How To Talk To Terrorists…

By Matt Eventoff

“People who are carrying out such heinous crimes, they want to shake our resolve. And I want to address them.

We will not buckle.

We will fight you.

We will fight you because we want stability and peace in Pakistan.

You are on the run, and we know that.

We defeated you in Swat and Malakand. And the brave soldiers and officers of the Pakistan army will defeat you in Waziristan.

You think by attacking innocent people and lives, you will shake our determination?

No, sir, you will not. We will be more determined to fight you and defeat you for our own reasons, because we have a vision for Pakistan, and that vision does not fall in line with what you stand for.”

- Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi

Earlier this morning, hours after the Pakistani government announced bounties on the top 21 Taliban leaders, dead or alive, a suicide bomber has left at least 30 people dead and 45 wounded.  This comes on the heels of last week’s car bomb which ripped through Preshawar, Pakistan, killing 90 civilians, immediately preceding a visit from Secretary Clinton.

Watch the video above beginning at about the 1:04 mark.  A few words come to mind when watching Qureshi: strength, resolve, power, anger and determination.  That is a lot to convey in a very short speech.  What I really liked:

1. Audience - While he was addressing the terrorists, Qureshi was well aware that his audience for this was global, and he made the most of the opportunity.

2. Pitch, Tone and Inflection – Leadership, resolve and determination with every word.

3. Facial Expression – I don’t have the full clip yet, but even in this shortened version you can see the seriousness in his face

4. Message - Excellent. This was a message that clearly sent a message, to the terrorists and the world. Well done.

Areas for improvement: Too many verbal “tics”, a bit to quick in some spots, too little movement and too much grasping both ends of the podium.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi has been Pakistan’s Foreign Minister for the past year and a half, and it has not been an easy go.  The challenges facing Pakistan are great, as are the internal and external threats the nation faces.  Strong leadership and presence will be essential to seeing Pakistan through this period of time.

That being said, I have had the opportunity to witness Minister Qureshi on a number of occasions and his presence and oratorical skills improve every time.    Stay tuned…

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