US threatens wider war in Pakistan

By Bill Van Auken  

The week-old standoff between Washington and Islamabad over US military attacks inside Pakistan and the blocking of a vital NATO supply line in retaliation underscores the growing threat that the nine-year-old war in Afghanistan is spiralling out of control.
A dramatic escalation of US attacks on Pakistan set the stage for the sharp deterioration in relations over the past week. September saw 22 missile strikes by CIA drones against Pakistani targets, a record number since the attacks began.
The Pakistani government and intelligence services have tolerated and collaborated in the drone attacks, but the US military carried out a qualitative escalation of the assault on Pakistan last week, staging a series of cross-border raids by US helicopter gunships based inside Afghanistan.
While the first of these raids claimed the lives of scores of Pakistanis described by Washington as “militants”—and by residents of the area as local tribesmen—the last killed three members of the Pakistani military’s Frontier Corps and blew to pieces a border post.
Gen. David Petraeus, the top US military commander in Afghanistan, defended this attack as an act of “self defense.” It was nothing of the sort. The US military sent its attack helicopters across the border hunting for targets. If there was any act of self defense, it was by the Frontier Corpsmen, who apparently fired shots to warn the helicopter that it had crossed the border in violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty.
In retaliation, the Pakistani government ordered the closure of a vital supply route for fuel and equipment bound for the US-led occupation forces inside Afghanistan. Now in its seventh day, the closure of the border crossing at Torkham has left hundreds of fuel tankers and container trucks stranded on the road from the Pakistani port of Karachi to the Khyber Pass.
The Tehrik-i-Taliban, an alliance of tribal-based militias hostile to the US occupation of Afghanistan and the Pakistani regime’s complicity with Washington, claimed responsibility for a string of attacks on the stalled NATO convoys. On Monday, attackers burned 20 trucks with Molotov cocktails near Islamabad, killing six people, while another two trucks were ambushed in Baluchistan, where a second border crossing has remained open. This follows the burning of 24 trucks and fuel tankers Friday in the south of Pakistan.
A spokesman for the Pakistani Foreign Office, Abdul Basit, said that the border crossing would be reopened only after “public anger eases” in relation to the US attacks. He attributed the attacks on the NATO convoys to “the reaction of the Pakistani masses.” The statement made clear that Pakistani government and military have lent their tacit support to the attacks as means of retaliation.
The US military incursions and stepped up CIA strikes against Pakistan have apparently been carried out as a means of pressuring the Pakistani government to launch a long-sought military offensive in North Waziristan to root out the so-called Haqqani network, an armed opposition group that operates on both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
Islamabad had refused to launch the offensive, citing the devastation wrought by the massive flooding of the country and its deployment of tens of thousands of soldiers in relief operations. At the same time, the Pakistani military and its intelligence service, the ISI, have deep ties with the Haqqani network and see it as an asset in defending Pakistani interests inside Afghanistan. Last June, it was reported that top Pakistani officials were engaged in an attempt to mediate a power-sharing arrangement between the network and the US-backed government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
It is likely that the recent revelations in the Bob Woodward book Obama’s Wars have played a role in the ratcheting up of tensions between Washington and Islamabad.
The book quotes Obama as declaring in an Oval Office meeting last November, “We need to make clear to people that the cancer is in Pakistan.” The objective of the US military intervention in Afghanistan, he added, was to ensure that “the cancer doesn’t spread there.”
It also recounts US threats made last May to carry out a massive bombing campaign against targets inside Pakistan in the event of a successful terrorist attack on US soil that could be traced back to that country. And it quotes CIA Director Leon Panetta as insisting that the drone attacks were not an adequate means of attacking anti-US forces inside Pakistan.
“We can’t do this without some boots on the ground,” Panetta is quoted as saying. “They could be Pakistani boots or they can be our boots, but we got to have some boots on the ground.” The implication is clear. If the Pakistani military fails to do Washington’s bidding, the American military will intervene.
While most of this was already known to Pakistan’s military and intelligence, it has now been widely reported in Pakistan, stoking popular anger against US arrogance and further discrediting the government in Islamabad as a servile puppet of Washington.
For decades, the Pakistani military has acted as Washington’s mercenary servant, called upon repeatedly to defend US interests – including in its collaboration with the CIA and Islamist elements like Osama bin Laden in the US-orchestrated war against the pro-Soviet regime in Afghanistan in the 1980s. It has also served as an instrument for upholding stability inside Pakistan, including through the imposition of a series of military dictatorships, from that of Ayub Khan in the 1950s to the rule of Gen. Pervez Musharraf, who was forced out just two years ago.
Now, however, these two roles are increasingly in conflict, with the war in Afghanistan and Islamabad’s complicity serving to radically destabilize the situation in Pakistan itself.
Moreover, the Pakistani bourgeoisie and military see their strategic interests in the region frustrated at every turn by US imperialism’s military pursuit of hegemony in oil-rich Central Asia.
This US strategy has led to a “global strategic partnership” with Pakistan’s regional rival, India, including an Indo-US nuclear treaty that essentially legitimizes India’s development of nuclear weapons, while exempting it from restrictions under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
At the same time, a key US aim is countering the regional influence of China, which has considerable and long-standing interests in Pakistan. While facilitating India’s nuclear aims, Washington has attempted to block China’s plans to build two nuclear reactors for Pakistan. Washington has also viewed with growing hostility China’s attempt to develop naval and commercial port facilities in Pakistan. The US has likewise worked to stymie a pipeline project between Pakistan and Iran.
Meanwhile, Washington has sought to exploit the most devastating floods in Pakistan’s history as a means of further squeezing the Pakistani bourgeoisie, demanding economic structural “reforms” that would further US capitalist interests in return for a pittance of aid.
The attempt to further these aims and to untangle the complex geo-political relations in the region in its favor by unleashing bombs and missiles on Pakistan underscores the increasing desperation gripping the US war in Afghanistan and the reckless and incendiary character of Washington’s policy.
Following the strategy dictated by his generals, Obama, just like his predecessor in the White House, is attempting to exploit US military superiority to offset American capitalism’s long-term economic decline. This course is producing regional and global instability that threatens to drag the people of Pakistan and the entire world into a far bloodier conflagration.
NOTE: This is a cross post from ICFI posted on wsws.org

