Pakistan was carved out of the Muslim-majority areas of British India in 1947, the world’s first modern nation based solely on Islam. The country’s name means “Land of the Pure.” The capital city is Islamabad. The national flag carries the Islamic crescent and star. The cricket team wears green.
From the start, the new country was touched by the messianic zeal of pan-Islamism. The Quranic scholar Muhammad Asad—an Austrian Jew born Leopold Weiss—became an early Pakistani ambassador to the United Nations. The Egyptian Said Ramadan, son-in-law of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna, made Pakistan a second home of sorts and collaborated with Pakistan’s leading Islamist ideologue, the Jamaat-e-Islami’s Abul Ala Maududi. In 1949, Pakistan established the world’s first transnational Islamic organization, the World Muslim Congress. Mohammad Amin al-Husayni, the virulently anti-Semitic grand mufti of Jerusalem, was appointed president.
Through alternating periods of civilian and military rule, one thing about Pakistan has remained constant—the central place of Islam in national life. (via Sadanand Dhume: Why Pakistan Produces Jihadists – WSJ.com).
If Sadanand Dhume has known all these little Pakistani factoids (used by androids, rhymes with haemorrhoids) I am sure he also knows how the US has bankrolled Pakistan’s state policy. Deliberately and consciously! Earlier to checkmate India, a nation friendly with USSR-Russia. Now for geopolitical reasons.
While Sadanand Dhume brings out some interesting details about Pakistan, I wish he would not join in, with so much relish, the bandwagon of Islamic Demonization.
Pakistan is half guilty
The practice of a cynical foreign policy, by the US does not absolve the Pakistani State of its fair share of blame. But then, does it give you a licence, Shri Dhume to bludgeon Pakistan in this manner! To completely ignore US accountability?
As a ‘benign’ Superpower, which the US wishes to portray itself, such a cynical foreign policy has no place in the world. Especially, if the US is going to practice that policy against a fragile non-nation like Pakistan.
It may not be out of place to mention that all the global terror hotspots, were or are, all frontline nations, as US allies, and targets of ‘benign’ US intervention! Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq. All of them! Apart from Pakistan, that is!
Something surely is rotten in the State of US!
It wuz Britain earlier
I will not even go into details of how Allama Iqbal converted to the cause of Pakistan after his travels to Britain in 1906. Or how the new State of Pakistan was inveigled into the Kashmir misadventure by British Generals of the Pakistani Army – as India also was!
And as a person of Indian extract, one would expect Sadanand Dhume to know this and write about this.
Now that India is the flavour of the season, Dhume has become a part of a cabal of mercenary journalists, of Indian extract, who are using their Indian names for some rather dubious goals.
2ndlooks and Quicktakes on Pakistan
Citing a congressional study released on Friday, the Times said the United States was involved in 68.4 percent of the global sales of arms.
U.S. weapons sales jumped nearly 50 percent in 2008 despite the global economic recession to $37.8 billion from $25.4 billion the year before.
The jump defied worldwide trends as global arms sales fell 7.6 percent to $55.2 billion in 2008, the report said. Global weapons agreements were at their lowest level since 2005. (via U.S. Leads World In Foreign Weapons Sales – Report – NYTimes.com).
US in the Post WW2 world
In South East Asia from 1950-1975, Israel from the 1960 onwards and now in Iraq, Afghanistan, the US has been the in the middle of most expensive conflicts (measured in terms of lives lost) in post WW2 world.
This model of international relations is something that needs to change. The poor in this world has not become much safer, seen more democratic or significantly more richer. What justification does this policy have – apart from “I have muscles and can you stop me from flexing them” logic?
Gold – a non-military solution
As I see it, there are two simple solutions. One – everyone who disagrees with (or even if you are worried about the economic consequences of) the US foreign policy should go out and buy gold. This will surely trigger a collapse of the US dollar. Just a 100,000 people buying a 100gm of of gold in the next 1 year will trigger the dollar collapse.
Drill for oil
The second solution will need more time and will need co-operation foron the BRIC Governments. The BRIC Governments must go out and drill oil wells all over the developing world. The collapse in oil prices will remove the petro-dollar funding of the US and simultaneously eliminate /reduce the trade deficit of the developing world.
The division of Pakistan has unfortunately legitimised the rule and role of two institutions in the politics of Pakistan; its religious extremists and its army and can be seen as a consequence of the US engagement with Pakistan post 9/11.
To understand this situation and the initial US response, we must deconstruct the ‘war on terror’ policy of the US and analyse one of its key components: the engagement of the US with its ally Gen Pervez Musharraf. This engagement was political as it had the effect of demoralising the democratic presence in Pakistan. (via When the US dismembered Pakistan- Opinion-The Economic Times).
Excellent analysis of how the US and the West is creator of the Pakistani Frankenstein!