Period 2007 – 2009 Contd.
Who Killed Benazir Bhutto? In her own words!
February 04, 2008*
*Addendum Sept. 21, 2009.
With deepest condolences to the grieving nation
Almost every English daily in Pakistan has carried some coverage of Benazir Bhutto’s posthumously published book in the UK.
The Daily Times on February 05, 2008, in its editorial, wrote: ‘A London newspaper has published excerpts from Ms Benazir Bhutto’s posthumous book “Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy and the West” in which she has revealed that Al Qaeda agents and some people from the Musharraf establishment were involved in the plot to kill her’.
In Dawn’s column of February 04, 2008, titled “Benazir’s ‘last testament’ gives hint about plot to kill her”, Benazir was also quoted, stating: “When I returned, I did not know whether I would live or die. I knew that the same elements of Pakistani society that had colluded to destroy my father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, and end democracy in Pakistan in 1977 were now arrayed against me for the same purpose exactly 30 years later.”
It is instructive to quote Brig. Tirmazi, the Director of ISI at the time of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, from his 1995 memoirs ‘Profiles of Intelligence’, where the erstwhile spymaster asserts the following:
The US Plays its Role.
According to some candid intelligence estimates, the US was fully involved in exploiting the situation by guiding and aiding the opposition political parties and ultimately getting him removed and hanged. (page 33)
It is generally believed that the US wanted ZAB to be removed from the political scene of Pakistan mainly on two counts. First, for the nuclear policy that he framed and tried to relentlessly pursue and secondly, for apprehensions that ZAB’s was influencing the minds and policies of a number of Islamic and Third World countries. He posed a serious challenge to the US interests in the region. ‘He had to be eliminated’.
On August 9, 1976, American Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger had a talk with ZAB, in Lahore, to dissuade him from acquiring Nuclear Reprocessing Plant from France for which the deal had already been finalized after Pakistan had agreed to all the safeguard requirements laid down by both France and the International Atomic Energy Agency. In their talks, Dr. Kissinger found ZAB inflexible and determined to go ahead with the acquisition of the Reprocessing Plant and make Pakistan a nuclear power. Incensed, he warned ZAB, “We will make a horrible example of you,” adding menacingly, “When the railroad is coming, you get out of the way.” But ZAB stood his ground. The US virtually mowed down ZAB. The political and economic crisis situation that started to develop during 1976-77 was fully exploited by the power broker USA. This is how they did it:-
– The Americans had successfully cultivated a number of well-placed bureaucrats, PPP stalwarts and ministers who wittingly or inadvertently served as the US agents of influence. American diplomats and CIA operators not only got most of the ‘inside’ information from these ‘gentlemen’ but also utilized their good offices to ‘convey’ whatever they wanted to feed or plant.
– During 1976-77 ZAB, probably working on the structured advice of these agents, continued to slip deeper and deeper into the political quagmire. They somehow convinced him that PPP must win and hold two third majority in the elections. When the agitation was moving from bad to worse, some of these men wanted weapons and chalked out plans to defeat MNA movement by force. ZAB also seriously started to consider this option.
– Some officers from USMAAG had also meaningful ingresses in the General Headquarters and not only gathered the thinking in the Services Headquarters but would also drop a ‘suggestion’ here and there.
– Some of the US diplomats had established direct contacts with a number of PNA leaders whom they continued to aid, support and give day-to-day line of action.
– As soon as the PNA movement gathered momentum, a large number of foreigners, particularly Americans descended on Pakistan in the garb of freelance journalists, reporters, observers, and photographers to cover the events. These men and women loaded with cameras, tape recorders and money seemed to have done their home-work well and were also being fed locally by invisible sources. They all seemed to know the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of every one who was any one in politics. It would be interesting to note that, (thanks to our days of slavery, we still have not overcome the ‘white skin’ phobia) most of our politicians were not only always available to these manipulators but would actually feel elated on getting a call from them and would pour out whatever they had in their minds. Every day, we in the ISI received a flood of telegrams that these journalists would send home and it was surprising to know who all they were speaking to and what information and political analysis they received.
– All that was being sent out by these so-called foreign journalists, who were actually CIA operators, was being beamed back on Pakistan as psychological warfare and propaganda aimed at building up a scenario of ZAB’s fall.
– A number of diplomats were not only actively involved but also directed the operations against ZAB. Jan M. Gibney, Political Officer, US Consulate General, Lahore, duly assisted by a couple of Pakistanis, was extremely active and would frequently visit a number of politicians. It was Gibney who had telephoned and conveyed to Howard B. Schaffer, Chief of Political Affairs, US Embassy, Islamabad, that notorious sentence, “The party is over. Merchandise has gone.” ZAB had retorted by saying, “Party is not yet over. Elephant has long ears……”
– We had reports from Karachi that exchange rate of US Dollar in the open market had considerably dropped. The market was flooded with US Dollar currency notes and too many people were trying to exchange US Dollars for Pak Rupees. Who unloaded all those US currency notes in the market, is a question not difficult to answer.
– PL-480 funds had also been released by the US. Over-night some JI workers were seen with pockets full of money and spending lavishly. …
… The US not only aided but also directed most of the PNA activities. On July 4, 1977, PNA negotiators Mufti Mahmood, Nawabzada Nasrullah Khan and Professor Gafoor had agreed on a joint formula with the PPP but suddenly Air Marshal (retired) Asghar Khan, Pir of Pigaro, Begum Nasim Wali Khan, Maulana Noorani and some other of their ilk declared that they did not endorse the agreement reached between the parties. On whose behalf these leaders sabotaged the reconciliation proceedings, is any body’s guess.
Martial Law. On the night of July 4/5, 1977 General Zia-ul-Haq declared Martial Law. …
The US Issues Black Warrant. When ZAB’s trial for his alleged involvement in the murder of Nawab Muhammad Ahmad Khan was being heard in the Supreme Court, Islamabad, … a telegraphic message from Washington [was received]. When decoded, it contained directions for the local US offices to ensure that ZAB was hanged. It also laid down instructions for arranging retirement and shifting of some of the general officers. (pages 33-38 )
The top spymaster of Pakistan further elaborated on the innate nature of the puppetmasters:
Under the pretext of securing her own strategic interests, the United States of America tries to manipulate and dabble in the affairs of other nations. …
Essentially, the US policy configurations vis-a-vis Pakistan have been that of a “master” and not of a “friend”. Oscillating between persuasion and coercion, the US tends to employ all available means to keep Pakistan under watch, pressure and diplomatic subjugation. At times, it has used the ‘carrot and stick’ of aid, and at others, lashed out threats of economic strangulation or declaring Pakistan a terrorist state.
Pakistan’s geostrategic position, nuclear capability, agricultural and technological potential, as well as the Islamic ideological base are matters of vital concern to US policy makers. The US will not and cannot allow Pakistan to govern her own affairs. While Pakistan was still in its infancy, the American hawks pounced upon and hijacked our national interests by building up an exaggerated threat of the former Soviet Union’s expansionist designs against Pakistan and their so called ‘mad’ drive to the warm waters. …
In addition to the administrative, economic and political means, the US has always employed her secret terrorist arm, the CIA, in foreign lands. The CIA is known for adopting various covert and overt means to undermine the integrity of other countries for achieving their own objectives and furthering their ‘nefarious’ designs. It is equipped with colossal material resources and its men are canny and ruthless in executing their assignments. Their methods in madness include:
a) Espionage and penetration in all areas of interest like defence, foreign affairs, science/technology, developmental programmes, economy, education, and politics. b) Propaganda, disinformation campaigns, subversion, terrorism, psy warfare, assassinations, blackmail, bribes, coercion and intimidation. …
j) Install CIA agents as presidents, prime ministers, ministers, generals and senior advisors, etc.” (pages 20 – 22)
And the most telling observation by Brig Tirmazi – which may perhaps also shed immediate investigative light on who killed Benazir Bhutto until it is eventually rerun as self-evident on the history channels in 20-50 years – is this straightforward question that he had the chutzpah to ask, ex post facto:
… It would be fair to ask what we [the ISI] did to counter the US machinations? Well we did not, and could not do any thing beyond reporting to the highest authority in the country. There are reasons for our inaction:
One, neither the ISI nor the IB is designed or equipped to counter the machinations of a Super Power.
Two, an important factor is our own price. A lot has been said and written by some of our American friends about the price of a Pakistani. Dr. Andrew V. Corry, US Counsel General at Lahore, once said, “Price of a Pakistani oscillates between a free trip to the US and a bottle of whisky.” He may not be too far wrong. We did observe some highly placed Pakistanis selling their conscience, prestige, dignity and self-respect for a small price. (page 45)
And to carry the chutzpah to its logical conclusion, the erstwhile former leader of the ISI asks the exact same question – ever so blithely (after having willingly served the old ‘masters’) – that most plebeians in this ‘wretched’ nation are still asking twelve years later:
“The nation has the right to know and ask the leaders how far has the situation changed and have we developed enough muscles and guts to get rid of the old masters and their agents? That is the question.” (page 23)
So, the erstwhile daughter of the East, Benazir Bhutto, was indeed quite clairvoyant in asserting that the same killers will be after her – except that she (perhaps deliberately) misidentified the culprits, in both cases – for this spy confessional-memoir was written during her own time as Prime Minister, and could not have escaped her notice or the approval of the upper echelons of ISI and her own government before publication.
And her un-clever misidentification, not surprisingly, clearly only benefits the real culprits themselves – crafted as she was by the Council on Foreign Relations.
Witness this exchange on August 15, 2007, [ http://www.cfr.org/publication/14041 ] in New York, where she was introduced by CFR’s President, Richard Haass, with a very revealing welcoming statement: “It is, for me, a personal pleasure to welcome back to the Council on Foreign Relations an old friend of mine and someone who is familiar to many of you in this room and knows well this organization, the former prime minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto.”
It is here that Benazir Bhutto had asserted that she will tow the American line: “I seek to lead a democratic Pakistan which is free from the yoke of military dictatorship and that will cease to be a haven, the very petri dish of international terrorism” – thinking that that’s what they wanted to hear. In her eagerness to come to power – or perhaps deliberately setup over the past three years to entice her to return to Pakistan – not realizing that it was to create a ‘strategy of tension‘ in Pakistan as a pawn-move on the ‘Grand Chessboard‘.
It is unsurprising that the Pakistani newspapers continue to un-forensically repeat the same mantras as did the victim, Benazir Bhutto, and as is publicly the wont among the Pakistani ruling establishment. Perhaps deceit, forgetfulness, and co-optation today are deemed the better part of valor.
Unless one has the unflinching courage to practice the late Charles de Gaulle’s solution of “tous azimuths” ( ‘vigilant in all directions – “360 degrees”’ ), that includes of friends and foes alike, this nation is at the end of its tethers.
General Aslam Beg
September 21, 2009
Blackwater involved in Bhutto and Hariri hits: former Pakistani army chief
Tehran Times Political Desk
TEHRAN – Pakistan’s former chief of army staff, General Mirza Aslam Beg (ret.), has said the U.S. private security company Blackwater was directly involved in the assassinations of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto and former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.
Blackwater later changed its name and is now known as Xe.
General Beg recently told the Saudi Arabian daily Al Watan that former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf had given Blackwater the green light to carry out terrorist operations in the cities of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, and Quetta.
General Beg, who was chief of army staff during Benazir Bhutto’s first administration, said U.S. officials always kept the presence of Blackwater in Pakistan secret because they were afraid of possible attacks on the U.S. Embassy and its consulates in Pakistan.
During an interview with a Pakistani TV network last Sunday, Beg claimed that the United States killed Benazir Bhutto.
Beg stated that the former Pakistani prime minister was killed in an international conspiracy because she had decided to back out of the deal through which she had returned to the country after nine years in exile.
Beg also said he believes that the former director general of Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence was not an accomplice in the conspiracy against Benazir Bhutto, although she did not trust him.
The retired Pakistani general also stated that Benazir Bhutto was a sharp politician but was not as prudent as her father.
On September 2, the U.S. ambassador to Islamabad, Anne W. Patterson, intervened with one of the largest newspaper groups in Pakistan, The News International, to force it to block a decade-old weekly column by Dr. Shireen Mazari scheduled for publication on September 3 in which Mazari, the former director of the Islamabad Institute of Strategic Studies, broke the story of Blackwater/Xe’s presence in Pakistan.
The management of The News International dismissed one of the country’s most prominent academics and journalists due to U.S. pressure. She joined the more independent daily The Nation last week as an editor.
On September 9, in her first column in The Nation, Dr. Mazari wrote:
“Now, even if one were to ignore the massive purchases of land by the U.S., the questionable manner in which the expansion of the U.S. Embassy is taking place and the threatening covert activities of the U.S. and its ‘partner in crime’ Blackwater; the unregistered comings and goings of U.S. personnel on chartered flights; we would still find it difficult to see the whole aid disbursement issue as anything other than a sign of U.S. gradual occupation. It is no wonder we have the term Af-Pak: Afghanistan they control through direct occupation loosely premised on a UN resolution; Pakistan they are occupying as a result of willingly ceded sovereignty by the past and present leadership.”
According to Al Watan, Washington even used Blackwater forces to protect its consulate in the city of Peshawar.
In addition, U.S. journalist Seymour Hersh has accused former U.S vice president Dick Cheney of being involved in the Hariri assassination.
He said Cheney was in charge of a secret team that was tasked with assassinating prominent political figures.
After the assassination of Rafik Hariri in 2005, the U.S. and a number of other countries pointed the finger at Syria, although conclusive evidence has never been presented proving Syrian involvement in the murder.
Please note the [many reports of] blatant obviousness from Project Humanbeingsfirst before one is overly impressed by the Pakistani General belatedly breaking his silence only when fait accompli has irreversibly been seeded – and do watch for more ‘cats performing hajj after having eaten 900 mice’.
Letter to Editor ‘Foreign Policy In Focus’: on Zia Mian’s ‘nuclear security’
December 24, 2007
To: John Feffer, Emira Woods, Emily Schwartz Greco
Cc: Miriam Pemberton
Dear distinguished Editors, FPIF
Seasons greetings from Pakistan.
I earlier sent you an email from my Project’s address Humanbeingsfirst.org and sometimes it can end up in the spam bit-bucket, and since I did not receive any acknowledgment from you, I am retrying from my MIT address.
Your lead story this week on ‘nuclear security’ by Zia Mian was so interesting that I spontaneously wrote the attached response. I usually read FPIF as you carry some interesting diversity of perspectives (but in a rather restricted gamut). I hope you can also carry mine which entirely rebuts this distinguished expert from Princeton on matters ‘nuclear’ and extends your gamut a bit. Please do note the tiny critique therein of FPIF as well, as an august forum carrying disinformation articles from well known ‘domain experts’.
You must be aware of the drum beat for the new wars, not much different from the drum beat for the previous two wars. When such drum beats are going on – many tend to lose focus on what America’s Foreign Policy means, and has meant, from its very inception. Many also tend to lose focus on how modern ’empires’ are constructed on the backs of primarily ‘doctrinal scholarship’ that lays the foundation of social discourse which is subsequently mindlessly repeated by the mainstream newsmedia to mobilize the public “United We Stand”, and of course by the vested interests of the various imperial ‘circus clowns’ who repeat the mantras from its august institutions to continually add fuel to the fire.
This exercise has been judged necessary by the most ‘ubermensch’ thinkers of the ’empire’ themselves, as indeed the most prominent realpolitik strategist among them argues that “democracy is inimical to imperial mobilization” except in the case “of a sudden threat or challenge to the public’s sense of domestic well-being”, and “except in the circumstance of a truly massive and widely perceived direct external threat”, because the “economic self-denial (that is defense spending), and the human sacrifice (casualties even among professional soldiers) required in the effort are uncongenial to democratic instincts” and which “requires a high degree of doctrinal motivation, intellectual commitment, and patriotic gratification.”
Please note the really important point in this quote from Zbigniew Brzezinski’s ‘the Grand Chessboard’ – “high degree of doctrinal motivation, intellectual commitment”.
This is what my rebuttal to Zia Mian’s essay is about, as I claim, through the rational deconstruction of his brilliant essay, that it is classic ‘doctrinal motivation’ to perpetuate the myth of ‘loose nukes’ – the new boogie man after the ‘missing WMDs’ in Iraq for which Rumsfeld had glibly claimed “absence of evidence is not evidence of absence” and was never called upon this bit of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ by anyone, including FPIF (if my memory serves me well) when the mantra still had currency in its heyday – the new enabler for continued “imperial mobilization”.
Surely none of this can be news to any real American Foreign Policy analysts who know their craft and their domain, as I am certain of this distinguished team of editors.
There really aren’t too many ways to look at America’s Foreign Policy other than through her own words – i.e., the words of her ardent ‘imperial’ exponents and office bearers – which going back to George Kennan in 1948 I reproduce for you below. We can certainly go back even further to gain even deeper perspective, but this suffices as the transition point of ‘modernity’ du jour between the decline of an empire upon which the Sun once never set, and a new ’empire’ upon which the Sun is perhaps about to set, and upon the thousands of whose gullible sons and daughters, slaves of economic conscription, the Sun has lamentably already set.
As you will note in Kennan’s famous PPS Memo, dealing in ‘straight power concepts’ it was then, as it is now, and not just in theory as noted in Brzezinski 1997 book, in order to “perpetuate America’s own dominant position for at least a generation and preferably longer” such that “no Eurasian challenger emerges, capable of dominating Eurasia and thus also challenging America” (Brzezinski), but also by-way of practice in the present Bush Administration which mainly arose from the PNAC group, and which also argued the same theme as Brzezinski, that it necessitates asserting the “Reaganite policy of military strength and moral clarity” by forcing everyone on the planet to accept “America’s unique role in preserving and extending an international order friendly to our security, our prosperity, and our principles.” (PNAC).
You can clearly, and rationally see nothing changed between 1948 and today’s 2002-Nuclear Posture Review which only exercised the ‘ubermensch’ “American Primacy and its Geostrategic Imperatives”! It is interesting to note how naturally, even the supposedly objective intellectuals in America, accept this “Primacy Imperative” as the underlying unquestioned axiom upon which they build all their analysis of the world, and indeed, of America’s Foreign Policies. This is precisely the issue in Zia Mian’s disinformation masterpiece as is solidly deconstructed in my response-essay.
Quote-George Kennan PPS 23 1948:
“We have about 50% of the world’s wealth, but only 6.3% of its population …. In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity without positive detriment to our national security. To do so, we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and day-dreaming, and our attention will have to be concentrated everywhere on our immediate national objectives. We need not deceive ourselves that we can afford today the luxury of altruism and world-benefaction …. We should cease to talk about vague and – for the Far East – unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of living standards, and democratization. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts. The less we are then hampered by idealistic slogans, the better.”
And just as the distinguished halls of the Ivys in the past have served this distinguished job-function of supporting their nation’s ’empire’ in its “imperial mobilization” very well by synthesizing “the high level of doctrinal motivation”, they still continue to do so just as admirably today.
Being quite familiar with the Ivys as having studied at MIT – which though not an Ivy per se, is more prominent among the lot, and also gets as much as 90% of its martial research budget from the various agencies of the martial state and its private corporate collaborators, thus serving the technology needs of the ’empire’ equally admirably in ‘actual war making toys’ in cahoots with the soft ‘doctrinal scholarship’ peddled from the Ivys such as ‘Clash of Civilizations’ and ‘WMDs’ – the twain craft of “doctrinal motivations” and technological innovations for “full spectrum dominance” must go together to fuel an empire for which Brzezinski rightly claims that its “populist democracy” is unburdened by “la mission civilisatrice” of traditional empires!
From the [USS] ‘Maine’ through the “Gulf of Tonkin” to ‘911’ – are all one continuum of American Foreign Policy Initiatives for “American Interests Abroad”, or putting it in its syntactically unsugared form, “imperial mobilization”. It is the naked empirical reality for those who are scientists among us and can objectively evaluate the reality around us and artfully able to distinguish between the 364 days of ‘unbirthday’ party celebrations, and one genuine day of birthday! It is also the brutish reality for those on the receiving end of this syntactic sugaring!
Therefore, lest all of us unwittingly acquire deep red blood upon our clean hands as we continue to fish for truth while it stands stark-naked right before us as the trumpeting shitting elephant in the newlywed’s bed, I humbly submit my detailed analytical deconstruction of Zia Mian’s essay, attached as a PDF file, for your consideration to carry right alongside Zia Mian’s stellar piece of work for the ’empire’ from its most prestigious Ivy.
You can also glean this response-essay on my website as “Response to Zia Mian’s ‘How Not to Handle Nuclear Security’”.
I hope that you will very kindly at least acknowledge my letter, even if you choose to not carry my response-essay for whatever reason, perhaps with an explanation why you did not carry it which will of course be duly posted on my website.
But I do feel quite hopeful for a positive response as my rebuttal not only intellectually speaks for itself and begs for a rational and cogent rebuttal in turn to further the rational debate on a subject that can soon mean life-and-death for millions – the hallmark of democracy if it is to mean anything other than singing with the choir among its ruling elite – but also lends a fresh perspective to really put the Foreign Policy in Focus for a “think tank without walls”. I do believe in your concept of “without walls” but naively interpret it to mean in the best interest of all nations and all humanity. I am also (un)happy to be corrected in that assumption if it is unwarranted. Let’s all be mature enough to call a spade a spade, at least in this august forum.
I am further Cc’ing your resident disarmament expert who can perhaps weigh in on the merits of the arguments as a ‘domain expert’ with real world experience.
You may further be interested in “Wakeup to the grotesque reality of the Grand Chessboard” on my website.
It is okay with me if you choose to also print this letter in FPIF for the benefit of your readers.
founder, Project Humanbeingsfirst.org
Response to Zia Mian’s ‘How Not to Handle Nuclear Security’
December 24, 2007*
*Conclusion: Nuclear Security and Hectoring Hegemons (new, added for this book)
In reference to Zia Mian’s article “How Not to Handle Nuclear Security” (http://www.fpif.org/fpiftxt/4818), please accept the following detailed response for publication in your august ‘Foreign Policy In Focus’. An abbreviated version was submitted as ‘comment’ to the article on your website that never made it.
Begin-Quote: Either the entire world must be free of nuclear biological and other WMDs, or every peoples must have credible deterrence against them through realpolitik ‘full spectrum alliances’ when predators seek “primacy and its geostrategic imperatives” and “full spectrum dominance” on the ‘Grand Chessboard’! End-Quote
The realpolitik reality that is surely known to even the most naive, is that the ‘hectoring hegemons’ will not give up their “primacy imperatives” borne from their full spectrum supremacy of “air, sea, land, space, and cyberspace”. And why should they? It gives them the much coveted “hegemony” over the ‘have-nots’ and other ‘lesser haves’, which is the openly acknowledged imperative of the strong and mighty, and is “as old as mankind”!
Therefore, even presumably thoughtful articles like Zia Mian’s that warn of the real and genuine dangers of nuclear weapons – and indeed all WMDs are fraught with peril and double-edged swords – but which blanketly ignore the chauvinist and monumentally criminal doctrines for their deliberate preemptive use by the ’emperor’ which is a far greater empirical and realistic threat to humanity than their accidental-use or fictional ‘hijacking’ by the ‘pirates’, and which further repeats the boogie-man disinformation discourse crafted by ’empire’: “A key concern about nuclear security in Pakistan is the risk of radical Islamist militants making a bid for its nuclear weapons or its stock of the materials with which to make nuclear weapons”, is merely re-spinning the ‘loose nukes’ mantra from the high pedestal and prestige of an Ivy. In practice, it only serves the specific agenda of the ‘hectoring hegemons’ themselves.
The question of ‘nuclear security’ must begin from the very ab initio rational premise of how to protect mankind from all the predators amongst them; not merely from its accidental or ‘terrorist’ murder of humanity by any ‘pirates’, but also its monumentally criminal ‘official’ murder of humanity by the ’emperors’ under blaring trumpets and marching horns!
The analysis by Zia Mian, whose main focus is entirely ‘accidents’, and ‘pirates’, and specifically “islamist militant” pirates, and also specifically not the ’emperor’s’ own terrorism by its glaring omission and no mention of the outstanding ‘imperial’ threats of nuclear attack on Iran that might sow a real Armageddon, artfully concludes that no one must possess nuclear weapons! To wit: “The only sure way to secure nuclear weapons and materials is not to have them. The only way to be sure that nuclear weapons scientists do not pass information is to forbid scientists from working on such weapons.” He neglects to mention the ’emperors’ not using them to exercise their hegemony, evidently not being familiar with the ‘Nuclear Posture Review‘. But he does throw in, presumably for his own concept of completeness, this bit of self-evident truism: “Anything short of that is taking a risk and being willing to pay the price for living in a nuclear-armed world.”
His main recipe for securing the nuclear weapons “by not having them” is obviously a utopian un-realizable ‘fools-paradise’ conclusion in the real world of geopolitics that plays with other peoples’ blood on the ‘Grand Chessboard’. Any sane realist who isn’t entirely lost at the ‘unbirthday party’ celebrations with the “Mad Hatter” would immediately recognize it as such. And hence it is less than convincing, no differently than a security strategy for world peace might be that suggested to the Zionist Jews to follow their Ten Commandments, or pleaded with the devilishly inspired ‘primacy’ advocates among the Evangelical Christians rushing to bring on ‘the Rapture’, including their erstwhile leader sitting in the White House and in direct communication with his ‘lord’, to be ‘good’ and to turn the other cheek for the ‘new pearl harbor’ that they suffered as the good Lord suggests in the Bible!
What brilliant purpose is being served here? Okay perhaps it’s morally sound platitudes. Is this the best Princeton can give from its ‘Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs’ that any high-schooler can equally churn out even in a developing nation where moral platitudes abound by the bucket-loads? No, there is something more to it if this article isn’t to be outright rejected as mere self-evident gibberish. In fact, its very real, but rather covert purpose appears to be directed primarily at creating and sustaining rationales for the ‘have-not’ nations to continue not possessing them, and disarming of those ‘lesser’ ones that do!
