Not Saussure

September 22, 2006

Back us or we’ll bomb you

Filed under: usa, War on Terror — notsaussure @ 12:21 am

Blimey! AP reports

President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan says the United States threatened to bomb his country back to the Stone Age after the 9-11 attacks if he did not help America’s war on terror.

Musharraf says the threat was delivered by Richard Armitage, then the deputy secretary of state, to Musharraf’s intelligence director, the Pakistani leader told CBS-TV’s 60 Minutes.

“The intelligence director told me that (Armitage) said, ‘Be prepared to be bombed. Be prepared to go back to the Stone Age,'” Musharraf said in the interview to be shown Sunday on the CBS television network.

It was insulting, Musharraf said. “I think it was a very rude remark,” he told reporter Steve Kroft.

It continues

Musharraf told 60 Minutes that Armitage’s message was delivered with demands that he turn over Pakistan’s border posts and bases for the U.S. military to use in the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan. Some were “ludicrous,” such as a demand he suppress domestic expression of support for terrorism against the United States.

“If somebody is expressing views, we cannot curb the expression of views,” Musharraf said.

Julie Reside, a State Department spokeswoman, declined to comment on the reported conversation between Armitage and a Pakistani official.

“We are referring all questions to Mr. Armitage,” she said.

and apparently

According to 60 Minutes, Armitage disputed the language attributed to him but did not deny the message was a strong one. The former deputy secretary of state could not be reached immediately by the Associated Press Friday at his home or his office.

Just as well for the people of Pakistan, I suppose, that President Musharraf didn’t decide against appeasement.

If anyone’s watched the video of the appalling Mr Izzadeen, can they explain the essential difference between his approach and that of Mr Armitage (as reported), other than that Mr Armitage represents people who have the means to carry out their threats more readily than does Mr Izzadeen?


Garry, at A Big Stick and a Small Carrot, wonders why Mus


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