 

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  • FM  On October 8, 2010 at 3:03 am

    This is called tightening the rope and squeezing the best.
    In Pushto it is said that don’t play with—— it goes— some times. Some Pushto speaking member can complete the saying since I cant narrate in Pushto. Pakistan must know it is playing with what???

  • Pagal  On October 8, 2010 at 3:12 am

    “We shud find solutions to this problem the world is facing right now called America!”

  • Admiral Iftikhar Ahmed Sirohey  On October 8, 2010 at 4:37 am

    ISAF/US exerted the pressure. Well done Pakistan it stood firm.
    Disconnecting the supply line is not enough. Whatever agreement was signed in the past needs to be renegotiated. That should be for a defined time frame.
    A lot of noise has been raised by the US congress. senate and Us media about $10 bn paid since the operation in Afghanistan. It needs to be auditted comparing the human, material and structural losses. The cultural loss has been horrendous that must also be quantified.

    All compensation for the logistic support be reviewed. At the start all debt that we have been burdened because of the war since 1979 be properl adjudged and adjusted
    by the beneficiaries of this long drawn war of not Pakistan making. US be reminded that the Taliban have been taught , trained and broought by them and left here that has caused immence damage to Pakistan. They must accept this responsibilty and compensate.

    All those involved must puplically declared that the Soveriegnty of Pakistan shall not be violated. Drone attacks shall stop forthwith.

    All aliens not duely accredited or on overt agreed purpose shall leave the country.
    Human and material losses shall be equated as applicable to ISAF/US personnel.
    These issues are to be dealt with threadbare before the restart of logistic upport.

    There are many other points that the people in the Government must add.
    We should do nothing till they do something. Asking Pakistan to do more must end here it is they that have to do more.

    • pakpotpourri2  On October 8, 2010 at 6:05 am

      Dear Sir
      Well said. Unless NATO punishes those responsible for NATO action,route should not be re opened.