And why would a worthy Princeton scholar at ‘Woodrow Wilson’ espouse any other purpose and reach any other conclusion(?) – it is after all an ‘imperial’ doctrinal establishment that is designed to perpetuate America’s “preeminence” above all other nations’ by seeding sophisticated ‘doctrinal scholarship’ that works hand in glove with superpower geopolitics and disinformation doctrinal warfare. The worthy scholar and his “Project on Peace and Security in South Asia” are directly funded by the university which immediately sets the overarching tone for all the “American Peace” project strategies for continued future funding and prominence!
And the present “American Peace” project manifestly revolves around Pakistan and Iran, and the scare of nuclear weapons getting ‘loose’, or being acquired by a ‘rogue state’, just as its ideological predecessor “Center for Peace and Security in the Gulf” (CPSG) was instrumental in bringing the now familiar very “American Peace” to Iraq with the familiar scare of ‘WMDs’ that could reach the West within moments of Sadaam Hussein dreaming such in-sanctity!
Indeed, even though Pakistan is only mentioned in the context of ‘securing the nukes’ with lots of anecdotal stories, it appears to me that the main agenda of this piece is to plant the one key central plausible idea that: “If the United States can’t secure its own nuclear complex, why expect Pakistan to do it any better?” as in its very opening gambit. All the rest of the verbiage in the article merely supports this central theme. The article entirely echoes the ubiquitous mainstream discourse du jour as variously spinned by the White House and the Pentagon in relation to Pakistan.
The following excerpted quote from an Open Letter lends perspective to the actual reality that is not being talked about today, but will surely be the topic of many erudite books and studies tomorrow – just as this next bit of disingenuousness was in the aftermath of the fake ‘WMD’ reports that had already led to the decimation of Iraq. And yes, also with nuclear weapons (‘JDAMs’ and ‘Daisy Cutters’ and other cocktails of Depleted Uranium black-death spread out across Iraq and Afghanistan far more devastatingly than a handful of atomic bombs) that has even destroyed the very DNA of its ‘wretched’ victims under deliberate, premeditated, false pretenses: “We conclude that the intelligence community was dead wrong in almost all of its prewar judgments about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. This was a major intelligence failure,” (Iraq Study Group report, March 31, 2005 – the report even has some of the same distinguished Princeton footprints in it as in the prewar mantra of ‘WMDs’ from the CPSG that preceded this ‘morning-after’ bit of bold-faced chutzpah).
Mae culpa after a Machiavellianly crafted irreversible fait accompli for deliberate “imperial mobilization” and full spectrum conquest of Iraq (its culmination being duly noted in the ‘Declaration of Principles for a Long-Term Relationship’ in the November 26 2007 White House Press Release) does little to restore the irrecoverable tabula rasa of a devastated civilization! Unlike the rest of erudite America, this humble plebeian scribe learns rapidly from history and is working hard in preventing its horrendous replay!
Excerpted from “Re-Imagining Pakistan’s Defenses – Open Letter to a Pakistani General”, the full text of which may be read at: http://humanbeingsfirst.org:
Begin-Quote: … All this recent talk of “loose nukes” and “Joint force for nuke safety” and “raising an international force to help the Pakistani armed forces if they are attacked by the extremists”, are precisely the weather balloons built upon the deftly cultivated house of cards of the synthetic ‘islamofascist’ boogie-men to seed these new deceptions into the mainstream public discourse in order to maintain the persistence of a “sudden threat or challenge to the public’s sense of domestic well-being”. That’s how public opinion is slowly crafted over time to manufacture the deplorable public consent for committing heinous crimes against humanity through the active collaboration of the much touted ‘fourth pillar of democracy’.
Another “coalition of the willing” is plainly being seeded – and this time it’s ‘destination Islamabad’ instead of Baghdad, and instead of the well worn fiction of the existence of ‘WMDs’ which won’t fly as Pakistan indeed does possess them, it is the fiction of them getting ‘loose’ despite being defended by the world’s 5th largest standing armed forces who successfully developed the effective deterrence in the face of the entire world’s opposition and punitive sanctions, but now is magically unable to defend them in this fabricated war even as the most valuable non-NATO partner and needs an external “force that should not only include troops from the United States, but ideally also other Western powers and moderate Muslim nations”! … End-Quote
Why should anyone with sound judgment and keen political acumen be trusting any reports that are emanating from the same ‘imperial’ sources – the CIA, its parent the DIA, its parent the Pentagon, and its parent at the top of the totem pole, the White House, not to mention the 100 think-tanks from privately funded civil society in America that share the same ‘imperial’ aspirations as those in public life, and all busily crafting multifaceted doctrines for world conquest(?), and especially when there is a “lifetime” of war on, the “World War IV”? I believe it is still taught in any freshman political science class in any good university that the first casualty of war is the truth – unless this has also been done away with by the Patriot Acts and substituted with Orwellian craft!
Yet the [earnest] Zia Mian betrays no memory of any of these matters in his purported analysis of ‘how not to handle nuclear security’, while right outside his own doorsteps are the very preparations for preemptive nuclear attack on Iran which have reportedly already been completed and merely awaiting the go-ahead from Washington: “The study concludes that the US has made military preparations to destroy Iran’s WMD, nuclear energy, regime, armed forces, state apparatus and economic infrastructure within days if not hours of President George W. Bush giving the order.” (see “Considering a war with Iran: A discussion paper on WMD in the Middle East”) He is also evidently unfamiliar with Israel’s avowed nuclear warfare attack plans on Iran in full tag-team cahoots with the White House, including nuclear attack on her non-nuclear neighbors in the region if they even raise a whit of a finger to deter the nuclear armed-to-the-teeth Zionist pariah ‘Der Judenstaat’ in their midst. It must be wonderful to ignore the ‘ubermensch’ rogue state (see “Ex-CIA official: Israel will attack Iran on its own”) which hasn’t signed the NPT and which has continually preached ‘War on Iran’ – a signatory to NPT – with repeated mantras borne out of ‘erudite studies’: “One essential requirement for nuclear confrontation in our region, according to the study, is allowing Iran’s nuclear program to develop, unhindered by a pre-emptive strike by either Israel or the United States.” (see “US report: Israel would weather nuclear war with Iran”)
These absurdities at the ‘unbirthday party’, demonizing the Iranians – a rich and sophisticated civilization far older than all of Europe and America combined and whose scholars and scientists predominantly fueled the ascendance and dominance of Muslims for 700 years while the Europeans languished in their Dark Ages – as an irrational peoples willing to risk complete obliteration from the face of future history; demonizing Pakistan as about to be taken over by “radical Islamist militants” who are about to hijack the ‘loose nukes’ such that even the 5th largest standing army in the world would need help against them; etceetra, etceetra, are now being rehearsed continually in the newsmedia precisely to seed the notion of a ‘legitimate’ preemptive (or retaliatory) use of nuclear weapons.
An idea once so abhorrent and unthinkable, is now being made palatable to mainstream American and European public under all sorts of imaginary and/or ‘synthetic’ threats (see “Wakeup to the grotesque reality of the ‘Grand Chessboard’!”). The Western public is being deftly primed with multi-modal psyops by the crafty construction of one key gigantic stinking red herring of ‘nuclear security’ – the ‘highest order bit’ of the matter – the deliberate premeditated criminal use of nuclear weapons against defenseless foes by its own ‘legal’ guardians. That very real and visible threat to humanity is carefully elided in the calculus of ‘nuclear security’ in the best tradition of Straussian scholarship of ‘half-truths only’, and absurd boogie-men are crafted from immanent whisperings! Also see “Disassembling the Pakistani red herrings” on humanbeingsfirst.org for the deconstruction of the “radical Islamist militants” into its commonsensical reality!
Why has the nuclear weapons security discourse been deliberately limited to their accidental and ‘pirated’ (mis)use?
Why does it not also include their much more significant and immediate threat stemming from their deliberate, premeditated, monumentally criminal deployment as a weapon of choice of the ‘hectoring hegemons’ for intimidation, coercion, and very real ‘shock and awe’ under the self-ascribed ‘ubermensch’ mandate of ‘primacy and its geostrategic imperatives’ that is the trumpeting elephant grotesquely shitting in the newlywed’s nuptial bed?
If the overarching objective is to secure the existence of human beings from themselves and to enable them to survive without an Armageddon and without anyone slaughtering a ‘lesser humanity’, then the genuine factors that pose the highest levels of threat to mankind must rationally be triaged and addressed in that order. Why this stepchild treatment to the most significant threat to humanity’s existence today – the depravity of the ‘ubermensch’ hectoring hegemons who have actually demonstrated their willingness to use these nuclear weapons? Or is the point to keeping the nuclear weapons secure, only until such time that they are ‘officially’ let loose to murder a million or two under blaring trumpets and marching horns, and then it’s merely securing ‘American Foreign Policy Interests Abroad’, or preemptively fighting the “War on Terror” to the thunderous applause from the upper ‘ubermenschen’ deck of humanity flashing the “mission accomplished” sign?
The very first manifest collateral damage of the “War on Terror” – even before “Operation Infinite Justice” was launched, way before “Operation Iraqi Freedom” was launched, and while they both still continue unabated being only about a fourth of the intended ‘lifetime’ of “perpetual war” into their duration – has been the very hijacking of our basic everyday tool that enable us to think commonsensically, rationally, as human beings first. Our language! It has thus channeled our minds in the mantras of the ’empire’ convincing us of one absurdity after another, and which directly led to the very first bombing run “United We Stand” in the “algebra of infinite justice”. And which may yet lead to a preemptive nuclear war against sitting ducks once again! And erudite scholars like Zia Mian are complicit in perpetuating that hijacking by deliberately repeating the “doctrinal” mantras of the empire from its highest pulpits!
Furthermore, within its own myopic discourse, Zia Mian’s article is indeed informative with respect to how vulnerable some of these security measures can be in implementation-space when the rubber really meets the road, mainly in reference to ‘0000000’ and pilot-errors. One has to however be a realist-idealist so long as the morbid reality of nuclear weapons is with us. As an MIT trained engineer who has actually built and deployed real systems rather than just talk about third-and-fourth hand perceived vulnerability in other peoples’ systems – even if only commercial ones which are surely orders of magnitude simpler and certainly do not pose the danger of any catastrophic Armageddon being inflicted upon human beings unless they are also being (mis)used to control the nuclear weapons launch sequences, and anyone who asserts the latter is either a fool or a Machiavelli – the effective pragmatic strategy is one of continued risk management through continual improvement in the architectures, the implementations, the processes, the validations, the access controls, and the drills.
This is very much the process today in its various gradations of ‘imperfections’, and is to be continually improved for risk mitigation of ‘unauthorized theft’ – since ‘authorized theft’ of humanity’s lives is deemed okay and not part of the ‘nuclear security’ protocol by definition, as a cynic might infer from Zia Mian’s article.
This continual risk management and mitigation strategy through feedback on implementations, improvement, and better evolving architectures – which would be undertaken by any ‘sensible’ nuclear power – is the rational lesser of two evils over succumbing to the only other realism-rooted and exponentially far greater risk of giving a signed blank check for “full spectrum dominance” to murderous ‘hectoring hegemons’ who will obviously never give up their own WMDs but instead, even as we speak, are rushing to develop even more lethal ones across the board, and use cunning doctrinal warfare to “goosestep the Herrenvolk across international frontiers” and kill a million to the sound of horns and trumpets and proudly call it “mission accomplished”!
In such a real-world reality full of predators, even the wilder-beasts make “full spectrum alliances” to defend themselves with the best available weapons at their disposal, rather than give up all their defenses which is what the predators would surely love to get their pending ‘meals’ to believe as their only ‘safe’ choice in the matter – as can be gleaned in this amazing 8-minute ‘Battle at Kruger’ video-clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU8DDYz68kM.
That is the unfortunate, naked, brutish, ‘MAD’ reality we live in Sir! As Robert Oppenheimer had said it far more realistically and fairly than the erstwhile Zia Mian – either all nations must possess them, or none must possess them! Only a few possessing this awesome power to impose their plunderous will upon another, is what fuels this “imperial mobilization” du jour that is sending America’s precious sons and daughters to their slaughter, never mind what they are doing to a few million of the ‘lesser humanity’! And as even a previous commenter ‘Charles Colton’ commenting on this article on your website also much more wisely noted (absence of such wisdom in Zia Mian’s own article indeed demands a pause for some hard reflections on motivations): “The international community needs a strong policy on how to not only safeguard the world’s nuclear arsenals but to devise a universal plan that will ensure these weapons will never be used.”
Yes indeed, and thank you for that! Clearly this [earnest] commenter has likely read the White House’s “Nuclear Posture Review” and is perhaps familiar with their present doctrine of preemption even against non-nuclear states who are signatories to the NPT – thus in complete violation to International law to which the superpower nation whose prestigious university employs Mr. Zia Mian in his capacity as a ‘nuclear specialist’, is also a signatory; if honoring such laws is of any relevance in the foreign policy and ‘nuclear security’ calculus anymore.
For an analysis of ‘nuclear security’ being published in ‘Foreign Policy In Focus’, such glaring omissions only extends its incredulity to even this august forum that advertises having ‘no walls’! I have quite innocently taken that to mean that this forum rationally analyses foreign polices and keeps them in focus in the best interest of the entire world, and is not merely a re-spinning propaganda arm of the Pentagon. I haven’t read all the writings on ‘nuclear security’ by Zia Mian and am merely analyzing this one article which already leads me to not want to read anything further from the doctrinal pen of this mighty scholar on account of his deliberate resemanticizing the definition of ‘nuclear security’ to preclude the ’emperor’s premeditated use of nuclear weapons. Such absences legitimizes these doctrines in the mainstream discourse of America that mainly takes its cues from the scholars of the empire.
And finally, I would conclude by suggesting that there is indeed something fishy about how the nukes were ‘lost’ for so many hours as has repeatedly been reported in the newsmedia, all quoting more or less the same sources. Zia Mian so unquestioningly accepting that at face value and using it to craft his own myopic thesis on how not to secure nuclear weapons is at best troublesome. IMHO, the public version of this tale, as again repeated by Zia Mian, is quite asinine (see for instance: “Missing Nukes: Treason of the Highest Order” on globalresearch.ca). It is just as ‘believable’ occurring in a super-power’s own sophisticated arsenal and top-secret classified security processes constructed by the most polished and brilliant military minds that sees the expenditure of a trillion dollars every other year, as the ’19 evil jihadis’ tale doing 911 all by themselves and collapsing those tall buildings directly into their own footprints at almost free-fall speed while ‘Able Warrior’, ‘Able Danger’, and 15 other terrorist attack-response drills were simultaneously transpiring that very moment all of which were ethereally super co-opted by a bearded ‘evil yoda master’ sitting cross-legged in a cave in Afghanistan on a dialysis machine using merely his awesome ‘power of the dark side’! (See for instance, what the former Italian President who set up ‘Operation Gladio‘ thinks of 911.)
The real story, IMHO, in all cases, as in the ex post facto revelations of the [USS] ‘Maine’ to the ‘Gulf of Tonkin’ being entirely self-inflicted affairs to launch wars of conquest, is yet to be revealed. Wait 50 years! In the meantime, the faits accomplice constructed upon the backs of all the clever lies and deceptions generated from within the august halls of the Ivy, the Rand, and the 100 other think-tanks to seed the expansion of ’empire’, will in turn become the new ex post facto narratives of history that our grandchildren will be learning one fine day in their sixth grade. If there is anymore ‘one fine day’ left!
Mr. Zia Mian’s recipe for achieving that lofty shared aspiration is highly improbable as stated, even if genuinely conceived. If he would like to learn a more pragmatic solution emanating from the rather plebeian mind of a humble engineer turned justice activist who does not live in the ivory towers of the IVYs but in the real world that experiences the realpolitik power-plays on the ‘Grand Chessboard’ in blood, it is conceptually very simple – first all ‘MAD’ to create ‘full spectrum deterrence’ through ‘full spectrum alliances’ to contain the ‘full spectrum dominance’ of the few primates who refuse to lose their tail, and then his recipe, which will now magically become more practical and realizable just as the SALTs were under the détente! Power only respects power, and that lesson too, is “as old as mankind”!
It usually takes one polished sentence to construct a myth, but considerably more space to deconstruct it, as Noam Chomsky had once noted. Hence this length. Thank you for reading.
An aside general note on this article: “How Not to Handle Nuclear Security”
For Mr. Zia Mian, as an erudite academic from a prestigious IVY, to mostly repeat, nay parrot, the mantras that are deftly seeded by the Pentagon, without any critical questioning and deeper analysis of their own motivations or of the mantras themselves, doesn’t leave much room for doubt in my quite finite and humble mind that his entire article is anything other than a thinly veiled shill for ’empire’. Perhaps the [earnest] author can also be directed to read “Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers” by Daniel Ellsberg before he puts much stock in what Robert McNamara says. It is un-surprising to me anymore that this level of craftsmanship from the Ivy is also from the pen of one who is supposedly on the ‘dissenting left’ and a ‘peacenik’ – unless I am keenly mistaken; for I surely only possess a humble plebeian mind and am mercifully not a scholar or even a domain expert in matters of ’empire’. Thus the specialist should be trivially able to rationally and convincingly address the objections raised in this plebeian letter.
For us ordinary mortals in the lower-decks of humanity who are perhaps not so erudite, the mere plebeians, we are often gullibly led by erudite scholars in understanding pressing matters whose expert and objective analysis they purport to bring us. Be they of the Straussian variety as ‘chief priests’ of empire – like Bernard Lewis, or be they the ‘dissenting priests’ as the gadflies to power – like my own worthy mentor Noam Chomsky, or be they any domain-experts and specialists like Zia Mian. We need to wakeup to the realpolitik fact of the matter that sophisticated doctrinal warfare and psyops are also being deftly crafted for ‘manufacturing consent’ in society to either carry the ‘populist democracy’ forward for “imperial mobilization” so “United We [can] Stand”, or deflect its handful of conscionable dissenters in mindless pursuits chasing this and that red herrings. How can the ordinary people tell the difference between the various nuanced shades of the diabolical ‘ubermenschen’ domain-experts shilling for ’empire’, and the genuinely honest truthful scholars out to enlighten the masses as “moral agents” in the best mold of Platonic teachers?
The scholar’s word and what motivates it, unlike his soul, must be of utmost concern for us plebeians. And as the other Princeton University erudite scholar Bernard Lewis cleverly puts it, albeit in perhaps a different context in his doctrinal classic ‘Crises of Islam – Holy War and Unholy Terror’, “it would surely be useful to understand the forces that drive them”. Only then can the plebeian flock understand the scholars’ analyses in the full and proper perspectives of their respective mindset and with an insightful understanding of all the “forces that drive them”. Only thusly may one be rightly guided in their wise leadership on knotty and vexing matters in which a non-expert ill-informed polity must trust them in their judgment as fair domain-experts.
This is a far more significant matter of public education in order to ‘teach one how to fish and thus feeding one for life’ so that one can learn to accurately parse complex foreign policy matters that are undeniably complex and almost always clouded in obfuscation and vested interests. Merely keeping the clouds “in focus” does not necessarily divulge what’s hidden behind it. If one is interested in further penetrating through the clouds that have actually laid the foundation of “United We Stand” in the American society as the prerequisite prelude to herding its “populist democracy” into accepting the nation’s ‘Imperial’ Foreign Policies without question under the guise of “American Interests abroad”, step-1 begins with “Responsibility of Intellectuals – Redux” at http://humanbeingsfirst.org.
Footnote The essay is fully referenced with embedded links in the original source which are not reproduced here.
Nuclear Security and Hectoring Hegemons
October 30, 2009 (new, written for this book)
The “American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives”1 is empirical and has been publicly known for a very long time. Well, certainly to its victims, and of course to its imperial harbingers, if not to its ordinary citizens kept perpetually busy with their ‘American Dreams’ as “Prisoners of the Cave”2. And its predatory nuclear first-strike imperative has also been publicly known without any room for ambiguity, at least since the White House’s 2002 Nuclear Posture Review was ‘leaked’ to the Los Angeles Times. It is briefly covered in this article of March 11, 2002, by Patrick Martin “US plans widespread use of nuclear weapons in war”3. Writings of other contrarians which coldly make apparent the outright omissions in Zia Mian’s column span the gamut from this WSWS report of September 07, 2007 by Bill Van Auken “Why was a nuclear-armed bomber allowed to fly over the US?”4, and their editorial of April 13, 2006 “US threats against Iran—the specter of nuclear barbarism”5, to Edward S. Herman’s comprehensive deconstruction of America’s primacy alliances with the European powers in “NATO: the Imperial Pitbull”6, dated January 23, 2009. Study after study6.1 has publicly revealed the preparations United States and its allies have been un-secretly making to preemptively attack Iran, and the superpower remains precariously perched at that very Rubicon crossing as ominously depicted in “Heads-up warning to the American Peoples – Nuclear attack on Iran appears imminent!”7. Among its murderous axis partners preparing for this monumental crime against humanity, are of course the Zionist state8, and NATO.
Indeed, taking an un-jaundiced look at NATO’s self-ascribed imperatives makes the Atlantic alliance only appear as a proxy-service hegemon for the primacy of the entire industrialized Global North upon the resource-rich but impoverished Global South. Here is the 24 Apr. 1999 NATO report cited by Edward S. Herman in his imperial Pitbull article: “The Alliance’s Strategic Concept”9. I also came across this December 31, 2007 proposal from NATO officials (by simply typing “NATO” with some qualifying filters into an internet search engine) on how to continue spreading Western primacy objectives (properly syntactically sugared of course): “Towards a Grand Strategy for an Uncertain World”10, subtitled: ‘Renewing Transatlantic Partnership’. The following two penetrating analyses by Ben Hayes, of April 21, 2006 on ‘The EU’s Security Research Programme’ titled: “Arming Big Brother”11 ; and the most recent one dated September 2009 with the Transnational Institute12 on the ‘EU Security-Industrial Complex’ ingeniously titled: “NeoConOpticon”13, show how the West is Machiavellianly conniving for its own primacy disguised as “preemptive” self-defense in an “uncertain world”. Project Humanbeingsfirst has shown, both in this book and in its many other reports, who is primarily responsible for making it an “uncertain world” and for what purpose. Succinctly put, but only in the choicest political science diction of David Ben Gurion, “what is inconceivable in normal times is possible in revolutionary times.”
Therefore, daring to call a spade a spade, to omit such blatant doctrines of imperial predatory planning in one’s purported “analysis” of nuclear security as a domain expert, and at a prestigious IVY no less, is to in fact be explicitly allied with the global aims and aspirations of the monumentally criminal hectoring hegemons themselves. The commonality in Zia Mian’s implicit axioms with another ‘whiteman’ domain expert’s is revealing: “Letter to Matthew Bunn of Harvard on his risk assessment of Nuclear Terrorism”14. The make-belief pretenses as a leftist and a peacenik aside, it is merely “manufacturing consent and dissent”15 to influence public opinion and fabricate justifications for empire’s own axioms in its egregious pursuit of “Full Spectrum Dominance”15.1 in a Game as Old as Empire16. The import of crafty omissions for manufacturing sophisticated propaganda cannot be minimized, as was also commonsensically pointed out by the well known essayist Aldous Huxley:
“Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth. By simply not mentioning certain subjects… totalitarian propagandists have influenced opinion much more effectively than they could have by the most eloquent denunciations.”
Let no one mistake it – the Pakistani physicist turned nuclear disarmament specialist, Dr. Zia Mian’s article is prima facie evidence that he is merely a paid propagandist (through the academic-respectability cover) for the same imperial forces that are today arrayed against his own native nation. One might understand the ‘whiteman’ carrying his or her own burden. One is however hard pressed to fathom a ‘Negro’ willingly doing it for them, the eloquent wisdom of Martin Luther King quoted elsewhere in this book notwithstanding.
Since there is surely going to be no Nuremberg17,18 (as the hectoring hegemons must perceive), nor any moralist’s report from Jerusalem19, no Justice Robert H. Jackson20, and not even a victors’ justice21, the fate awaiting the ‘untermenschen’ gives me the shakes! There is absolutely no apparent deterrence today for finally annihilating all the “undesirables” and other “useless eaters” from the planet as a world government at the barrel of a global police state is rapidly orchestrated by the hectoring hegemons and their vassals. Is there really a god(?), one must surely ponder at these existential moments. While the atheists might not think so, the victims, all victims, must believe so22. There surely must be one! And there surely must also be a Judgment Day too! For otherwise, where and how are hectoring hegemons ever to be paid back an eye for an eye, and their victims fairly recompensed? Dialectical hegemons like Zia Mian would only snicker at the sheep dreaming of its revenge as the Hegelian23 butcher approacheth!
 Zbigniew Brzezinski, The Grand chessboard, 1996 http://sandiego.indymedia.org/media/2006/10/119973.pdf
 Zahir Ebrahim, http://prisonersofthecave.blogspot.com/2007/04/preface.html
 Patrick Martin, http://www.wsws.org/articles/2002/mar2002/nuke-m11.shtml
 Bill Van Auken, http://www.wsws.org/articles/2007/sep2007/nucl-s07.shtml
 WSWS Editorial, http://www.wsws.org/articles/2006/apr2006/iran-a13.shtml
 Edward S. Herman, http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=11989
[6.1] Plesch and Butcher, SOAS, http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/5688/1/0707StudySeptrevPC.pdf
 Project Humanbeingsfirst Press Release, June 30, 2008 http://pressreleases-humanbeingsfirst.blogspot.com/2008/06/pr-holocaust-redux-headsup-june302008.html
 Ben Hayes, http://www.statewatch.org/analyses/bigbrother.pdf
 Ben Hayes, http://www.tni.org/en/report/arming-big-brother
 Ben Hayes, http://www.statewatch.org/analyses/neoconopticon-report.pdf
[15.1] DOD JV2020 Chapter 3, http://prisonersofthecave.blogspot.com/2007/04/chapter-1.html
 David Irving, Nuremberg, The Last Battle, 1996, http://www.fpp.co.uk/books/Nuremberg/NUREMBERG.pdf
 Hannah Arendt, Eichman in Jerusalm: A Report on the Banality of Evil, 1963, http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/arendthtml/arendthome.html
 Justice Robert H. Jackson, famous moralizing-sermonizing closing speech at Nuremberg, Day 187, 26 July 1946 http://avalon.law.yale.edu/imt/07-26-46.asp
Video clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=No06Lwk_TAg
 Mainly, the atrocious crimes committed by the Nazis/Axis-powers and not committed by the Allies were defined as War Crimes. Such as the HolocaustTM, and first aggression by invading Poland, Pearl Harbor, etc. In fact, the prosecuting powers defined the first-aggression to be a crime so heinous that Justice Robert H. Jackson called it “the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole”. In consequence of such artful definitions of war crimes, attrocious crimes committed only by the Allies, like burning down civilian cities of Dresden, Tokyo with sustained apocalyptic fire bombings night after night (David Irving, Apocalypse 1945: The Destruction of Dresden, http://www.fpp.co.uk/books/ ), and dropping of the A-Bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki upon largely civilian population centers, were not defined as war crimes, either at the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, or at the Tokyo Trials.
