Times Square bomb, a view from Pakistan

Faisal Shahzad

Faisal Shahzad

We’ve all heard that anti-Americanism runs deep in Pakistan. But how do regular Pakistanis feel about incidents like last week’s attempted car bombing in Times Square, allegedly carried out by a Pakistani-born American citizen with alleged ties to the Pakistani Taliban? Need to Know’s Brian Epstein asked Chris Brummitt, the Associated Press bureau chief in Islamabad.

 
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  • Shabnam khan

    “We know that anti-Americanism runs deep in Pakistan”
    I don’t think you “know!” There is only frustration in Pakistan because Pakistanis are caught between the Taliban and US. One threat in the Times Square has jolted the entire US media, however in Pakistan Talibans are bombing Pakistani towns every week–every day. What for? For supporting the US! There is no anti-Americanism, the way you understand it. Billions of US aid is talked about on the media here, but there is hardly ever any sensitive coverage of what Pakistanis are going through because of Taliban–Pakistanis are like any other people, they want safety of life, some food, few schools, and definiely electricity! And these basic rights are gradually slipping out of their reach. This doesn’t require billions of aid-but some aid indeed. Please acknowledge that they are being targetted for not siding with the Talibans, and supporting America. The way to reach out to real Pakistanis, as the media repeatedly ask here, is to tell the complete story, and this means that Pakistnis ought not to be bracketed with these crazy jihadis, and to tell the American people that ordinary Pakistanis, for decades, are suffering terrorism for siding with the US.

  • Brian Bays

    Thank you for your post Shabnam. Before I read your post, I was thinking the same. I don’t know how anyone could make an assumption of an entire country’s viewpoint of America based on the actions of a few. The only time the media covers anything is when something bad happens. This paints a negative image of ANY country. “We know that anti-Americanism runs deep in Pakistan” — If anyone knows psychology 101, this is “Us vs Them” mentality. If we ever expect to make any sort of progress as a human race, we need to drop this. If someone different is automatically “Anti-American”, we’re going to make enemies with the entire rest of the world; which we are well on our way of doing. It is the responsibility of the media to stop perpetuating this kind of nonsense. We need to acknowledge that there are good people everywhere that value the same things that we as Americans do. Do you think that just because someone is born in the middle east they are evil. That is just ignorant, racist and intolerant. That’s not the mindset of the America I want to live in. We need to be accepting of good and intolerant of evil, plain and simple; regardless of color, race, creed, or nationality. That goes for overseas and here in the homeland as well. Wake up America.

  • Les McAlister

    Perhaps, but it seems more than worthwhile to offer a more complete picture and one that does not omit the ’79 sacking of the US embassy in Islamabad and the murder of a few Americans there. If anti-Americanism did not exist, the mob would not have been out for blood based on a rumor which later turned out to be false. I’ve also had friend in college who were foreign students from Pakistan and who came from the elite echelon of Pakistani society rather than those who’d fall prey to despotic fundamentalism, I can tell you exactly that the Pakistan-based publications they were subscribing to were hardly favorable to US “imperialism.”

    Indeed, as we Americans need to hold our politicians accountable and question the nature of our foreign policy and conduct abroad, so too do nationals from various countries if we’re striving toward a safer, more pleasant planet.