The U.S. continues to try to buy love in Pakistan. It will never work. The hatred that the Pakistanis have for the U.S. is not just because of the drones. They hated us long before any drones flew. The Qur’an mandates hatred of and contempt for the Infidels as “the most vile of created beings” (98:6), and warfare against them and their subjugation (9:29). It doesn’t say not to wage jihad against and subjugate Infidels who are nice and shower the Muslims with money. In fact, payment by the Infidels to the Muslims is divinely mandated in the Qur’an (9:29).
“US outspends Islamabad on flood relief in Pakistan: But instead of helping repair US-Pakistan relations, the flood aid looks like it is feeding into old patterns of distrust between the two countries,” by Taha Siddiqui for the Christian Science Monitor, October 23 (thanks to EH):
The US government has pledged more money toward this year’s flood relief efforts in Pakistan than the country’s own government, according to a report this month from the Congressional Research Service.
Floods have devastated swathes of the Pakistani countryside this year. And once again the US is contributing substantial funds despite strained ties between the two governments and large anti-American street protests.
According to a little noticed detail in a report titled “Pakistan: US Foreign Assistance,” the country’s central government has pledged $91 million toward flood relief, 32 percent less than the $134.6 million promised by the US State Department and USAID as of the end of September 2012.
But instead of helping repair US-Pakistan relations, the flood aid looks more likely to harden the existing pattern where Americans tire of financially supporting a country where elites are barely taxed and the majority of citizens dislike the US. Pakistan, meanwhile, points out US pledges are often much greater than the aid actually delivered — and what aid does come is spent in a self-interested manner….
The US Embassy in Pakistan said that for floods this year USAID has disbursed around $100,000 so far. Since 2009, the US government has spent over a billion dollars in humanitarian assistance….
In the aftermath of the 2010 crisis, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pushed Pakistan — a country with one of the lowest tax compliance rates in the world — to get the country”s elites to pony up.
“It’s absolutely unacceptable for those with means in Pakistan not to be doing their fair share to help their own people while taxpayers in Europe, the US and other contributing countries are all chipping in,” Ms. Clinton said just over two years ago.
Since then, Pakistan has made promises to its lenders at the International Monetary Fund to expand its tax net, but has consistently failed to do so. .
“Essentially, I think it is outrageous that the American taxpayer is continuing to bail out Pakistan when the elite there continue to not pay taxes,” says Christine Fair, a Pakistan expert at Georgetown University in Washington. “What’s even more outrageous, the Pakistanis have consistently made commitments to the IMF to expand their tax net in exchange for getting very lucrative bailouts knowing full well they will never implement those commitments.”
It’s the jizya from the dhimmis. Why should the Pakistanis pay taxes when they have Infidels for that sort of thing?
Part of the problem, says Ms. Fair, is that Pakistani officials know that the US will pressure the IMF to keep providing money to the government, even when it fails to implement promised reforms….
“If the US government is doing more, then it’s a positive step but Pakistani government should have the leading role. Sadly they do not care much about their own people and lack planning. However, local organizations were at the forefront of helping flood-affected population this year,” says Ibtisam Elahi Zaheer, head of an Islamic welfare organization in Lahore.
Like the NDMA official, Mr. Zaheer does not trust the claims of the American government.
“The US can easily be lying about it because they are always exaggerating about aid to Pakistan. And even if they are giving more than the Pakistani government, it is only compensating the destruction and loss American drones are causing in the country,” he added.