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The unfolding drama in the Afpak region is an unintended consequence of Dictator Musharraf"s double dealing with President Bush from 2001-08. See references and notes for some back ground.
An opera is not over until the Fat Lady sings!
What we see is a political opera being staged in the Afpak region, away from mainland America and deep inside Pakistan, that is economically devastated and day-by-day getting militarily weak.
In sympathy, Chinese have become active to show support for Pakistan and the jury is out. I recall 1971 when dynamic duo of Nixon-Kissinger tried but failed to deploy gunboat diplomacy in support of Pakistan.
Dawn informed susceptible readers to believe in a version of Islam-phobia in America. Dawn has published articles that are flipside of political exploitation by American politicians contesting in 2010 American mid-term elections.
Politically American opinion makers are openly and those associated with the Cordoba House project in New York are stealthily exploiting fallout of terrorism promoted by al Qaeda co-linked Taliban and ISI operatives for political gains in America. Moderate Pakistanis unlike RFM are not far behind the stealthy American counterpart.
In another article, Dawn made a good start with an article by A. Cowasjee sahib ji. Politics is derived from poly (many) and tics (blood sucking insects), so politics by this reasoning is an art form of Kleptocracy. Ardeshir Cowasjee in "Bleeding the country dry" quoted a prediction - "Each successive government of Pakistan will be worse than its predecessor" by Father of Pakistan, Mohammad Ali Jinnah to a confidant in mid-1948. He observed, "How right he was - how prescient."
Contrary to conclusions in support of the Fatherland, I see international powers, particularly Saudi Arabia, trying to break away from most conservative Wahhabi Islam. Sooner or later Pakistan will have to learn to live with changed global realities. Jihad may be no longer viewed as a cash cow for the army adventures in the Afpak region.
1. Islam, a religion, epitomizes how to stealthily exploit politics to spread a social and cultural order for a closed society dominated by political Islam. A claim is that reactionary fundamentalist Muslims (RFM) spring from perversions of Islam; a reality is all Muslims springs from Islam.
2. RFM population estimated at 98 million is 7% of 1.4 billion global Muslim population spread over 57 OIC nations. An estimated 40 million RFM of 180 million Pakistanis in 2010 may be considered as a largest RFM group in global Muslim population.
3. Unlike RFM moderate Muslims are stealth jihadists as all Muslims follow Sharia, which is at the root of political Islam advocating a society and culture of closed system and a political lifestyle based on gender and faith based inequalities. Islam as a politically driven religion is barbaric at its core and expansionist by nature. Political Islam of medieval period advocated violent anti-Semitism, anti-Catholicism and anti-Hinduism and associated faiths like Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, etc.
4. Fatwa is an opinion, may be a legal tool, effectively exploited by clerics and sheikhs to keep Muslims live within boundaries set in Sharia. Responding to al Qaeda threats to his kingdom, Saudi King Abdullah stepped in to deny non-state clerics and sheikh a right to issue binding fatwas. In Saudi Arabia, in ruling on who can issue fatwas the King decrees that only official panel is permitted. It is an attempt to institutionalize and bureaucratize state. See, "Glut of fatwas spurs Saudi king to impose curbs" at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/09/AR2010100903465.html
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References & Notes:
Above was written after following revelations by Dictator Musharraf.
Pakistan trained militant underground groups to fight against India in Kashmir, former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf admitted in an interview with SPIEGELhttp://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,721110,00.html
He was asked, "Why, nine years after 9/11, does Pakistan remain a breeding ground for international terrorism?" and he said, "We poisoned Pakistani civil society for 10 years when we fought the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 1980s. It was jihad and we brought in militants from all over the world, with the West and Pakistan together in the lead role. After the withdrawal of the Soviet troops, the West left Pakistan with 25,000 mujahedeen and al-Qaeda fighters without any plan for rehabilitation or resettlement. (W)e had to cope with this. Musharraf"s remarks came days after he announced his return to active politics from London where he has been living in self-imposed exile. "They (underground militant groups to fight against India in Kashmir) were indeed formed,"
In two article WSJ summarized, "members of Pakistan"s spy agency are pressing Taliban field commanders to fight the U.S. and its allies in Afghanistan, some U.S. officials and Afghan militants say, a development that undercuts a key element of the Pentagon"s strategy for ending the war." See "Preventing the Next Mumbai," by Douglas Murray (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704631504575531682000652668.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop) and "Pakistan Urges On Taliban " at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704689804575536241251361592.html?mod=WSJ_World_LeadStory
Musharraf believes internal political corruption is the biggest threat and enemy for Pakistan. http://www.indiadaily.com/editorial/21779.asp