Thursday, October 18, 2007
Do you trust Pakistan as an ally in the war on terror?
Our question tonight:

Do you trust Pakistan as an ally in the war on terror?

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Posted By CNN: 10:05 PM ET
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It is hard to trust any country as an ally in today's world. Since it seems like allies these days help only if it benefits their country in some way. It sounds harsh considering the fact that soldiers and innocent people are involved, but who's to blame...ofcourse the government.
Posted By Adam - Tuscan Az : 10:17 PM ET
To be honest, I don't think we can really trust any country in this world to be 100% behind us in the war on terror. Until every country is onboard to fight this element we will be climbing uphill without a rope. My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Pakistan. I just wish we would never have to see this bloodshed in the 21st century. When will we all learn.
Posted By Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif : 10:18 PM ET
Who else is there to trust?
Posted By Mitchell : 10:19 PM ET
How can we trust Pakistan? Look what happened to Mrs. Bhutto today. Why is there such violence everyday? Keep Pakistan an ally but keep one eye open and at arm's length. That is the best way to trust friends.
Posted By Lena : 10:22 PM ET
I think we should still trust Pakistan with the war on terror.An ally is an ally with a war like this we need all the help we can get.
Posted By Anonymous : 10:23 PM ET
I as a Pakistan-American am in shock and dismay, at the events in my parents country. Pakistan has lost most soldiers in the real war on terror, against osmama bin laden. So Pakistan's commitment and resolve should not be questioned. If only had we finished the Real-War on terror in Afghanistan then focused elsewhere this day would have not happened. There is still time to turn the focus towards Afghanistan. Otherwise the events of today would only be the tip of the ice berg of things to come
Posted By Anonymous : 10:24 PM ET
I trust Pakistan as an ally in war on terror, and by war on terror I mean Pakistan's handling of Al-Qaida. Pakisan has captured some well know Al Qaida names, however I am no so sure about Pakistan's handling of Taliban.

Kashif.
Posted By Anonymous : 10:26 PM ET
Such events are always disasterous. We need to figure out how to prevent such incidents from happening instead of doubting our allies. Pakistan needs help, and by this i dont mean the kind of help we gave to Iraq. It needs political help not war, it needs its peaceful and developing democratic government back, and it needs some one to step up and take a stand against the people who not only have ruined peace in Pakistan, but their actions have taken the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent HUMAN BIENGS all over the world. We as CITIZENS OF THIS EARTH, AS HUMANS need to help Pakistan and all the other countries in their STRUGGLE TO END TERRORISM. WAR IS NOT THE RIGHT WORD, WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER. It's basic definition is destruction.
Posted By Taha Abbasi : 10:45 AM ET
I don't trust anyone in the war on terror, including the bureaucrats and agents of the US. Why? Because while they want to do the right thing, they put their own interests and ambitions first. That is how 9/11 slipped by our intelligence services.

I understand Musharraf's position completely. I beleive that he wants to do the right thing but he doesn't want to be killed nor lose his position of power. He's like a double agent, playing both sides of the fence. While that may be working for him, it's not working for us. Yes, he gave us Khalid Sheik Mohammed, but as they say, "What have you done for us today?"

He is not and cannot be seen to be working in the best interests of the United States, so what's to trust?
The Real Question should be..... Are we ready to lose more troops by sending them to Pakistan????
Posted By Anonymous : 11:18 AM ET
I think we are in the middle of a radical geo-political redefinition. Old definitions of "allies" and "enemies" have changed forms as killing technology and power have also changed what we mean by "war." In other words, the choices ahead of us in terms of our relationships with other countries may rely on our ability or inability to update and reimagine the very terms we use to define our actions. If we continue to use concepts and definitions from the past we will fail to recognize what is so dramatically apparent in our present--the need for a new vision of ourselves and the world.

Ordinarily this means we are in dire need of radical social change, and, well, an inspiring leader...Someone who can help us reinvent ourselves, someone whose imagination can carry us home.
Posted By Lidia Yuknavitch : 11:31 AM ET
We cannot send our troops to Pakistan so we have to trust them. We have to use them as long as we can. We will lose more troops in Pakistan then we are losing in Iraq/Afghanistan. Americans are not ready for another war. If we ever to go in war against Pakistan we have to keep in mind that their army and air force is capable of giving us one good battle and good battle means more and more innocent 18 to 21 years old solders death. Are we ready to lose our sons/daughters…? I am not after looking at our current situation in so called WAR.
Posted By Anonymous : 11:39 AM ET
Well, the answer is obvious, I suppose you've guessed it right. It is NO. Pak cannot be trusted. The country that has supported TERROR, Islamic Fundamentalism, how can it be trusted? Look what Pak did in neighbouring INDIA for decades! Do you still think it is against TERROR? No way.
Posted By Anonymous : 11:47 AM ET
It is well known that Bin Laden and other Al Qaeda members are protected by the tribal people in direct support of Pakistan's Intelligence Agency (ISI). Until ISI is penetrated by US Intelligence Service, President Musharaff alone cannot do much to solve the problem of terrorism in the world. Because most of the Jihadists are trained in the Pakistan's training camps.
Posted By Anonymous : 12:08 PM ET
You have to define "War on Terror". If you mean "War on Terror againt Western countries (USA, UK, etc.). Yes, Pakistan is an "unwilling" ally. They do not have an option. If you mean "War on Terror against any country, anywhere in the world", I bed to differ.
Posted By Ashish : 12:10 PM ET
I don't think Pakistan is a US ally at all. Look what happened in yesterday bombing in Pakistan killing over a hundred people by terror. What has the Pakistan government done in fighting the Al-Qaida in their own turf? Because of the mess in Iraq, "War on Terror" becomes a bad thing to say. No Peace.
Posted By Anonymous : 12:12 PM ET
I think Pakistan a very close ally of USA. In 1993 in somlia , 1979 -1987 in Afghanistan Against USSR , Now In the War of Terror .Most of Al-Qeada Name were Captured by Pakistan Army And hand over to USA.

