Is USA now going to support terrorist networks based in Pakistan?
Feb 11 2010
Is USA now going to support terrorist networks against India and Afghanistan?
I read an article (see link below) yesterday in NY Times by Jane Perlez, chief correspondent of NY times in Pakistan. It says "American officials said Washington was still debating
the contours of
any negotiated solution. But a baseline for Pakistan, they said, would
be for it to engineer a separation between the Haqqani network and the
Qaeda leadership." The article implies that in return for this
Americans may allow Pakistan to play a central role in resolving
Afghan war. The article also says that "From their stronghold in
Pakistan’s tribal area of North Waziristan,
the Haqqanis exert sway over large parts of southern Afghanistan and
have staged major terrorist attacks in Kabul, American officials
say.They are close allies of Al Qaeda.
But they also have long ties to Pakistan’s military and intelligence
agencies that have protected them inside Pakistani territory." (see link to an Interesting hub by Perrya for some more details about Haqqaini)
All this so that American Army and Government can save their face! I wrote the following comment below the article. I am modifying comment a little to make it more suitable for hub.
Americans may support terrorist networks whom they were fighting-can it be true
The news article is from people who write from Pakistan. Authenticity of information in such articles is often questionable. If you are in Pakistan and not careful you are often forced to talk their views and not reality. Is this really correct news? If true does this not imply that now USA is going to support terrorist networks of \"Jalaluddin and Siraj Haqqani, whose forces American commanders say are the most lethal battling American and NATO soldiers in Afghanistan.\"
does it save the face ?
All this for face saving? What kind of face saving is this ? What are chances that American top bosses in government and army are so foolish. I hope not!
Americans and their allies from Western Europe are bent on fighting war in af-pak sector from both sides
Though if you see reality, you also wonder what Americans are up to? Right now they seem to be fighting from both sides in af-pak region war. As this article also shows Al-Qaeda, Taleban etc. are basically foot soldiers of machinery created and supported by Pak army, ISI rulers as well as some other feudal lords, mostly in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia etc. (see Spread of Terrorism and USA bent on fighting both sides in af-pak sector war )
Now American army is in Afghanistan to fight these foot soldiers and at the same time Americans are financing and arming armies and these top army bosses and feudal lords in these countries.
Some days back there was a news item that they are going to sell Drones to Pak army. There is news practically every day about how many billions they are donating to Pakistan. Pakistani news papers often have articles showing most of it goes in the pockets of army rulers and feudal lords. Properties owned by these top bosses does show that this impression may not be far away from truth.
There are often statements from top army bosses and leaders from USA, who visit Pakistan that Americans should help Pakistan keep its strategic assets against India and Afghanistan. There is very little doubt what Pakistani bosses mean by their assets. They are exactly these terrorist organizations who train, support and finance attacks killing quite often people in India or Pakistan (parliament bombings, 26/11, Kashmir killings in India, hotels in Pakistan ) and some times also in USA, UK, Europe (9/11, London, Spain trains).
Thus Americans are fighting war from both sides. Does this kind of perpetual war fighting need any face saving? What face remains when you fight from both sides?
Comments by many Americans below the article say "let us get out -let us get out from there"
No wonder many American comments here are shouting let us get out let us get out. I wonder how many of them really see that Americans are fighting from both sides? Get out from where, and which side?
How many Indians, who write comments here (in NY Times) see that with Americans fighting from both sides, there is very little scope left for them to fulfill their wish that Americans should help in stopping terror machinery used against India being protected from Pakistan. Right now their goals and interests are some where else and they may remain like that for some time.
What should India do?
Indians should fight their battles to stop this protection and creation of terrorist machinery in Pakistan. That does not of course necessarily mean Indians should also start fighting or bombing foot soldiers like Americans are doing in these countries.
It can replicate in Pakistan what it has done in Afghanistan. Most survey in Afghanistan reveal that more than 70% people have good will towards India while less than 20% towards Pakistan. This is mainly because India has invested 1.2 billion in building roads and infra-structure, while Pakistan has spent on building so called its strategic assets ( terrorist infra-structure). Proposed talks between India and Pakistan should be more on these aspects (on how to help each other for building up basic infra structure in both countries and economy).
But one has to be careful also that unlike Afghanistan, interests of army bosses feudal lords who practically rule Pakistan is against such developments. They do not want to decrease their hold on masses in Pakistan and use slogans like Kashmir or "they being protectors of Muslims in India" etc. for this purpose.
Also Indians have to first make themselves strong enough economically and manage their own set up better to create a minimal life style for every one in their own country. They should then replicate this in other countries in the neighborhood of India who are more receptive like Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka then try Pakistan. It is not very hard, India and also its neighbors have enough resources and strength to achieve this in a few years less than a decade. India needs to first put its own house in order.
What should Americans do
Americans are now in a sort of quagmire situation in three sectors all of which are interlinked.
1. In Pakistan-Afghanistan they are forced to fight war from both sides
2. Americans helped China to get into WTO. According to WTO agreements a country has to provide essentially similar subsidies for manufacturing trading etc. falling under WTO, to its own organizations or foreign organizations. China has kept its foreign exchange rate practically constant against US dollar for years, while its currency should surely have much better rate according to any reasonable calculations. It should perhaps be at least 40% more. Thus essentially China is subsidizing its own manufacturers to the extent of 40%. But Americans are unable to (or not willing to ) come to reasonable agreements with China or WTO about it. As a result they seem to be lost in their own quagmires with China. Their own wealth is getting reduced because they have replaced a lot of their own manufacturing and servicing by just financial games. Then they see no options but not to talk directly about it with China but hyphenate it with India or others. (see News&Views Feb 2010 Economics/Politics USA- China). Not only this, it seems China is using money so earned to buy influence in Muslim world (in Pakistan, Iran Saudi Arabia etc. ) basically to bully American influence and make sure supply for its own oil demand. But with China I also often feel that this may be just a game being played by top ruling class in China. Average population in China may have quite different attitude.
3. Oil prices are sky rocketing. There are several articles in NY times and media and press in USA which suggest that quite a bit of it must be because of games played by top American oil companies. A large part of money earned by oil producing countries is going into creating terror machinery. It is well known in India and Pakistan that a large conversion of Muslims from milder form Barelvi style to more conservative Wahebi style is because of finances available to Madrsahs from Saudi Arabia. (See link below of an exceptionally good analysis by a Pakistani writer on such a change in Pakistan )
How can a country like USA fall into such quagmires. Corruption at upper level must be one of the main reasons. Americans should start thinking about reducing corruption in their own country and efforts to create corruption and bribing in other countries. But right now they seem to bent on unleashing a big corruption wave in Pakistan and Afghanistan in the name of bribing Taleban. Call from Americans should not be just for getting out from af-pak sector war. It should be to get out of all these 3 quagmires. Let us hope it happens soon.
Link to articles Article from NY times
Article from Pakistani newspaper Dawn
my earlier articles on these topics