US Ready To Swap Occupation of Afghanistan For War On Pakistan?
NATO attacks military outpost and Islamabad calls on China for support as tensions rise
Paul Joseph Watson
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
With the Obama administration fast approaching a July deadline that mandates troops be withdrawn from Afghanistan, Pakistan is moving into the cross hairs as the next targeted conquest of the “war on terror,” with NATO helicopters launching an attack on a Pakistani military outpost today, triggering a firefight that injured two soldiers, as Pakistan moves closer to China in an effort to avoid geopolitical isolation.
Although NATO claimed it was responding to an unprovoked attack, Pakistan lodged a “strong protest,” stating that its soldiers were merely responding to an illegal incursion into Pakistani airspace.
“The incident is certain to weigh on relations between the U.S. and Pakistan have been pushed almost to the breaking point after the May 2 raid on Abbottabad that killed bin Laden, with Pakistan’s parliament condemning the operation as a violation of the nation’s sovereignty,” reports Reuters.
Pakistan’s political leaders as well as its citizens have been vociferous in their protests against US Predator drone strikes in the country that have killed 10 innocent people for every “militant” killed. These demonstrations reached fever pitch in the days before Obama’s announcement that Navy SEALS had killed Bin Laden at a compound in Abbottabad.
Washington was also furious about the Pakistani ISI’s role in outing CIA operative Raymond Davis, who shot dead two Pakistanis he claimed were trying to rob him in January.