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Pakistan — America’s Big Mistake

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 09:54

During the period when Pervez Musharraf was President of Pakistan American army had all the freedom to do anything in the territory of the country. With today’s Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari the situation has not changed. As a number of politics specialists believe, Musharraf realized what further concessions to America may lead to, at timely retired. The US does not seem to understand it. The rights and liberties of the population in the tribal and northern provinces of this country are brutally violated by the US army and no one bears responsibility for it. A lot of civilians became refugees and left their motherland without a chance to return. A lot of people were deprived of home after American bombardment. But the Pakistani Government does not utter a word about these events.
Since August last year the American army has organized over 60 air bombardments which resulted in the death of over 500 innocent people who according to international law were the native inhabitants of this region. Those who died were not only men, but also women and children who did not have anything to do with the talibans or other military organizations fighting the NATO forces in Afghanistan. To avoid successive military operations a lot of families had to escape and seek shelter in other regions of the country thus becoming forced migrants. Mass media mentioned all these events only in tiny articles, not more.
After one of his complimentary speeches on friendly relations with the Muslim world Barack Hussein Obama gave an order to resume air bombardment operations in Pakistan. Moreover, the area for bombardment was supposed to be enlarged. There were rumors among the population that the American bombardment was supported the official administration of the country which resulted in sabotage attacks against the official administration in Lahore and Islamabad. The nuclear weapon country has found itself on the verge of chaos and mass disorders.
Experts think that Obama will have to do his best to prevent Pakistan from becoming another Iraq. There is an opinion that for the majority of Pentagon policymakers Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq are no different at all. The initiative to bomb Pakistani territories is more than doubtful taking into account the fact that the situation in the country is far different from that in the adjoining Afghanistan. Can Americans achieve their anti-terrorist objectives bombing peaceful towns and villages? There is a new president in the US. but the methods remain the same. The Pentagon policymakers, being focused on the fight against the Taliban movement, do not understand where the militants really are. To get rid of a single al-Qaeda member they are ready to eradicate civilians. What is it? Poor intelligence, secret services mistakes or total disdain towards everything for the sake of realization of the determined objectives? Pakistan has been America’s faithful ally for the last 60 years and what the US does now can hardly be explained through common logic. Evidently, the US does not have any specialists on the problems of Pakistan and no money to engage third-party analysts prior to the beginning of any kind of operations in this region.
At the beginning of his presidency Obama made an announcement that the territory of Pakistan would become the main target for the fight against terrorism. Many people understand that by saying this Obama meant the territory of Waziristan where the country’s government does not have the situation under control and where the al-Qaeda’s militants have their main bases. But how can we fight the Taliban? Was it worth while starting the conflict in Afghanistan which can hardly ever be finished? Shouldn’t the US administration have first analyzed the situation, tried to solve the issues through political means before involving the army? And the US had all the resources to solve the problems peacefully. Why did the US did everything the way it had never done before?
Many experts believe that the USA made a big mistake in its foreign policy at a certain stage. After the events of September 11 the foreign policy of the United States changed fundamentally. All the intellectual and analytical recourse of American military and special services got involved in war. A lot of people remember that during the Iraq campaign American military and special services started to recruit regional and Arab language specialists, but it was already during war time, not before it. At that time few political analysts asked themselves a question what had become of military and strategic analytics in the United States. Can it be that the events of September 11 made the US lose balance, as well as all the intellectual and analytical potential of the country’s special agencies? Can it be that all of them — Langley specialists, military analysts, scientists, politics specialists, etc. — being emotionally affected, agreed on the fundamental re-orientation of the whole military and strategic doctrine which lead to the intrusion in Iraq, where (as it was announced) there were weapons of mass destruction and whose leader Saddam Hussein was connected with al-Qaeda?
The September 11 events withdrew from the world community’s attention the conflict between Palestine and Israel and also let the US invade Afghanistan. We can hardly believe in simultaneous obfuscation of every analyst in the US. It was the shock factor that let certain powerful people turn the development of America in the direction that was advantageous for them. All the analytics and the whole intellectual basis of the West became needless and the military took the stage. All of a sudden banal war became the solution for all the problems of the most powerful state in the XXI century — the age of science and technology where blind force should be out of the question. Everything changes, everything progresses, but after September 11 everything that had fed America for a long period, everything that allowed the US destroy the USSR without the use of force — it all became useless. Democracy and human rights protection as one of the chief methods of the US foreign police fell by the wayside and gave the way to the Big Middle East strategy. Moreover, as we see, the policy is implemented through military suppression of the whole nations, international policy double standards, eradication of a great number of people, minimization of the US participation in the conflict between Palestine and Israel with the purpose to mark at least some prospects for its solution as it has been the center of the world community’s attention for a long time. What benefits did the war bring to the US? First of all, the Iraq war had a very negative impact upon the US economy. At the beginning of the Iraq war Nobel Prize Winner Joseph E. Stiglitz and Linda Bilms, the authors of The Three Trillion Dollar War, said that the Iraq war would cost the US at least three trillion dollars and — possibly — even five. Having military expenditure rising up to USD 180 billion annually, America has encountered economic problems, poorly developed domestic infrastructure and low level of work force proficiency in the country. According to Linda Bilms, all the expenses on the Iraq war the US borrowed from external capital markets, which amounted to 40% of all the military expenses. Linda Bilms says that the USA leaves a very significant foreign debt to future generations which was caused by the war in Iraq. Any idea that war can be beneficial for economy is a myth, after L. Bilms. Is it reasonable? Is it necessary for the country — the country itself and not a certain group of people in the country? This military machine of the most powerful state in the world — who is it working for? Why does this country avoid engaging the world scientific and intellectual potential (as it was before) and start focusing on the military? Isn’t it a big mistake on the part of the US which is the center of world economy and international politics?
Israel totally ignored the world community in its conflict against Palestine which drove Washington’s authority in the Muslim world to nil. The Arabs expected certain progress in these issues from new president Obama. But they might have known better. Civil depopulation in Gaza tells us a different story which is not in favor of the United States.
Will the Americans manage to change the situation: terminate the world terror and annihilate the crisis consequences, save the face and restore the authority in the Arab and Muslim world and on the international level on the whole?
History lessons should not be left in books only. They should teach the powers of this world that by use of force you can only reach short-term objectives, but you can never keep the situation under control for a long time. Pakistan is not an Arab country and not Afghanistan, of course. What America will encounter in this country is a big question now. It is a paradox, but the world terror myth will gradually become reality as far as the American “Big Middle East” strategy is being implemented, as it will bring peaceful countries to ruins and make ordinary, moderate Muslims join radical and extremist groups. What will this chaos lead Central Asia to? We can only guess about the prospects of these events.



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