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Southasia - - Editor's Mail -

The state­ment floated by Adm. Wil­lard, Com­man­der of the US Pa­cific Com­mand that US Spe­cial Forces were sta­tioned through­out South Asia, in coun­tries like In­dia, Bangladesh, the Mal­dives, Nepal and Sri Lanka met with some well-de­served back­lash. Wil­lard claimed that these forces were work­ing with spe­cial gov­ern­men­tal agen­cies to train and co­op­er­ate with in­ter­nal counter-ter­ror­ism and counter in­sur­gency strate­gies.

While Afghanistan and Pak­istan were not on that list, it is com­mend­able that the gov­ern­ments of all na­tions, men­tioned in the state­ment, re­sponded strongly to the US and ve­he­mently de­nied any gov­ern­men­tal in­volve­ment in such a plan. It is im­por­tant that such mat­ters not be left to spec­u­la­tion and ru­mors. It is un­wise for the U.S to is­sue sweep­ing state­ments and not ex­pect any con­se­quent re­ac­tion. The U.S seems to be ral­ly­ing sup­port for its counter-ter­ror­ism ef­forts and cre­ate a bloc in South Asia while iso­lat­ing Afghanistan and Pak­istan. There is no im­me­di­ate need for the U.S to be in­volved in the Mal­dives, Bangladesh or Sri Lanka when it has not en­tirely stood by these coun­tries in the past. Ad­mi­ral Wil­lard’s state­ment sounds like a bluff, de­signed to il­lus­trate Amer­ica’s might and guar­an­tee its long-term in­volve­ment masked by a ques­tion­able act of good­will.

Aly ul-Saleem Male, The Mal­dives

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