When I see the History Pakistan is never been any Enemy of Usa. Today what happen in Karachi ,pakistan Reflects that .The help of USA that is what pakistan have to Face.

God Bless all Those Innocent People Who were Killed in Suicide Bombing.

John
Posted By Anonymous : 12:19 PM ET
I think Pakistan a very close ally of USA. In 1993 in somlia , 1979 -1987 in Afghanistan Against USSR , Now In the War of Terror .Most of Al-Qeada Name were Captured by Pakistan Army And hand over to USA.

When I see the History Pakistan is never been any Enemy of Usa. Today what happen in Karachi ,pakistan Reflects that .The help of USA that is what pakistan have to Face.

God Bless all Those Innocent People Who were Killed in Suicide Bombing.
Posted By Anonymous : 12:21 PM ET
I think Pakistan a very close ally of USA. In 1993 in somlia , 1979 -1987 in Afghanistan Against USSR , Now In the War of Terror .Most of Al-Qeada Name were Captured by Pakistan Army And hand over to USA.

When I see the History Pakistan is never been any Enemy of Usa. Today what happen in Karachi ,pakistan Reflects that .The help of USA that is what pakistan have to Face.

God Bless all Those Innocent People Who were Killed in Suicide Bombing.
Posted By Anonymous : 12:29 PM ET
Anderson has any told you that you get up in front of the CNN mike and sound off such nonsense. You are inferring that Pakistan is not a good trustful ally. I have news for you it's not a perfect association but it's the only one we have at this time in the ongoing war against jihadism.My question is this what would you do and have you any information what Hilary would do if C in C. WEeare all waiting for your answer
Posted By Anonymous : 12:37 PM ET
Pakistan has done a lot as an ally of USA. It has also paid a heavy price for it.I read a comment that the US should not trust Pakistan because of what happened to Benazir Bhutto.I beg to differ. Pakistan is bearing the consequences of trying to protect the interests of USA and its own too. A less than 5 % extremist element of Pakistan should not make others forget that the other 95 % is moderate.Those who dies in Bhutto's caravan were all moderates.
The world needs Pakistan as the front line state against extremism..if Pakistan goes, then this would spread all over Asia and Europe and eventually USA....
2ndly, what other options are there? the government in Afghanistan can not stand up to such elements..Its either Pakistan with USA or the US itself...
Posted By Yasir : 12:59 PM ET
I am sure CIA know the fact that they cannot completely trust Pak. But what other choice does US have ? US is forced to trust them, even knowing the fact that all senior leadersip of Al-Qeada are well protected in the tribal regions of Pak. Musharaff cannot do anything against the local Islamic fundamenalists and the moment he steps down, his life would be threatened. That's the reality in Pak. Our administration is speaking all the time about democracy, but in reality we are an ally of Pak where democracy had long gone. Bush is trusting Musharaff, but US cannot trust Pakistan.
Posted By Anonymous : 2:08 PM ET
May I point out that just as we have in the US a divide between government opinions and civilian opinions, there is the same divide in Pakistan. There are many people there who agree with Musharraf and there are those who don't. A few people's actions certainly do not summarize an entire nation's point of view. Either way, Pakistan is in a very volatile state right now--the suicide attack just proves that Pakistan has gotten itself into an even more hostile situation because of its support of the United States. The country's ability to be a good ally has nothing to do with the problems it faces within it daily. And we must recognize that many of the problems, especially those considering terrorism, were only exacerbated by the US influence in Pakistan. And unfortunately, Pakistani citizens are the ones paying for it, with their lives.
Posted By Mehroz B. from Petaluma, CA : 2:23 PM ET
We should trust people; not countries.
Posted By Anonymous : 2:40 PM ET
We don't even trust each other, so trusting a foreign government is a stretch. One fact is undeniable: Pak soldiers are engaged with terrorists regularly on their western border with Afghanistan, and dying as a result. I wish everybody we "didn't trust" would contribute to the GWOT as much. It isn't perfect, but what has France done for us lately??
Posted By Tim O from Linwood, PA : 8:00 PM ET
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