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Friday, December 7

ABC News actually aired this

Chris Cuomo interviewed some Pakistani young people recently.

They watch MTV and like American rock stars but not pop stars so much. They watch American sitcoms (oy). But here's the interesting part:

CHRIS CUOMO (ABC NEWS)
(Voiceover) Then a surprising assessment that shows the distance between our political cultures. When I asked about Osama bin laden's latest audiotape, one of them answered with a question of her own.

MARYAM KANWER (PAKISTANI YOUTH)
Who is Osama bin Laden? Who, he's a, he's just a character created by America.

SAMAD KHURRAM (PAKISTANI YOUTH)
Actually, 98% of Pakistan would probably follow along those, along the same line to believe that Osama is basically a CIA agent who's working undercover to put a bad image of Islam.

CHRIS CUOMO (ABC NEWS)
(Off-camera) Really?

AMMAR RASHID (PAKISTANI YOUTH)
Yeah.

CHRIS CUOMO (ABC NEWS)
(Off-camera) So that there is no really, there is no Osama bin Laden?

AMMAR RASHID (PAKISTANI YOUTH)
A lot of them find it difficult to believe that such Muslims would actually exist.

CHRIS CUOMO (ABC NEWS)
(Off-camera) We could all drive an hour from where we are right now and find many, many people who stand by what Osama bin Laden says in the spirit of Islam.

AMMAR RASHID (PAKISTANI YOUTH)
To be quite honest, that's a very marginalized section of Pakistani society. Islamic extremisms that you find here did not, in fact, did not really exist in Pakistan pre-9/11 or pre the Musharaff's government.

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