May 12, 2009 10:08 AM
May 8, 2009 Scrub towers in the distance, Riders cross the
blasted moor Against the horizon. Fickle promises of treaty, Fatal
harbingers of war; Futile orizons… – Van Der Graaf Generator: “Arrow“
and omens, suddenly everywhere, tell us war between the USA and
Pakistan is imminent.
Chris Floyd has been doing his usual fine job in covering
the recent developments
the tea leaves
. Particularly disappointing is the flow of war
propaganda from McClatchy
, in the person of Jonathan Landay.
McClatchy and Landay were among the few voices of skeptical reason on
the national media scene during Bush’s pre-Iraq propaganda campaign.
But apparently they are now on board with Obama’s pre-Pakistan
propaganda campaign. Success at last! This must be the change we were
hoping for, just as Obama’s marketers promised!
As you might expect if you’ve been paying attention for any of the
previous six years, or six decades, all the reasons given for war by US
politicians and media types are quite false, and transparently so — yet
no one in the national media can tackle any of them head-on. It’s a
remarkably dangerous situation, of course: the world’s most heavily
armed nation is still under a media blackout against certain aspects of
reality, just as if Obama’s election and inauguration had never
happened. Fancy that!
The signs are
misleading. War between the US and Pakistan is not imminent. It’s
So far the US has made more than 60 airstrikes against
Pakistan using unmanned aircraft, and one commando raid using ground
troops and attack helicopters. These
attacks have killed more than 700 people
, and even the most
“optimistic” government reports count only 14 al Qaeda leaders among
It goes without saying that if any foreign country flew just one
bombing mission against the USA, or mounted a single commando raid, it
would be regarded as an act of war and treated accordingly. Of course
this sort of analysis, putting the shoe on the other foot as it were,
is missing from our national political discourse, because in mainstream
American political analysis, there is no other shoe; there is no other
foot; and anyone who suggests otherwise is promptly banished.
In any case, “imminent” is the wrong word. The war is not
imminent. What’s imminent is a grave escalation. And the escalation, in
my view, is not only imminent but inevitable.
A major, horrific war between the USA and Pakistan is, as I
understand it, not only inevitable now; it has been inevitable for many
years. I’m quite certain about this. The only question remaining in my
mind is: How many is “many”?
If you’re with me so far, you may be wondering: How do I know the
reasons given for the war are false? And if the reasons are all false,
why is the war imminent, much less inevitable? And why has this war
been inevitable for many years?
If you’ll stay with me for a few more minutes, I’ll try to
explain. But it’s not easy, because we have to untangle a pack of
on which warmongers you listen to, you may be hearing that America must
wage war against Pakistan in order to prevent the Taliban from
conquering (or at least destabilizing) Pakistan and seizing the
country’s arsenal of nuclear weapons, and/or to ensure that terrorists
can never attack the United States as they did on September 11, 2001,
and/or to eliminate the “safe havens” from which “insurgents” are
attacking American and NATO forces in Afghanistan, and/or because the
Pakistani army hasn’t been able to defeat the scourge of terrorism all
But none of this makes any sense. Pakistan’s
nuclear weapons are under American control
, as they have been since
September of 2001. The “loose nukes” scenario, which the war against
Pakistan is supposedly designed to prevent, is not only a thoroughly
fictional argument, but a thoroughly cynical one as well.
If Pakistan’s nukes were not under American control, the Americans
wouldn’t dream of attacking Pakistan. (If you’ve been paying attention
for any of the previous six years, or six decades, you may recall that
the US only attacks countries which have no chance to defend
themselves, or to retaliate.)
Furthermore, an all-out attack on Pakistan by the US is more
likely to cause fragmentation and destabilization in Pakistan than to
bring peace and democracy. (Think of Iraq; think of Afghanistan.) So
the idea that an American intervention is necessary to prevent a
horrific outcome is equally false, and equally cynical. In fact, a
horrific outcome — fragmentation and destabilization — is much
preferred by the American warmongers, and that’s why they’re so intent
on waging this war. It’s really quite simple, once you cut through all
Meanwhile, the only way to ensure that terrorists cannot attack us
as they did on 9/11 would be to run a complete and open investigation
of the attacks of that day, and who made them possible, and who
benefited from them … and to hold the guilty parties accountable. This
has manifestly not been done, and clearly, had it been done, we would
be in a much different position today. Significantly, president Obama
has no intention of allowing an independent investigation into the
so-called “terrorist” attacks, so the official fiction remains in place
now and is poised to remain in place forever....(...)
you take a short-term view, you might say President General Pervez
Musharraf signed Pakistan’s death warrant in the immediate aftermath of
It was all quite simple. George Bush declared the attacks of 9/11,
which he and his administration had done so much to enable, “an act of
war”. Then he blamed it on “terrorists of global reach” and he asked
the world’s leaders, “Are you with us, or are you with the terrorists?”