In the case of similar crimes committed by both sides, the criminal cases against the Nazis/Axis-powers was argued to be weak, and ultimately not prosecuted. See for instance the well known case of Admiral Karl Dönitz in David Irving, pg. 156, Nuremberg, Ibid.
The most shocking aspect of victors’ justice however, is the relatively lesser known case of the Nazi banker, Dr. Hjalmar Schacht, the singular financial genius behind the Third Reich – Reich minister of economics until 1937, Reichsbank president until 1939 – with deep connections to Wall Street (Antony C. Sutton, Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler, http://www.reformed-theology.org/html/books/wall_street/ ), and to the Bank of England (David Irving, Nuremberg, Ibid.), and without whom the Nazi war machine simply could not have been financed, and therefore, no World War II waged. Hjalmar Schacht was actually set-free, just as he had boasted throughout the trial that he would be (David Irving, Nuremberg, Ibid. Also Zahir Ebrahim, “Monetary Reform: Who will bell the cat?”).
Sadly, as hypocritical, and as Edward Bernays’ style shrewd public relations campaign that these war crimes trials were, even that level of victors’ justice is not a deterrence for aggression today, nor available to the victims of World War IV. See Justice Robert H. Jackson’s lofty closing statements at Nuremberg, ibid., for the clear criminality it established for today’s war mongers, their vassals, state executers, philosophers, political scientists, shills, and other vulgar propagandists. Today, they all spin absurdities upon absurdities of ‘war on terror’ while committing the most egregious crimes against humanity with impunity! Who will stop them? Never mind stop, people aren’t willing to even speak the truth, or even hear it when it’s plainly spoken. The “banality of evil” has transcended Hannah Arendt’s attribution of it exclusively to the ‘Good Germans’, to all the ‘Good peoples’ of the world! One is arguably more sickend by their pious apathy ‘looking from the side’, than by the hired mercenaries, paid assassins, and ideological circus clowns of empire who do their misanthropic wont mainly because good people let them.
 Zahir Ebrahim, http://zahirebrahim.blogspot.com/2007/04/about-me-and-my-little-jihad.html
 Zahir Ebrahim, tutorial on Hegelian Dialectics, http://print-humanbeingsfirst.blogspot.com/2009/05/anatomy-of-modern-lies-pakistanishills.html
Wakeup to the grotesque reality of the ‘Grand Chessboard’! Eid Day
December 21, 2007*
*Addendums: February 08, 2008 ; April 10, 2008 ; April 27, 2008 ; June 12, 2008
We, the Pakistani peoples, self obsessed with our religion, our stomach, our petty loot and plunder of each other, or the graft of the national exchequer – and that pretty much captures most of 170 million of us busily engaged in our slumber – are being Machiavellianly set up for ‘imperial’ slaughter as we chase this and that cleverly planted political red herring.
As we celebrate the auspicious Eid today and practice our own ‘obligatory’ slaughter with glee in complete obliviousness to the grotesque reality on the ‘Grand Chessboard’, a storm gathers upon our shores to do the same to us!
In my considered humble judgment, the Pakistani peoples face the very real danger of ‘shock and awe’ of Depleted Uranium raining down upon ‘its wretched of the earth’ either under the facile pretext of ‘saving’ us from ‘loose nukes’ about to fall into the hands of ‘islamofascists’ that the ‘hectoring hegemons’ * are cultivating themselves; or under the pretext of ‘saving’ us from the very real tyranny of our own ‘Sadaam Hussein’ that they are also aiding and abetting, nay fully goading and encouraging into fighting the equally fabricated “War on Terror” as ‘America’s best friend’. As Henry Kissinger is presumed to have noted in his own two-bit realpolitik contribution for the betterment of humanity, “it is folly to be America’s enemy, it can be fatal to be its friend.”
Furthermore, this impending ‘shock and awe’ fate of ‘America’s best friend’, like her other ‘best friends of the 1980s, will be an intermediate baby-step to the eventual restructuring and repartitioning of Pakistan’s territories to better meet the expediencies of the emerging new realities on the ‘Grand Chessboard‘! 
The construction of the threat:
‘ … a plausible scenario for a military collision with Iran involves Iraqi failure to meet the benchmarks, followed by accusations of Iranian responsibility for the failure, then by some provocation in Iraq or a terrorist act in the US blamed on Iran, culminating in a “defensive” US military action against Iran that plunges a lonely America into a spreading and deepening quagmire eventually ranging across Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan’ (Zbigniew Brzezinski’s testimony before the US Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, Feb. 1, 2007 – http://humanbeingsfirst.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/cacheof-us-sfrc-brzezinskitestimony070201.pdf )
A plausible realization of this outlandish second ‘new pearl harbor’ scenario ‘culminating in a “defensive” US military action against Iran’ is a nuclear ‘terrorist act’ during a simulated response-drill.  It would be blanketly asserted by the Pentagon that it is one of the missing ‘loose nukes’ and has been positively identified by its ‘nuclear signatures’ as being Pakistani, and that it was delivered by ’12 evil jihadis’ who inadvertently left behind in their apartment their Iranian passports, some Quranic verses like 9:29, and copies of Ayatollah Khomeini’s Last Will in which he had called America ‘the Great Satan’. An ultimatum would be given to Pakistan to hand over all its nukes immediately or suffer the ‘saving’ witnessed in Iraq! And just as on 911, our courageous commando(s) will hand over the ‘family jewels’ to once again ‘save’ Pakistan! Once we are de-nuked, American and NATO forces will be patrolling our streets and in the synthetic ‘civil war’ that will follow with more Muslim on Muslim violence, we will be re-partitioned in order to ‘save’ us further from our own barbaric selves! Iran will be obliterated. The ‘deepening quagmire’ in the region will last a ‘lifetime’. (This scribe’s best case scenario for Pakistan in the event of a nuclear ‘terrorist act’ within the United States of America)
I hope to heavens above that I am proved wrong – for there is nothing I’d like better than to consign all the real terrorists in the world spanning the gamut from ‘pirates to emperors’  to their proper levels in hell in any genuine war upon the real terrorists even if it is to last a lifetime – but the price to pay if I am right will be the monumental hell on earth for our own ‘wretched’ nation no differently than it is for Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere, unless national-level rational and realpolitik self-defense is engaged now!
In these times when the world’s greatest minds, its foremost intellectuals, and its leading scholars and political-thinkers are seeding the underpinnings of the vast multi-faceted empire that very much needs this ‘War on Terror’ to accomplish its genocidal wet dreams of ‘full spectrum dominance’  of the planet, it is foolish to close ones’ eyes and ones’ mind to their doctrinal craftsmanship that is directly fueling the global power-plays and which is entirely crafting our own humble destiny while we are deliberately deflected into our own local petty gamesmanship!
These powerful doctrinal obfuscations that seed “imperial mobilization”  disguised as the global “War on Terror”, are not deconstructed in the 15-second sound bites of our facile politicians and ruling elite, and nor in the 15-minute canned scholarship that is our ubiquitous television news talk shows today which have only succeeded in creating a bespectating nation of zombies addicted to ‘reality television’ and entertainment. We have all the choices for our underwear in various levels of enticement of our soul – just like in the United States of America – none for rational analysis that can save our skin.
Few people read in our nation, or read the right levels of the ‘imperial’ doctrines that is seeding the ’empire’ – for such scholarship is usually hard work to digest and takes much time and dedication to comprehend in its proper Machiavellian perspective. This is true even among our ruling elite who do have the time and the resources to read but don’t. And it is especially true for almost 99.9% of our patriotic rulers who appear to be either entirely co-opted with their own Faustian pacts, or incredible mental-midgets when it comes to being made continued patsies – for each of us in this nation, perhaps 99.9% of the 170 million (conservatively speaking), is precisely captured in the opening sentence above.
Thus the entire ruling elite today is singing the ‘War on Terror’ song at the ‘unbirthday party’ in the wonderland of Alice’s imaginary consorts. While the ordinary Pakistani, bearing the full brunt of this daily ‘unbirthday party’ celebrations – the impossible cost of living amidst the ‘8% growth rate economy’ in which he (and she) can barely subsist – is quite uncannily the only one to emotionally understand that the ‘War on Terror’ is only America’s ruling-elite’s war for ’empire’. But his (and her) attachment to the stomach and subsistence living grounds him (and her) into silent subservience ‘waiting for Allah’ for deliverance!
And it is precisely because of our ruling-elite’s eager willingness to engage in the absurdity of singing ‘United We Stand’ with ’empire’ song that we make such an ideal patsy client-state.
Our bleak history is evidentiary and quite pathetic testimony of this fact. A supposed independent nation, constructed in the name of a culture-of-religion – the Muslims – by carving out the sub-continent in our ancestors’ own red blood, perhaps precisely to enact this subservient proxy role of an easily-manipulatable ‘pigeon’ state on the then emerging ‘Grand Chessboard’ of the post World War II epoch!
These are my considered observations after carefully studying the devilishly sophisticated doctrinal craftsmanship for empire and observing its actual dealings “in straight power concepts” on the ‘Grand Chessboard’. As long as “hegemony” remains “as old as mankind”, power will only respect power, and only the fear of effective retaliation can temper its “primacy” upon the weak! We must get over the “sentimentality and day-dreaming … [that even a sole superpower] can afford today the luxury of altruism and world-benefaction … [and the] unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of living standards, and democratization”! 
Therefore, as a humble student of geopolitics of the ‘Grand Chessboard’, the following are the rational steps, in order, that the Pakistani nation must urgently initiate in order to save the country and its peoples from imminent destruction before the despotic ‘hectoring hegemons’ come to really ‘save’ Pakistan just as they did Iraq. They are already deftly planting, spinning, and loudly singing the prelude ‘unbirthday party’ song to ‘shock and awe’ with copious unwitting help from our own ‘native informants’ (see “Response to Zia Mian’s ‘How Not to Handle Nuclear Security’”)!
These reasoned recommendations for self-defense are based entirely upon intellectual and empirical realpolitik evidence gleaned directly from the Imperial-Machiavellian-Straussian doctrinal theses being enacted on the ‘Grand Chessboard’ as observed by ‘Alice’ when she is not caught in the absurdity of the ‘wonderland’, for, in “devising means to fight the [super]terrorist, it would surely be useful to understand the forces that drive them.” 
To accept or reject this heads-up warning is entirely up to the people of Pakistan. And to be proven wrong would naturally preserve my own sanity! In all the more likelihood however, our being wiped off from the face of the planet may indeed be better for the other peoples on the planet to whom we have been sticking it to since our inception – for most assuredly, as history is witness, the Almighty Creator (as per the Islamic teaching) will surely replace an unjust indolent peoples with a better peoples after having given one the ‘choice’ and the unequivocal warning: ‘[He] does not change the condition of a peoples unless they strive to change it themselves first’!
- America’s ‘War on Terror’ is a global fiction. While its victims are certainly very real, its motivation is fabricated. Iran and Pakistan will share the same fate (almost concurrently) unless Pakistan wisely disengages from this fiction immediately and overcomes the imperial ‘divide and conquer’ stratagems.
If Pakistan does succeed in extricating itself in a timely manner and as outlined below, it can potentially end all of “imperial mobilization” on the ‘Grand Chessboard’ and usher in world peace through a forced early détente saving millions of ‘life-units’ through posterity, including the American public’s lives!
In order to extricate herself safely however, Pakistan must execute on all the subsequent steps or she will suffer an unparalleled decimation regardless.
- The present ‘elections’ in Pakistan are a manifest fraud under the orchestration of the ‘hectoring hegemons’ themselves, and must be abandoned in the greater national interest of the peoples of Pakistan themselves.
This mantra of elections is replete with red herrings craftily synthesized to maintain Pakistan as a servile client-state in order to carry on with the same bold ‘imperial designs’ on the ‘Grand Chessboard’. It is merely the rebottling of the same old wine in a different bottle. It will surely be legitimately conducted, with no apparent riggings, and duly approved by all the impartial international observers to give the artful elections an official international legitimacy.
It is quite immaterial who wins in these elections. The laws and the judiciary of the nation have already been reconstituted under the umbrella of ’emergency’ to enable the nation to carry on unfettered in its primary objective of fighting the ‘War on Terror’ as an obedient patsy client-state – and hence to carry on in its own devilishly crafted suicide!
These elections will conveniently ‘elect’ a legislature whose leaders have also been deftly primed by the ‘hectoring hegemons’ themselves! And the highest executive office in the land is already retained in the hands of the same old ‘wine’ drinker.
Thus all the ‘ducks’ are still lined up perfectly in a row, just as they were on the very eve of 911.
- The people of Pakistan must fully reconcile with the Military of Pakistan immediately – the reconciliation being of the type that was witnessed by the surprised world between the oppressors and the oppressed in South Africa.
Not the type that is being pushed through the NRO to legitimize looters, plunderers, and rapists of the nation in order to staff the legislature with the made by ‘CFR in the USA’ and made by ‘RIIA in the UK’ Pakistani politicians with at best criminal credentials, and at worst, treasonous ones!
The military of Pakistan, as an institution, is indeed also the only hope of Pakistan as we must survive on the ‘Grand Chessboard’ and only they hold the cards. What is about to befall the nation can also only be averted by them. The civilians and the Military must unite – immediately – for overarching national considerations that far transcend individual grievances, ego trips, and past transgressions.
Thus the civilians must abandon all meaningless and mindless protests which are in any case devoid of any fundamental comprehension of the reality du jour on the ‘Grand Chessboard’ – none of them seek fundamental changes to our fate, nor do they appear to fathom what such changes are even supposed to be – and are merely only chasing red herrings that have been deftly crafted as perhaps per the Machiavellian ‘technique of infamy’.  Please see their systematic deconstruction in “Disassembling the Pakistani red herrings”.
These protests are needlessly continually giving the Western public the impression of ‘instability’ which only adds to the credibility of the various pretextual mantras to come ‘deliver’ us from ourselves! There is much more at stake than to usher in a thin veneer of faux ‘democracy’ which is all that these protests are unwittingly accomplishing as can be empirically witnessed by anyone with half a brain.
- Instead of the faux ‘democracy’, the Pakistani Military rulers on their part must now rise to the challenge of genuine patriotism and as genuine guardians of the nation and help carve a genuine Democracy, with the capital D and without the quotes, as briefly outlined in “Re-Imagining Pakistan’s Defenses – Open Letter to a Pakistani General”, and as explored in “Saving Pakistan from Synthetic ‘Terror Central’ ”.
Briefly, that entails crafting a genuine Constitution under a bilateral ‘social contract’ between the people and the state, that is subsequently ratified by the people of Pakistan through a direct referendum vote. This can be accomplished within a few short months if there is the national and military will that understands the urgency of the matter and executes on it by gathering the right peoples to craft it!
- Under the new Constitutional mandate so approved, put the continued participation in the ‘War on Terror’ to public referendum. The national mandate so derived will have international legitimacy that is unparalleled, and will effectively be internationally un-challengeable. This will enable us to safely disengage from the ‘War on Terror’ and safely save ourselves. This is precisely why genuine Democracy is the worst nemesis of the ‘hectoring hegemons’, and dictatorships and absolutist ‘unity of command’ their best friend.
This means that there will surely be much opposition to its realization by the ‘hectoring hegemons’ and their pathetic mercenary minions, ‘circus clowns’, and ‘native informants’ under various guises. How to counter that preemptively is also outlined in “Saving Pakistan”. The re-genesis of a nation is not an easy task and cannot be underestimated for the number of enemies and new challenges it will seed to obstruct its full realization. These must be anticipated and neutralized!
- Under the same Constitutional mandate now built into the system to create a more ‘heavy weight pawn’ on the Grand Chessboard that moves quite autonomously in its own best interests by its very design, initiate ‘Full Spectrum Alliances’ with the neighbors.
A Sub-Continental Union (SU), seeding the nexus of a greater Asian Union (AU), furthering into a “full spectrum alliance” of the entire Global South, and mutual self-defense and trade treaties extending first and foremost to the immediate neighbors that have been already signaled out for ‘shock and awe’ visitation, makes all the minnows now impervious to all threats of ‘sanctions’, and all the subsequent saber-rattling threats of ‘shock and awe’ effectively toothless, as our retaliation on the ‘Grand Chessboard’ will no longer be towards what used to be our favorite traditional punching-bag nemesis India, but a full spectrum ‘Samson Option’ which would also have been fully ratified by a national public mandate in full spectrum self-defense!
If Israel can have a ‘Samson option’, and the United States and Russia can each have theirs to assure mutual destruction to any adventurers and facile doctrines of ‘preemption’ applied to them, so can Pakistan! It is the only way! Either the entire world must be free of nuclear biological and other WMDs, or every peoples must have credible deterrence against them through realpolitik ‘full spectrum alliances’ when predators seek “primacy and its geostrategic imperatives” and “full spectrum dominance” on the ‘Grand Chessboard’!
- Such a national public mandate under a publicly ratified Constitution gives international legitimacy to such a self-defense in no less measure than that enjoyed by Israel, the United States, and Russia, and such coming together in ‘full spectrum deterrent’ self-defense by the minnows leads to immediate détente on the Grand Chessboard. This can be witnessed in its graphic real-life imagery in this amazing 8 minute Youtube video “Battle at Kruger” that will surely inspire any human soul with even an ounce of self-respect still left them by their Faustian pacts (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU8DDYz68kM).
In the construction of such a détente with our astute political ascendance and realpolitik courage to ‘throw the tea overboard’ backed up by the credible threat of ‘MAD’ness instead of the continued subservient ‘may I have some more please sir’, we have saved an entire humanity from annihilation without firing an actual shot, and without killing a single human being. Checkmate by the minnows, oh Brzezinski!
May the force of genuine self-determination and the blood of free-men and free-women finally run through our clogged and petrified veins in our revived instincts for survival to finally show the ‘hectoring hegemons’ that minnows too can effectively play the realpolitik game of ‘full spectrum deterrence’ for survival on the ‘Grand Chessboard’!
This real threat to the derailing of “imperial mobilization” through such independence of action by some genuine ‘Patrick Henrys’ serendipitously coming to power in Pakistan is precisely why nuclear armed Pakistan is slated for destruction, as no Muslim nation can be allowed to posses the real effective deterrence of real nuclear weapons! The crafty pretext to wrestle this deterrence away is being devilishly orchestrated while our astute Foreign Office and our brilliant leaders and diplomats mindlessly issue ineffective denials that our ‘nuclear assets are secure’ without comprehending in the least “the forces that drive them”.
The grotesque tragedy for Pakistan is that even her voluntarily giving up her nuclear arsenal in preemptive self-defense, like South Africa, and presumably now also North Korea, still would not save this ‘wretched’ nation today as her usefulness as a light-weight patsy-pawn in her present geographical configuration has already been outlived on the ‘Grand Chessboard’. Which is why her re-partitioning, after her nukes are de-nuked, is the forced end-game for this pawn!
So please wake the hell up now!
* Footnotes follow the Addendums. There are many additional references as embedded links in the original source which are not reproduced here.
Addendum1: Friday, February 08, 2008
The ‘Hectoring Hegemons’ insist on bringing to fruition the ‘outlandishly plausible’ pretext of how America will invade both Iran and Pakistan in ‘self-defense’. In a report in Pakistan’s largest English language daily, Dawn, on February 07, 2008, the following precious gem was noted: ‘Defence officials told Congress on Wednesday that Al Qaeda is operating from havens in “under-governed regions” of Pakistan, which they said pose direct threats to Europe, the United States and the Pakistan government itself.’ The report presciently continued, almost as if in sympathetic baby-step realization of the outlandish ‘self-defense’ scenario already laid out in this scribe’s wakeup call: ‘Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, predicted in written testimony that the next attack on the United States probably would be launched by terrorists in that region.’ Since the writing of this wakeup call, Benazir Bhutto was assassinated only a week later to further the ‘strategy of tension‘ in Pakistan, while simultaneously lending more substance to the boogieman of ‘al-qaeeda’ who was immediately blamed (the very next day) for the former Pakistani Prime Minister’s grotesque assassination. The Scotland Yard, who was asked to investigate the assassination, before they had even fully embarked on their forensic journey had already noted “Scotland Yard believes Al-Qaeda assassinated Benazir Bhutto”. And today, the NY Times reported that the Scotland Yard has offered the JFK vintage ‘lone gunman’ theory, pinning the blame on the ubiquitous cavemen of ‘al-qaeeda’ sitting with their laptops and Klashnikovs in the Hindu Kush monitoring, controlling, and threatening the world’s foremost armed to the teeth superpower and its allies. In support of the Scotland Yard’s conclusions, Pakistan immediately arrested “Two very important terrorists” as noted by the Dawn. The Daily Times too echoed: ‘ “It is a major breakthrough. These two men were involved in the assassination and they are from a militant group which is relatively new,” the official said. “Their tentacles are from the tribal region and Baitullah Mehsud” ‘. The International Herald Tribune however, perhaps more interested in journalism than in supporting “imperial mobilization”, candidly observed: “The [Scotland Yard] findings support the Pakistani government’s explanation of Bhutto’s assassination in December, an account that had been greeted with disbelief by Bhutto’s supporters, other Pakistanis and medical experts.” The following was added by IHT for additional forensic clarity into the matter: “It is unclear how the Scotland Yard investigators reached such conclusive findings absent autopsy results or other potentially important evidence that was washed away by cleanup crews in the immediate aftermath of the blast,” Next stop, a ‘terrorist’ act as narrated by Zbigniew Brzezinski a year ago (February 01, 2007, quoted in the essay below) before the US. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Adm. Mullen before the US. Congress a year later (February 06, 2008, cited above). And rather unsurprisingly, the world’s foremost investigative bodies will entirely reach the conclusion-space already outlined in this wakeup call no differently from the Scotland Yard today. See Perpetuating the fiction of Who Killed Benazir Bhutto.
Addendum 2: Thursday, April 10, 2008
It is beyond any reasonable comprehension how blatantly obvious the grotesquely unfolding reality in Pakistan is, and yet the Pakistani rulers and the majority of Pakistani ruling elite and its newsmedia still manifestly react as if they are all sitting at the ‘unbirthday’ tea-party with the ‘Mad Hatter’ boisterously singing the imperial ‘war on terror’ song as they deliberately suicide the nation into oblivion. There isn’t much time. This ominous report of April 08, 2008, “2 die in Pakistan nuclear plant accident” will shortly be blamed upon the ubiquitous ‘al qaeeda’ as having attempted, and perhaps even succeeded in, getting their hands on the Pakistani ‘loose nukes’. Unlike the Benazir Bhutto assassination that the Government of Pakistan had immediately blamed upon the ‘al qaeeda’, this time around, it will surely deny it. If this diabolical spin ever materializes in the Western press, be forewarned that the crossing of the nuclear Rubicon which already appears imminent, is about to happen! And just as abhorrently, that the new ‘911’, which according to President George Bush, “will make Sept. 11 pale by comparison”, is also imminent. But multiple diabolical catalyst ‘provocations‘ justifying full spectrum “’defensive’ US military action against Iran” aren’t precluded in this calculus. See The attack of ‘Al-Qaeeda’ and Pakistani ‘loose nukes’.
Addendum 3: Sunday April 27, 2008
The Washington Post today carries the oped Try ‘Pakistan first’ which boldly asserts: “Pakistan, with its two dozen nuclear weapons, popular and official support for Kashmiri and Taliban terrorism, and political instability, is ultimately a greater threat to world peace than Afghanistan and Iraq combined. That is the unavoidable reality that campaign promises should not obscure.” See how Bin Laden will be hijacking these nukes shortly in ‘Bin Laden’: Key enabler of “imperial mobilization” (and the first nuclear attack since 1945, on Iran–Pakistan).
