A NEVER-ENDING DISASTER

Kashmir Watch, May 18

PROFESSOR ALI SUKHANVER

Dr.Manmohan Singh is no doubt such an enigmatic and charismatic character India must always be proud of. Always having a very positive approach and a strong will and an unshaken resolve to solve all those conflicting issues which have turned this region into a blazing inferno, Dr. Singh has become one of the most popular personalities not only for the Indians but also for the people of Pakistan. On 12th of May, in his opening statement at the Joint Press interaction along with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul he said, \”Peace and security requires all the countries in the region to think afresh in dealing with terrorism. I believe India, Pakistan and Afghanistan should work together to end the scourge of terrorism.\” It was his first public statement after the killing of Osama Bin Laden in Abbotabad by the American forces. That was the time when all guns were targeting the Pakistan army and the ISI for providing the so-called shelter to Osama and it was strongly expected that India would exploit the situation to all possible extents and try her best to make hay because the sun was shinning but Manmohan Singh behaved sensibly and did not become a part of this blame game. His sobriety and sensibility has proved him a man who has a lot of guts and talents required for the solution of all regional issues regarding terrorism. He seems well aware of the fact that terrorism is a wild fire; its flames would certainly engulf the peace and prosperity of the neighbouring countries including India, if they get out of control in Pakistan.

A strong East is never in the benefit of the West. At present western countries are enjoying an unchallenging supremacy over the east. They are exploiting the sources and resources of the east in every possible manner. Their ultimate goal and destination is to get a complete control on all these resources including the minerals and the treasures hidden beneath the hot-waters. The so-called war against terrorism is also a tool being used for the achievement of this goal. Anarchy, chaos and disorder particularly in the South-Asian region are providing the west with more chances of increasing its influence in the region. Moreover this so-called war against terror has become a political stunt not only for Obama but also for the anti-Obama factions of the American society. The Abbotabad Operation is also an issue that has generated many unanswerable questions in the minds of American people.

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts has very minutely dissected the Osama adventure in his recent article, ‘AMERICANS ARE LIVING IN 1984’, published in The Global Research. \”No one will notice that those who fabricated the story forgot to show the kidney dialysis machine that, somehow, kept bin Laden alive for a decade. No doctors were on the premises. No one will remember that Fox News reported in December, 2001, that Osama bin Laden had passed away from his illnesses. If bin Laden beat all odds and managed to live another decade to await, unarmed and undefended, the arrival of the Navy SEALS last week, how it is possible that the \”terror mastermind,\” who defeated not merely the CIA and FBI, but all 16 US intelligence agencies along with those of America’s European allies and Israel, the National Security Council, the Pentagon, NORAD, Air Traffic Control, airport security four times on the same morning, etc. etc., never enjoyed another success, not even a little, very minor one? What was the \”terror mastermind\” doing for a decade after 9/11?\”

The world renowned scholar Noam Chomsky has expressed the same type of feelings in his article My Reaction to Osama bin Laden’s Death. He says, ‘We might ask ourselves how we would be reacting if Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bush’s compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic. It’s increasingly clear that the operation was a planned assassination, multiply violating elementary norms of international law. There appears to have been no attempt to apprehend the unarmed victim, as presumably could have been done by 80 commandos facing virtually no opposition—except, they claim, from his wife, who lunged towards them. In societies that profess some respect for law, suspects are apprehended and brought to fair trial. There is much more to say, but even the most obvious and elementary facts should provide us with a good deal to think about.’

Things would get more complicated and confusing in the near future. The so-called terrorists who were born in Afghanistan and then migrated to Pakistan would be settling somewhere in India very soon. The US forces would keep on following them as they have been for the last twenty years. The journey that started from Afghanistan would end somewhere in India but that would not be the end of this pursuit. The terrorists would keep on shifting from one place to other and the US forces would keep on following them. Ultimately one day we, the people of the South-Asian region would be watching another Abbotabad type of play staged somewhere along the Indo-China borders. It is the most important need of time that India Pakistan Afghanistan and China must join hands together to fight the menace of terrorism, the terrorism promoted by the west, and particularly by the USA.

The writer is Pakistan based analyst on defence and strategic affairs.

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