Thousands of anti-government protesters demanded Thursday that Pakistan shut the route along which supplies are ferried to U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, adding to the growing pressure on Islamabad's beleaguered leadership.
The demonstration by more than 10,000 people in the northwestern city of Peshawar also focused on a recent series of U.S. missile strikes against suspected al-Qaida and Taliban targets in Pakistan's lawless tribal areas along the Afghan border and Pakistani military offensives against Islamic insurgents in the area.
Looking at the collateral damage (read: the killing of children, the medically infirm, women,and the elderly) from NATO and US airstrikes in Pakistan, who in their right minds can blame these people for their anger?!?
Or, perhaps, are the strikes inside Pakistan less about "lethal pursuit" across the border, and more about destabilizing Pakistan to the point where another Western-leaning military junta deposes Zardari, and another "strong man" comes to power in Pakistan?
If not, the US-NATO command is absolutely being run by blithering idiots, who didn't have the horse-sense to understand that ultimately, strikes against civilian targets in Pakistan would have just this kind of blowback.