By Gary Leupp
May 29, 2009 “Counterpunch” — So far the principle result of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan following the events of 9-11 has been the destabilization of Pakistan. That breakdown is peaking with the events in what AP calls the “Swat town” of Mingora—actually a city of 375,000 from which all but 20,000 have fled as government forces moved in, strafing it with gunships. We’re talking urban guerrilla warfare, house-to-house fighting, not on the Afghan border but 50 miles away in the Swat Valley. We’re talking about Pakistani troops fighting to reclaim the nearby Malam Jabba ski resort from the Tehreek-e-Taliban, who since last year have been using it as a training center and logistics base. We’re talking about two million people fleeing the fighting in the valley and 160,000 in government refugee camps. Continue reading ‘The Main Result of the “War on Terror”: The Destabilization of Pakistan’
(The following is part of an article from Winter Patriot posted previously but deserves it’s own space for discussion purpose so is being reproduced here.)
Wither Iraqi style democracy? According to a very ominous cover story in Newsweek, it’s here in Pakistan. Newsweek is confident in asserting that ‘today no other country on earth is arguably more dangerous than Pakistan’. Not even Iraq. In fact, according to Newsweek Iraq is so 2006, Pakistan is it now; we’re the new black. We’ve managed to kick Iraq off the pages as the world’s most horrifying, most destructively precarious country and reclaim the title for ourselves. According to the Newsweek article, Pakistan has ‘everything Osama Bin Laden could ask for’ including a vibrant jihadi movement, political instability, access to worrisome weaponry, and a lonesome nuclear bomb. The article quotes a now deceased Taliban commander as romantically noting that ‘Pakistan is like your shoulder that supports your RPG’. It is swoon worthy stuff really. Continue reading ‘Iraq redux?’
Thoughts On The War Between The USA And Pakistan
Scrub towers in the distance,
Riders cross the blasted moor
Against the horizon.
Fickle promises of treaty,
Fatal harbingers of war;
Futile orizons…– Van Der Graaf Generator: “Arrow“
Signs and omens, suddenly everywhere, tell us war between the USA and Pakistan is imminent.
Chris Floyd has been doing his usual fine job in covering the recent developments and reading the tea leaves. Particularly disappointing is the flow of war propaganda from McClatchy, in the person of Jonathan Landay. McClatchy and Landay were among the few voices of skeptical reason on the national media scene during Bush’s pre-Iraq propaganda campaign. But apparently they are now on board with Obama’s pre-Pakistan propaganda campaign. Success at last! This must be the change we were hoping for, just as Obama’s marketers promised! Continue reading ‘Winter Patriot on Pakistan’
By Dr. Haider Mehdi
“At least 80 militants were killed and three soldiers martyred while 21 suicide vehicles, motor cyclists and bombers were eliminated during the …operation in Buner district…The operation in Buner is progressing smoothly…three soldiers embraced Shahadat, says ISPR Press release…”
The Nation, May 4, 2009
Pakistan’s political and military establishment is “romanticizing” the so-called “war on terrorism” – a war against its own people that has been going on for almost a decade now and which has its inauspicious origin in the dubious and odious American global agenda in this region of the world. The latest political tendency to “romanticize” this conflict is a dangerous phenomenon because the strategic contents of this policy do not offer a resolution to the issues involved – the logistics adopted here will only intensify and completely wreck the chances of a peaceful resolution of this country’s problematics. This is a war that, if continued, will not eliminate the enemies of Pakistan. It will most certainly kill Pakistan. The escalation and the “romanticizing” of this war poses the ultimate existential threat to this nation…
(Continue reading “Stop Romanticizing This War”)
Hard Rain Keeps Falling: Talking Peace in Prague, Dropping Bombs in Pakistan
“I saw a newborn baby with wild wolves all around it.” — Bob Dylan
While the usual gaggle of sycophants and media hive-minders — along with some ordinarily perspicacious analysts — tell us that Barack Obama literally changed the course of human history by disgorging a great load of thrice-chewed cud about nuclear disarmament in Prague this week, the high-tech drone war the great hero of peace is waging inside the sovereign territory of America’s ally, Pakistan, is helping drive tens of thousands of people from their homes and killing civilians almost daily. Continue reading ‘Chris Floyd on Pakistan…’
Blood is seen on the ceiling inside the mosque after an explosion in Zahedan, Iran.
Iran hanged three men accused of involvement in the bomb blast Thursday at the mosque in Zahedan, which left as many as 25 dead and 125 injured.
Of course Jundullah had claimed responsibility for the blast and it is no secret who is backing that group that is based in Pakistan and it’s soul purpose is to carry out terrorist activities in Iran. According to ABC News:
A Pakistani tribal militant group responsible for a series of deadly guerrilla raids inside Iran has been secretly encouraged and advised by American officials since 2005, U.S. and Pakistani intelligence sources tell ABC News.
No wonder then that Iran summoned the Pakistani ambassador over the incident and “strongly voiced its protest at and deep concern about the illegal activities of the terrorist group along the joint borders of Iran and Pakistan,” IRNA reported.
Chris Floyd Adds:
Convergence and Continuity: The American-Backed Terror Campaign in Iran