  • S U Turkman  On October 8, 2010 at 4:43 am

    I am reproducing the article of BVA and inserting my comments therein. Never heard this name before and half of the article sounds like written by some ISI Officer.
    =======
    The week-old standoff between Washington and Islamabad over US military attacks inside Pakistan and the blocking of a vital NATO supply line in retaliation underscores the growing threat that the nine-year-old war in Afghanistan is spiralling out of control.
    A dramatic escalation of US attacks on Pakistan set the stage for the sharp deterioration in relations over the past week. September saw 22 missile strikes by CIA drones against Pakistani targets, a record number since the attacks began.
    The Pakistani government and intelligence services have tolerated and collaborated in the drone attacks, but the US military carried out a qualitative escalation of the assault on Pakistan last week, staging a series of cross-border raids by US helicopter gunships based inside Afghanistan.
    While the first of these raids claimed the lives of scores of Pakistanis described by Washington as “militants”—and by residents of the area as local tribesmen—the last killed three members of the Pakistani military’s Frontier Corps and blew to pieces a border post.
    Gen. David Petraeus, the top US military commander in Afghanistan, defended this attack as an act of “self defense.” It was nothing of the sort. The US military sent its attack helicopters across the border hunting for targets. If there was any act of self defense, it was by the Frontier Corpsmen, who apparently fired shots to warn the helicopter that it had crossed the border in violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty.
    In retaliation, the Pakistani government ordered the closure of a vital supply route for fuel and equipment bound for the US-led occupation forces inside Afghanistan. Now in its seventh day, the closure of the border crossing at Torkham has left hundreds of fuel tankers and container trucks stranded on the road from the Pakistani port of Karachi to the Khyber Pass.
    The Tehrik-i-Taliban, an alliance of tribal-based militias hostile to the US occupation of Afghanistan and the Pakistani regime’s complicity with Washington, claimed responsibility for a string of attacks on the stalled NATO convoys. On Monday, attackers burned 20 trucks with Molotov cocktails near Islamabad, killing six people, while another two trucks were ambushed in Baluchistan, where a second border crossing has remained open. This follows the burning of 24 trucks and fuel tankers Friday in the south of Pakistan.
    A spokesman for the Pakistani Foreign Office, Abdul Basit, said that the border crossing would be reopened only after “public anger eases” in relation to the US attacks. He attributed the attacks on the NATO convoys to “the reaction of the Pakistani masses.” The statement made clear that Pakistani government and military have lent their tacit support to the attacks as means of retaliation.
    The US military incursions and stepped up CIA strikes against Pakistan have apparently been carried out as a means of pressuring the Pakistani government to launch a long-sought military offensive in North Waziristan to root out the so-called Haqqani network, an armed opposition group that operates on both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
    Islamabad had refused to launch the offensive, citing the devastation wrought by the massive flooding of the country and its deployment of tens of thousands of soldiers in relief operations. At the same time, the Pakistani military and its intelligence service, the ISI, have deep ties with the Haqqani network and see it as an asset in defending Pakistani interests inside Afghanistan.
    TURKMAN:
    Afghanistan, the birth Enemy of Pakistan has now become a Province of Pakistan that Pakistani Interests must be saved inside Afghanistan? Why Pakistan needs her Interests saved inside Afghanistan otherwise? Which Savage Pakistani JehaaDi Group created, financed by Pakistan is saving Interests of Pakistan in other neighboring countries like, China, Tajikistan and Iran? Why Pakistan’s interests have to be saved by JehaaDi Savages on her Pay Roll? Is this how this world is run? Do all Nuclear Powers of the world play this game?
    ——————-
    Last June, it was reported that top Pakistani officials were engaged in an attempt to mediate a power-sharing arrangement between the network and the US-backed government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
    It is likely that the recent revelations in the Bob Woodward book Obama’s Wars have played a role in the ratcheting up of tensions between Washington and Islamabad.
    The book quotes Obama as declaring in an Oval Office meeting last November, “We need to make clear to people that the cancer is in Pakistan.” The objective of the US military intervention in Afghanistan, he added, was to ensure that “the cancer doesn’t spread there.”
    It also recounts US threats made last May to carry out a massive bombing campaign against targets inside Pakistan in the event of a successful terrorist attack on US soil that could be traced back to that country. And it quotes CIA Director Leon Panetta as insisting that the drone attacks were not an adequate means of attacking anti-US forces inside Pakistan.
    “We can’t do this without some boots on the ground,” Panetta is quoted as saying. “They could be Pakistani boots or they can be our boots, but we got to have some boots on the ground.” The implication is clear. If the Pakistani military fails to do Washington’s bidding, the American military will intervene.
    While most of this was already known to Pakistan’s military and intelligence, it has now been widely reported in Pakistan, stoking popular anger against US arrogance and further discrediting the government in Islamabad as a servile puppet of Washington.
    TURKMAN:
    Right. Because Pakistan has been living off arrogant un-scrupulous USA’s Charity of Aid since 1953 and Loans since 1955, she really deserves this. Pakistan’s job is keep begging for more and never even burp. If USA pays Foreign Exchange-starved Pakistan billions of dollars, doubles her Exports, GDP and Per Capita Income just in 5 years asking to punish Taliban, Pakistan must not do that because USA is an Enemy of Pakistan, Islam and Moslims despite that all poor Moslim Countries of the world live off US Charity of Aid and Loans they have not paid back a Penny and has saved Pakistan’s existence 4 times (1965, 1971, 1999, 2002), right? Instead Pakistan has to train Moslim Youth recruited by our Mosque Mollaas all over the world to terrorize USA and her allies, right?
