Thursday, August 18, 2011

Riaz Hohammad Khan: "simplistic"

So I am watching CSPAN and the former Ambassador is talking about US Pakistan relations and in response to a question about Pakistan's involvement in terrorism and their responsibility for attacks on the India and Afghanistan he says that the accusation is "simplistic." "Simplistic." That is a really interesting choice of words. "Did your intelligence service help Pakistani nationals stage an attack on a hospital in Kabul?" "Did your country's government stage an attack on Mumbai Hotel?" These are accusations that are true or untrue. "Simplistic?" You either angrily deny the accusation or you don't. The fact that the question is dismissed as simplistic is all you really need to know about this "county"--at the risk of being simplistic.