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Saturday, August 26, 2006
"Enemy of my Enemy is my friend" What is wrong with This Statement and who pays the price?
Pakistan since its independence in 1948 has been a problematic nation. Pakistan had been run by military dictators most of the time except for a very brief period of time when Benazir Bhutto was in the office. Unfortunately the elected government was thrown out later to be run by a dictator called" Musharraf".
Pakistan and India have fought three wars over the so called disputed territory of Kashmir. Pakistan has been sending terrorists to Kashmir since independence to maim, kill and mutilate India citizens for over 50 years. India has complained about this for the past 50 years, unfortunately the only country that was paying attention to India was former USSR which militarily and politically supported India at that time. United States considered India as an enemy because Soviet Union supported India and this inspite of the fact that India was the only third World country with fledgling democracy.
In 1971 Pakistan invaded erstwhile East Pakistan better known as Bangladesh committing genocide on unprecedented scale. More than 2 million Bangladeshis were killed and women were raped by the Pakistani army. However inspite of World condemnation of this mass killing United States supported Pakistan. Pakistan was the largest recipient of US aid.
America's ardent support for Pakistan inspite of the country being notorious violator of human rights and proliferator of nuclear weapons is the analogy to " Enemy of my Enemy is my friend". India was not an enemy of the United States. India was a poor country needing help and Soviets came to help when India needed it the most. Eventhough India and United States shared common values such as freedom and democracy the common sense did not prevail at the White House and as a result of an existing monster called Pakistan became more powerful.
Recent events in Iran suggest that Pakistan may have provided significant nuclear weapons technology to Iran over the years. Iran may be much closer to building a nuclear bomb than what the intelligent sources may suggest. Both North Korea and Iran owe their nuclear capability to Pakistan. Incidently Pakistan was the only nation that supported Taliban and Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan
After 9/11 things have changed somewhat. But who paid the price? the innocent civilians in the twin towers.
All of us can hope that our government does the right things for the security of our nation. President Bush's desire to build freedom and democracy in the rest of the World is a noble idea but the execution of such lofty ideals must be slow, methodical and sincere and it should not be subjected politics. Freedom and democracy can be created in Islamic World only by internal forces . US and the freedom loving countries of the World must nurture and support internal forces with in nations to accomplish the desired goals. India sets an example for rest of the World including the United States regarding ways to run a true multicultural, multireligious and multiethnic democracy.
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posted by GLOBALTHINKER at 3:30 PM
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