    ——
    For decades, the Pakistani military has acted as Washington’s mercenary servant, called upon repeatedly to defend US interests – including in its collaboration with the CIA and Islamist elements like Osama bin Laden in the US-orchestrated war against the pro-Soviet regime in Afghanistan in the 1980s.
    TURKMAN:
    Not true. Proof? Pak Army never fought with Afghan or USSR Army. Pak Army has pretended to attack Taliban but not in reality. Only Enemies of her Taliban have been attacked. Osama has denied he ever worked for USA or had received any free Weapons in his interview published in Pak Newspapers. Pakistan had bargained price of 1980’s co-operation with USA and got all the money she had demanded. For co-operation against Taliban and Al Qaeda, ISI has only arrested people to collect the Bounty that USA had offered. There have been no co-operation after that and Pakistan has gotten a lot more than she had gotten before since 2002 till now.
    ————–
    It has also served as an instrument for upholding stability inside Pakistan, including through the imposition of a series of military dictatorships, from that of Ayub Khan in the 1950s to the rule of Gen. Pervez Musharraf, who was forced out just two years ago.
    TURKMAN:
    Then, how come USA had been opposed to Gen. Yahya, Gen. Zia and Gen. Musharraf? Why Zia was asked to hold Elections again and again and go back to Barracks by USA? Why were US Sanctions imposed on Pakistan in 1999 and USA was asking Musharraf the Time Line, when Army would go back Barracks? Why are you lying?
    ————
    Now, however, these two roles are increasingly in conflict, with the war in Afghanistan and Islamabad’s complicity serving to radically destabilize the situation in Pakistan itself.
    Moreover, the Pakistani bourgeoisie and military see their strategic interests in the region frustrated at every turn by US imperialism’s military pursuit of hegemony in oil-rich Central Asia.
    TURKMAN: Thanks for letting us know, Pak Bourgeoisie and Military has designs over Oil-rich Central Asia. I had no idea they have quit Russian Commonwealth that was designed to defend against any invasion of those countries against China, USA and Pakistan. Oh my God, USA has already taken over all the countries of Central Asia because Russia and China have become Sissies all of a sudden. Thanks for this info. By the way. Could you tell us, how much Oil is there in those Central Asia countries near Afghanistan? Does not tiny little Qatar with population 900,000 has 50 times more Oil and 6 times more Natural Gas than all countries north of Afghanistan? Is USA really stupid that she has invaded 25 times more populous Afghanistan just to get near those countries instead of telling her Naval Fleet anchored at Qatar to take over Qatar or you are? Why USA, self-sufficient in Natural Gas wants more of it? How would now she build a Pipeline going to USA, the other side of Globe even the only country north of Afghanistan agrees to sell USA her Gas? If you are not an ISI Agent, why are you repeating this crazy Conspiracy Theory that has no base at all?
    ————-
    This US strategy has led to a “global strategic partnership” with Pakistan’s regional rival, India, including an Indo-US nuclear treaty that essentially legitimizes India’s development of nuclear weapons, while exempting it from restrictions under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
    TURKMAN:
    But has India sold Nuclear Technology like Pakistan has even after signing that Treaty?
    —————–
    At the same time, a key US aim is countering the regional influence of China, which has considerable and long-standing interests in Pakistan.
    TURKMAN: Why would USA be concerned about Chinese Influence? Has USA said anything about recent occupation of Gilgit, Pakistan building of Military Bases and Air Strips there? What happened to mourn by Pakistan Government against Drone Attacks, the so called ‘Sovereignty of Pakistan’, when China took over Gilgit?
    —————
    While facilitating India’s nuclear aims, Washington has attempted to block China’s plans to build two nuclear reactors for Pakistan. Washington has also viewed with growing hostility China’s attempt to develop naval and commercial port facilities in Pakistan.
    TURKMAN: A lie again. Please show us US Statement on this …!
    ————-
    The US has likewise worked to stymie a pipeline project between Pakistan and Iran.
    Meanwhile, Washington has sought to exploit the most devastating floods in Pakistan’s history as a means of further squeezing the Pakistani bourgeoisie, demanding economic structural “reforms” that would further US capitalist interests in return for a pittance of aid.
    TURKMAN: But has not been IMF pushing for that for decades? When did USA do this after Floods? How did USA take advantage of Foods in Pakistan by giving more Charity than any other country?
    —————
    The attempt to further these aims and to untangle the complex geo-political relations in the region in its favor by unleashing bombs and missiles on Pakistan underscores the increasing desperation gripping the US war in Afghanistan and the reckless and incendiary character of Washington’s policy.
    TURKMAN: Right, right. Thankless Pakistan Army that was built from scratch by USA from 14 Tanks that it used to have up, who’s almost all Military Bases were built or expanded, who’s Airfields and Underground Hangers equipped with Plane Elevators were built when there were only 4 Elevators in Buildings of Pakistan, who has received $ 10 billion worth of US Charity of Military Aid since 2002 has not been backstabbing USA by keep killing US Soldiers through its Mercenaries, the Taliban and by paying Bounties for each US Soldier killed.
    —————-
    Following the strategy dictated by his generals, Obama, just like his predecessor in the White House, is attempting to exploit US military superiority to offset American capitalism’s long-term economic decline. This course is producing regional and global instability that threatens to drag the people of Pakistan and the entire world into a far bloodier conflagration.
    NOTE: This is a cross post from ICFI posted on wsws.org
    .
    TURKMAN: Bloodier Conflagration with who? Your Sneak Attack Terrorist JehaaDis?