Addendum 4: Thursday June 12, 2008
DAWN today reported the following re-confirmation of the dire threat that Project Humanbeingsfirst has been harping about for over a year ever since the Lal Masjid massacre, but to no avail: ‘[On] Wednesday, a media report quoted Pakistan’s envoy to Washington as saying that US leaders had warned Islamabad that if the United States suffered an attack that was traced back to Pakistan Washington would retaliate. “Those (statements) have been made,” Ambassador Hussain Haqqani told editors and reporters at The Washington Post. “We want to make sure that it doesn’t come to that.” ‘ As the Pakistani press is abuzz with the US military attack on Pakistan’s forces that saw at least 11 Pakistani soldiers dead with only lip service protests emanating from the co-opted Pakistani corridors of pelf and power, the new neo-con Ambassador of Pakistan to Washington further reiterated the following to officially re-cement and renew the fiction of ‘Bin Laden’ for what is criminally about to befall both Pakistan and Iran as foretold in this Wakeup Call – and in which, Pakistani Government and Pakistani military are either equally deliberately complicit, or entirely unable to comprehend the gravity of the matter as they both still continue to toot ‘Bin Laden’ and the ‘War on Terror’ fabrication: ‘Pakistan would attack Osama bin Laden the moment it had reliable intelligence on the Al Qaeda leader’s whereabouts, Ambassador Husain Haqqani said on Wednesday. Haqqani also said he was confident Pakistan could help foil any Al Qaeda plans to attack the United States, although he did not know of any right now. “I think we can thwart any potential plans for an attack,” Haqqani said in an interview with Reuters.’ (DAWN) If the Government of Pakistan is genuinely interested in thwarting “any potential plans for an attack” – please read and comprehend the import of this humble Wakeup Call! Or at least watch the far more entertaining Star Wars movie “Revenge of the Sith” – a bizarre convolution of art imitating life, and life imitating art – to apprehend the grotesque reality on the ‘Grand Chessboard’ that is behind the murderous ‘War on Terror’ which Pakistan’s erstwhile Ambassador, Husain Haqqani, in collusion with his neo-con sponsors, is either deliberately or inadvertently pushing upon this (soon to be) sixth-world nation! From Gen. Musharraf “In the Line of Fire”, to the late Benazir’s “very petri dish of international terrorism”, to the erstwhile godfather’s ‘The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), if it comes into power, must persuade the people that the fight against militants is “our war”, not just America’s war,’ – is one continuous narration of patsies, mercenaries, traitors, or naïve simpletons! Take your pick – in all cases, all unfit to govern a self-respecting independent sovereign nation in a modernity that is ruled entirely with master political science rather than personal “khilafat”. But all perfectly fit as controlled managers of puppetstates dancing to the strings of the puppetmasters! In this humble puppetstate of ours, there are 200 million additional peoples still (barely) living besides these “naive simpletons” who are presumably born to lord upon the plebeian natives! Please put it to the referendum as outlined in this Wakeup Call, and urgently disengage from the fiction of “war on terror” by vociferously declaring a demonstrable “Samson Option” directly targeted at Israel and Western Europe! It is the only way to still save the peoples of this region from the devastation of a ‘“Defensive” US military action’ – which will be nuclear! See Press Release of June 12, 2008.
- The term ‘Hectoring Hegemons’ is used by the neo-cons themselves to describe their own monumentally criminal bullying of the world which is the ongoing crimes against humanity disguised as the ‘War on Terror’. It occurs in the author’s field of the PDF file of their famous document ‘Rebuilding America’s Defenses’ published by the neo-con’s ‘Project for the New American Century’, and among its listed contributors are Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, et. al. See the snapshot of this term at http://humanbeingsfirst.files.wordpress.com/2007/12/hectoring-hegemons-pdf.jpg, and see its full dismantling in the essay “Dialog Among Civilizations – Whytalksfail? Part-1” at http://humanbeingsfirst.org.
This PNAC document at one time was available from the PNAC’s own website at http://www.newamericancentury.org/RebuildingAmericasDefenses.pdf, and has also been archived worldwide, including by Project Humanbeingsfirst as part of its own ‘Exhibit A’ (http://PrisonersoftheCave.org) – awaiting a ‘just judge’ like Robert H. Jackson (http://www.courttv.com/archive/casefiles/nuremberg/close.html) to finally administer a ‘victor’s justice’ someday!
- ‘The Grand Chessboard – American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives’ is the title of the 1997 book by Zbigniew Brzezinski – President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Advisor. He is the realpolitik strategist who delighted in “giving to the USSR its Vietnam War” at the expense of some deftly cultivated “Stirred up Moslems” by exploiting the various Muslim societies’ own genuine disaffections, and who are today being re-used turned ‘inside-out’ remarkably effectively – quite unlike an ordinary ‘used-condom’ which only shows the immense realpolitik power of well executed ‘doctrinal warfare’ never to be underestimated in favor of C4I, tanks and airplanes, but to be equally mastered and countered – and variously labeled as ‘islamofascists’, ‘islamists’, ‘militant islam’, ‘islamism’ et. al., in order to now fight the new ‘lifetime’ of ‘World War IV’ for ‘full spectrum dominance’.
Brzezinski is still among the contemporary key architects of the ‘Grand Chessboard’ and his stark warning of a second ‘911’ type terrorist attack in America to be deliberately blamed on Iran (and perhaps also on Pakistan as where the already signatured ‘loose nuke’ came from; this new ‘terrorist’ attack will invariably be nuclear to scare the war-averse and reluctant American public into waging a nuclear war on Iran and Pakistan) cannot be taken lightly. His warning is an absolute wakeup call to both Pakistan and Iran to stop their ‘pussy-footing’ and get real in building ‘full spectrum alliances’ in mutual self-defense. Why Brzezinski would issue such a warning and let the cat out of the bag is beyond the scope of this letter. But there is much empirical evidence substantiating its validity.
- America is already rehearsing the response-drill to a 1-kiloton ‘terrorist’ nuclear attack exploded at 100 meters in a cosmopolitan American city – see http://www.twq.com/07autumn/docs/07autumn_cmp.pdf and http://iis-db.stanford.edu/pubs/21872/DayAfterWorkshopReport.pdf for ‘terrorist’ nuclear attack-drills and the ‘The Day After’ preparations already under way (imagine, all through the Cold War when the world sat at the brink of a real ‘Dr. Strangelove’ style Armageddon, and through the ‘Bay of Pigs’ crises when the world actually came close to a nuclear exchange, there were also such drills to this level of precision, mobilization, and practice evacuation as there are today which implies that a real ‘attack’ is anticipated as yet another mobilizing ‘new pearl harbor’ pretext far more devastating than 911 to warrant nuclear strikes in retaliation).
A mock drill with the outlined scenario was rehearsed at the Washington-Oregon border recently. To understand the deeper Machiavellian significance of terrorist ‘attack-response’ mock drills, please see “7/7 Mock Terror Drill” at http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=20050808&articleId=821. It was surely a mere coincidence that just as the superpower was into at least 15 simultaneously simulated terrorist ‘attack-response’ drills being run by the CIA, the Pentagon, the NSA, et. al., and now amply documented, on the very day of 9/11/2001 and at the very same moment for the exact same scenarios, that cumulatively and serendipitously transpired into the actual real attack the very same moment. Please see the book ‘Synthetic Terror’ by Webster Tarpley 4th edition, and this online Ch-19 of “Crossing the Rubicon” by Michael Rupert at http://www.newsociety.com/titleimages/rub_war.pdf. It was also surely mere happenstance that the UK was into a simulated terrorist ‘attack-response’ drill for the exact same scenario on 7/7/2005 as the actual real terrorist attack that serendipitously also transpired that very same moment.
This is precisely why courageous activists throughout America are now vigilantly looking for such drills and trying to get them canceled by attempting to create a public furor around them lest a simulation is once again ethereally super co-opted by a bearded ‘evil yoda master’ sitting cross-legged in a cave in Afghanistan on a dialysis machine using merely his awesome ‘power of the dark side’ to precipitate a real attack!
- “Pirates to emperors” refers to the seminal distinction made between the lowest and highest tiers of terrorists by the Christian theologian St. Augustine in the 4th Century AD in his “City of God against the Pagans”. He had insightfully noted the following definition for all future generations to benefit from:
“When the King asked him what he meant by infesting the sea, the pirate defiantly replied: ‘the same as you do when you infest the whole world; but because I do it with a little ship I am called a robber, and because you do it with a great fleet, you are an emperor.’ ”
- “Full Spectrum Dominance” is the title of Chapter 3 of the US Department of Defense Strategy Document “Joint Vision 2020”. It was Published by US Government Printing Office, Washington DC, June 2000, and for a time was available publicly from the website http:www.dtic.mil/jv2020. It no longer appears to be available from that site, but its summaries can be found by searching the internet with that keyword. An extended quote from its chapter 3 can also be found in Chapter-1 of my 2003 book at PrisonersoftheCave.org
- “Democracy is inimical to imperial mobilization” as astutely noted by Zbigniew Brzezinski in the ‘Grand Chessboard’. It is also the unstated assumption behind Brzezinski’s warning of the ‘terrorist act’ (to the Senate in February 2007 as a prelude to launching an attack on Iran) as it is his profound belief that the modern American ‘populist democracy’ is not naturally inclined to wage wars upon others unlike in previous empires whose subjects were imbued with the spirit of ‘la mission civilisatrice’ – ‘the white man’s burden’ as Rudyard Kipling put it in his 1899 ode to American Imperialism in the Philippine Islands – except in self-defense. See the detailed deconstruction of just this one pithy sentence that gathers within its political wisdom, all of Machiavelli and Leo Strauss, in my 2003 book “Prisoners of the Cave”. It is also more succinctly explained for the benefit of Pakistan’s ruling elite, in my exposition “Re-Imagining Pakistan’s Defenses – Open Letter to a Pakistani General” at Humanbeingsfirst.org
- This was the sentiment expressed by George Kennan in 1948 that set the ‘Truman Doctrine’ and all subsequent practice of “straight power concepts” on the continually evolving ‘Grand Chessboard’. See his Policy Planning Study Memo PPS 23, the full quote in context is reproduced below. It is still the standard imperial operating principle governing the ’empire’ through its present ‘Bush Doctrine’ of ‘primacy’ and ‘preemption’. Nothing changed for the United States in its Foreign Policy over the past 60 years except the various shades of “straight power concepts” to match the evolving realities on the ‘Grand Chessboard’ – a blatant fact that the Pakistani rulers seem to want to suicidally ignore:
“We have about 50% of the world’s wealth, but only 6.3% of its population …. In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity without positive detriment to our national security. To do so, we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and day-dreaming, and our attention will have to be concentrated everywhere on our immediate national objectives. We need not deceive ourselves that we can afford today the luxury of altruism and world-benefaction …. We should cease to talk about vague and – for the Far East – unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of living standards, and democratization. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts. The less we are then hampered by idealistic slogans, the better.”
- Bernard Lewis in “Crisis of Islam Holy War and Unholy Terror” – as he very eruditely set out to uncover the ‘motivations’ of the well formulated abstractions of ‘al-qaeeda’, ‘OBL’, et. al., in justification of the ‘Clash of Civilizations’ idea that he himself had seeded in CFR’s ‘Foreign Affairs’ in 1990 as the irrational and unfathomable “roots of Muslim rage” that needed to be understood. To support his formulation, he had noted that “It should now be clear that we are facing a mood and a movement far transcending the level of issues and policies and the governments that pursue them. This is no less than a clash of civilizations – that perhaps irrational but surely historic reaction of an ancient rival against our Judeo-Christian heritage, our secular present, and the worldwide expansion of both”. And to further the cause of President George Bush’s own subsequent impending holy ‘War on Terror’ upon the ‘wretched’ Muslims after 911, he so ‘clairvoyantly’ had already predicted in that book in his concluding sentence on page 164: “If the fundamentalists are correct in their calculations and succeed in their war, then a dark future awaits the world, especially the part of it that embraces Islam”.
And of course, according to the blanket (unproved) assertions by the White House and the Pentagon, and subsequently repeated ad nauseum by Bernard Lewis and the likes of ‘Committee on the Present Danger’: “The 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon represented a carefully orchestrated effort of al Qaeda to force America’s retreat from Muslim lands”, all of which came together quite splendidly to give much currency to the ‘unbirthday party’ of the neo-cons’ “War on Terror”! So the “roots of Muslim rage”, according to Bernard Lewis, led to the “clash of civilizations” on 911. No mention of course of any premeditated “imperial mobilization” at the ‘unbirthday party’ table. From at least 1990 to 2001, eleven years in the making, and still on going today in 2007.
Is there one equal to the likes of Messrs. Bernard Lewis, or equal to any of the organizations like CPD (their once visible and amazing membership list that read like a who’s who was available at: http://www.fightingterror.org//members/index.cfm but seems to have now disappeared), or AEI (from where Bush acknowledged borrowing twenty of its best minds to run his administration), anywhere in the Muslim world that can intellectually compete with this level of doctrinal craftsmanship and Machiavellian political thinking? See Chapter 9 of my 2003 book “Prisoners of the Cave” for further deconstruction of their doctrinal craft.
What is the point of having nuclear weapons and being armed-to-the-teeth, if mere doctrinal warfare is sufficient to ‘disarm’ fools and patsies of their own rational self-defense and their own independence of action? Most reasonable people in any nation would rather have clean drinking water in their taps and quality K-16 education for their children along with a roof over their head instead, if this is to be the ultimate reality of their infernal military spendings first bought at the expense of their considerable collective misery, and then subsequently disarmed them of it with even more misery! When the annals of history are eventually populated with the tales of the twenty-first century, school children will wonder what had happened to the brains of these foolish nations that they committed such suicide by choice!
- ‘The Technique of Infamy’ is attributed to the famous American intellectual Ezra Pound who made his bet with Mussolini. It is the most sophisticated dialectics of mass deception that any diabolical mind can conceive and Ezra Pound explained it. In its simplest rendition: “invent two lies [mainly opposing ones], and keep the people busily engaged in which of them might be true”. In its more sophisticated variation, invent multiple lies that sound plausible, or even incredible, to keep people busily engaged either dispelling them or arguing which of them might be true, while the fait accompli proceeds in the background. Ex post facto, it matters not what was lie and what was truth as the “victor will not be asked afterward whether he told the truth or not” (Hitler)! As Daniel Ellsberg of the ‘Pentagon Papers’ fame told me when I went to see him to give him a copy of my 2003 book to review, that when he was at the Rand Corporation, they diligently and intimately studied the tactics of the Nazis, not to mention all the wars and war-doctrines all the way back to Sun Tzu’s famous ‘The Art of War’, in order to learn the real practice of the art of warfare from them! Ellsberg autobiographical book ‘Secrets’ lays out exactly how falsehoods and deceptions were deliberately crafted to keep the American public engaged in the Vietnam War – in the same way as some future insider gadfly will surely disclose how the ‘new pearl harbor’ of 911 was the new ‘gulf of Tonkin’, and how such and such Machiavellian ‘bull-shit’ was continually crafted with the ‘technique of infamy’ to keep the American public once again engaged in the ‘War on Terror’ for a ‘lifetime’! See this Ellsberg analysis “A coup has occurred” at http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=7375.
This time, and after displaying its awesome might in Afghanistan and Iraq, it’s target Pakistan and Iran! If this attack succeeds, all dominoes in the ‘arc of crises’ will subsequently fall from sheer force of intimidation of a real nuclear strike by the ’empire gone wild’ with no more Rubicons remaining to be crossed! If this impending attack is successfully foiled as outlined here, the dominoes of “imperial mobilization” will fall instead, saving countless, perhaps thousands of American lives, and millions of those of the ‘lesser’ humanity. With a détente on the ‘Grand Chessboard’, there would surely be no further catastrophic ‘terrorist’ attack inside America that could be taken as another “new Pearl Harbor” – for there’d be no point to it! “Imperial mobilization” would already be halted into a stalemate with only minor perturbations here and there. But if the ‘have-nots’ remained stupidly gullible to newer ‘techniques of infamy’ that will surely be continually practiced upon them by the ‘haves’ and the powerful, more covert-ops and proxy wars!
Letter to Editor DAWN: The Grand Chessboard
Published December 03, 2007
The grand chessboard
APROPOS of your incredibly courageous reporting of Dr Mubashar Hasan’s views in your article, ‘US preparing to invade Pakistan’ (Nov 22), I have to sadly say, ‘Precisely!’
This seems to be the first time that someone from within Pakistan has seen glimpses of the neo-con plan on the ‘grand chessboard’ for Pakistan — at least publicly — one that was already publicly made known in 1996 by Zbigniew Brzezinski, the principal architect of ‘CIA intervention in Afghanistan’ in 1979 and the subsequent Soviet invasion, both entirely deliberately and causally crafted, by Brzezinski’s own admission two decades later in 1999, by the Jimmy Carter administration of which he was the erstwhile National Security Adviser.
As of late, I have seen at least six redrawn maps of Pakistan. The ‘arc of crises’, defined, since the Berlin Wall fell, to redraw these borders in precisely the same interests as Mubashar Hasan notes as reported in your article: “… It wanted an elected government of millionaires under civil and military establishment to serve its interests and those of millionaires in Pakistan…”, except it is not only true for Pakistan but in the entire ‘arc of crises’.
All of it is together serving the ruling interests of a handful of very elite billionaire ruling class worldwide in the natural culmination of this pyramid path into a one world government by the world’s ruling elite on the top. We already see the world’s financial control in their hands — and these already transcend national boundaries — money can already come and go across geographies in the fleeting of a butterfly’s wings, and most of the developmental economics and national policies of nations in the entire global South are already entirely beholden to western arm-twisting institutions like the WB and the IMF and their sister organisations.
We are merely seeing the baby-steps being played out today as well as in the near foreseeable future, and Pakistan is the heart of the matter in all these baby-steps — the only nuclear armed state that can change the tables overnight on the grand chessboard were it to acquire a truly independent government working in the interests of its own people. This will never be allowed to happen willingly in any nation, least of all in Pakistan, as should be obvious to anyone with half a brain.
If there was a statesman like Zulfikar Ali Bhutto alive today and in any position of national leadership, we may have seen interesting alliances and mutual defence pact treaties with our neighbours coming into existence. ZAB was, after all, whatever one might think of him — as a tyrant or saviour — the first person since the invention of modern nation-states to bring together all the Islamic countries in Lahore in an amazing summit in 1974 which is what actually sealed his fate.
The pursuit of the ‘Islamic bomb’ was merely the icing on the cake as promised by Henry Kissinger — ZAB would have been removed as all globally nationalist leaders who have thought of ‘independence from hegemony’ have always been removed, lest the trend becomes contagious and a global example for emulation by the have-nots!
So felicitations to Dr Mubashar Hasan on his courage to speak loudly what should be entirely obvious to all unco-opted peoples on this planet. The real issue is — and we already know the ailment whether or not some have the courage to express it — what is the remedy and who will beard the hungry lion, the self-described ‘hectoring hegemons’ on the ‘grand chessboard’?
Re-Imagining Pakistan’s Defenses – Open Letter to a Pakistani General
November 30, 2007*
*Made public on December 14, 2007.
November 30, 2007.
Dear General sahib,
It was nice to meet you*. Thank you for your kind visit to my home and the opportunity to meet such a distinguished commanding officer from the world’s 5th largest standing military. And congratulations on the change of guard – always an auspicious occasion! This detailed letter is in four logically inter-related parts that build upon each other culminating in re-imagining Pakistan’s defenses. A companion paper: Saving Pakistan from Synthetic ‘Terror Central’ outlines the realpolitiks on how to astutely seed its implementation without suiciding the nation.
You asked me to help you rebuild our antiquated military by infusing into its upper echelons a new mindset, of fighting modern warfare using the real-time information-age so we could fight and win modern wars – or else we would be left behind in the modernity of information-age just as we were left behind when Napoleon arrived in Egypt and surprised the antiquated Muslims with the then modern warfare systems borne of West’s mighty industrial age!
I asked you who were our adversaries, and what was our overarching political agenda in the World that we wanted to fight and defeat and win – for the sole superpower whom you wanted to emulate has a clear agenda for which it spends a trillion dollars every couple of years in its vast ‘military-industrial-academe’ complex: they want to conquer the planet and its outer and inner reaches with the sledgehammer force of “full spectrum dominance” to retain their waning global “preeminence”. Whom do we want to conquer? Why do we need to fight wars, and whose wars? So far, our military has only conquered our own peoples, and repeatedly so, as the wretched history of our state bears ample witness. You candidly mentioned to me that you could not really answer that question beyond the usual fluff.
As long as the logic of war and peace sensibly derives its rationale from political goals, this is the quintessential overarching doctrinal question that underlies the logic of all military spendings and military ‘transformations’. And yet, you could only, and rather sheepishly, suggest India, for which we must deprive our citizenry clean drinking water in their taps and quality K-16 education for all our children while we prepare for a mindless warfare devoid of any reasoned substantive political logic or public-mandate, and periodically seed our now infamous covert military-infiltration to pathetically wage undeclared wars of aggression ‘by way of deception’ without any concomitant political will and support of the peoples who must now pay for it, and against all norms of open ‘Declaration of War’, which then quite unsurprisingly blows up in our face into full scale military confrontations with our neighbor with whom we share a common and continuous 5000 year bond of shared-history, shared-culture, shared-gene pool, and from where there is no real existential threat emanating to our nation except in the unconstrained imagination of our untempered Brig-Gen brethren(?); never mind that we must also clamp down on our unarmed civilians’ peaceful protests with the sledgehammer brutality of the worst barbaric police-state, and mercilessly kill our own deliberately cultivated patsies for their ‘synthetic terror’ and inculcated-bravado with our most horrible weapon systems as the entire world shockingly witnessed at the ‘lal masjid’ in the heart of our very own Capital?
As history is witness and bears continual rehearsing due to our very short-term memories, from the covert-operation Gibraltar that led to the 1965 war with India and thousands dead on both sides, to the covert-operation Kargil that almost led to a damn nuclear exchange with India putting millions of innocent people of the sub-continent in the path of Armageddon, and the loss of half of Pakistan in between, are entirely the shameful story of our own military’s aggression against our larger neighbor, as well as against our own peoples 1100 miles to the East who were subjected to an unparalleled inhumanity which has not yet seen any accountability nor abject apology whatsoever from our military (or from our nation for that matter – Eqbal Ahmad’s ‘Letter to a Pakistani Diplomat‘ is always a good read to periodically refresh our national memory on how little things have really changed for us).
Without any public mandate to wage wars, let alone covert ones against our own neighbor, why should the nation pay for the wet dreams and self-perceived brilliance of the handful of military tacticians? This is a monumental crime against humanity to not only surreptitiously put one’s own public at imminent risk of nuclear conflagration without their consent, knowledge, and a national doctrine that has the public-mandate, but also put at risk the public of the entire region quite unbeknownst to them, and all for what? Uncontrolled self-delusions of grandeur and school-boyish bravado dreaming of their first conquest? But we haven’t stopped there!
We have also continually fought the imperialists’ covert and proxy wars for ‘peanuts’ by supporting the ‘CIA Intervention in Afghanistan’ for “giving to the USSR its Vietnam war”, and as we are so doing yet once again by not only providing the sole logistics lifeline to imperialist troops in the same wretched country to brow-beat a proud and ancient peoples into submission after we originally assisted in gratuitously destroying their entire civilization and culture and cultivating what has germinated into the useful ‘harvest’ of ‘synthetic terror’ today, but also supporting yet another CIA covert-ops destabilization-intervention in Iran from our territories.
And this time, in the new imperialists’ euphemistically labeled war, the “War on Terror”, we are now killing our own citizenry with our full military might in such an unremarkable and brutish manner that it is only guaranteed to create further ill-will and resentment among the already disgruntled and disenfranchised ordinary peoples, thus more resistance, more radicalism, more innocent dead, more fertile ground for cultivating suicide bombers, more complaints of “islamofacism” to scare the Western public with, so that in the end, in the mother of all battles between “good” and “evil” in which “either you are with us or with the terrorists”, there will be a continuous fresh supply of recruits to wage the requisite “endless wars” against in order to prolong the conflagration for a full “lifetime of wars” lasting a “generation” – the “World War IV” – in the profound imperialist hope that the resulting eventual maelstroms of radicalism seeded in ‘jihad’ will engulf the entire ‘arc of crises’ enabling its radical retransformation once again to suit the new imperial interests of the new “hectoring hegemons”.
If one wasn’t living in Alice’s dream world where the most absurd becomes a life-like reality and the ‘unbirthday party’ a cause celebre, one would bluntly suggest that this looks very much like a devilishly premeditated synthesis of terror – ‘synthetic terror’ – in order to create an enemy to fight against “for at least a generation and preferably longer”, because in the absence “of a sudden threat or challenge to the public’s sense of domestic well-being”, and “except in the circumstance of a truly massive and widely perceived direct external threat”, the much touted American “democracy is inimical to imperial mobilization.” (Brzezinski)
If one wasn’t a co-opted and deceitful individual being well fed by empire, and thus was not attempting to goad and/or coerce the rest of the planet into the imperial mantra of celebrating the ‘unbirthday party’ and singing in unison “United We Stand”, one would immediately recognize that while the monumental criminal killings and willful decimation of entire societies in the “War on Terror” are grotesquely real, the motivation to do so is entirely fabricated.
It is a manifest fraud perpetuated upon mankind to orchestrate the Machiavellianly-Straussianly crafted “full spectrum dominance” (PNAC) by the brilliant protégés and legatees of Leo Strauss in order to “perpetuate America’s own dominant position for at least a generation and preferably longer” such that “no Eurasian challenger emerges, capable of dominating Eurasia and thus also challenging America” (Brzezinski), which in turn necessitates asserting the “Reaganite policy of military strength and moral clarity” by forcing everyone on the planet to accept “America’s unique role in preserving and extending an international order friendly to our security, our prosperity, and our principles.” (PNAC) What a wonderful natural birth-right to bully and dominate the ‘lesser’ humanity cleverly franchised into the left and right ears of ‘god’s chosen ubermenschen’ “Hectoring Hegemons” – the ZioCons – ‘baboons’ in suits attempting to pass off as hominids!
In the unabsurd reality when ‘Alice’ is wide awake, this “War on Terror” is a monumentally criminal war of supreme “shock and awe” upon largely defenseless nations and their civilian populations, including our own, and thus plainly a war crime against humanity. And Pakistan is willingly and complicitly helping execute it as per the unilateral absolute decision of just one man for the bribe of $10b – as the “coalition of the willing” – who just by sheer ‘happenstance’ happened to be at the helm of affairs as the absolute dictator with the full ‘unity of command’ of the frontline state at his complete disposal, just as the empire was gearing up to once again flex its “Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives” on the “Grand Chessboard”!
What are indeed the odds that every time the ’empire’ makes a move ‘by way of deception’, we only serendipitously have in-place a compliant military dictator in power in Pakistan who is intimately ’embedded’ and strategically aligned with the ’empire’ in all his significant decisions and commitments? Then again, what are the odds that the ’empire’ itself orchestrates such puppets, and that especially in this contemporaneously unfolding, devilishly premeditated, and long in preparation ‘War on Terror’, it deliberately made it look like mere ‘happenstance’ by enacting some delightful ‘katputli tamashas’ as red herrings to make the coup d’état initially palatable to the gullible public? For an ‘imperial’ nation with at least a 100 year long open-history of craftily-successful covert-interventions, a history that is only made ‘open’ after faits accomplis, ex post facto, it does not require much imagination to make a rational bet!
