By Yasmeen Ali
Pakistan Parliamentarians must table a resolution to carve New Mexico away from it’s affiliation in USA and restore it to its pre-geographical entity of the Mexican-American War (1846-48). With New Mexico’s population boasting the highest rate of Hispanics (estimated 46% in 2010), including descendents of Spanish Colonialists and recent immigrants from Latin America, US rule on New Mexico may rightly be deemed as alien rule. The majority of Hispanics claim a Spanish ancestry, especially in the northern part of the state.
Of course, this will be out rightly rejected by USA who never believed in the motto ,”What’s sauce for the goose is also sauce for the gander”. In complete disregard for this idiom, USA has acted, much like an elephant in a China Shop, causing destruction in the name of democracy, human rights and other similar big sounding slogans. Except, this destruction has been completely selective! Not when it effects America’s own interest. Or those of her “friends”.
Alan Hart, commenting on US’s veto of Russia and China, in his recent article http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30470.htm states,” …how do we explain the fact that all the governments of the Western world, led by America, are on the wrong side of it because of their support for the Zionist state of Israel right or wrong – unending occupation, on-going ethnic cleansing and all? There is a one-word answer. Hypocrisy.” He rightfully questions if is it good policy only if a nation agrees with Uncle Sam & bad policy if it does not?
Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, who recently expressed support for an independent Baluchistan in an article, is to chair a meeting of the US Congress Committee on Foreign Affairs to deliberate upon Baluchistan, today. “Perhaps we should even consider support for a Baluchistan carved out of Pakistan to diminish radical power there (in Pakistan),” Rohrabacher had written in his article. http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2012/02/congressional-hearing-on-balochistan-annoys-pakistan/
There are signs that London-led project to separate Baluchistan from Pakistan has been given an impetus.” The objectives are many. To name a few: It would weaken a belligerent Pakistan, create a buffer between Pakistan and Afghanistan; secure a strong foothold along the southeastern borders of Iran; and undo China’s long-term plan to link up the Karakoram Highway in the north to the Arabian Sea, by a land bridge running through Baluchistan,” says Ramtanu Maitra in his article “Balochistan: Is US backing London’s plan to dismember Pakistan?
Selig Harrison, in his article for The National Interest of 3rd Feb 2011, considered to be an expert on Baluchistan for the US, states that an independent Baluchistan must be supported since Pakistan has given Gwader in heart of Baluchistan to China, and therefore, an independent Baluchistan would support USA’ s regional interests and counter Islamist forces . Exactly how the Islamist forces will be countered by an independent Baluchistan is unclear.
Obama Administration has identified two enemies; China and Iran. The latter, is being perceived as a threat with Iran going nuclear(another perception erected with no facts to back it), leading to imposing resulting sanctions, isolating Iran etc.Whereas USA has opened dialogues with Taliban composed of Wahabis, thereby avowed opponents of majority Shia’ite Iran, to counter this threat. Taliban could not have opened office in Qatar without a nod from UK. A Taliban government in Kabul ensures an opposing force to Iran. However, the question as to how a nuclear Israel is not a threat to the world and a nuclear Iran is, remains unclear and unanswered.
Baluchistan plays a strong role in China’s future development as a Regional Super Power, rising to a World Super Power. Pakistan minus Baluchistan pulls the rug out from under China’s feet!
In an article carried exclusively by pakpotpourri2,by Brigadier Shaukat Qadir® ,titled “Another Conspiracy Theory”, quotes a person he simply states as X who he corresponded with regarding the role & involvement in US in Pakistan,writes, “The US has concluded that the Pakistan army is part of the problem, not the solution; and that the interests of the Pakistan army are not identical with those of Pakistan. Consequently, the US has decided that the Pakistan army has to be cut to size and, if in the process of doing so, the Pakistan army is destroyed, so be it. And, I agree”. The article was in context with what came to be known as the Memogate scandal. http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:cqrqUk9rHBsJ:pakpotpourri.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/another-conspiracy-theory/+Another+conspiracy+theory+by+Brig+Shaukat+qadir&cd=4&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=pk
USA has her own interests in the Region. Of that, there is no doubt.
The elephant is planning to gate crash into another China Shop. The elephant must be stopped. It is a completely incorrect view that by virtue of being a “Super Power”, USA has the right to act “Super Bully”.
(The writer is lawyer based in Lahore, professor in a University & can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org).