domingo, 21 de octubre de 2012

Hillary’s Calumny: U.S. and Its Terrorist Clients


The Frontier Post
October 18, 2012
Hillary’s calumny
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The American movers and shakers spearheading their proxy war against the Soviets not only roped in Muslim zealots from all over the world and dumped them here for onward unleashing into Afghanistan. They mopped up Arab monies in mountains and pumped those into starting off a chain of madrassas and seminaries in Pakistan to produce fanatical pupils to fight in Afghanistan.
The extremist outfits that have now added the brand name of al-Qaeda to their banners, like the al-Qaeda in Maghreb (AQIM) and the al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to lend ferocity to their faces, are the ones the American warlords had poached on massively for recruits for their proxy Afghan war.
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Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, has definitely spoken out of turn. For, what else have over 5,000 Pakistani military officers and soldiers laid down their precious lives if not acting against the extremists? But when will the American eminences lift the mask of piety from their faces and admit some home truths? Pakistan is in fact reaping the terrible harvest the Americans had sowed when they jumped in to wage a proxy war against the Soviet invaders in Afghanistan. Until then, Pakistan was a predominantly moderate, forward-looking polity with hardly a streak of radicalism. It was the American adventurism that spawned and nurtured extremist elements in this country.
The American movers and shakers spearheading their proxy war against the Soviets not only roped in Muslim zealots from all over the world and dumped them here for onward unleashing into Afghanistan. They mopped up Arab monies in mountains and pumped those into starting off a chain of madrassas and seminaries in Pakistan to produce fanatical pupils to fight in Afghanistan. No less horribly, they ferried in planeloads of deadly weapons to put in the hands of the Afghan ‘mujahideen’ and foreign zealots. That led up to the proliferation of illegal weapons in this country, with which it is still awash to become a violent polity irretrievably.
But official America is as loath to admit these uncomfortable truths as is it in confessing its sinful role in spreading this extremism worldwide. Even the American commentariat, think tanks and opinion leaders are dishonest and untruthful. They all conveniently even paper over the indigestible reality that their betes noires now were once their fondling darlings. Osama bin Laden was their poster boy of their ‘Afghan Jihad’.
The extremist outfits that have now added the brand name of al-Qaeda to their banners, like the al-Qaeda in Maghreb (AQIM) and the al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to lend ferocity to their faces, are the ones the American warlords had poached on massively for recruits for their proxy Afghan war.
And the Haqqanis were their favourite Afghan ‘mujahideen’. Hillary has just to dig into the official archives to know how many American high personages and how many times had they eulogised affectionately the elder Haqqani, Jalaluddin, as “nobility personified”. In any case, it would be quite educative for her to delve in a bit of history to know what lethal baggage had the Americans left Pakistan to contend with on account of their Afghan Jihad. Of course, the then Pakistani military ruler, Gen. Ziaul Haq, cannot be exonerated for becoming such an obliging piggyback of this American adventurism. But the original sin clearly lay with the warmongers of the United States.
But has Hillary ever bothered to know whose man is Fazlullah, the fugitive Pakistani militant commander whose spokesman has claimed that their outfit was responsible for the assassination attempt on the child rights activist, Malala Yousafzai? Which safe house was it in Afghanistan where he remained ensconced for years after the US-led invasion and occupation of the country?
And who had funded him and armed him so lavishly that on his return home he threw such a severe armed challenge to the Pakistani state in Swat? And whose proxy is Maulvi Faqir Mohammed, who too led an armed insurrection in the Bajaur Agency, which the Pakistani military had to subdue after a tough fight?
After being routed in their Pakistani bases, both Fazlullah and Faqir had fled and are now holed up along with their hundreds of brigands in Afghanistan’s Kunar and Nuristan provinces. Whose guests are they? Who is feeding, arming and directing them there? And at whose behest do Fazlullah’s thugs crawl out of their Afghan sanctuaries every now and then, cross over into the bordering Pakistani territories, attack murderously Pakistani border posts and civilian villages and then crawl back to their Afghan safe havens after inflicting huge losses in lives and properties in the targeted areas?
Has Hillary ever listened intently to the spooks of Afghanistan’s intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security, bragging publicly of having infested Pakistan’s tribal territories and adjoining settled areas?
Isn’t it widely known that this Afghan agency was founded by America’s premier intelligence agency, the CIA, and has since functioned largely as its subordinate service? Won’t it then be quite prudent for Hillary Clinton if, instead of hectoring and lecturing Pakistan, she spends some time and energy in knowing some home truths? Pakistan stands in no need of sermons. On its own, it is fighting against the monstrosity of terrorism that has gulped up over 45,000 of its civilians too.

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