Possibly, or at least part of its government may be.
The United States government believes it has evidence linking the Haqqani network, a terrorist organization which has repeatedly carried out attacks against US government personnel and positions, with the government of Pakistan. As ABC News (Australia) reports,
The United States says there is evidence linking the Pakistani government to the militant group that carried out last week’s attack on the US embassy in Kabul.
The US ambassador to Pakistan, Cameron Munter, claims there are links between the Pakistani government and high-profile terrorist group the Haqqani network.
In blunt comments broadcast by state-run Radio Pakistan, Mr Munter said: “Let me tell you that the attack that took place in Kabul a few days ago that was the work of the Haqqani network,” he said, referring to a deadly miltant attack in on Tuesday.
“There is evidence linking the Haqqani network to the Pakistan government. This is something that must stop.”
During the US Civil War, our ambassador in London, Charles Francis Adams, was increasingly concerned by signs that the British government was tolerating the construction of Confederate warships that would attack Union commerce on the high seas. “It would be superfluous in me,” he told the British foreign minister of the day, “to observe to your lordship that this is war.”
Britain — at the time, the greatest power in the world — stepped up the enforcement of its neutrality legislation, and after the war paid millions in compensation for the damage the Confederate raiders had done.
You don’t have to read very far between the lines to hear a similar message in Ambassador Munter’s latest remarks. I hope they are listening in Islamabad. I also hope they are paying attention in Washington. Via Meadia supports a continued US-Pakistan relationship, but in our view the US has to be ready to walk away for the relationship to have a chance. As long as Pakistan thinks we have no option, it will continue to play gruesome games. In fact, we have a number of pretty good options, and it is high time we explored them in depth.