And now, this ‘serendipitously’ acquired monolithic ‘unity of absolute command’ upon our nation, by oppressing and bombing our own civilians in this fabricated and synthetic “War on Terror”, is blithely constructing our own suicide and our own pathetic ‘retransformation’ in partial fulfillment of the hectoring hegemons’ own wet dreams! By fighting the “War on Terror” against our own citizens in the most brutal ways imaginable, the new ‘Terror Central’ is artfully being crafted to eventually lead to the nation’s disintegration. And just the cultivated perceived threat of such chaos transpiring due to the synthesized ‘islamofascists’, is conveniently affording the hectoring hegemons their much desired pretext for scooping in at the opportune moment to salvage our nukes to safety among the ‘ubermensch’ white races, thus finally de-nuking us with this entirely pre-meditated deception game after years of trying unsuccessfully!
All this recent talk of “loose nukes” and “Joint force for nuke safety” and “raising an international force to help the Pakistani armed forces if they are attacked by the extremists”, are precisely the weather balloons built upon the deftly cultivated house of cards of the synthetic ‘islamofascist’ boogie-men to seed these new deceptions into the mainstream public discourse in order to maintain the persistence of a “sudden threat or challenge to the public’s sense of domestic well-being”. That’s how public opinion is slowly crafted over time to manufacture the deplorable public consent for committing heinous crimes against humanity through the active collaboration of the much touted ‘fourth pillar of democracy’.
Another “coalition of the willing” is plainly being seeded – and this time it’s ‘destination Islamabad’ instead of Baghdad, and instead of the well worn fiction of the existence of ‘WMDs’ which won’t fly as Pakistan indeed does possess them, it is the fiction of them getting ‘loose’ despite being defended by the world’s 5th largest standing armed forces who successfully developed the effective deterrence in the face of the entire world’s opposition and punitive sanctions, but now is magically unable to defend them in this fabricated war even as the most valuable non-NATO partner and needs an external “force that should not only include troops from the United States, but ideally also other Western powers and moderate Muslim nations”!
Wow, kill two birds with one stone – and the imperial thinkers are laughing their way to the banks! I couldn’t have possibly conceived of a better Trojan Horse myself than this dictatorial regime if I was an imperial strategist! How dare any Muslim nation have the chutzpah to develop nukes as a viable deterrent against ‘ubermensch’ predators and their god appointed “la mission civilisatrice” – we’ll teach them all a lesson! Well, one can’t make a frontal assault on the ‘children of a lesser god’ already possessing the nukes – but through the back door, with layers of deception and covert-ops devilishly crafted with the active connivance of the handful of planted co-opted leaders and their ten thousand mindless sycophants to induce self-destruction, while at the same time getting all the mileage one can get from disposable patsies on the ‘Grand Chessboard’? That works!
These are the best practices of the ancient ‘Art of War’ – to “wage war by way of deception” – as any worthy imperial strategist, as well as any half decent student of history and contemporary affairs surely knows!
Shame on us that we are opening that back door to our own nation’s destruction with the help of our own ‘illustrious’ military and co-opted conscienceless politicians who turn on a dime! Shame on us that we are deliberately helping in the “Remaking of the New World Order”, which “means in practice one thing: one center of power, one center of force, one center of decision-making, a world of one master, one sovereign” (Putin). Shame on us that our rulers are so co-opted, or so short-sighted, or such mental midgets, that we are engagingly helping construct and manage the pretext of battle against the synthetic ‘islamofascists’ such that now even our own ‘family jewels’ have been put on the line – something the ‘ubermenschen’ West always wanted in order to clinch their complete full spectrum monopoly on effective deterrence, and now we are handing them the pretext on which to realize their dreams of unfettered supremacy upon the Muslim world. Shame on us that we are directly helping “Recruiting Soldiers Against Radical Islam” (Pipes) from among the innocent and the gullible of the world who are now scared to death of both ‘Islam’ and ‘Muslims’ and who now treat Pakistan as the leper-nation of the world, and shame on us that we have thusly become the wretched implementation arm of ‘synthetic terror’ – the ‘Terror Central’ – that enables the West to keep their own “populist democracy” fully primed 24×7 for further “imperial mobilization” in the “War on Terror” as now it is is “Not [even] a Clash of Civilizations, It’s a Clash between the Civilized World and Barbarians” (Pipes)! Holy Mother of Noble Jesus! What devilishly brilliant craftsmanship for empire!
Can anyone deny any of this well documented naked and brutish reality with a straight face? Perhaps only the ignorant, the indoctrinated, and the Machiavellian. Not any genuine well informed patriot and decent human being who stares reality in the face and straightforwardly calls a spade a spade. As I am certain you do which is why I am so emboldened to write you this note because I sense that you are hardly the tyrant who might shoot the messenger!
Well I want to ask you again in this letter – as I am sure you had time to reflect since we met, and also perhaps this new change of guard may have given you fresh impetus to revisit ab initio many a fundamental – whom do we need to conquer as a nation that we should also spend a trillion dollars on our ‘military transformation’? No citizenry of Pakistan as far as I know wants to fight India, except your own Brig-Gen brethren whose self-delusional raison d’être seems to be to have India as the prime antagonist in order to exist!
That’s hardly the purpose of a modern professional military which must exist to defend its peoples against both overt and covert real external threats, not imagined ones, even from supposed friends and allies, while firmly under the control of a civilian political leadership that has the public mandate – for in the modernity du jour, as in all previous times, war fighting and war preparation logic have only had, and will always have, political purposes, political rationale, and also political co-optation. The professional military today, as opposed to the “praetorian guards”, in all developed nations, as I am sure you well know, is mainly an instrument either of hegemony and power projection, or of self-defense. It is entirely a fear inducing instrument for achieving political ends from which it derives its entire rationale for existence. Why is it different in Pakistan – where the military for more than half of the nation’s wretched existence has also determined its national and international politics, its national and foreign policies, and now even its economics with its burgeoning share of “Military Inc.” and its forced fire-sale of our ‘public commons’ held in national trust to foreign multi-national corporations? Politics the military mind least understands, nor is it trained to understand and participate in – blind obedience and strictly regimented ‘unity of command’ being its sole operational code de conduct. Unarmed, peaceable, and conscionable civilians cannot be managed this way under the ‘social contract’ which ab initio gives the military, and the ‘state’, its cause d’existance in the first place! And neither do we accept such dictatorial management, except for a time under the most brutal of occupations – the mindset of both autocratic antiquity, and of military conquests in modernity. In either case, Machiavellian deception is employed to subjugate the public and neutralize their dissent. And the most transforming method for that is to use ‘terror’ as a weapon, both for pacifying the populations with ones’ own terror, as well as using the ‘synthetic terror’ of the ‘pirates’ to seek the raison d’être of the emperor’s!
So indeed a transformation is required – and entirely of the mindset – to enter into modernity, but not that of the ‘baboons’! So please allow me to lead you in this letter into crystallizing some of your own thoughts as to what you really should be ‘transforming’ at this time as a genuinely nationalistic and wholly patriotic Pakistani multi-star General.
Please allow me to first say that if I did not write this humble letter to you and speak my mind candidly without fear when my own nation is undergoing destruction at the hands of our own ‘ubermensch’ tyrants running amok in Islamabad and our military hell bent on pacifying our own public, then in good conscience, I would not be able to do the same against the sole superpower nation – my adopted home and place of permanent residence – that has been hijacked by a handful of ‘ubermensch’ super-tyrants who are running amok in Washington attempting to engage the entire world in a perpetual war for their own pelf and fantasy and directly sucking us into their vortex as a compliant client-state. Time to stand up and say enough – on all counts. I hope you will agree, at least with the notion that one must stand up to tyranny and to tyrants!
A tyrant is quite easy to identify even for the dolts and even in these times of deception galore: a tyrant holds all the guns(!), and makes all the laws by fiat, and subjects everyone else to these laws by calling it a necessity! And the tyrant often pretends to be the greatest patriot, one whom god speaks to directly – the anointed indispensable ‘ubermensch’ savior of the nation and the world from all the ‘terrorists’ out there! So my dear General sahib, now you too can also identify the tyrants in the world and in our own backyards so that we can together stand up to them – they aren’t a whole lot different than the tyrants of the past are they? This is why the famous theologian – who is often credited with seeding the foundations of political philosophy behind the West’s Renaissance a full millennium before it actually transpired – noted in his famous 4th century AD magnum opus ‘the city of god against the pagans’:
“When the King asked him what he meant by infesting the sea, the pirate defiantly replied: ‘the same as you do when you infest the whole world; but because I do it with a little ship I am called a robber, and because you do it with a great fleet, you are an emperor.’ ”
So let’s begin.
To start with, I would highly recommend you read “The Grand Chessboard” by Zbigniew Brzezinski and compare its chauvinist content and overarching ‘imperial’ themes with PNAC’s “Rebuilding America’s Defenses” which you indicated you have already read and are seeking to emulate in its superficial dressings of military transformation. And you must not ignore the Pentagon’s own document “Joint Vision 2020” which you confessed to never having heard of, and especially digest its Chapter 3, titled “Full Spectrum Dominance”. This document has since likely been superseded by another JV which you may be able to acquire through your connections as the most favored non-NATO ally General! Note who the contributing authors are for all of these, and what do they ideologically and experientially have in common.
Compare that to what Bernard Lewis wrote in 1990 in CFR’s ‘Foreign Affairs’ about the supposed “roots of Muslim rage” deftly planting the following precious seed: “It should now be clear that we are facing a mood and a movement far transcending the level of issues and policies and the governments that pursue them. This is no less than a clash of civilizations – that perhaps irrational but surely historic reaction of an ancient rival against our Judeo-Christian heritage, our secular present, and the worldwide expansion of both”, which six years later Samuel Huntington cleverly formalized in his now infamous book as the “Clash of Civilizations”, even titling the book thusly. On the eve of 911, Bernard Lewis re-harvested the theme in his famously titled book “Crises of Islam – Holy War and Unholy Terror”.
It requires a fair degree of political sophistication to astutely parse these writings and to rationally make the linkages. As the mastermind doctrinal scholar par excellence, Bernard Lewis argues, for “devising means to fight the [super]terrorist, it would surely be useful to understand the forces that drive them.” Yes indeed, and so must we in order to rationally defend our nation and its peoples. And the fundamental step in that direction is to first recognize, and then boldly speak, the abhorrent reality when ‘Alice’ is wide awake!
Thus towards that endeavor, please note how all these seemingly unrelated and purely intellectual pursuits from the academe, and the think-tanks, exercising their much wonted Western freedoms of academia and speech, very clearly prognosticated the ‘War on Terror’ and an enabling “new pearl harbor”. What in 1990 was a label-less description of “a mood and a movement” has since acquired the phantasmic nom de guerre “islamofascism” in order to construct the “New World Order”, in full consistency with the state’s own doctrine of “Full Spectrum Dominance” emanating from the Pentagon for which it required a continuous increase in its defense budget (over domestic social spending) in order to affect its own military transformation that was then carrying the vestiges of the Cold War. As coherently argued by Wolfowitz, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and company:
“… it is also clear that for the U.S. Armed forces to remain preeminent and avoid an Achilles Heel in the exercise of its power they must be sure that these potential future forms of warfare [space and cyberspace war] favor America just as today’s air, land and sea warfare reflect United States military dominance. Until the process of transformation is treated as an enduring military mission – worthy of constant allocation of dollars and forces – it will remain stillborn. … Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor” (Rebuilding America’s Defenses)
And they got that budget right after 911 for their lifetime of “enduring military mission”, while the public schools and libraries in America are suffering, and a few have already shut down! Now America’s defense budget is close to a trillion dollars annually – to fight a bunch of lunatic, sticks and stones wielding, cave dwelling, antediluvian “islamofascists”? No wonder the worldwide ruling elite is salivating at the ‘unbirthday party’ with gusto – there are many a crumb from the corruption pie to go around for everyone! We have received at least $10b of it!
Indeed, you must give considerable pause for penetrating reflection on how the “new pearl harbor” was so keenly ‘anticipated’ by both Brzezinski and the Project for New American Century, in order to comprehend the global events on, and especially since, 911. It is entirely unsurprising that many members of PNAC, all subsequently holding key controlling positions in the White House and the Pentagon, prepared hard for their immediate response to the “new pearl harbor” that transpired on 911 years in advance, as one can easily witness from all the pre-crafted Patriot Acts that were immediately rushed into Law along with Rumsfeld’s orders to his staff to immediately ‘prepare’ for attack on Iraq even as the rushed unforensic retaliation was launched against Afghanistan, while simultaneously, General Myers, the nation’s top Military General caught sleeping on his watch, was instantly promoted to lead the “War on Terror”. You can read more of these details and its forensic deconstruction in my 2003 book “Prisoners of the Cave”. That was an apt title for the indoctrinated, gullible, and largely ignorant of the world American public. I hardly think it is befitting for our own educated ruling elite! For our favored scions and ‘ubermenschens’, something else might be more à propos, and I will gladly let your own imagination construct it!
What you see today dear General sahib has been on the books and in preparation since the Berlin Wall fell – surely you must know that being a military man of considerable experience and realpolitik learning. It is entirely blue-printed in the above imperial documents that I call the “American Mein Kampfs” – not independently constructed in some ‘unlighted cave’ in Afghanistan by a ‘guy on a dialysis machine’! It is facile to insist that it is, or that ‘OBL’ and ‘Al-qaeeda’ are meaningful constructs other than for “imperial mobilization” through “perpetual war” against a fabricated but well formulated abstraction!
The end goal of this long fiction? No speculations are necessary to catch its varied glimpses as this just disclosed White House Press Release lends an empirical unabashed summation of the reality to all the doctrinal constructions of the supposed ‘arm-chair-only’ academic warriors.
Declaration of Principles for a Long-Term Relationship of Cooperation and Friendship Between the Republic of Iraq and the United States of America (http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/11/20071126-11.html)
It gives ‘legal’ sanction to the effective re-colonization and monopolistic harvesting of a significant Eurasian geostrategic asset for multiple overlapping hierarchy of purposes as defined by its imperial exponents with their own hierarchy of overlapping motivations, all of which effectively enable in practice, “to perpetuate America’s own dominant position for at least a generation and preferably longer”. This press release leaves no further room for doubt even among the staunchest skeptics singing the ‘unbirthday party’ song in our country, that even if one gullibly accepted all the pretexts since 911 for ‘War on Terror’ on its face value, then why permanently colonize one of the victims in perpetuity through the deftly cultivated tiny minority ruling elite whose interests will remain permanently allied with that of the global ruling elite crafting the neo-colonial ’empire’?
Similar templates for future Press Releases from the White House exist for Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi-Arabia, the entire Middle East, the Littoral States, and other Republics of Central Asia – each template tailored to the particular geostrategic significance of the pawns on ‘the Grand Chessboard’, and each embedding the respective nation’s trivially co-opted ‘mercenary’ ruling elite to play the proxy colonizing role while the ‘hidden fist’ stays sheathed on site but always on call as: “The hidden hand of the market will never work without a hidden fist” (Thomas Friedman). This is why, in fact of empirical evidence, the not so ‘hidden fist’ is there in more than 700 locations worldwide according to the Congressional Budget Office (2004):
“The United States maintains an extensive network of overseas military bases, as it has since the end of World War II. Those installations–scattered throughout the world and numbering more than 700–enable the U.S. military to maintain a permanent presence on all seven continents.”
But since the “attitude of American public toward the external projection of American power has been more ambivalent”, and “Public opinion polls conducted in 1995 – 1996 indicated a general public preference for ‘sharing’ power with others, rather than for its monopolistic exercise”, and because it “is also a fact that America is too democratic at home to be autocratic abroad” which “limits the use of America’s power, especially its capacity for military intimidation”, and also because “the pursuit of power is not a goal that commands popular passion, except in conditions of a sudden threat or challenge to the public’s sense of domestic well-being. The economic self-denial (that is defense spending), and the human sacrifice (casualties even among professional soldiers) required in the effort are uncongenial to democratic instincts. Democracy is inimical to imperial mobilization”, therefore, a fictitious enemy is fabricated that is real enough in its construction, but trivially beatable as so insightfully demonstrated by the character ‘Hanakin Skywalker’ in “The Revenge of the Sith”.
This fabrication is all the more necessary today than in the past decades of superpower primacy because:
“… as America becomes an increasingly multicultural society, it may find it more difficult to fashion a consensus on foreign policy issues, except in the circumstance of a truly massive and widely perceived direct external threat. …. More generally, cultural change in America may also be uncongenial to the sustained exercise abroad of genuinely imperial power. That exercise requires a high degree of doctrinal motivation, intellectual commitment, and patriotic gratification.” (Brzezinski)
Yes indeed General sahib, the “War on Terror” against the synthetic ‘islamofascists’, and other various deliberate fictions of ‘WMDs’ (as now the case for Iran), or their ‘getting loose’ (as now the case for our nation), and newer ones to be constructed in the future, lends precisely such a Machiavellian “high degree of doctrinal motivation” for continuing on with “imperial mobilization” for “at least a generation and preferably longer”!
And this is precisely the seed where the lifetime of “World War IV” emanates from, as the erstwhile Former CIA Director James Woolsey noted: “the United States is engaged in World War IV, and that it could continue for years”!
It’s monumentally criminal architects and craftsmen: the highly ‘respected’ intellectuals occupying the corridors and hallways of the Ivy Leagues, the Rand, the Heritage, the JINSA, the AEI, the Hudson, the Weekly Standard, the World Bank, et. al. A vast majority of them civilians. We love to call them the neo-cons, or the realpolitik warriors, or the neo-liberals, or the neo-conservatives, or the Democratic Party, or the Republican Party, but we little understand their perfection of their deadly craft, or how it interplays on different faces of the same multi-faceted imperial coin pushing itself onto the ‘Grand Chessboard’ for “full spectrum dominance” of the “Zion that will light up all the world”! This imperial war of barbaric modernity, unlike in previous times, is a highly polished and elaborate intellectual doctrinal effort – from the formulation of ‘Islamofascism’ to the ‘Clash of Civilizations’ – that has been under preparation for almost two decades! A preliminary list of the visible top of the iceberg among its ‘craftsmen’ is compiled as ‘Exhibit A’ in my book, to be presented to a “Robert H. Jackson” someday!
I hope that I have now fully convinced you General sahib, of the background thesis of this letter, that this “War on Terror” is synthetic and a complete fabrication!
And this must cause you grave concern and many sleepless nights henceforth as a genuinely patriotic Pakistani General. Because quite unremarkably, once again, our out-of-control mis-adventuresome Pakistani military with no genuine civilian democratic controls upon it, with no genuine public mandates except through an iron fist up the nation’s backside, espousing no known tradition of intellectualism or sophistication in political thought to be able to effectively understand let alone counter such Machiavellianly crafted warfare emanating from the best political minds in the world, and having no known tradition of seeking genuine independence from hegemony or from continually bowing to the ‘superior white masters’ from whence they derive all their power and funding, has become a willing accomplice in this suicidal and monumental crime against humanity as the “coalition of the willing” – entirely in contra-indication to the Pakistani peoples’ own proclivities, instincts for survival, and cultural and religious bonds of sympathies with the victims. Little does the mainstay of genuinely patriotic leadership in this erstwhile martial institution realize that we too are situated in the same ‘arc de crises’! Or perhaps it does?
How is the world’s 5th largest standing military so easily controlled by the West to support Western interests over the nation’s own? Well, please permit me to explain candidly the way I see it, and do feel free to correct me if I inadvertently utter falsehoods at any point as you are surely more knowledgeable of these matters with your considerably vast inside-experience of our august institution.
As you surely already know, in this world, there are only ‘ubermensch’ masters, and there are plebeian client-states and moronic patsies. A client-state stays a client-state like old wine in a new bottle, merely changing the color of the bottle periodically. Client-states do not fight their own wars, but others’ on their behalf. So do the patsies, only they do it unknowingly all the while being misled into thinking that they are serving their own agenda – like ‘strategic depth’! Client-states do not have independent foreign policies, but carry on with the ones handed them. Patsies are led to believe that they are crafting their own – like Pakistan’s support of CIA intervention in Afghanistan and the 8 year decimation of that nation; just as today we are doing the same against our other neighbor Iran. And the biggest patsies of them all – the ubiquitous boogie-men – the synthetic ‘al-qaeeda’ and the wretched Taliban. All directly under the clever manipulation of the black-ops of the CIA with so many artificially constructed degrees of separation as to claim ‘plausible deniability’ if the facade is ever blown; as in the case of Iran-Contra to keep Iran and Iraq well supplied with lower-order weapons to keep them busy mindlessly killing each other for 8 long years to neutralize the revolutionary changes towards genuine independence from hegemony taking place in Iran lest it become globally contagious; or as confessed to by Zbigniew Brzezinski in his remorseless gloating of “giving to the USSR its Vietnam war” in a remarkably calculated covert “operation [that] was an excellent idea” for “drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap” which eventually led to the “liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war”, all gratuitously orchestrated on Muslim soil with the relatively free blood of “Some stirred-up Moslems” while the patsy Pakistani military intelligence was led by the nose to the wet dreams of acquiring ‘strategic depth’ as a viable defense against Indian missiles (sic!) and its ranks deliberately staffed with those sympathetic to the tortuous notion of ‘jihad’ as funded and crafted in the USA by Messrs. Zbigniew Brzezinski, Zalmay Khalilzad, and the late William Casey, former Director of the CIA!
And none-too-surprisingly, client-states invariably have ‘ubermensch’ dictatorships in one garb or another running gun-shot upon their own peoples in the service of the uber ‘ubermensch’ masters, as we note between Z, B, N, M, and loop – all serving the ‘hectoring hegemons’ interests first, and all installed by them! Kissinger had outright warned ZAB that he will make an example of him if he did not give up the idea of the ‘Islamic bomb’ – the last time we truly enjoyed an independent foreign policy for a brief period. And that state of our nation too was deliberately brought to power as a much weaker and deliberately dismembered buffer state – far easier to manipulate than a stronger one in case it ever got its act together as the then largest Muslim country on the planet.
But ZAB just got too big for his breeches and was replaced by an obedient soldier to help win the Cold War – the World War III. And our present obedient one too, before the recent change of guard took place that is, was brought to power because N got too big for his breeches by aspiring to be a ‘caliph’. M is still entirely following a scripted set to help the sole superpower once again win their new World War – World War IV – because the entire game plan is to accomplish the attack on Iran that was planned more than a decade ago followed of course by our own further dismemberment which was also planned when the Soviet Union collapsed; for we were surely only allowed to come into existence as an additional easily manipulatable buffer-state during the Cold War. We are entirely following a scripted path for the past 8 years rushing towards our own demise in the guise of the artificial and much touted 7% growth rate by selling off our national assets in a fire sale. The next thing would be liquidation of our real estate – as any corporate raiders might inform you. Which is also why the nationalistic Putin reversed the neoliberalism in his own nation after the fire-sale of the 1990s in Russia. But we are pressing on contrary to all the manifest signs. The only rational answer is, deliberately. Treason of the highest order!
Are you shocked? Surely not! None of this ought to be anything new for you. But it does beg the following question.
Please let me know if you know of a genuine non-client-state nation. And then you may also discover that they are also genuinely independent, have no WB loans – the only ones – and all in the global North! The rest, the entire resource-rich yet poverty-stricken global South, with three exceptions of any consequence, all have strong military and defense establishments ostensibly fighting some invisible external enemies, but in reality are entirely there to conquer their own people in the service of the rich nations of the Global North who have only one open-secret global agenda: ‘full spectrum dominance’ i.e. hegemony over the resource rich nations of the Global South, and of the Earth and its outer and inner spaces including cyberspaces! We are entirely headed towards a one world government – you can already see the intervening alliances that are being crafted in the Global North and their already centralized financial control over the entire world. Only the Global South is being prevented from making any alliances in self-defense – the toothless SCO not withstanding!
For us in the Global South, it remains the time tested formula ‘divide and conquer’, repeatedly pitting brother against brother! It is not that we don’t learn or are a moronic peoples – it is merely that there is actual treasonous subversion by deliberately allowing only such leadership to emerge who will dutifully do the masters’ bidding as a compliant client-state.
So what will really change if the present dictatorial military setup is replaced by a faux democratic one with all the visible trimmings of ‘democracy’ and all the essence of a patsy client-state?
Isn’t the unabsurd reality grotesque – one that is brought into existence by the super-power ‘brokerage firms’ and remains in obsequious service to them – continually fighting their fictitious ‘War on Terror’ and killing our own citizens, and then shortly, enabling the monumentally criminal invasion and nuclear slaughter of our neighboring brethren Muslim nation Iran, followed by our own annihilation and/or re-chalking of our boundaries? I have already seen at least 6 redrawn maps of Pakistan emanating from the West, as I am sure you have too.
If I utter any falsehoods, then you tell me: Is there any other reason that we are not strategically aligned with our co-religionists and culturally aligned next door neighbor Iran in these trying times instead of trying to assist in destabilizing it and supporting such CIA interventions once again from our territories as we did in the previous military dictatorship?
Is there any other reason why we are not more closely allied with India, except for the penchants of our military brasses – their self-delusional raison d’être of existence which miraculously disappears in its current dispensation of unbridled power exercise upon the nation once we form a friendship that’s our peoples’ due being primarily of the same stock? Please help me understand that if an EU can transpire within 50 years of those guys mercilessly killing each other for hundreds of years and being entirely separate nations and cultures for thousands of years, why can’t an entirely similar SU (Subcontinental Union) transpire today when we have far more heritage and history in common than the Europeans among themselves, and we were only artificially torn asunder 60 years ago after thousands of years of shared history of peaceful co-existence of all its peoples?