  • Sqn Ldr S. Ausaf Husain (Retd)  On October 8, 2010 at 5:38 am

    Our present and past leaders should have followed the policies of Iran right from the time when USSR invaded Afghanistan. Iran didn’t allowed Afghan muhajreen and nujahideen to enter Iran to take refuge inside their country. But General Zia did it to serve the American interest which Zia did not understood and this was his biggest mistake. The Americans then payed their games well by providing arms, ammunition and military experts to Afghan mujehideen while Gen. Zia extended full support again to please the US. Thereafter, when the USSR was defeated and left the soil of Afghanistan then Americans came in to remove Taliban and to get their hold in Afghanistan on the pretext that USSR may not attack again and on the good luck of the Bush administration incident of 9/11 occurred or was made to occur in New York. This gave This gave the chance to Bush administration to launch missile attack from their aircraft carrier docked in Arabian sea inside Afghanistan on the plea that Osam Bin Ladden has taken refuge there. And this was the beginning of war on terror in this region. With the passage of time Americans to justify attack in Afghanistan to catch Osama Bin Ladden and destroy Al Qaeda got a resolution passed by the UN and made NATO and ISAF to reach in Afghanistan.

    When USSR invaded Afghanistan the Americans asked Pakistan to open their door for fleeing Afghan muhajreen and mujahideen. But when Americans attacked Afghanistan to remove Taliban they asked Pakistan to close its doors for fleein Taliban and since then pressing Pakistan to continue war on terror in against Taliban/so-call Al Qeada elements which are presumed to be taking shelter inside Pakistan’s tribal belt. Then God knows from where those Taliban and Al Qeada militants started entering into Pakistan and who started providing arms, ammunition and logistics to these militants despite sealing of Afghan border by US, Afghan,NATO and ISAF. It is also not understood as to why US allowed a number of Indian consulates to be established in Afghanistan. And why US is keeping quite on the insurgency in Balochisn and why US is silent on the killing of Muslim Kashmiris in the Indian held Kashmir.

    Now as regards to CIA’s drone attacks and attack by helicopter gunships in side Pakistan on the pretext so-called self defence I have to say that would the CIA and NATO forces grant the same right to Pakistan’s armed forces if the former carried out cross-border operations in Pakistan’s territory?

  • Rathore  On October 8, 2010 at 6:49 am

    Respected Yasmeen Ali Sahiba,

    It is difficult to combat with USA or NATO if there are flaws in Federal Govt & Provincial Govts. The head of Federal Govt, Mr 10% is not sincere in objectives of Pakistan Army to stablize Pakistan, best relationship among people of 4 provinces.

