A futile balancing act

A futile balancing act

By Jalees Hazir | Published: April 17, 2011

Recent statements of senior US officials indicate very clearly that the global bully is least interested in addressing the concerns of its Pakistani partners in the so-called war on terror, and that it has no intention to rethink, or so much as even scale down, the dangerous murderous games it is playing in our country. It is obvious that the pleading and protesting of Pakistani authorities on drone strikes and activities of CIA operatives have failed to produce any results. In fact, this supine attitude has emboldened the rogue superpower to carry out its illegal and subversive activities with more impunity and more blatantly. Obviously, to bring an end to this oppressive one-sided relationship, the United States needs shock-therapy: an end to this no-good partnership. Only then can we hope that, at some point in the future, a relationship between the two countries based on mutual interests and respect could be established.
The CIA Director is reported to have told his ISI counterpart that his fundamental responsibility was to protect the lives of American citizens and that he would not halt operations that support that objective. He was talking about the covert subversive activities of his operatives on the Pakistani soil and, of course, to the drone strikes that have killed thousands of innocent Pakistani civilians in our tribal areas. But then, American governments are known to do things like that: killing millions of innocent non-Americans on the pretext of saving their own citizens. What is disturbing is the fact that such blatant aggression directed against Pakistani citizens does not prick the conscience of those running our affairs. Is it not their fundamental responsibility to protect Pakistanis? Or do the Pakistani taxpayers pay their salaries and afford them honourable high offices so that they could facilitate the protection of American lives, while those they are supposed to protect are butchered mercilessly?
In any case, there are numerous reasons to believe that all this death and destruction unleashed on Pakistan and various other countries has nothing to do with protecting the lives of American people, but is actually an excuse to grab the resources of targeted countries and to define the geographic and political contours in the targeted regions that would facilitate this criminal greed for the wealth of others. In the process, hundreds of billions of dollars of American taxpayers’ money find their way to the arms industry, the shady intelligence operations, private security contractors and powerful construction firms. Fed by the perpetual media propaganda and intimidated by legislation like the Homeland Security Act, brainwashed to chase the illusion of the American dream and distracted by the worship of deranged celebrities, the American citizens that are supposed to be protected are led to believe this hogwash. The question remains: Why does the Pakistani leadership continue to play the role of a slave in this murderous farce?
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One thought on “A futile balancing act

  1. The Pakistani leadership plays the role of slave for exactly the same reason that I do here in the US. They have guns and if I do not go along with the program I will be shot. Period.
    The purpose of power is more power – ruthless dictatorial control of the whole earth and subsequent torture and murder of most of the populace.
    They will stop pretending their excuses are real if you will.

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