US expert says cross-border attacks inside Pak not a long-term solution to terror

September 14th, 2008 - 3:47 pm ICT by ANI  

New York , Sept 14 (ANI): An American foreign policy expert has reportedly cautioned the US administration against repeating the cross-border attacks inside Pakistan , saying this approach was not a long-term solution to terrorism.

We need to get the Pakistanis to see this as their war, and that’’s going to require some major new initiatives on the American side. Commando raids and Predator strikes are not a long-term solution to this problem, said Bruce Riedel, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a Washington-based think-tank.

Riedel, a former high-ranking CIA and Pentagon official, said this in an interview with CFR.org, a website publication for the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

He added that the recent US cross-border attacks from Afghanistan into Pakistan were risky given the anti-Americanism in Pakistan . In that kind of charged political atmosphere, these kinds of operations can easily further incite anti-Americanism, the Daily Times quoted him as saying.

Riedel urged the administration to be extremely cautious in pushing for cross-border raids until we can get a new dialogue started.

The next president, he added, should work with the civilian government, show them we want democracy in Pakistan and to increase our assistance to Pakistan , especially in economic areas.

He said the presence of Afghan president Hamid Karzai at President Asif Ali Zardari’’s swearing-in in Islamabad was a hopeful sign. (ANI)

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