    Actually 1980 War in Afghanistan was a bad step of USSR & USA intervened for her own objectives, which she attained but both USSR & USA forgot about the third big group CHINA, a leader of Asia with her objectives for ASIA. India had her dirty motives after 1857 War of Independence of India from British Empire. USA is the other side of coin although the coin is the same except the people stepped in US lands were all terrorists, killers from European jails & their blod was purely of killers which policy is still in their blood.

    Pakistan was created by 1857 war of independence because partially Muslims were rulers in 1857 & British imperialism tried their best to root out Muslims of Indian sub continent. Hindus particularly BRAHMANS whole heartedly cooperated with
    British dirty tactics after world war !! which minimized the rule of
    law & superiority of UK. But actually the blood of European
    jailed murderers were ruling in USA & they are the blood of

    Europe. Now USA & Nato are trying depress Pakistan & creating rift among 4 provinces & also pushing Hotel owner of
    Texas (Karzai) to damage the strength of Pakistan (her Armed Forces & her strength of all faiths behind Pakistan). The worst is the Federal Govt whose TOP CROW is saying KA

  • Syed Ataur Rahman  On October 8, 2010 at 10:17 am

    A very sensible article. USA and its allies must take note of Pakistani determination to safeguard their territorial integrity and sovereignty. The conduct of the US forces is haughty; their arrogance is nefarious, as if the entire world is their domain and they can do what they wish and get away with it too. They wish to carry the war into Pakistan and this is a gradual approach. The people of Pakistan must stand firm because their government will not. And as the writer says and I quote, “Moreover, the Pakistani bourgeoisie and military see their strategic interests in the region frustrated at every turn by US imperialism’s military pursuit of hegemony in oil-rich Central Asia.” The writer clearly points out to Pakistan’s frustration and sense of betrayal. Let not the enemies of Pakistan carry this war too far as the consequence for the American forces will not be favourable. Pakistan is being forced against the wall and it will have to react.
    And who is this man ‘TURKMAN’? He is most likely a RAW, Mossad and even CIA or joint agent paid to monitor pro- Pakistani blogs and create confusion or give absolutely bogus, confusing and anti-Pakistani statements which do not even merit a retort. However, the people in this blog must be warned of this paid agent.

    • Summaya  On October 8, 2010 at 10:19 am

      You are right TURKMAN is an Indian-as you see from ALL posts on different articles.Thats why he’s violently anti Pakistan.

  • Khalid  On October 8, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    One had expected the Obama administration to lead the way towards peace across the world judging by his campaign rhetorics. The opposite seems to be happening today. It should be clear to any rational person that the economic suffering of people in the USA will not be assuaged by heaping suffering on already suffering people. The people in Pakistan seem destined to suffer for whose fault nobody knows. It would be logical for advanced nations to assist Pakistan overcome its severe human misery but as they say ‘How can you teach logic in a world where they say the sun is rising when it is actually the horizon setting?’ Let us hope that sanity prevails and people in the corridors of power realize that it is in their own best interest to help the downtrodden and not inflict further misery on them. An American sage said ‘the death of any person kills me a little’. Those who kill other people by labelling them as enemies or whatever only kill themselves and the sooner this is realized the better.

  • Syed Imam  On October 9, 2010 at 4:45 am

    The less said about the FM the better.I have been on his side on the negotiation table and he never stands up for anything.he has no convictions on anything.Maybe that is why he has survived in Politics of Pakistan;the manipulators love such people who they can use and abuse whenever they want.well,when they become ur leaders or advocates u r bound to lose.this syndrome has struck at the heart of Pakistan’s leadership at every level in every institution.All the yesmen have reached the top;and competence is not considered.
    when the Americans moved in they have discovered this;there is no competence on our side and we have lost the ability to handle even our affairs let alone absorb external help in a befitting way.we are always hankering for leadership because we do not know how to stand on our two feet in a dignified and h’rable way.we do not know how to stand up for right;we do not know what is right.we do not know what we want,or what we need that is good for us.So anybody can walk in;anybody who knows how to organise and manipulate.
    Thank god it is the Americans.if it had been a less moral and a more colonial power there maybe would not have been a Pakistan today and a we would have found a big daddy right here.

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