the USA) would respond with violence or even with terrorism? Yes? So why is it so difficult to understand that situation somewhere else on this planet?

  • Discussion 14 : 09 Oct 2012 at 08.0314

    The Taliban is the creation of the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence or the ISI, which also has its fingerprints all over terrorist attacks in Kashmir, including the latest one in Mumbai, India. So, in short, the Taliban can't exist without the ISI's continuing support and finance. Therefore, I don't know who Mr Imran Khan is trying to fool, other than himself!

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