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Pakistan: It Keeps Getting Worse

Against a backdrop of political meltdown and spiraling violence in its most populous city, Pakistan now has to deal with this year’s monsoon floods. The News reports that 300,000 people have been affected by flooding.

According to an estimate, hundreds of thousands of acres of standing crops have been devastated in flash-floods across the country and thousands of people had to leave their homes due to heavy floods particularly in Thatta and Badin.

Numerically, in Badin alone more than 1,000 fish farms worth millions of rupees have been washed away. The poor in the area have no assets and their livelihood is dependent only on natural resources. All their assets including crops, fish, trees and land have been destroyed and now they are looking towards the government and countrymen for assistance…

Despite recommendations by the Federal Flood Commission (FFC) to tackle flash floods similar to 2010, the authorities failed to make necessary arrangements in the light of preemptive measures proposed by the FFC in its “Annual Flood Report 2010” to protect thousands of people across the country from being hit by monsoon-induced catastrophe this year.

It seems like no good news comes out of Pakistan these days. Religious extremism, political killings, ethnic violence, poor governance, environmental disasters; each problem exacerbates the others and nobody inside or outside the country seems to know what to do.

It is hard to think of a country of comparable size or importance where the political elite has failed so consistently over so long a period of time.  The consequences for ordinary Pakistanis are almost unbearable; they are likely to be dire for the rest of the world as well.

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  • Tom Holsinger

    One of the major problems here is that humanitarian assistance to Pakistan is as futile as it is to North Korea. The politically powerful in both countries steal almost all of it. Little, if any, gets to the suffering people the recipients intend it get to.

  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    A culture and people get the government they deserve. Let’s hope that the spontaneous growth of the TEA Party is an indication that we deserve and will receive a better government than the Pakistanis.

  • Luke Lea

    “It is hard to think of a country of comparable size or importance . . .”

    Scratch the word importance. When it comes to America’s strategic interests, Pakistan’s importance is virtually nil.

    (Disclosure: I’m the nut who doesn’t believe Pakistan actually has nuclear weapons — at least not the kind that could threaten the West.)

    • Walter Russell Mead

      @Luke Lea: then you also believe they could not give those nuclear weapons or materials to people who might use them, um, inappropriately?

  • Luke Lea

    Honestly, Walter, I do not believe they have them. Apparently, neither does Israel.

  • Tom Holsinger

    The problem is not terrorist nukes being used on us. The problem is that the domestic security measures required to protect us from terrorist nukes will cost us our freedom.

    The need to protect freedom at home by addressing security concerns abroad has been a significant factor in American foreign policy for centuries. See the first and third chapters of Michael Lind’s _American Way of Strategy_.

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