According to today’s newspapers, a minister in the government of Pakistan has placed a $100,000 bounty on the life of the alleged maker of the alleged anti-Islamic film allegedly behind the riots, attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities and other violent intolerance that happened to erupt on the anniversary of 9/11. I wonder if Barack Obama considers Pakistan, as he recently did Egypt, to be neither an ally nor an enemy.
Not to worry, though. The Pakistani government, newspapers say, has distanced itself from the railway minister’s statement. Not, to be sure, from his presence within cabinet. I mean, why shouldn’t he be in the government just because he said “I invite the Taliban brothers and the al-Qaida brothers to join me in this blessed mission” even though he belongs to a supposedly secular party? I mean, who among them hasn’t… uh, no, see, his statement isn’t officially official policy.
So that’s OK then. Nothing to see here, folks. Move along.