A few days earlier, the United States was a place of great joy and great hope.
The country was celebrating a new President, the country was welcoming back hundreds of thousands of foreign visitors, and people were excited about what lay ahead.
The election itself, however, had something else in store.
The US was going to be torn apart by a new war between the US and the nation of Pakistan.
And so the country’s entire media, as well as the nation itself, began to cover this war, and the people of the United State were quickly fed the line that this was a war between Pakistan and America, and that America’s enemies were going to make a move.
It was a narrative that was very similar to what we have come to know in the United Kingdom, the USA and many other countries in the Western world.
This was the war that the country had been waiting for for decades, and this was the one that was going down.
What happened next is the history of the UK and America’s wars in Pakistan.
As soon as Donald Trump took office in January, there was an immediate and massive surge in support for the US-Pakistani war.
But the war’s popularity didn’t end there.
Within days of taking office, Trump’s first foreign trip as President was to Pakistan.
And it wasn’t long before the US began its most extensive military campaign against the country since the Vietnam War.
On the day he landed in Islamabad, Trump met with Nawaz Sharif, the Pakistani Prime Minister.
He praised Sharif for his hard work on the nuclear deal with the US, and said the Pakistani people had been treated “very well.”
On the way out of the airport, Sharif met with Trump.
The following day, the two leaders announced that the United Nations would begin an investigation into allegations of widespread US interference in Pakistan’s elections.
The Pakistanis were furious.
Sharif called the US attack on the election a “violation of the constitution,” and he warned that a new wave of attacks would be launched against the government.
And that was just the beginning.
The following day came a further attack on Pakistan.
At least six people were killed when a car bomb exploded in the capital, Islamabad.
The United States has denied any involvement.
What followed was a massive US-Pakistan war that lasted almost a year.
The US and Pakistan have since engaged in dozens of bombing raids against each other’s military and intelligence facilities, killing at least 150 civilians and hundreds of Taliban fighters.
The war has also been seen as a direct result of the “pivot” that Trump had promised to make to the Asia-Pacific region.
Trump promised to work to secure the region for American interests, to take military action against the Taliban and to rebuild the US alliance with South Korea and Japan.
And in a speech at the Pentagon in May 2017, Trump called for the United Nation to convene a new peace conference in Islamabad.
But, as with the first war, it took years to reach that agreement.
In fact, Trump was so worried about Pakistan’s nuclear ambitions that he publicly announced the creation of a new “task force” in July 2017, only to announce that the task force would be disbanded in December.
Instead of a ceasefire and the return of all refugees, the US continues to bomb the country, killing thousands of people.
And that is exactly what happened.
The result of this war is one that has left the Pakistani state in deep crisis, with a number of countries and international organizations calling for the establishment of a UN-backed “Geneva 2” peace conference.
What is being done about it is a very complex, difficult issue.
The Pakistani government has made it very clear that it would like to see the peace talks come to an end, and as a result the US has repeatedly called for talks to resume.
But even before the talks, Trump had signaled his intention to pursue a “possible new strategy” in the war, a strategy that included a “more aggressive” posture toward Pakistan.
In December, he even told his national security team that he wanted to push the Taliban to the negotiating table, arguing that the US was “wasting” time by failing to act.
And while this strategy is unlikely to be implemented, there is a growing sense that the war is getting worse.
According to the United Arab Emirates, the war has killed more than a half million people since 2015, more than double the number of civilians killed in the Vietnam war.
And in November, Pakistan said it was facing an “existential crisis” that needed urgent attention.
The conflict has led to the deaths of more than half a million people, according to a UNICEF report published in March.
And the UN estimates that between 20,000 and 30,000 children have been killed in these conflicts.
The fact that this conflict has taken so long to end is one of the major reasons for this.
In Pakistan, the conflict has been going on for decades. And