The US and Pakistan in the War on Terror
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As President Bush meets with Pervez Musharraf at the White House, has the President of Pakistan made a peace deal with the Taliban? Friday, the US is providing massive aid to this crucial ally in the war on terror. Is the money well spent? What can be expected from a leader caught between the push for modernization and Islamic extremism? Plus, President Bush and GOP Senators strike a deal on detainee interrogations, and recruiting Christian children for God's Army.
Both Sides Claim Victory in Detainee-Bill Compromise ()
President Bush and three Senators have reached an agreement on interrogating suspected terrorists. There are still questions whether the changes will be approved by the House. Both sides say the Geneva Conventions won't be changed, but the CIA will still be able to use harsh methods.
- Adam Zagorin: Senior Correspondent in Washington for Time magazine
The US and Pakistan in the War on Terror ()
Standing at the White House with President Pervez Musharraf today, President Bush said he was "taken aback" to learn that a US official threatened Pakistan after September 11. Despite that warm embrace, there are serious questions about what's been called a crucial alliance in the war against terror. Afghanistan has complained that Pakistan's recent deal with tribal leaders is a green light for the Taliban. Musharraf took power in a military coup and he's now caught between a drive for westernization and Islamic extremism. Pakistan is getting massive amounts of American aid, but will his divided country allow Musharraf to be a reliable partner?
- Julie Hirschfield Davis: White House Correspondent for the Baltimore Sun
- Mansoor Ijaz: Commentator on South Asian affairs
- Hassan Abbas: Fellow, Harvard University's Belfer Centre for Science and International Affairs
- Elizabeth Sullivan: Foreign Affairs Columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Jesus Camp" and the Evangelical Youth Movement ()
Jesus Camp, which opens today in New York and Los Angeles, has already won awards at film festivals. The documentary is about a North Dakota summer camp called Kids on Fire--now Families on Fire, which prepares Christian children, ages 7 to 13, to be part of God's Army. The film, which shows kids in camouflage and face paint, practicing war dances with wooden swords, captures a fervor that echoes that of the Madrassas in Pakistan and the Middle East that teach an aggressive form of fundamental Islam.
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