Attack on U.S. Consulate in Peshawar

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
April 5, 2010
Smoke Rises Near U.S. Consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan

The United States condemns the terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate General in Peshawar today and is grateful for the support of Pakistan's security forces in Peshawar, who responded quickly to this attack on the U.S. Consulate. Secretary Clinton said:

"I am outraged and deeply saddened by the assault on our Consulate in Peshawar. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the Pakistani security personnel who were killed and all those who were injured. Attacks on diplomatic missions strike at the heart of international cooperation and are unacceptable in any country at any time. We condemn this attack on our mission, the recent bombings in Baghdad that targeted other diplomatic missions, and all such crimes.

"The assault this morning is part of a wave of violence perpetrated by brutal extremists who seek to undermine Pakistan's democracy and sow fear and discord. The Pakistani people have suffered grievous losses, but they are standing firm in the face of this intimidation -- and the United States stands with them.

"We are taking all necessary steps to ensure the safety of our staff -- both American and Pakistani -- as well as the security of our facilities. And we are coordinating closely with Pakistan authorities, who are working to bring the attackers to justice. We deeply appreciate the quick, effective support of Pakistani Security Forces. This tragedy underscores the common challenges our nations face and deepens the commitment of the United States to strengthen our partnership."



Tennessee, USA
April 5, 2010

Joe in Tennessee writes:

Was this not an expectation? We are squeezing from all ends, so they went to the newest solidated alliance.

God bless those who perished and the families who are left....

New Mexico, USA
April 6, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

I don't know about anyone else, but I'm really tired of Iran arming the Taliban with explosives, mines, RPG's, guns, bullets and grenades.

Until that stops, this kind of thing will keep on happening.

The Pakistan Security forces deserve thanks and credit for their bravery under fire.

Best wishes for the injured in their complete recovery, and my sympathies to the families who've lost loved ones.

California, USA
April 6, 2010

Masood in California writes:

It seems regional countries have complicated the situation even further.

Pakistani security forces are doing great job countering these attacks but they need to develop a preventive system with the assistance of U.S. and NATO forces.

Yang L.
District Of Columbia, USA
April 7, 2010

Yang L. in Washington, DC writes:

The situation in Pakistan is much more complicated than what it seems on the surface. Militants are not merely rebellion teams using guerilla tactics to undermine the government. These are serious groups of extremists and radicals whose sole mission is bring forth a coup. It is reported that several militant groups in Pakistan are funded by Al Qaida and serve their purposes. Clearly, now more than ever, the international community has to take into consideration what forces and actions must be placed on this region of the world. World peace and cooperation should be an international goal, but when the lives of the innocent are threatened by the tyranny of few then actions must be taken to thwart the presence of malicious violence.

Pakistan’s government should also be held accountable for the state of it own well-being. It is understandable that there is a great sense of unruliness in this general region of the world; however, it is up to the heads of state to govern policy surrounding the national security of their countries. Pakistan cannot continue to hide behind the rise of militant force in the area and ethnic feuds between groups like Sunnis and Shiites will propel the danger of spreading violence. There needs to be an effort to support and boost a real sense of nationalism in order for the country to stabilize. It may even be a good idea to apportion some of the land to nearby neighboring countries so that ethnic groups can determine the national borders. The violence being committed on innocent lives will only grow if unless a sense of autonomy can be reached in that country.


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