Is there any other reason why the fiction ‘War on Terror’ is being conveniently harvested by both the Busharrafs against their own peoples – both peoples losing their civil liberties and living in police states, one overtly and most brutally, the other still only covertly awaiting another enabling ‘pearl harbor’ so that their rulers may unleash the final full spectrum nuclear ‘shock and awe’ upon Iran by blaming it, and also springing the already prepared and already on the books ‘police state’ upon the once ‘populist democracy’ to get them to forcibly go along with the monumental crime against humanity?
Indeed, it must be obvious to anyone possessing even minor political acumen that a nuclear armed Muslim state cannot be allowed to exist except as a compliant client-state (and only temporarily). Thus since Iran isn’t a client-state, indeed, is the only independent and self-reliant Muslim state on the planet, she is not being allowed to exist without at least visiting a ‘shock and awe’ display upon its peoples – the latest study of American preparations draws the following conclusion:
“The study concludes that the US has made military preparations to destroy Iran’s WMD, nuclear energy, regime, armed forces, state apparatus and economic infrastructure within days if not hours of President George W. Bush giving the order.” [‘Considering a war with Iran: A discussion paper on WMD in the Middle East’]
And we are the best of friends with the very same ‘hectoring hegemons’ in a monumentally stupid, never mind monumentally criminal, suicide pact – along with the patsy, the hectoring hegemons too are suiciding their beautiful nation long term! We, the patsies perhaps may not be such a loss at being ‘disappeared’ on the global scene, and perhaps only us will mourn that loss while the rest of the world may well be cheering. But the lofty nation in the West that once strove to be the beacon of civilization and culture in the modernity du jour, of learning and knowledge, of freedoms and wealth for anyone prepared to work hard, biting the dust because of the tortuous ideology of unbridled greed for pelf and power through ‘endless wars’ that gave the only pathetic ‘meaning’ possible to the puny existence of the tiny tiny amoral largely atheistic minority of super criminals among them pretending to be the Platonic wise supermen of knowledge but entirely Nietzscheian and Straussian ‘ubermensch’ in the depravity of their souls, must be the monumental tragedy at which even the heavens must already be mourning!
I love America where I got my education, my maturity, and my honest livelihood, and where I happily raised my family and had an accomplished engineering career, and above all, where I acquired the courage of my convictions; just as I love Pakistan, the nation my father and mother and grandparents immigrated to right after its creation by the amazing Founder who was from our own tiny minority community, full of hopes and dreams – all torn asunder by a handful of ‘ubermenschen’ criminals in both nations who think themselves better than all the rest of humanity!
Why should any self-respecting human being ever accept any of this? I don’t. Do you?
Where should ones’ first allegiances lie – to a ‘flag’, to an arbitrary ‘geography’ circumscribed by the hegemons of yesteryears and accidents of history, to the serendipitous place of one’s birth, to the ‘false flag of patriotism’ and thus “united we stand” under any banner in the commission of tyranny and monumental crimes against humanity, or to a peoples composing the vast mass of humanity to which we all belong as human beings? Should our first allegiances be to truth and justice, or to the arbitrarily crafted abstractions of ‘nationalism’ and ‘patriotism’? Should we bear witness against tyranny regardless of who commits the atrocities upon humanity, or should we be selective in our memory and in our morality as the ‘ubermenschen’? Are we human beings first, or are we American first or Israeli first or Indian first or Pakistani first? Yes we human beings do carry multiple identities; I am a Muslim before I am any nationality, and I am also a Pakistani, my only national identity and the only nation whose passport I have, by deliberate choice, carried all my life despite being a legal permanent resident in the United States for almost three decades. But I am, before anything else, a human being first. I hope you are too?
And this is why my fingers on my computer keyboard, as do my legs on the streets in protest marches, move with a feverish pace, of one who knows that the man-made clock is ticking, and therefore to be intimidated into remaining a silent bystander is to be an accomplice!
The urgency is fueled by the further surety of knowledge that the fuse can also be defused if ordinary plebeian peoples, those that Zbigniew Brzezinski loves to call the ‘populist democracy’ and of which he is so afraid as being ‘inimical to imperial mobilization’, just damn wake the hell up from their indoctrinated slumber in my adopted homeland, and from their worship of their petty stomach in my native homeland, so that together, collectively, as human beings first, we can take charge of our own dreams and our own hopes and our own destiny! It is one ship of humanity – the ‘ubermenschen’ upper deck of the ship can’t survive, and must not be permitted to survive through their obfuscating inhuman ‘legal’ cover whereby the only justification for medieval torture, ‘renditions’, ‘disappearances’, incarcerations, brutal beatings, and “shock and awe” upon a civilian population is that it’s ‘legal’, without the lower decks also equitably sharing in this truly one of a kind and once in a lifetime collective and wondrous voyage of life now made hell by the original barbarians calling the ‘kettle black’!
The handful of lawyers, and the handful of journalists, with black and blue backs, arms, and legs, are serendipitously showing the way to the still zombie populace in both nations content to let others carve out their destiny for them! What the half million street protest sizes could not accomplish in America since 911, ten thousand are accomplishing in Pakistan in less than a few months! Thus we saw the ‘police state’ transpire in Pakistan before it did in America!
Well, these immensely courageous ‘Patrick Henrys’ of ‘civil society’ are unfortunately chasing down various and sundry red herrings even in their disruptive dissent, such as ‘rule of law’, without comprehending the bilateral ‘social contract’ upon which it must be constructed and which is presently non-existent; ‘independence of the judiciary’, without appreciating that it has no real power of enforcement without Executive backing; ‘end to the emergency’, without understanding that it is merely a short-term, window-dressed tool of fiat to achieve something for more strategic and long term, and will be ended automatically anyway in due course after having enabled the far worse devious construction of a ‘Pax-Mafioso’s contract’ upon the wretched nation under ‘legal’ cover to guarantee that the direction of the nation remains a patsy client-state under the evolving new political dynamics inside the nation. Nothing is ever left to chance when the ’empire’ calls the shots!
This spirit of outspoken dissent however, as misguided as it may be today, is still a remarkably refreshing break from the past towards a possible re-genesis of the nation. It is unsurprising that the incumbent rulers in the patsy client-state are making their best sledgehammer attempts to kill it during its birth-pangs. All incumbents desirous of maintaining the real status quo would do the same. This independence of spirit, interestingly enough, can also be quite easily harnessed and re-directed, and multiplied in its force of impact exponentially, if just one single ruler at the top genuinely gets transformed into a real Patrick Henry, and a real Ben Franklin (respectively representing the courage and the brains that founded the promise of an independent United States of America from the full spectrum exploitive reins of the ‘hectoring hegemons’ of their time). Now you may perhaps also begin to see why I am writing this letter to you.
If “hegemony is as old as mankind”, so must also its antidote of ‘throwing the tea overboard’!
Unless fundamentals change genuinely – and this present crisis in our nation can also be an opportunity for making such a genuine transformation possible by re-imagining our defense, our overarching purpose, and how to achieve them both by identifying our real enemies and our real impediments from the imaginary ones and the red herrings – it will merely remain re-bottling the old wine in a new bottle, still the bloody ‘client-state’ at the mercy of local hoodlums and petty thugs!
Thus, the much touted change of guard at the top to have any real implication as a genuine change from status quo, must be followed by a genuine transformation in the overarching, macro, and micro foreign and domestic policies themselves that must seed markedly visible changes in the nation’s direction – towards a re-genesis!
All indications publicly emanating from the military and so called ‘civilian’ rulers at this time are entirely to the contrary. I hope that these statements are merely placate-ments for our Western ‘benefactors’ and that there is in fact a meaningful change in the wings – our own covert-ops for a change in the best interest of our own peoples – of disengaging ourselves from the full spectrum “imperial mobilization” efforts of the sole superpower.
If such a meaningful change isn’t in the works, then indeed, I feel it is perhaps better to have martial law and this draconian state of despondent crisis one after another leading to this naked brutalization of the unarmed civilians and increase in the overall state oppression upon the peoples. Because the ‘syntactic sugaring’ that otherwise transpires with the facade of ‘democracy’, ‘independence’, ‘enlightened moderation’, and other resemanticized euphemisms only masks our systemic cancer, prolongs our agony, and merely solidifies our eventual disintegration as a sovereign nation that was imagined and constructed upon the blood and sacrifice of millions of people of the sub-continent. And it surely confirms what an ill-conceived idea it was to partition India, reinforcing the analysis of many that it was done entirely as a long term bet on the ‘Grand Chessboard’ of the post World War II era!
It is, after all, only in crises that nations are formed, and also destroyed – for it wasn’t just unfulfilled maternal instincts that led the erstwhile Condoleezza Rice to utter her famous quip: ‘the birth pangs of the New middle East’. She obviously learnt her lessons well from Ben Gurion who understood this better than anyone else as the greatest unfettered enabler principle for the conquest of Palestine to create ‘Eretz Yisrael’ when he wrote: “what is inconceivable in normal times is possible in revolutionary times.” Crises bring ‘revolutionary times’ and make transformations possible – both good and bad. Only crises are harbingers of real change! Peace never stimulates any change whatsoever. Oppression does – and more absolutely brutal the oppression, more likely the transformation from zombie state to real freedom.
Am I wrong General sahib in my reading of the infernal history of hegemony since mankind put its footsteps on this earth? Don’t you see what’s transpiring on our campuses in our schools and universities – a serendipitous re-awakening of self-obsessed zombies as a direct consequence of our praetorian military state’s brutality against unarmed civilians? Perhaps you also understand this historical nature of transformation all too well and are indeed secretly planting the seeds of real transformation in our society? Thus unless there is to be real change, and not mere cosmetic changing of the bottle to contain the same old wine, it is better to not provide any pressure-release valve whatsoever – the ultimate instrument of co-optation!
You cannot be so naive as not to see that all this murderous ‘katputli tamasha’ of ‘synthetic terror’ that is being enacted in our nation is merely tempestuous moves on the evolving Grand Chessboard in which we are most assuredly still the perpetual pawns. If this is obvious to an ordinary plebeian like me, it must surely already be in your expert knowledge too, with even more secretive details that remain hidden from the ordinary citizenry until they become irrelevant as faits accomplis. Then we can read all about them to our heart’s content in New York Times best sellers and utter ‘tsk tsk’! If we can only recognize this now with preemptive wisdom borne of rational hindsights of study of history rather than wait for a confessional exposé post fait accompli, as even a mere possibility if not certainty, that the ‘synthetic terror’ being orchestrated in Pakistan is along the operational axes to foment the ‘arc of crises’ and it is deliberately forging chaos in our nation using our many a well known Achilles heals, than right away we know what to do! Don’t you think so? I don’t think I need to spell out the self-defense actions to take as you are surely more astute than I in such matters!
Furthermore, if you haven’t yet read Ayesha Siddiqa’s recently released best seller book, I highly recommend it. Most people who talk about it actually haven’t bothered to read it – they have either read summaries, or have mainly heard about if from its notoriety and read a few press clippings. Neither is sufficient to appreciate what it has so courageously put together. However it has its own short comings too. It entirely ignores the concept of client-states and the obvious global agendas on the Grand Chessboard in its ‘academic’ reconstruction of the world order as its author perceives the world. Indeed the word ‘client-state’ does not occur even once in the book. Thus it misses out entirely on the ‘hectoring hegemons’ seeding the first-cause traumas in the nation’s psyche, and instead presents all our Faustian pacts with them as mere exploitation of our ripe and fertile soil. There is a major difference between planting and harvesting the fruits, and merely chancing upon the fruit trees and appropriating its fruits – I am sure you can appreciate the nuanced difference. For unless the difference is clearly understood and appreciated, we won’t know how not to plant those rotten fruit-trees and how to protect our fertile soil from them cropping up by ‘sheer happenstance’ as we go about transforming the soil itself.
Despite this glaring and inexplicable constraint on the book, it accurately portrays our humble and meager place in the world with respect to our domestication by our own military – “Military Inc.”. It straightforwardly points out the drastic consequences of the rise of this new ‘feudal class’ which has indeed stunted our growth into modernity by perpetuating the antediluvian praetorian-feudalistic society’s mindset, both in terms of our enslaved public’s obsequious mindset that does not challenge power but rather continually sucks up to it just to survive as per the legacy of our colonial rule, as well as in our ruling elite’s own pelf and power as god’s right to usurp and plunder whatever is in sight also as per the legacy of the colonial rule. We created a new nation, but were unable to dump the ‘old wine’ that Lord Babbington Macaulay bottled for us all through the 19th century!
We may have indeed “descended from the tree-tops, but we have yet to lose our tail” – as the octogenarian icon of wit Cowasjee sahib recently put it! I have read this remarkable book of Ayesha twice – as it is dense reading – and based on the evidence of empirical reality around me when ‘Alice’ is wide awake, I know that it depicts portions of reality rather accurately. You can’t possibly deny this with a straight face, at least to me. You must at least face up to the obvious fact that our military is indeed a major ‘Inc.’ today controlling a non-trivial chunk of our economy in our own bizarre construction of “military-feudal-industrial” complex!
The complete reality however, as you surely know much better than me, is actually much worse – only the author could not find the chutzpah to document it considering it was written under the auspices of former US Senator Lee Hamilton, who is also the same guy who oversaw the officially-fictitious 911 Commission Report that lay the blame for 911 on 19 ‘evil jihadis’! No mention of the possibility of ‘Controlled Demolition’ of the towers as a masterful covert-ops upon the American nation in total contradiction to the copious visible evidence already publicly available! We all know why a watchdog may not bark – it is fed by the same owners who come to rob! And similarly, there is also no mention of how promotions in the upper echelons of our military are subtly, if not overtly, approved in Washington with an imperceptible nod to ensure that only those ideologically sympathetic to the Western interests climb up the military ladder in senior positions. And for this selection, they are allowed to have their way with the nation so long as the master’s interests are upheld. There is no other explanation of why, as documented in Ayesha’s book, the General is worth 500 million rupees and the West continues to do business with the obviously corrupt men! Despite the book’s severe limitations of not providing a completed picture of the ‘why’ and ‘how’ things are the way they are, the courageous author did draw a good picture and her attempt to beard the lion in its own den is based mainly on the cite-able evidence available to her as evidenced by the copious footnotes in the book. Unlike in the Pink Panther Hollywood detective movies, the latter day robber barons rarely leave their calling cards behind, which even when they exist, almost always remain ‘classified’ or verbal. Given the lack of access to many confidential and still ‘top secret’ archives, her book, compiled largely from freely and publicly available information that would not be deemed controversial, conjectural, and entirely speculative, is indeed remarkable, and you too must indeed feel proud of such a courageous Pakistani.
Having comprehensively deconstructed the reality when ‘Alice’ is both wide awake, and also when she is sitting at the ‘unbirthday party’ in her phantasmal state, it is now your turn General sahib to answer some really tough questions as I lead you to re-imagine Pakistan’s defenses with me to genuinely empower her to leap-frog into modernity!
In such a hegemonistic world as I have disclosed above, where our military enterprise as well as our country along with its rapidly privatized economy has become the private largess of our Brig-Gens in the service of their Western masters and their own pockets, kindly do explain the rationale of further rebuilding our defense establishment – for what purpose?
When we don’t have clean drinking water or useful quality education or essential services or quality healthcare et. al. for our own overburdened barely surviving majority citizenry and the army, navy and air-force live comfortably ensconced in their own elite enclaves?
When corruption is given official legal sanction and time-tested politicians re-primed for further loot and plunder of the public-commons as never before seen anywhere else on the planet in the modernity of nation-states?
When language is given new meaning and familiar words mean the opposite of what their dictionary meanings might suggest? When Orwellian euphemisms are dexterously used to control the mass public’s rather plebeian minds with egregious impunity and such shamelessness as never before witnessed or accomplished in the history of civilizations?
When ‘war on terror’ is to fight and kill ones’ own people after they are cleverly manipulated as patsies into ‘synthetic terror’ for the explicit purpose of creating the pretext of fighting the ‘war on terror’ for a ‘lifetime’ – the perpetual war – the 50 year war, ‘World War IV’? Sometimes art is made to mimic reality as the only way to make dissent known – and watching the Star Wars movie “Revenge of the Sith” brings home that reality better than any book on current affairs. That depiction has accurately captured the bombing of Afghanistan in my view, and the entire facade of ‘war on terror’ because indeed, in the modernity du jour of a sole superpower nation aspiring “full spectrum dominance” as part of its national foreign policy, its domestic policy must follow suit as otherwise “democracy is inimical to imperial mobilization” and its peoples unwilling to go fight far off battles at the cost of their own blood and their own social spendings. This is the entire reality behind the fiction of “war on terror” as I have coherently reasoned in this letter. Why is Pakistan a part of this “imperial mobilization”? What’s in it for our people – to kill and devastate other Muslim nations? Or any nation for that matter – as the entire Global South is up grabs!
Is this why we should help rebuild our military for real-time information warfare? Before a just judge, this would be high treason! A monumental crime against humanity!
Yes it would be a different matter all together were we a genuinely independent nation like Iran or India or Venezuela (the only three in the developing nations of the Global South as of today – we won’t include China as it’s in a different league altogether being the main focus of the fomented ‘check’ on the Grand Chessboard), not baying and begging the West for handouts and first and foremost caring for our own peoples to the extent possible, and with their military firmly under civilian control and out of controlling and manipulating politics and economy even from inside the barracks. It would be a virtue in such a world to even be mildly patriotic. I am eagerly looking forward to such a re-imagined Pakistan and would be delighted under such new circumstance to help rebuild our national defenses in the light of the modernity of information-age for safeguarding our genuine earned independence. Doing it now would only be in the service of the status quo! A traitorous labor for pecuniary gains!
We must make choices General sahib – the stomach is attached to us by biology and we have no free will there unfortunately, but conscience is the one aspect that does demand free will. The latter under the diktats of the former is for slaves and client-states who do anything for a pecuniary gain of pelf and power; the other way around is for free men and free women! That’s what makes a nation of peoples genuinely independent and free – when its peoples first demand it by showing it in their own humble choices between the stomach first, or the conscience first! Sometimes that does entail going hungry, giving up lucrative contracts and deals, suppressing the ego or even foregoing the pleasures of speaking to the divine and hearing commands through its ‘ubermensch’ voices, and worse – as we see the handful of lonely but courageous and unarmed men and women undergoing today at the hands of our illustrious military might once again hell bent on conquering its own peoples! Any military man or woman in uniform with a modicum of conscience and iota of self respect watching this spectacle would die of shame! That day might yet come when the only sanctuary for them from their own peoples would be without their caps and stripes! And they would have certainly earned it! How despicable!
Why should we strengthen this system? It is suicidal and self-defeating!
A true patriot would walk away… wouldn’t you agree? And the truly courageous, the real commandos, would fight back! ‘We are many, they are few, they need us [and their guns] more than we need them [or their guns]’! Just our disengagement from supporting the status quo with our humble daily acts and the courageous decision not to be co-opted in any shape or form for any reason, are potent weapons enough!
Might this be called the patriotic ‘jihad’ of the unarmed ‘elite’ civilians – god forbid – lest we all get branded as ‘ elite terrorists’?
Yes I can surely assist you in this sort of ‘military transformation’ – the transformation of the “military mindset” as you put it – of first being correctly able to identify its adversaries from its friends, and its first national obligations of not conquering its own peoples.
Every Pakistani civilian extra-judicially killed by a Pakistani soldier or by the praetorian state’s henchmen by any other name must garner the murderer and all those in the ‘unity of command’ who ordered such treasonous crime, the immediate death penalty for crimes against their own peoples. An excursion outside the national borders or issuance of a PCO or subverting of the Constitution or taking over the reins of the country, directly or indirectly, through any manipulative power-plays, being deemed the highest treason for the entire ‘unity of command’ structure – retroactively!
It would be an honor to help rebuild such a transformed and professional military – firmly under the civilian political command and full accountability up to the gallows through the ‘unity of command’ – for the high-tech information-age, and solely for the purpose of self-defense of our national borders and those of our ally nations with whom we must make mutual self-defense pact treaties in our, and our covetous resource-rich region’s best interests.
I would love to craft such a professional and human military that has learnt the lessons from Nuremberg – of the entire rank and file up to the top commanding officers having the moral obligation of disobeying an immoral order – one that is against the Human Rights Convention to which most civilized nations of the world are now signatory, and then willingly facing the inevitable court martial for this moral and rational disobedience and defending oneself honorably. A military without conscience is one that belongs to ‘Daarth Vaider’ – the imperial storm troopers! We have no need for such a military. That is a radical transformation of the mindset – won’t you agree? Better that than sitting in the docks lamely arguing “I was only following orders” – which cannot bring back the multitude of innocent dead, and nor can it restore the tabula rasa of nations. Perhaps such laments under the victors’ justice is only useful fodder for more lame theses on the “banality of evil” – in every new generation! Modernity does tend to keep up with newer more high-tech ways to be more brutal and inhuman, doesn’t it? Why should we accept that – from anyone?
When we blindly copy so much from the West, what keeps us from also rationally adapting and inculcating the fundamental sources of their genuine strengths for our own self-defense and the real genuine advancement of all our peoples as human beings first? Yes you now know it too – primarily our ‘client-state’ colonization that is so easy to perpetually maintain, primarily due to our antiquated praetorian mindset egregiously still carrying the vestiges of the dark ages of self-righteous divine sanction to rule over the ‘subjects’ in the service of some higher purpose. Unfortunately, once again we have copied the malaise of the West instead of its lofty achievements: one man still deciding the fate of the entire nation with absolute monarchist powers in his hands. A lesson well learnt from the prime benefactor! Putting a lethal weapon such as a high-tech information-age enabled storm troopers in such ‘ubermensch’ praetorian hands is a monumental crime against humanity, regardless of which nation does it.
I hope you did not mind my frankly sharing my few inner most thoughts with you. And I further hope that I won’t be sent to the gallows for it – for re-imagining our military and our nation – under any pretext or draconian laws enacted under fascism? Will you now protect my inalienable rights to think my own thoughts and to voice my own views and to be genuinely concerned for my own nation and its peoples as I outline for you the path to a genuine military transformation? Or only distinguished bemedaled Generals allowed such luxuries? Because I do feel just as patriotic as you – perhaps even more – but I have no medals on my chest! Surely no one has monopoly over patriotism, right?
And to keep everyman’s patriotism in check is why we need the ‘rule of law’, which in the modernity du jour is based on a reasonable, workable, practical, fair, and humanitarian constitution that is ratified by the populace willing to be governed by it. Laws merely enacted by fiat and approved by a hand-picked ruling elite is hardly a ‘social contract’. It is a Mafioso’s contract, an ‘ubermensch’ emperor’s contract. In antiquity, they didn’t need a constitution because the monarch or caliph or tyrant – usually synonymous – was the constitution, and it didn’t need public ratification because the public didn’t matter, and if the rulers didn’t like someone, all they had to order was ‘off with the head’ and a hundred legions were ready to execute the command, moral or not. The word of the ruler was absolute law, and the ‘rule of law’ still prevailed, by hook or by crook.
So the statement, ‘rule of law’ by itself can mean anything – even rule by tyrants and demagogues and colonial powers under artfully crafted legal cover – and must be qualified as to whose law, and who sanctioned it, and who forced it upon us or who willingly affirmed it as a binding bilateral mutually acceptable ‘social contract’ under which the ‘people’ contractually (i.e. Constitutionally) empower the ‘state’ to manage their collective macro affairs in return for many a circumscription upon their individual selves! This is how my finite mind understands civilized existence in modernity.
If the ‘state’ abrogates its part of the first-principle upon which the ‘social contract’ is constructed, why should the civilians continue to accept their end of the bargain? Why should we, the peoples, continue to endure the beatings and tortures and disappearances and the “shock and awe” just for exercising our ‘contractually’ guaranteed and obligatory, nay, inalienable Human Rights, and our ‘contractual’ right as per the ‘social contract’ to peaceably and collectively tell our rulers we don’t approve of their policies, their unjust wars, their unjust alliances, or that we don’t wish to be governed by self-appointed tin-pot dictators who think they are god’s indispensable gift to mankind? I leave the natural culmination of this line of logical reasoning to your own unconstrained military imagination!
Are we trying to get back to antiquity as fast as possible today by completely suppressing freedom of speech with such draconian laws like the Army Act 2007, and the abominable muzzling of the press that was still in its nascent stages and hadn’t even realized its full mission before it was killed through its birth-pangs? Or are we actually trying to enter modernity by adopting the methods of antiquity, and by magic it will all happen right and we will wake up in modernity? Or is this the very face of the new emerging modernity itself under the ‘new Mandarins’ in which the ‘one world government’ rules, where there is “one center of power, one center of force, one center of decision-making, a world of one master, one sovereign”, as the Russian President Vladimir Putin aptly put it? I hope you will agree that none of these are acceptable to the rational mind that seeks independence and freedom from hegemony of all kinds, starting from those of our own ‘ubermenschen’ ‘praetorian guards’!
I hope that you will also agree, being the thoughtful soldier that you are, that there is no such time as a specific ‘best time’ to usher in such freedoms. Freedom is a continuous practice, not a reachable state and then resting on ones’ laurels. The practice of freedom must remain constant, perennial, through thick and thin of the nation. What Abraham Lincoln did with the American Constitution, and pitted brother against brother to keep the Union, is a dark question mark on the emergence of America as a civilized nation along with its merciless extermination of 10 million natives to settle the land of the free. We need not copy America in its darkest of times and in its monumental crimes. Let’s copy America where it suits us, when it is at its best, and copy from others what they have that suits us when they have been at their best, and adapt and transplant what is good into our own native soil by becoming wise gardeners – keeping our own valuable trees, the few that we have, and knowing both, the fundamental nature of ‘the transplants’, and how to cultivate the ‘native soil’ to make it conducive to ‘the transplants’.
