Testimony of Timothy Hoyt to the US House Subcommittee on international terrorism

This is one of the most cogent, pragmatic and intelligent commentaries I’ve ever come across from an American official. Timothy Hoyt, Associate Professor of Strategy and Policy at the US Naval College testified at the Committee on International Relations, U.S. House of Representatives. [Excerpt]

“In the longer-term, however, we must systematically and conscientiously work for regime change and democratization in Pakistan. Our aid must be unequivocally earmarked for the development of civil institutions, education, and the improvement of Pakistan�s economy; our public rhetoric must focus on democratization and the rule of law; and our diplomacy should publicly demonstrate our support for elected civilian leaders like Prime Minister Jamali, rather than focusing on Musharraf. The role of the Pakistani Army in political life must be systematically delegitimized in the interest of strong civilian institutions.

Democracy is not a panacea for combating terrorism or for regional security. It is simply a necessary step. However, it is a step, as we have seen elsewhere in Latin America and in the Far East, which can only be accomplished through foresight, planning, and vision. Pakistani political instability, and the role of the Army, are important contributing factors to both regional and global terror networks. Defeating terrorism requires a new vision of Pakistan, which will hopefully contribute to a new and lasting relationship with its neighbors, the United States, and the international community.”

Check out the above link for the entire testimony, as well as B Raman’s excellent facts on Pakistan’s involvement in anti-Indian terrorism.

Update: Asia Times report on the hearing