I believe the average American wakes up to the news that Osama Bin Laden was found by American, not Pakistani, forces, in a city that hosts three Pakistani army regiments, and asks a set of obvious questions. Pakistani officials have long said, with some justification, that they do not have direct control of the FATA areas -- the Waziristans, most obviously, but all of the tribal areas -- but Abbottabad is a modern city a short hop from the political capital, Islamabad, and the garrison city of Rawalpindi, which houses Pakistan's army headquarters. The Pakistanis are going to have to explain this one. On the other hand, American anger at Pakistan is unproductive, especially since the killing of Osama Bin Laden is mainly of symbolic importance. Operating terrorist networks in Pakistan represent the real threat. A beneficent American offer to the Pakistanis, in particular to the intelligence and army chiefs, to start a new chapter in the relationship, might be the prudent thing here.
Artist Mick Victor captures the ‘chaotic order’ of an urban landscape.