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Debate: Unilateral US military strike inside Pakistan

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Would the United States be justified in unilaterally striking terrorist targets inside Pakistan?

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Background and Context of Debate:

Counter-terrorism: Is Pakistan failing to do enough, making US intervention necessary?

Yes

  • Pakistan is not doing enough to combat terrorism - Pakistan has not done enough to combat terrorism in its territories. The Taliban is operating freely in the border area with Afghanistan and Al Qaeda continues to operate with significant protections from Pakistanis. The US has a national security interest in intervening to see that the job is done right there.
  • The US must unilaterally intervene since Pakistan is not doing enough to find Bin Laden - President Musharraf said in early 2008, "We are not particularly looking for [Bin Laden]". But, most analysts continue to suggest that Bin Laden is most likely residing in the mountains in Pakistani territory. It would appear that Musharref does not consider the capture of Bin Laden to be a priority. Conversely, the United States views it to be a first priority in the war on terror; bringing the 9/11 mastermind to justice. If Musharraf is not willing to prioritize the capture of Bin Laden, then the United States would be justified in taking unilateral action to bring this terrorist mastermind to justice.


No

Pakistan is a key ally in the war on terror. Pakistan has captured over 700 suspected militant terrorists since 2001.


Pakistan government: Would the Pakistani government tolerate a unilateral US strike?

Yes

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No

  • A unilateral US attack inside Pakistan would be strongly opposed by Pakistan - Responding to US proposals in early 2008 to allow increased CIA activities in Pakistan, President Musharraf condemned the idea, saying that it would breach Pakistan sovereignty. Given the clarity of Musharraf's opposition to the idea, it is clear that any US insistence to implement such attacks would seriously strain relations between the two countries. It is even possible that Musharraf would militarily resist such unilateral operation, as he has claimed that he would do.


Pakistani people: Would the Pakistani people react negatively?

Yes

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No

  • The Pakistani public would view a US unilateral strike as an invasion - In any country, but particularly in the Muslim world today, any US incursion into that countries' territory for any reason - even ostensibly for the purpose of protecting a country - will be viewed by a substantial portion of the population as an invasion. This could serve only inflame public perceptions of the US and its intentions in Pakistan and in the Muslim world in general. For the United States, this would only harm its war on terror.


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Yes

No

US leaders:

Yes

  • Barack Obama, US Presidential Candidate, said in a 2007 speech to the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars in Washington,[1] - "If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President [Pervez] Musharraf won't act, we will,"


No

Pro/con resources

Yes


No



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