Pervez Musharraf, no dummy in situations of this type, said “We’re
Choosing any other option, of course, would have ensured
Pakistan’s immediate destruction.
But by choosing as he did, Musharraf allied himself with a lie,
and made Pakistan complicit in the war crimes and crimes against
humanity that were about to unfold in Afghanistan.
The American and NATO invasion and occupation of Afghanistan has
sparked the inevitable reaction, from people we know as “terrorists”
and “insurgents”. Our terminology implies, falsely, that the US and
NATO troops and the puppet government they installed and support are
there legitimately. But this is not true, or even close to the truth.
In fact, the resistance to American subjugation, no matter what we
call it, correctly sees Pakistan both as America’s number one ally in
an effort to destroy Afghanistan, and as America’s primary regional
source of logistical and other support. So counter-attacking in
Pakistan makes at least some strategic and tactical sense, from the
Afghan point of view. Most Americans know little or nothing about any
of this. So we guess about the things we really ought to know.
Suppose — here’s that other shoe again — Russia bombed, invaded
and occupied the US, in a campaign based in and supplied from Mexico.
Would an American resistance spring up? Would the resistance attack
Russian installations in Mexico? Would it also attack Mexican
institutions that supported the Russians? One could only hope
only the truth were that simple. The reality is much worse than the
hypothetical. Since a semi-plausible rationale exists for Afghan
attacks against Pakistan, the Americans in Afghanistan, always eager to
foment a little terrorism which then requires a reaction, have been
using Afghan proxies to attack Pakistan, according to reports
from Asia which you will never read in any American newspaper.
It’s no coincidence that Baithulla
, Pakistan’s public enemy number one, who has recently been
blamed for virtually everything, and who has made outrageous public
threats against the American homeland, eludes the Pakistan security
forces whenever they get close to him, while communicating using
encryption they cannot crack. Or is it?
It doesn’t take a genius to connect these dots. Or does it?
Thirty years ago the Soviet Union was the target, Afghanistan was
an expendable battlefield, and Pakistan provided the logistical base.
Now the situation is slightly different: China is the target,
Afghanistan is the logistical base, and as for Pakistan …
In terms of the “grand chessboard”, one might be tempted to say
that turnabout is fair play for Pakistan. Those who do the bully’s
dirty-work always end up as victims themselves. And what’s been
happening to Pakistan lately, and what’s about to happen to Pakistan in
the near-term Obama-driven future, could be seen as blowback:
retribution for the crimes Pakistan has committed, in complicity with
the Americans, against Afghanistan.
But the “grand game” is simply an abstraction, one that
“justifies” mass murder on a horrific scale in defense of dimly
perceived “national interests”. In reality, we’re talking about
hundreds of millions of people whose lives are about to be destroyed,
or in the process of being destroyed, as the “players” continue to see
strategic advantage in the destruction and destabilization of foreign
And — for the most part, and as always — the victims, and the
soon-to-be victims, have done nothing wrong. They’ve been trying to
live their lives and provide for their families under a repressive
government which came to power with American support, and which, for
most of the past several decades, has been doing America’s bidding. Is
it a coincidence that the people of Iraq can say the very same thing?
“Operation Cyclone”, which filled Afghanistan with terrorists and
planted the roots that grew into both the Taliban and al Qaeda, was
started during the presidency of Jimmy Carter. The Carter
administration’s marketing slogan — “Human Rights” — gave it perfect
cover for a clandestine program of fomenting terrorism in one country
in order to destabilize another. And the chief architect behind the
plan, Zbigniew Brzezinski
who was Carter’s National Security Advisor, is now one
of Barack Obama’s inner circle
. That’s no coincidence, either.
And this, ultimately, is what makes a major escalation of the war
between the US and Pakistan inevitable. The Obama administration
embodies none of the change we were hoping for. We are still governed
by Bush/Clinton retreads, neo-con chicken hawks, friends and agents of
Israel, and Wall Street bankers. None of these people see anything
wrong with the American imperial project. The destruction of Pakistan
is, and always has been, essential to that project. And the movers and
shakers don’t care how much pain and suffering they cause.
