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Pakistan's leader: U.S. threatened to bomb us "back to the Stone Age"

Pervez Musharraf, the leader of Pakistan, sat down for an interview with "60 Minutes" recently, telling them that the U.S. explicitedly threatened to attack his country in the run-up to the invasion of Afghanistan.

The message came from then-Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and reportedly threatened "Be prepared to be bombed. Be prepared to go back to the Stone Age, " recalls Musharraf, who largely conceeded to U.S. demands.  "I think it was a very rude remark. . . One has to think and take actions in the interests of the nation, and that's what I did."

The message came with numerous demands, such as turning Pakistani border posts and military bases over to the U.S. military, such as barring anti-US demonstrations and curtailing free speech and freedom of assembly. These requests apparently led to thousands of political detentions and repression of several of Pakistan's political parties.

With allies like the Bush administration, who needs enemies?

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