That does not however mean, as our demagogues would like the gullible among us to illogically believe, that if it took the West hundreds of years of Renaissance and much pain and suffering to acquire their political acumen and their freedoms and their democratic forms of government, that we, the ‘pathetic Muslims’, must also needlessly continue to suffer in the modernity du jour also for hundreds of years despite all that has been already learnt, and all that has already been invented! Only a moron, and a tyrant serving another higher master would make such fallacious arguments that we too must persist in inventing our own ‘square wheel’ first! We cannot on the one hand claim that we shall be catching up and even surpassing the entire industrial and information-age revolution within a single generation with our erstwhile HEC heralding-in the ‘socio-economic engine’ of development with their 9 or 10 billion-dollar instant-universities imported from abroad along with instant-faculty and instant-learning so we can overnight catch up on scientific research and high-technology, not to mention how quickly the ‘enlightened moderation’ has been thrust into our conservative culture that expats returning from abroad even after 2 or 3 years cannot recognize their own society, and in the very same breadth suggest: oh except of course for political freedoms.
Such specious red-herring laden arguments can only be made by deftly planted Trojan Horse(s) to keep the ‘wretched of this earth’ continually on our knees as dependent patsy client-states of the ‘hectoring hegemons’!
And the best evidence that this is indeed a real smelly-stinking red-herring, and after which there can be no further argument possible, and no greater evidence presented, is our own next door neighbor India, comprising the same stock of peoples, who won their independence in a shared struggle with us within the same 24-hour period – a vibrant and thriving DEMOCRACY! People freely speaking their minds and freely choosing their governments without hindrance or fear – indeed, India is the largest genuine democracy on the entire PLANET!
I hope General sahib that you will entirely agree that we must ring in all our freedoms NOW along with the respect of the ‘state’ towards its own ‘contractual’ obligations towards the ‘social contract’ – its first-cause raison d’être for even its very existence! This is indeed the first-order primary ‘transformation’ that you must seek! Without our military relinquishing its full-spectrum dictatorial controls upon ‘we the peoples’, we are but slaves to the tempestuous whims of whosoever thinks he (or she) is the ‘greatest invention since sliced bread’!
The ‘modernity’ that the West acquired after their Renaissance, and of which they remained proud for 400 years, itself required the freedom of thought and of its unabridged expression in unhindered public speech as the quintessential first baby-step. They were compelled to banish the ‘hemlock’ of antiquity and forcefully took that first baby step against the muzzling of independent thought and speech by their own ‘praetorian guards’ before they could eventually acquire all that fancy military know-how a few hundred years later to now beat us all over the heads with! We can’t harvest the fruits without planting the trees first. While they are now attempting to reacquire their ‘tail’ for reasons best known only to their controllers, perhaps we will do better with the essential metamorphosis of changing the mindsets of our own multi-faceted ‘praetorian guards’ in order to finally lose our own ‘tail’ that still inexplicably dogs us despite already having had our first Renaissance over 1400 years ago!
If you are willing to spearhead this genuine military transformation for the benefit of our 170 million ‘wretched of this earth’ who have suffered enough from this antediluvian praetorian mindset that is our real enemy within, you can count on my help right away!
Repeal not only the Army Act 2007, but all abhorrent laws and practices that were enacted in all previous military and dictatorial regimes including the vestiges from our colonial past, spanning the gamut of anything that is against the United Nations Agreements on Human Rights to which we are already a signatory (http://hrweb.org/legal/undocs.html) and the egalitarian norms of decency and morality, to construct a genuine non-Mafioso ‘social contract’. Help this nation craft a genuinely progressive Constitution once and for all by taking a close look at what Venezuela has done – see this analysis: “America and Venezuela: Constitutional Worlds Apart” (http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=6594), and do read the amazingly insightful book cited therein: “Cracks in the Constitution“, to intimately comprehend how the greatest of ideas like ‘Democracy’ can be trivially corrupted by a co-opted or incoherent implementation! Several chapters in my book also examine many aspects related to its supposed watchdog – the ‘fourth pillar’ – that has entirely bastardized the present American ‘democracy’ to deliberately assist in crafting the out-of-control ’empire’ now hell bent on ‘imperial mobilization’ with its peoples easily shell-shocked into ‘united we stand’! We neither want such a ‘watchdog’ that only reports “truth with responsibility” (PTV) or only conveys “All the News that’s fit to print” (NYT), nor such a corrupted system of ‘democracy’ that cycles the same vested power-interests in the White House by just changing its front faces! Not a whole lot differently than what transpires in our wretched nation, except that we don’t even bother changing the faces! Let’s reject both systems and craft a genuine Democracy with a capital D and without quotes – ‘the worst possible system except for all others’ because it cannot be easily co-opted! You will thus make Pakistan impregnable(!) redeeming all the past failures of the Pakistan military – an institution to be finally genuinely proud of without recourse to any Army Acts!
An urgent and timely devolution of dictatorial powers back into a genuine fractious Democracy may be our only ticket to also safely and completely disengage our over-committed nation from the sole superpower’s “imperial mobilization” and its fabricated but monumentally criminal “War on Terror” (please see its rational analysis and a realpolitik ‘Full Spectrum Deterrence’ in my essay: Saving Pakistan from Synthetic ‘Terror Central’).
Indeed, had the reins of the entire nation not been held in the absolute hands of any one man to be able to unilaterally and criminally commit 170 million peoples to become complicit in crimes against humanity, no amount of real or fictitious threats from a bar-room bouncer to ‘bomb us back into stone age’ could have convinced a genuinely argumentative FDP (fractious, distributive, participative) Democracy to go along in America’s ungodly con Wars!
It is no coincidence General sahib that absolute dictatorships in client-states are the ‘Hectoring Hegemons’ best friend, and genuine Democracy is not! The dictatorships do not come about except through the deliberate orchestration by the hegemons! Only its public disclosure has to wait until faits accomplis and the famed ‘declassification process’ in advanced countries! If we can just learn to appreciate that naked fact and realize that our clock is ticking rapidly with the “Re-Gathering Storm”, we can immediately know how to save ourselves from becoming a mere footnote in future historians gleeful writings! “We are made wise not by the recollections [of history], but by the responsibility for our future”!
Let’s re-imagine Pakistan together General sahib! Surely that can’t be a crime or sin even in the most fascists of mindsets? And to re-imagine something, one has to negate or erase what came before. It is much like the Muslim traditional religious creed – the first part as you surely know, asserts, ‘there is no god’. The rest, the good stuff – as far as Muslims are concerned – only comes afterwards. The ‘Kalima’ begins with the denial of the abhorrent, and ends in the affirmation of the good. To reject the abhorrent can’t be a crime or sin – it is the explicit teaching of our religion and the foundation of our faith – even if those espousing the abhorrent may assert so otherwise! Thus to continually re-imagine, in every generation, and by everyone, in order to know what to negate and what to erase, what to keep and what to throw away, is our fundamental religious duty too. Thusly springs forth the freedom to imagine, and by corollary, freedom to think, and freedom to discuss. It isn’t entirely a gift or invention of the Western civilization you know, although they seemed to have learned it a bit better than us.
And let’s act quickly because the barbarians are already waiting at the gates of hell for an opportune pretext to strike, as the famous scion of imperialism, Zbigniew Brzezinski has so thoughtfully warned us. Reading between the lines of his prepared speech made to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in February 2007, one can easily make out that the grandmaster author of the ‘Grand Chessboard’, through his public warning, is bringing to fulfillment his own wishes expressed in his own blatantly chauvinist writings of a decade earlier – and that’s perhaps the most appropriate ominous note of empirical realism upon which to end this humble letter of conscience to you (also see this report on Podhoretz’s latest book in the NYT):
‘a plausible scenario for a military collision with Iran involves Iraqi failure to meet the benchmarks, followed by accusations of Iranian responsibility for the failure, then by some provocation in Iraq or a terrorist act in the US blamed on Iran, culminating in a “defensive” US military action against Iran that plunges a lonely America into a spreading and deepening quagmire eventually ranging across Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan’ (Zbigniew Brzezinski’s testimony before the US Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, Feb. 1, 2007 – http://humanbeingsfirst.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/cacheof-us-sfrc-brzezinskitestimony070201.pdf )
Founder, Project Humanbeingsfirst.org
* The meeting [may be thought of as] fictitious. A literary device – it may or may not have taken place.
The Re-Gathering Storm
November 24, 2007
An abbreviated version appeared as Letter to Editor, Dawn, Dec. 3, 2007
In reference to the incredibly courageous reporting of Dr. Mubashir Hasan’s views in the Dawn newspaper article ‘US preparing to invade Pakistan’ [Nov. 22, 2007], I have to sadly say, PRECISELY!
This seems to be the first time that someone from within Pakistan has seen glimpses of the ominous neo-con plan on the ‘Grand Chessboard’ for Pakistan – at least publicly – one that was already made known in 1996 by Zbigniew Brzezinski, the principal architect of ‘CIA Intervention in Afghanistan’ in 1979 and the subsequent predictable Soviet invasion. Both deliberately and causally crafted to “knowingly increase[d] the probability that they would [intervene]” – as per Brzezinski’s own admission two decades later in 1998* – by the Jimmy Carter Administration of which Brzezinski was the erstwhile National Security Advisor. Mr. Carter of course received the Nobel Peace prize as the seeds of total decimation of one of the oldest civilizations were deftly laid on his watch, to which Brzezinski could only remorselessly express the following ‘regret’ some two decades later after the destruction was complete:
“Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? … What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?”
For the repeat performance in Iraq, the only thing that comes to mind is a variation of the age old cliché, ‘destroy me once, shame on you, destroy me twice, shame on me’. And what about a third time? And a fourth? As of late, I have seen at least 6 redrawn maps of Pakistan. And we already know of the repeated threats of nuclear first strikes against Iran!
So Mubashir Hasan’s dire warnings of the regathering storm shouldn’t really be a surprise to anyone following the ‘great game’ on the ‘Grand Chessboard’ – for one can easily imagine a Brzezinski progeny, or the grandmaster himself, bragging in another two decades:
Regret What? The 911 covert-ops was an excellent idea. It had the effect of enabling the massive “imperial mobilization” disguised as ‘war on terror’. What is most important to the history of the world? Some stirred-up Moslems or the “full spectrum dominance” and conquest of the entire world to finally create the much longed for “one world government” led by the ruling elite of the world united in a common bond of wealth and power?**
Those who don’t learn from history, those who don’t read their “Mein Kampfs” du jour, are condemned to suffer the same fate. Those who don’t remove their own dictators at considerable cost to themselves are willingly brought to suffer the “shock and awe” of ‘democracy’ rained onto them at monumental cost to their entire society and civilization; almost to the point of annihilation through Depleted Uranium poisoning of their entire racial DNA makeup. The story of Iraq and Afghanistan – a monumental shame for the world’s peoples who call ourselves civilized human beings; all too busy pursuing the diktats of our stomach until the barbarians come knocking on our doors too! Well they are here!
The ‘arc of crises’, defined since the Berlin Wall fell – to redraw these borders in precisely the same interests as Mubashir Hasan notes (as reported in the Dawn article): “… It wanted an elected government of millionaires under civil and military establishment to serve its interests and those of millionaires in Pakistan…”, except it is not only true for Pakistan but in the entire ‘arc of crisis’.
All of it is together serving the ruling interests of a handful of very elite multi-billionaire ruling class worldwide in the natural culmination of this pyramid path into a ‘one-world’ government by the world’s ruling elite on the top. We already see the world’s financial control exclusively in their grubby hands – and these already transcend national boundaries – money can already come and go across geographies in the bare fleeting of a butterfly’s wings, and most of the developmental economics and national policies of nations in the entire Global South are already entirely beholden to Western arm-twisting institutions like the WB and IMF and their sister organizations that are entirely dominated by the same ruling elite. Their multi-millionaire henchman in the developing nations methodically implementing the deftly crafted neoliberal policies and trade and commerce laws favoring the global corporate interests of their multi-billionaire masters – the new rulers of the world that transcend national boundaries.
It matters little what is used in local geographic governance – full freedom there to have any local administrative domain with its own local ‘police force’ which is where the once wondrous creation of the twentieth century, the nation-states, are headed in the ‘one world government’ of the twenty-first century that will command one set of global laws that matter and one global armed to the teeth military to enforce those laws and to keep the “American peace” – so long as the ‘independent’ local governance is contained in the macro box that sits on the same neoliberal train that is headed to only one destination. The destination in which the rich and affluent Global North-West will harvest the poverty stricken but resource rich Global South-East with the help of the local indigenous ruling elite. This isn’t a speculation at all but entirely rooted in empiricism as can be gleaned by the systematic privatization impetus and theft of the public commons of almost every developing nation under the arm twisting agendas of various instruments of hegemony! And this is all ‘legal’ – just as our PCO and our illustrious leadership is now ‘legal’.
This emphasis on ‘legal sanction’ is least understood by the vast polity in the developing nations, including our own, for it is indeed the graft of the West! ‘The rule of Law’ – yes the laws made by the ’emperor’ and duly approved by the ‘parliament’, the ‘judiciary’, and all systems of ‘democracy’ – must be followed!
The legal rape of nations and the people!
Thomas Friedman, though clearly not one of my favorite imperial columnist, let the truth explode candidly through his pen in his 1999 New York Times column “Manifesto for a Fast World”:
‘The hidden hand of the market will never work without a hidden fist — McDonald’s cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglas, the builder of the F-15. And the hidden fist that keeps the world safe for Silicon Valley’s technologies is called the United States Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. “Good ideas and technologies need a strong power that promotes those ideas by example and protects those ideas by winning on the battlefield,” says the foreign policy historian Robert Kagan. “If a lesser power were promoting our ideas and technologies, they would not have the global currency that they have. And when a strong power, the Soviet Union, promoted its bad ideas, they had a lot of currency for more than half a century.”’
We are merely seeing the imperial baby-steps of the manufacture and global deployment of the new imperial coin of modernity being played out today. The philosophy isn’t new at all; indeed it’s the same old wine in a new bottle, as “Hegemony is as old as mankind.” Only its fantastic enablement in the post colonial period since the end of World War II has been dramatically facilitated after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and drastically accelerated by the “New Pearl Harbor” of 911. This imperial quest is the only true bipartisan policy of the sole superpower state with its own helpless peoples being unwillingly dragged into this “imperial mobilization”.
Just as it needed a Churchill to defeat Hitler, a Nelson to defeat Napoleon, and a Nazi Germany to take down the power of the British Empire – all global conflagrations that saw alliances emerge even among unlikely protagonists – the path to freedom from predators is an entirely obvious lesson of history. Provided one is rationally able to tell the predator from the victims. In these ‘Orwellian’ times with the “technique of infamy” and deception being the first weapon of “hectoring hegemons”, obfuscation through mass media and deflection through re-semanticizing words requires much rationalism and resort to ab initio analysis to uncover the reality when ‘Alice’ is awake. Rather than be caught in the internal branches of the dense tree of deception with assumptions and pre-suppositions that remain unvoiced, one must resort back to the fundamentals (‘the fundamentalists’) and the roots-DNA of the tree itself in order to dismantle the matrix. Otherwise, “off with the head” appears to be the only all encompassing reality, like the ‘war on terror’, one so real, and so visible, that even the remarkable and observant ‘Alice’ remained convinced that it was real!
And St. Augustine from the 4th Century AD provides an excellent vehicle to unravel this word game – the collateral damage to language itself, the first and only vehicle in which we humans can possibly think and reflect, and hence always the first victim of all predators – that indeed seeds all imperial mobilizations:
“When the King asked him what he meant by infesting the sea, the pirate defiantly replied: ‘the same as you do when you infest the whole world; but because I do it with a little ship I am called a robber, and because you do it with a great fleet, you are an emperor.’ ”
Thus those who do not recognize the ‘War on Terror’ as the imperial fiction created to mobilize America as its “democracy is inimical to imperial mobilization”, and instead of dismantling this fiction to safeguard the peoples’ interests worldwide are themselves using this age old well worn mantra for their own indigenous agendas in the pyramid structure that supports the global domination of the world’s ruling elite at the apex, are just as monumentally criminal as those who directly ordered the ‘shock and awe’ upon defenseless civilian populations and decimated their entire civilizations.
And Pakistan is indeed the heart of the matter in all these imperial baby-steps – the only nuclear armed state that can change the tables overnight on ‘The Grand Chessboard’ were it to acquire a truly independent government working in the interests of its own peoples. This will never be allowed to happen willingly in any nation, least of all in Pakistan, as should be obvious to anyone with half a brain.
If there was a statesman like Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto alive today and in any position of national leadership – we may have seen interesting alliances and mutual defense pact treaties with our neighbors coming into existence. ZAB was, after all, whatever one might think of him – as a tyrant or savior – the first person since the invention of modern nation-states to bring together all the Islamic countries in Lahore in an amazing summit in 1974 which is what actually sealed his fate. The ultimate penalty for the pursuit of the ‘Islamic bomb’ was merely the icing on the cake as promised by Henry Kissinger – ZAB would have been eliminated regardless, as all globally nationalist leaders who have sought ‘independence from hegemony’ have always been removed, lest the trend become contagious and a global example for emulation by the have-nots!
So kudos to the lonely Dr. Mubashir Hasan on his courage to speak up and warn the nation of what should be entirely obvious to all un co-opted peoples on this planet. The fact that he is the first one to so bluntly and forthrightly raise the spectre haunting us as the barbarians await at the gates of hell, says a great deal about our intelligentsia, our politicians, our defense analysts, and our ubiquitous talking heads on the now defunct news media – not such a great loss after all to have them zipped – the ‘reality television show’ with little substance.
The real issue is – and we already know the malady whether or not some have the courage to express it – what is a wise remedy for self-defense and who will beard the ‘hungry lions’, the self described ‘hectoring hegemons’ on the ‘Grand Chessboard’?
The following short youtube video of the ‘Battle at Kruger’ can perhaps teach us a remedy if we are wise enough to learn it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU8DDYz68kM
* Brzezinski’s interview in Le Nouvel Observateur (France), Jan 15-21, 1998, p. 76. English translation at: http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/BRZ110A.html
**Predictive words of this author.
Letter to Geo TV: The Quest for Legitimacy in Pakistan – for both the watched, and the watchdog
November 17-20, 2007*
*Letters originally submitted to Geo News on their ‘Geo is Shut’ invitation for comments blog
Letter of November 17, 2007
Dear Geo TV News staff, senior management, CEO, and all the sympathetic audience lamenting the loss of Geo and writing their prolific comments here,
While it is always tragic for any organization to be shut down through draconian and dictatorial measures, and I do hope that Geo is able to get back on air and recover from this travesty, I have to suggest that it’s no national loss that this noise box is gone. What has it achieved? Created more zombies who remain contented spectators glued to their sofas watching it all on the soap box rather than being active participants in their nation’s affairs and the civil society. As for bringing the peoples truthful ‘current affairs’ on the minute – hardly. Geo and all the other banned news media in Pakistan have certainly quite excelled in showing the ‘katputli tamashas’ as they have played out, very accurately. Indeed, for your engaging reporting of the visible leaves of the trees as they have continually fallen in the autumn of the nation’s pathetic and wretched life, full marks to Geo. But so what – it’s no different than the reality television shows in the US that gets a glued and captive audience mesmerized by the thuggery and debauchery on display. Is that what is meant by informing the polity? Perhaps partly, but surely not entirely?
Neither Geo, nor ARY, nor Aaj, Dawnnews, et. al., quite sadly, were ever able to unravel the multi-tiered deception games at play, nor able to penetrate through the ‘technique of infamy’. They all remained focused on the microscopic whims of local rulers when the puppeteers were playing for keeps on the global ‘Grand Chessboard’. Ever hear of ‘Black-ops’ – evidently not! And obviously ‘Covert-ops’ is a non-word in the news media. So what consciousness did these news shows raise among the masses, or what real knowledge about what’s really happening did they bring? Judging from the malaise and lethargy, nay, total apathy, in the Pakistani society among the masses who presumably watch television shows like Geo (as claimed by Geo) to inform themselves, these news shows have only produced Zombies. In the previous age of radio and no information age and no internet, there was far more activism and conscience displayed in society than today. Care to explain this dichotomy if your news programs over the past six or seven years have produced anything substantially beneficial for the society? What is it? Ultimately, the proof of the pudding is in its eating, not in assertions and bragging rights – leave that to the rulers!
You have, for all practical purposes, only produced more zombies! Just look at the anemic size of street protests – in fact Geo coverage of it has made excellent viewing entertainment for many families. More have been content watching Geo in the comforts of their homes than ever before. Then, instead of getting their conscience fired up and joining those being beaten up in an exhibition of brutality that can only put us back into the stone age of barbarism – perhaps unmatched by anyone else except the Bush administration in Iraq and Afghanistan which all your news programs and commentaries persisted in calling the ‘war on terror’ rather than the ‘war of terror’ for ‘imperial mobilization’ – apathetically moving on to do the routine ‘pooja’ of their stomach, and life is back to normal until the next round of some more watching Geo!
I know this is a contrarian view, and perhaps not the best time to offer it. But you seem to be in the listening mode and so I hope you accept it in the true spirit of ‘freedom of the press’ – whatever that may mean to you. To me, it is entirely an illusion deftly spinned to keep the facade of ‘democracy’ going – worldwide! What does it mean to be the fourth pillar of democracy – who watches the watchdog? Anyone with money can set up a press or news media – and it is their respective corporate interests and ideological penchants that define ‘freedom of the press’ – is that the criteria for the fourth pillar of democracy? Anyone with good looks and ability to speak and act can become an anchor – is that the criteria for a television journalist? Is the conscience of a journalist more profound or more moral than of those whom he or she supposedly monitors? If not, then who monitors the journalists? A more penetrating analysis of this question in the context of the mind numbing American news media can be found in Chapters 6 and 7 of http://prisonersofthecave.org – as per the wisdom that whatever is in the developed nations is a learning mirror and 20-30 year heads-up to developing nations, if we are wise that is!
If you do come back on air, perhaps both Geo News and your faithful audience can try to address some of these never before talked about issues regarding the ‘freedom of the press’ as the watchdog of ‘democracy’. At least talk about your ‘special skills’ and ‘integrity’ and ‘special abilities’ upon which you claim the ‘ubermensch’ imperative of watchdog status! In other words, what special analytical and forensic ‘skills’ and ‘knowledge’ do your journalists and news producers have, and what super morality do they and your corporate owners claim, that you are all exempt from both ineptness and co-optation unlike the rest of us in society? The fact that you have been shut down at the capricious whim of a ‘doctor gone wild’ with saving the nation even if it kills the patient, is not an automatic adjudication of your social achievements and journalistic contributions to ‘democracy’, even though, in your best capacity, you did try to stand up to abusive power as you saw fit.
Unfortunately that isn’t enough to inform and ‘activate’ the people through modern day journalism where masterful orchestration of ‘technique of infamy’ is the name of the game, as is the passive indoctrination of the masses! You seem to have done well on both counts. In case of the former, you have elaborately documented each and every leaf that you could see, without forensically seeking the DNA of the trees – for that’s all your camera can capture with your on-site reporting! And your plethora of talking heads later coming on to analyze the events of the day can hardly be published in any peer reviewed academic journal for their profound thoughts. As for indoctrination, well you did provide a compelling and captivating narrative captured on camera – the ‘reality television show’ – and you only created a massive following of zombies, once again at the risk of being repetitive, not unlike in ‘1984’, or in the movie ‘V for Vendetta’. If raising the conscience of the peoples to stand up for their rights and their nation – the masses with their stomachs attached and barely able to subsist in the ‘7-8 percent growth economy’ – was your goal, did you really succeed? How else can the role of the ‘fourth pillar of democracy be defined’?
The ‘fifth of November’ already came and went. Well perhaps we all dream of ‘remembering’ it next year – at least those with a modicum of humanity left in our soul – and amazingly hoping someone else will make it happen! Will Geo, in its next reincarnation after this wakeup call?
Letter of November 20, 2007.
On reading the many messages that thoughtful viewers of Geo have taken the time to write here, I sense that there is a general confusion about the role of media in society, especially their role in a democratic society, or one that is striving towards it. I have previously provided feedback – appears on page 11 – that was critical of Geo in many aspects which are not traditionally thought about in any democratic society, and the mantra of ‘freedom of the press’ is taken for granted as the ‘fourth pillar of democracy’ without giving due consideration to its implementation. However, the following thoughtful message by a commenter requires another response as it is quite full of misconceptions on the role of news media, especially one like Geo, and this theme keeps resurfacing.
Mr. Danish Ahmed [Karachi] Posted on 19, Nov. 2007, wrote:
“[… Geo was continously hitting present government which i would say US or British government would have not even tolerated CNN or BBC in this way… Their are certain code of ethics and conducts in all fields which GEO was not following and justifying as ” freedom of expression”.Rebillions are always punished in every ways.]”
In a nutshell, ‘freedom of expression’ and ‘freedom of the press’ and enshrining it in a constitution is a gift of the Western Renaissance. It is their baby which we are trying to transplant into our historically ‘monarchy’ driven autocratic and feudalistic society. So it is important to understand both the transplant, as well as the soil in which it is going into, in order to have a successful transplant – as any wise gardener might attest – as did the late scholar and gadfly to power Eqbal Ahmed who repeatedly warned us about this when borrowing blindly from the West. So here is briefly about the ‘transplant’. All of us already know much about the ‘soil’ – sadly we know too much.
The purpose behind giving such freedom to the press, as per Ben Franklin – the founding father of the United States who was also a newspaper man and had a small press – was to make it monitor the centers and corridors of power. Mainly governmental power, but also all sources of power in society. For that was the watchdog to sanity-check the mis-behavior and corruption of power by those empowered to implement ‘democracy’ – the triad of an independent but appointed judiciary, the elected legislative, and the elected executive – the system we are trying to blindly copy and adapt into our own native soil despite its barrenness!
This watchdog, presumably independent, and as independent as the independent judiciary despite being appointed (but also confirmed by the elected legislature), is traditionally labeled the ‘fourth pillar’ of constitution in a democratic setup. So how can a watchdog not be a watchdog upon the corridors of power? The same way as why the ‘dog does not bark’! For those unfamiliar with the Sherlock Holmes story where I think this phrase first comes from, the always barking guard dog does not bark on the eventful night of the robbery when its owner himself or herself robs his or her own house!
