The Kerry-Lugar bill hysteria continues
I know, I know. Its hard to think of anything else while the ‘WTF!?’ feeling of Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize win settles in. But try we must.
There’s always this sense of doom I associate with Fridays. Perhaps it started with that horrific blast at a mosque on I.I.Chundrigar Road in Karachi in 2004, an incident that caused people to think twice before they knelt in prayer, wondering if they would live to sit up. But as I sat at work this morning thinking of how it had been a quiet Friday, word filtered in of the horrific bomb blast in Peshawar which killed 49 people.
And then I thought of all the time spent on debating the Kerry-Lugar bill: the war of words, the protests, the statements, the furious fist shaking and nose thumbing. From the army to the opposition to everyone and their uncle, the opposition to the bill seems to be mounting. But here’s a thought: will the reaction to the bomb blast be as anger-laden as the reaction to this piece of legislation? Could the Pakistani government and the political parties not have spent this time and effort focusing their energy on working towards strengthening the security situation? Could the MNAs and MPAs busy issuing statement after statement not have spent this time working for the interests of their constituency? I’m all for a healthy national debate. But given the problems Pakistan does have (not the ones that appear to be collective hallucinations – ‘They’re out to GET US!‘ seems to be the mood in the air), isn’t it laughable that politicians are so misdirected and paranoid?
Seriously, can we not forget about the paranoia, and focus on Pakistanis instead?
That does seem like too much to ask for.