To prevent a disastrous war between the USA and Pakistan, it would
be necessary to dismantle the American imperial system, and this — as
we keep seeing over and over and over — is not about to
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Pakistan is now officially at war. It is time we offer
unconditional support to our troops, officers and men who are fighting
and dying for our honor, security and peace. We have all seen enough of
filthy and sick face of TTP terrorists and their brutal massacre of
innocent Pakistanis. Finally, the political government takes
responsibility and takes the nation into confidence. Lets shun our
differences for the moment and unite for a common cause of eliminating
the terrorists who have insulted and humiliated our faith, nation and
the country. It is time we remove the cancer.
We also warn the government not to succumb to US demands and
dictations. We are watching the US and the government very closely and
any wrong move by them would be resisted fiercely. The government of
PPP must not make a wrong move or they will be exposed and removed by
The Americans Demands:
* Pakistan’s nuke and missile program should be put under US
Already this government has cut all research and development funds
for the strategic projects. US also wants to “secure” all enriched
Uranium stocks which Pakistan has.
* US wants to remove Governor NWFP Owais Ghani and bring a traitor
in his place.
* US wants Pakistan to allow transit facilities to Indians for
* US wants Pakistan to go slow against Indians and focus on
destroying Taliban in Afghanistan.
We warn the government NOT to do any of the above. In fact,
transit facilities to US should also be withdrawn as the US continues
to keep Dr. Afia in their custody, continue to attack us with drones,
continue to support terrorism in Pakistan and continue to misuse our
relationship by allowing Indians to sponsor terrorism in Baluchistan
and tribal areas.
We would like to make it clear that Pakistani nation does not
consider Afghan Mujahideen (Mullah Omar, Gulbadin Hekmatyar and Jalal
uddin Haqqani) as terrorists. The Afghans are fighting a just war of
resistance against foreign occupation. Pakistani nation will not side
with US and Indians to destroy Afghan Taliban.
strongly believe that local TTP is a terrorist organization, funded,
created and sponsored by CIA, RAW and Mossad and share no values,
ideology or morality with Afghan Mujahideen. TTP is a shame for
Islam, Pakistan and Jihad everywhere and must be crushed with full
force, as army has started to do now.
Pakistani nation must stand united on above issues. اللہ willing,
we will defeat the enemies and establish the pristine, pure and
benevolent values of our deen in this Pak Sarzameen, the Madina e Sani
of the era.
As Allah says: “And hold fast, all together, by the rope which
Allah (stretches out for you), and be not divided among yourselves; and
remember with gratitude Allah’s favour on you; for ye were enemies and
He joined your hearts in love, so that by His Grace, ye became
brethren; and ye were on the brink of the pit of Fire, and He saved you
from it. Thus doth Allah make His Signs clear to you: That ye may be
guided”. (Quran: Surah 3. Al ‘Imran – Ayah 103)
We are proud of our armed forces who are striving day and night
fearlessly at the costs of their lives, to clean up the filthy
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Militants from Swat. We should support our
Forces and Government where they are right. Government and Army is
cleaning up the Zionist, US and Indian funded Tehreek-e-Taliban
Pakistan Militants from Swat valley to recover the region.
As in any military operation, the valley does suffer damage but so
do the Taliban (the real targets of the Army) whose elimination is top
priority in order to keep Pakistan safe from the external threats
creating instability within Pakistan. Did we not lose lives in 1965 war
against India? Didn’t we sacrifice ourselves for the greater good of
the Pakistani Nation… We request the residents of Swat to keep
themselves safe by leaving the areas where their life may be in danger
so that there are minimum civilian casualities and more damage can be
done to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Militants. Our Army neither
wants to nor is killing its own people! Instead its recovering the land
for the people of Swat.
faces which Media exploites today; telling we are in fear, we don’t
have water or schools etc. These people wouldn’t be alive today if it
weren’t for Allah’s will and our Armed forces who are ensuring the
safest possible recovery of Swat. Fear, Water and Electricity are
meaningful when people remain alive so remain patient. Remain calm!
Do not fall prey to the MEDIA propaganda whose roots lie in
“Breaking News Culture” without verification to make money. This media,
in-sincere to the Nation and Ummah will be answerable to Allah for
mis-leading the masses and creating an air of hopelessness and chaos in
Have faith in Allah, he has not abandoned us. Times are tough as
they have been before too but its not the end of the World… there are
glad tidings and glory for those who remain firm in their faith and
trust in Allah till the end of these tough times. Remember our Forces,
Muslim Ummah and Pakistan in your dua as it is the strongest of forces
with which we can all contribute in this test phase from Allah and
انشاءاللہ, Pak sarzameen Shad Baad, Kishware Haseen Shad Baad.
Do your duty and have faith in اللہ . This country has come to
stay and grow, انشاءاللہ
Duago Zaid Hamid
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