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June 22, 2012: The U.S. is openly accusing the Pakistani military of collaborating with Islamic terrorists, particularly the Haqqani Network, which has long enjoyed sanctuary in North Waziristan. The U.S. publicly agrees with many Pakistanis that the Pakistani military of being out-of-control and a threat to Pakistani democracy. Pakistanis who express these beliefs openly in Pakistan can get arrested or killed. The Pakistani military and the ISI (the intelligence agency it controls) see these U.S. accusations as a direct attack on the power and privileges of the military. The Pakistani generals also see the successful American use of missile armed UAVs to kill Islamic terrorists cooperating with the military, as an attack on a powerful Pakistani military capability. The Pakistani military cannot admit this openly, although the Pakistani use of Islamic terrorists to attack India is an open secret in Pakistan. Many Pakistani generals also consider it shameful for their troops to be fighting Islamic terrorists inside Pakistan. This is, however, necessary in some cases when dealing with Islamic radical groups that have declared war on the Pakistani government and military. These groups stage attacks against the military and politicians. These subsidized terror groups also stage attacks in Afghanistan, which has caused the Afghans to call for American cooperation in joint commando raids into North Waziristan to do more damage to the Haqqani Network, destroying their bases and killing or capturing senior leaders. So far, the U.S. has ruled out these raids.
|"The chief aim of all government is to preserve the freedom of the citizen. His control over his person, his property, his movements, his business, his desires should be restrained only so far as the public welfare imperatively demands. The world is in more danger of being governed too much than too little.
It is the teaching of all history that liberty can only be preserved in small areas. Local self-government is, therefore, indispensable to liberty. A centralized and distant bureaucracy is the worst of all tyranny.
Taxation can justly be levied for no purpose other than to provide revenue for the support of the government. To tax one person, class or section to provide revenue for the benefit of another is none the less robbery because done under the form of law and called taxation."
John W. Davis, Democratic Presidential Candidate, 1924. Davis was one of the greatest trial and appellate lawyers in US history. He also served as the US Ambassador to the UK.