Christopher Hitchens on Pakistan

From Abbottabad to Worse

Let me try to summarize and update the situation like this: Here is a society where rape is not a crime. It is a punishment. Women can be sentenced to be raped, by tribal and religious kangaroo courts, if even a rumor of their immodesty brings shame on their menfolk. In such an obscenely distorted context, the counterpart term to shame—which is the noble word “honor”—becomes most commonly associated with the word “killing.” Moral courage consists of the willingness to butcher your own daughter.

If the most elemental of human instincts becomes warped in this bizarre manner, other morbid symptoms will disclose themselves as well. Thus, President Asif Ali Zardari cringes daily in front of the forces who openly murdered his wife, Benazir Bhutto, and who then contemptuously ordered the crime scene cleansed with fire hoses, as if to spit even on the pretense of an investigation. A man so lacking in pride—indeed lacking in manliness—will seek desperately to compensate in other ways. Swelling his puny chest even more, he promises to resist the mighty United States, and to defend Pakistan’s holy “sovereignty.” This puffery and posing might perhaps possess a rag of credibility if he and his fellow middlemen were not avidly ingesting $3 billion worth of American subsidies every year.

Hitchens states of course the obvious.  Yet it’s still something our officials won’t openly admit. 

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2 thoughts on “Christopher Hitchens on Pakistan

  1. As soon as the word Tribal is issued in a sentence , means to me a few Centuries ago the World had Problems with such behavior. Today on the other side of the World Tribes still exist and fulfill there Tribal Motions.
    They were Uncivilized then and so on Now.

    11th

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