Pakistan: Reversing The Lens

"Terrorism is not a statistic for us." - Asif Ali Zardari, president of Pakistan. Conn Hallinan, Portside, October 26, 2011 This is a Pakistani truism that few Americans understand. Since the US invaded Afghanistan in October 2001, Pakistan has lost more than 35,000 people, the vast bulk of them civilians. While the US has had slightly over 1800 soldiers killed in the past 10 years, Pakistan has lost over 5,000 soldiers and police. The number of suicide bombings in Pakistan has gone from one before 2001, to more than 335 since. For most Americans, Pakistan is a two-faced "ally" playing a double game in Central Asia ... Pakistan