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Pakistan Under Attack? Links+Saazish v2

November 25, 2009

An interesting summary of Pakistan’s history by a former cop in Balochistan:

 

Uplifting and upsetting at the same time – our country’s tale definitely has been a sad one, but it has lived on because of people like him.

Webster Tarpley offers his thoughts on what’s happening in the region:

Alarming, but..implausible. This game is too big to be kept under wraps and successfully be concealed from so many people for so long. Too many people have known too much for too long. Plus, Tarpley is a little too sensational for my taste after I read his take on the Fort Hood massacre.

(Now we know where Zaid Hamid gets his inspiration from.)

And Jeremy Scahill brings out the most explosive story on Pakistan since Seymour Hersh’s Defending the Arsenal.

My thoughts on Scahill’s piece are, briefly, that it’s possible that there’s a bunch of renegade ex-CIA men operating in Pakistan with the knowledge and official disapproval (but implicit approval through official ignorance) from people in both governments. However, it makes little sense that there would be full-fledged government support for these programs, because both Pakistan and America suffer, as Gundun notes. the conspiracy theorists in Pakistan are still a long way off from reality – the troubles in Pakistan derive not from evil geniuses plotting to destroy the country, but from the flaws within – corruption, poor governance, weak institutions, short-term thinking as a nation, and more. How does one correct mistakes that don’t exist?

Ahmed Rashid has similar views in his article in BBC News:

Pakistan cannot tackle its real problems unless the country’s leaders – military and civilian – first admit that much of the present crisis is a result of long-standing mistakes, the lack of democracy, the failure to strengthen civic institutions and the lack of investment in public services like education, even as there continues to be a massive investment in nuclear weapons and the military.

Pakistan’s crisis must first be acknowledged by officialdom and the media before solutions can be found.  The alternative is a continuation of the present paralysis where people are left confused, demoralised and angry.

As Sadiq Saleem points out, the reason Indo-American relations have grown so warm recently compared to Pak-American relations is our own obsession with ‘honor’ and insecure thought processes – most recently, the ‘Blame America’ game. But the Americans haven’t done much to dispel that notion and calm Pakistani fears, have they?

Obama’s decision regarding Afghanistan takes on even more significance in this context – influences from all sides are clearly pressing him, which is why this decision has been delayed so long…but trying to make everyone happy might just prove to be futile.

A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly say, hooray for our side
It’s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down

Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep
It starts when you’re always afraid
You step out of line, the man come and take you away
We better stop, hey, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down

Stop, hey, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down

Yes, the images are irrelevant but the sound quality is good. This could be a conspiracy theorist anthem (and it is on Youtube) but it fits my message pretty well too – a little reflection would not be amiss.

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