Hillary’s Pak visit
Quite clearly Hillary Clinton has done some tough talk in private talks with the top leadership and what she ands Admiral Mike Mullen said in the public was not a threat but warning that Pak-US relations have reached an impasse indicating it by somber talk avoiding any smile while speaking to the media .
Let me confine my comments only to two aspects of her mission . There are perhaps several matters on which other writers would point out but I would confine only to two.
One such point seemed to trying to suggest that anti-American feelings in Pakistani public are unjustified. – and while acknowledging that Pakistanis have suffered more deaths than anyone else , she seemed to be asking that Pakistan do more as if it has not suffered enough already.
It is surprising that if one American is killed any where US goes into action against the country where the American has been killed but US kills Pakistani like pigeons by drone attacks in Pakistan’s own backyard, killing far more innocent civilians than so-called militants or terrorists, it shows no remorse. Killing of Libyans in Civil War leads to US-NATO air strikes and what not but Pakistani civilians is alright. Drone attacks on Pakistan have become unbearable. US treats Pakistan as its subordinate or a minion whose task is to obey its master the US. Its sovereignty as a wax and Obama announces arrogantly that he will repeat the Abbotabad like operation, No Pakistan is not a country to e taken for granted. It will ensure its sovereignty and dignity respected. If not it would withdraw its support. And there should be no mistake that there is no national will behind this resolve. Nor Pakistan is an ordinary country in any sense. Besides if Pakistan withdraws its cooperation with US, It will be in a lurch in Afghanistan. If Obama thinks that he can use India in Afghanistan or against Pakistan that too would be a miscalculation. The situation is that Pakistan is the worst sufferer in this war on terror. Drone attacks, on one side and “Taleban” attacks on the other that is from both parties to the War on terror Pakistan is a target. .
The claim that anti-American feelings of the public have no justification , I would submit is a wrong statement. It is high time US understood some basic facts about its policies and actions in the heart of Muslim world, and the Muslim supra-national psyche where other hurtful US policies cause public adverse reaction on US.. Muslim world from Mauritania to Indonesia feels and reacts on hurtful policies to anyone in this community. It so happens that since the days of Bush Administration all military actions for subjugating the peoples has been taken ONLY in the Muslim world. Bush went after Iraq – on false clams of Iraq possessing fantastic weapons of mass destrutction and destroyed Iraq a very prosperous and strong Arab country in the Middle East and then had him hung through a so-called trial, like that of a conquerors revenge from the defeated. Then Afghanistan became the next target. I have said it before and I need say it again – justified or not- that Bush and Usma Bin Laden were two sides of the same coin. Bush –action- Usama Bin Laden reaction., horrible reaction, and nobody will justify the Twin Tower Tragedy in New York. It was a crime yes.
In Muslim world, US and the West again merciless colonialism has been revived. It is necessary to state a link between American actions in the Muslim world and the current situation of which Pakistan is the greatest victim. May it be stated that all military action of US and NATO has been exclusively the Muslim countries. As if it was not enough to target Afghanistan and Pakistan’s tribal areas , now US –NATO are targeting quite blatantly Libya and started G-8 is meddling in the turmoil in the Arab world. The Western gun boat diplomacy under the façade of supporting a tiny opposition group- I would like to say through a traitor group in Libya – is being played. Every body knows that the West is after Ghaddafi’s blood for thirty years and now has come its way an opportunity to play the colonialist role in the murky situation in the region. Fools only will be msled by the bogus and hollow sanctimonious slogans Obama and Sarkoz are using to blanket their and NATO’s colonialist game in Libya. If US and NATO feel that Muslims would be hoodwinked by plainly transparent slogans put on imperialist-colonialist aims one is living in a make belief world. Certainly Obama is looked upon as an imperialist tool.. We know how much Alavite regime of Bashara el Asad is shaky in a Sunni dominated and Ikhwan infested Syria, there had been many voices against Alavte junta being corrupt etc. Yet we also know that Syria was the only steadfast anti-Israel country which NATO, West and US wanted to eliminate for long time. Undoubtedly there is a public movement in Syria but US and NATO have gone against Bashara El Asad not because f corruption etc, but because they are interested in eliminating Syria as a strong Arab military power.
Then while the Arab world is in turmoil- it remains to be seen whether the turmoil is “Arab Spring” or what , - America’s plan to recraft the Middle East have gone into operation. Right away new sanctions have been planned for Iran. Ban Ki Moon has become a pliant tool of American colonialism. UN will in no time produce any Reso;ution under Chapter VII to give universal legitimacy to colonialist-aggresdsive policies.
All these violent operations in Muslim world cause resentment, anger, anti-American policies among the Muslim masses every where .This is wherein is the root of what Hillary calls Anti American feeling and brands them as unjustified, and names them as “ conspiracy theories.” Is there justification for her grievances? Or Pakistan has legitimate grounds to feel that its cooperation with US is giving it beating from US and from the Taleban. Any way who are thy , who is financing them, training them, providing them weapons, providing them access to international weapons market etc.