In perhaps a very weak sense today, because of certain co-optations in the system, and consolidation and corporatization-privatization of public airwaves, that watchdog function has itself been co-opted, to a certain degree. Thus we read on the upper right hand corner of the front page of every edition of the New York Times for instance, “All the news that’s fit to print”. Who decides what’s fit to print? The owners of New York Times and the ideological penchants of its Editorial staff of course. Not usually the journalist – who typically only follows the guideline handed him or her, or it’s a ‘pink slip’, i.e., out of a job if the guidelines, often unwritten, are consistently violated. Thus the attached stomach to one’s body also causes co-optation in the system. That is how the modern mainstream corporatized ‘military-industrial-complex’ affiliated press (and news media) works in the West, more or less. And thus we constantly see ‘Islamophobia’ being deliberately introduced into the mainstream discourse so openly – because it serves the interests of the ruling elite, and the corporatized media is now pretty much owned by them! So when they don’t bark – that’s why. Not because they ought not to bark!
Despite all this, you still see American and European press, at the opportune time, turning on their own governments, and indeed very very courageously exposing their monumental crimes. The Abu Garib atrocities appeared in the American Press first. As did the story of tortures officially authorized by the Pentagon – slowly, much too slowly, but nevertheless, it still did. And in the 1960s, when men were men and women were women and press was press and freedom from the shackles of society was in the air, Daniel Elsberg leaked the ‘Pentagon Papers’ that several American Newspapers published – very very courageously – and that is what brought the Vietnam war to an end eventually by building up the antiwar movement. Just google ‘Pentagon Papers’, and one will know a bit of history of what a courageous press can accomplish – if it wants to that is.
How does that relate to Geo? One can easily see that they have also understood their self-ascribed function to be – despite being a privately owned for-profit media – public service, to the extent of attempting to be that watchdog function even though we haven’t yet achieved the ideal of a democratic and civilized nation.
I don’t work for Geo, and don’t speak for them, but I believe that their hope was to take the nation to that state of egalitarian existence by being that ‘fourth pillar’ of that much desired modernity du jour. In my previous comment that appears on page 11 (and which unfortunately keeps changing as new comments are added – wish the administrator of this blog would make permanent the url of a page on which a comment is put so others can find and reference it easily) I actually criticized Geo for not quite living up to that ideal despite all their hype, and in actuality turning the nation into a pool of bespectating zombies getting their thrills watching the ‘reality television’ in the comfort of their homes glued to their sofas! If this was America and not Pakistan, I might have also added ‘while drinking beer and gulping down pizzas.’ Perhaps we might do that too in Pakistan under “enlightened moderation”?
Such ideals need open debate in a civilized society so one can crystallize them and force such protections as the ‘Freedom of the Press and Individual Speech’, Human Rights Conventions (to which incidentally Pakistan is a signatory), Equal Rights, etc., in the nation’s constitution as we move (hopefully) forward towards [a genuine version of] democracy (rather than towards annihilation due to our own stupidity).
Stupid nations, and stupid peoples, rise and fall together, by electing or selecting or accepting, stupid leaders who desire to rule them by hook or by crook – that is the lesson of modernity, as well of ancient wisdom, including our own legacy. I hope that our present leaders aren’t stupid and all this turmoil is just a bad dream that will go away in a minute! When I wakeup, we will be living in a peaceful, just, and humanitarian, democratic, but most importantly, civilized society…
Poodle-states are necessary for Imperial Mobilization!
September 1, 2007*
*Abbreviated version appeared as Letter to Editor1, The Nation, Pakistan, Sept. 13, 2007
I would like to comment on the oped “Musharraf’s presidential ambitions” (Nation, Pakistan, August 31, 2007)2 where M. A. Niazi noted: “He has to contest in uniform because of the demands by two institutions…”
I think the [earnest] M. A. Niazi might have missed one super-institution in that equation, the third and the most powerful. Consider the following ‘wild’ scenario:
It is not about the country or what its lame institutions want (we of course won’t mention the ordinary mass of humanity as constituting an ‘institution of peoples’ having its own aspirations). It is about attack on Iran and what is needed to accomplish that within the requisite timelines available to the hectoring hegemons.
Bush needs to accomplish his dastardly plan for completing this phase of the ‘birth pangs of the New Middle East’ before his term in office is over, and he needs his partners in monumental crime to maintain the status quo, namely, ensure that no nuclear umbrella is extended from Pakistan to Iran, or SCO to Iran by it transforming itself overnight into a mutual-defense pact treaty ATO (Asian Treaty Organization).
A genuinely elected civilian leader aspiring for a genuinely independent Pakistan, one who might perhaps think of himself as ‘amir-ul-momineen’ and who wouldn’t relent to 5 direct phone calls from the emperor of the world of the time, just might think of doing things his or her own way – the independent and self-reliant way, the way of the peoples which puts the interests and lives of ordinary human beings first. Whether motivated by self-aggrandizement or genuine patriotic aspirations for its peoples – like Chavez of Venezuela – such leadership coming to power can be quite “inimical to imperial mobilization”, especially when it leads a largely fed up populace who has had it up to its neck and is not willing to take it ANYMORE!
As long as the neo-con theology of ‘perpetual war’ remains in power and obediently led by doltish self-righteous assets like Bush, Mush or another paltoo poodle or poodle-dame and their ten thousand apologists and exponents among the ruling elite are required to be in power in Pakistan, regardless of what color garb and dresses they might wear. Passing the official baton of COAS, President, or Prime Minister makes little difference when policies of ‘poodle-states’ remain consistent, no differently than changing the front face in the White House makes any difference when their governing world policies are resounding echoes of the realpolitik theme so straightforwardly articulated in the post World War II period by the American State Department’s George F. Kennan and dutifully carried forth today on the Grand Chessboard by his legatees, the Neo-cons and Zbigniew Brzezinski:
“We have about 50% of the world’s wealth, but only 6.3% of its population …. In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity without positive detriment to our national security. To do so, we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and day-dreaming, and our attention will have to be concentrated everywhere on our immediate national objectives. We need not deceive ourselves that we can afford today the luxury of altruism and world-benefaction …. We should cease to talk about vague and – for the Far East – unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of living standards, and democratization. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts. The less we are then hampered by idealistic slogans, the better.” (Policy Planning Study 23, 1948)
As some evidence of “deal[ing] in straight power concepts” still being the absolute and unarguable reality today, and that all the great plans of mighty mice and men going awry if such a potent nuclear self-defense pact is afforded to the sitting duck Iran – a proud nation among the oldest and richest continuously inhabited civilizations on the planet – please see this recent detailed analysis “Considering a war with Iran: A discussion paper on WMD in the Middle East”3, or read its short summary “US preparing ‘massive’ military attack against Iran”4 which states: “The study concludes that the US has made military preparations to destroy Iran’s WMD, nuclear energy, regime, armed forces, state apparatus and economic infrastructure within days if not hours of President George W. Bush giving the order.”
The fact that this report is fully consistent with all others which either propose or prognosticate the annihilation of Iran due to its fictitious WMD – analogous to the destruction of Iraq for its fictitious WMD as only certain ‘ubermensch white states’ are allowed real WMDs, others are prohibited even fictitious ones – is even more ominous. The manifest untempered goal of empire today is to destroy, destroy, destroy, for it is only through destruction that the seeds of ‘genesis’ is laid in the Straussian world – or so argue the neo-con barbarians ruling the world. None too surprisingly, only the modus operandi is more virulent today and represents only the more overt side of the imperial coin that is facing the top.
The “imperial mobilization” for “full spectrum dominance” is a multifaceted coin that according to the Russian President Putin “means in practice one thing: one center of power, one center of force, one center of decision-making, a world of one master, one sovereign”, and according to the empirical evidence at hand, seeks one single class of ownership for the entire wealth of the world rooted in the virtual world of globalization and free-trade that knows no nationalism or geographic boundaries, and which benefits mainly a tiny class of international ruling elite of the world.
The ideologues du jour riding rough-shod are mainly the more perverse strain of this elitist virus that sees itself destined to effectively takeover the world, one way or another, leaving all the appearances of autonomy behind for administrative purposes. Today it is through kill kill kill only because its particular exponents are entirely sub-human species running on a limited life span. Not to be fooled, they will soon be replaced with a different viral strain from among the social Darwinians – for when absolute power to propagate exists, new mutations eagerly grab the opportunity in a truly bipartisan spirit of hegemony and empire.
Once the bombing and large scale destruction is fait accompli, who becomes president and who wears the uniform in Pakistan and of which fabric becomes considerably less interesting – for it heralds in the potential end to this vicious phase-2 of the ‘genesis’ of the ‘new world order’ – and the local Mafioso families can be permitted to haggle out their new territories and redivide the appearances until the next time services need to be rendered to the hectoring hegemons when all arrows will once again need to be realigned for phase-3.
This is exactly similar to what transpired during the interlude of phase-1 and phase-2 when a civilian facade was inefficaciously allowed to emerge in the poodle-state that was only democratic in name despite rapidly changing ‘elected’ faces. But just as the planning for phase-2 got underway, a strongman became necessary after experiencing how uncontrollable any civilian government can become despite only a thin veneer of democracy camouflaging oligarchic rule in Pakistan’s version of the military-feudal-complex such that even 5 phone calls from the mighty President of United States could not dissuade a presumably civilian leader.
Of course all this miraculous alignment of the stars in the unpredictable heavens only transpires by sheer happenstance. It is just serendipity for the hectoring hegemons that we seem to be ruled by military regimes in the first place for most of our existence, and especially whenever the frontline poodle is required to bark, bear its teeth, and bite (only the other underdogs of course), in the service of its master on the ‘Grand Chessboard’.
And so shall the ‘happenstance’ miraculously repeat when phase-3 is ushered in at the opportune time – for only the military oligarchs can presumably make strong unilateral guarantees and offer full compliance to the master’s voice under their ‘unity of command’ while enacting wonderful katputli tamashas to keep the entertainment-starved peoples glued to their televisions and kept busily engaged deciphering which of the multiple lies and red-herrings might be true. A distracting red herring in itself since much of the ‘Brahman’ ruling elite class of Pakistan has already been bought and paid for. But as in the case of Pakistan’s unprecedented nuclear tests, and its inception some three decades earlier, surprises and redemption are always possible when a nationalist civilian oligarch is in power, and that’s what makes keeping faithful military ‘poodles’ nurtured and well fed a safe bet!
That is indeed the first cause enabler of “Military Inc.” in Pakistan – a fact inexplicably absent in the stellar book of the same name which posits it as primarily the by-product of indigenous culture of ‘feudalism’ that Western powers dutifully exploit!
No Madame defense analyst mon ami, in my far humbler and rather plebeian analysis, it isn’t entirely so. Yes we do provide a conducive native soil, but the gardeners are the ‘hectoring hegemons’ who deliberately plant the ‘poodle-state’ and its managers and its institutions of various caliber and levels of servitude to cater to a wide range of changing realities on the Grand Chessboard. And they rotate them in power as needed, and dispense with them when they have outlived their usefulness (or grown too big for their shoes). And we the people willingly aid and abet in its execution by refusing to diagnose the disease accurately – often too busy worrying about careers, fame and fortune, prestigious appointments and tenures, accolades from the West, invitations to speak and research in their beltways, and for the vast majority of our wretched humanity, the struggle for daily bread!
It might actually be Pakistan’s turn soon enough to receive the next round of ‘benevolence’ from the neo-con alleyways along the path to the ‘new world order’ as the pitiful nation and its wretched people sit idly by quibbling over nonsense and superficial issues of ‘rule of law’ when the laws themselves are constructed only by fiat by the same ruling elite in their own best interests and any discussion of which guardedly remains undebated.
It is a holy taboo to challenge anything ab initio for then it becomes ‘fundamentalism’ and prime target for ‘war of terror’! There has indeed never even been any legitimate public referendum on Pakistan’s laws and its Constitution, nor any input ever sought from the governed public on how they wish to be governed or which wars and peace they want to be a part of – some (one-way) ‘social contract’ that any Mafioso don would be immensely proud of! Thus the same powerful mythology of “war on terror” is conveniently employed by all factions of the ruling elite for their own maximum self-interest even today, just as it was in the aftermath of 911, just as it has always been employed for any conquest since time immemorial. The erstwhile ‘no-op’ of a politician Imran Khan may be the only one courageously asserting that “war on terror” is not our war, and yet he too, presumably as well read and distinguished as he is, deliberately shies away from calling it a self-perpetuating self-enabling myth for affecting “imperial mobilization” through a “lifetime of wars” – the “World War IV”5, as the former director of CIA put it!
A deliberately misdiagnosed disease can never find an efficacious cure – unless ‘Waiting for Allah’ has some miraculous potency to it.
The mighty God of the Muslims does claim to be the ‘best of Planners’ after all. This is what seems to guide the mass of ‘faithful’ in our land of faith-a-plenty, even to the extent of forgetting that the very same God has also blanketly asserted that He ‘does not change the condition of a people unless they strive to change it themselves first’ – a tautology at its best for any rational mind that has lost its connection to the spiritual lingua-franca of the respected Prophets of antiquity!
In today’s modernity, as in the yesteryear’s, the only empirical evidence is the ‘law of the jungle’ in which the top baboon in suits dictates terms to the weaker ones in ‘shalwar kameez’ in the pyramid of hierarchical control, always with the sole superpower du jour perched at its apex and always with wet dreams of “full spectrum dominance”! The only difference as far as one can tell is that some wrote and promulgated their “Mein Kampfs”6, while others with perhaps weaker or more primitive intellects, kept it secret and merely surprised one at the door.
Just the explicit warning of dire consequences accruing to Pakistan coming directly from the mighty grandmaster of the ‘Grand Chessboard’ himself, should be thought of as a blessing of the superiority of the modern ‘ubermensch’ intellect that makes its pronouncements publicly (see the Foreword of the book “Prisoners of the Cave” for why that might be so), and an immediate cause to think and act for the unfoolish in greater national self-preservation.
Not that no consequences have accrued so far in this nation’s long sexagenarian existence as a poodle-client-state, which, some argue, was in fact allowed to come into existence more as a pliable geopolitical pawn against the then emerging scourge of anti-capitalist communism across the world led by the USSR, and the bet, incredibly enough, having been successfully realized within a meager four decades as envisaged by the best thinkers of the then emerging new imperial superpower hell bent on “deal[ing] in straight power concepts” as the cornerstone of its imperial foreign policy. And yet, our ruling elite seems to be entirely obsessed with their petty grab for power, and its mindless bleating continually echoes among our intelligentsia, and almost incoherently in the news media which is entirely unable to see beyond the day’s events in any kind of global perspective. In this incredible one of a kind ‘vulture-culture’ poodle-state we love – the land of the pure planted in an uncongenial soil with the blood of millions and reaping its harvest today – all seem quite oblivious to the mushrooming storm already gathered upon our shores and along the banks just waiting to burst:
‘ a plausible scenario for a military collision with Iran involves Iraqi failure to meet the benchmarks, followed by accusations of Iranian responsibility for the failure, then by some provocation in Iraq or a terrorist act in the US blamed on Iran, culminating in a “defensive” US military action against Iran that plunges a lonely America into a spreading and deepening quagmire eventually ranging across Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan’ (Zbigniew Brzezinski’s ominous testimony before the US Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, Feb 01, 2007)7
It is a remarkable peak of co-optation today that while this monumentally criminal game of hegemony masterfully unfolds before everyone’s eyes on the ‘Grand Chessboard’, and our nation rapidly descends into increasing bipolarity between the “Brahman” and the “Sudra” classes in continuous service as the favorite frontline poodle-state, our intelligentsia and patriots alike willingly prefer to ignore the dancing trumpeting shitting elephant in the newlywed’s bed.
“Hegemony is as old as mankind”, and its best practices are achieved through deception, covert-ops, co-optations, and insidiously positioned ‘Brown-sahibs’ who hear only one master’s voice – from NGOs pleading the mantra of civil society to the political parties busily practicing the art of local comeuppance in who can kiss up to the master du jour more amorously.
The brutish and inhuman barbarianism today which puts the Mongol style of conquest to shame, is a far more overt and a rather poor practice of hegemony, and yet our ‘patriots’ don’t seem to wanna notice it. And even when on the rare occasion that they do, most stay content in offering descriptive platitudes instead of taking firm rational positions and advocating shrewd and calculated prescriptive policy shifts to play more equitably on the Grand Chessboard as a combined group of pawns with non-linear power amplification and projection rather than perishing ignominiously in its power-plays of divide and conquer as individual co-opted patsy pawns. So it is little wonder that under best practices of this art of conquest, we remain, as in our entire history, willing client-states – nay, obedient poodle-states.
The lessons of history in the geopolitical landscape of today only teach us one thing in practice: those who do not remove their own tormentors and ruthless oppressors at enormous sacrifice to themselves, have the fiends removed on their behalf at monumental cost to the whole nation, its environment, and the tabula rasa of its peoples. Of course only to be replaced with new fiends to continue the cycle of hegemony.
It is such a shame that in the amazing book “Military Inc.”, its erstwhile author, Ayesha Siddiqa, omitted to include the ‘poodle-states’ and ‘hectoring-hegemonic-states’ categories into its supposed ‘academic’ classification of modern nation states – for we seem to be continually wondering from tree to tree in search of meaning and identity without realizing that we have been constructed, aided and abetted, manipulated and torn asunder, entirely to be in the perpetual service of the grand hectoring hegemons!
But do we have to accept this destiny of ‘poodle-state’ handed us?
Oh where have the realist-idealists men and women of vision and courage vanished? Was Jinnah among the last of its breed? Is there none remaining in this wretched nation in any position of influence who remains un co-opted? It is only the ‘full spectrum‘ deployment of realpolitik that dictates the limits of hegemony, not the reach of F-16s. When will we learn to play it, at least in the legitimate self-defense of our beleaguered peoples?
The lower order animals surely know how to efficaciously play the game of the jungle to survive – a shame that the ‘Ashraf-ul-Maklooqat’ can’t even learn from them (see the popular 8 minute youtube video “Battle at Kruger” National Park South Africa which has been viewed 19 million times as of this writing!)
The lesser of the two evils in the Matrix world is to astutely recognize the realities du jour for what they are on the ‘Grand Chessboard’ and within the client-state, courageously call a spade a spade – all the way – not just partially, and pay the price to clean the house completely before others decide to do it on our behalf. In Alice’s wonderland however, it is all mere katputli tamasha at the miserable wretched of the earth’s expense, as alliances with the Queen shouting ‘off with the head’ are at best, only an ephemeral reprieve. It is anyone’s turn next!
So which world is it that we live in – the Matrix or Alice?
We obviously don’t live in any consistent reality as noted in the other insightful oped in the Nation of the same edition, by A. H. Khayal, “Let’s have two presidents”!
 Zahir Ebrahim, Letter to Editor, The Nation, Pakistan, Sept. 13, 2007
 The Nation, August 31, 2007 Musharraf’s presidential ambitions, pg. 6, by M. A. Niazi
 SOAS, September 2007, Considering a war with Iran: A discussion paper on WMD in the Middle East by Plesch and Butcher http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/5688/1/0707StudySeptrevPC.pdf
 Global Research, August 29, 2007, US preparing ‘massive’ military attack against Iran, by Raw Story http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=6651
 Zahir Ebrahim, War on Iran and Responsibilities of a People! http://humanbeingsfirst.blogspot.com/2007/03/responsibilities-of-people.html
 Zbigniew Brzezinski: Transcript of Testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Feb. 01, 2007 http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=20070225&articleId=4921
Saving Pakistan from Synthetic ‘Terror Central’: Orchestration of ‘Lal Masjid’ – a precursor to ‘shock and awe’?
July 13-23, 2007
This past week the world watched in abject horror the despicable spectacle of a Pakistani mosque – a place of worship and sanctity – under intense “shock and awe” visitation by Pakistan’s own elite Army.
To me, watching impotently from 20,000 miles away in California with a sinking petrified heart, it was all too reminiscent of what is still being visited upon the wretched peoples of Iraq after the Western nations under the primal stewardship of the United States of America – my ‘tax- paying’ country of residence – had deliberately cultivated and armed their murderous military dictator for over two decades when it had suited their interests on ‘the Grand Chessboard’ leaving at least two million Muslims dead in proxy warfare! And when the ‘pawns’ needed to be reshuffled with the evolving geopolitical expediencies of the ‘New World Order’ being heralded in by the lone unchallenged ‘hectoring hegemon‘ (this bombastic self-ascribed label is lucidly explained in my essay “Dialog among Civilizations”) left standing after the Cold War, the very same hand-pumping supporters of the dictator set him up as the patsy to commit an international transgression (as also noted in the Iraqi transcript of April Glaspie’s conversation with Sadaam Hussein). Then they mercilessly ‘shocked and awed’ that entire beleaguered nation with strangulating full spectrum economic sanctions and DU bombings over a thirteen year period in ‘retaliation’ leaving nothing of consequence in sight: “After eight years of enforcing a no fly zone in northern [and southern] Iraq, few military targets remain. ‘We’re down to the last outhouse’ ” as reported by the Wall Street Journal in 1999.
That being the grotesque unmasked reality, the phantasmal construction of Sadaam’s ‘WMDs’ leaves much pause for reflection in doctrinal writings asserting the imminent destruction of the Western world unless the inhumanity that eventually followed was brought to immediate fruition, in writing such as those by CPSG and PNAC, to wit, the overarching modus operandi:
‘Saddam Hussein has been able to develop biological and chemical munitions. … This poses a danger to our friends, our allies, and to our nation. It is clear that this danger cannot be eliminated as long as our objective is simply “containment,”… Saddam must be overpowered; he will not be brought down by a coup d’etat … But Saddam has an Achilles’ heel: lacking popular support, he rules by terror.’
In other words, ‘save’ the beleaguered people of Iraq from their terrorizing brutalizing dictator who, now amnesiacally, was installed, managed, and fully aided and abetted in the masterful exercise of that terror by the very same people now clamoring for his head! Remember this point as we return to it later in the essay.
And as we all know, unless someone has been soundly asleep, such fanciful constructions were followed by the final blitzkrieg invasion once again in 2003 under the full blown pretexts of ‘WMDs’ to indeed, once and for all, finally ‘free’ the wretched Iraqi peoples from the very same reign of terror and the ‘frightened civilized world’ from the very same but now non-existent ‘WMDs’ that had earlier been very covetously supplied to the erstwhile dictator as the mainstay of his tyrannical rule over his own ‘wretched’ peoples. Please observe the consistency of relationship between the artful planting of the mantra years in advance, to its final “shock and awe” ‘liberation’ exercise as the ‘saviors’.
We won’t rehearse the gory details of the illegal eight year long war of aggression that the barbaric patsy was encouraged to wage upon another neighboring nation whose unprecedented chutzpah in exercising her right to real freedom from superpower serfdom the leading ‘hectoring hegemon’ du jour could never appreciate. And obviously still cannot appreciate to this very day as it’s now planning the final coup de grace by all accounts, by the very same people (“The Case for Bombing Iran”).
That final invasion operation upon the wretched nation of Iraq was aptly, and also quite Orwellianly, named ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom’. Unsurprisingly, it is still ongoing four years later as it is especially constructed and deftly orchestrated to continue ‘freeing’ the peoples of Iraq for a “lifetime” in a ‘global war on terror’ – the ‘World War IV‘ – that is also projected to last a “lifetime“. Read here or here how this WW4 all got started in the words of the ‘hectoring hegemons’ themselves, and why it must continually be fought tooth and nail against the phantasmal ‘islamofascists‘ to win (sic!).
The forensic job of a detective in unraveling the truth is to find unobvious linkages in a vast debris-field of real clues amidst cleverly planted trail of crumbs left behind by any sophisticated criminals. It is to uncover their philosophies and their motives – tortuous or sane – to discover the primal motivations that move them in order to clearly establish premeditation and intent from random events and ‘mere reactions’ to ‘happenstance’. That is what we shall be doing in this essay, looking for rational and causal linkages and patterns to understand the ‘Terror Central’ transpiring in our nation – Pakistan – so that we can actually uncover an efficacious curing protocol rather than continually spin on red herrings.
The best enemies are of course always the ones that one has created, aided and abetted, for then one knows precisely everything about the supposed antagonists, and thus they can be easily destroyed with ease once they have served some other secretive political or military agenda. This technique of fighting fake and fabricated enemies, like hegemony, is as old as mankind. Even the naming technology for these operations isn’t new, as deception is the first principle in the ‘Art of War’‘ mongering for any “imperial mobilization”. The difference is that for ‘Alexanders’, ‘Napoleons’ and ‘Queen Victorias’ leading a charged ‘ubermensch’ peoples who are already imbued with the spirit of imperialism, conquest, and ‘la mission civilisatrice’, deception is mainly only employed upon the victims to be conquered – as the ‘East India Company’ was employed for the conquest of the ‘Jewel in the Crown’, and the Trojan horse to conquer Troy.
But for charlatans and wannabes leading a largely reluctant and peaceable peoples uninterested in world conquest, or unwilling to fight other peoples’ wars with their own blood and tears, deception is employed primarily for the conquest of one’s own peoples first – to either sufficiently ‘motivate’ them into the “imperial mobilization”, or to sufficiently de-sensitize them into inaction and resignation as their own tabula rasa is torn asunder from underneath them in the name of protecting them from the ‘evil doers’. In both cases, after the Rubicon is initially crossed, inching forward to greater and more egregious ‘operations’ becomes relatively more ‘palatable’ to the peaceable and unwilling peoples!
As a humble student of history and current affairs, these two rather un-apparent aspects of this global ‘War on Terror’ immediately jumped into my rather straightforward but ordinary mind as I watched the unfolding horrific events with bated breadth, constantly in touch with my mom in Pakistan – for this time, the venue was my own hometown, and the images were of my own streets that I had roamed with friends as a teenager in high school.
Apart from fighting deliberately constructed ‘evil doers’ to fabricate more ‘evil doers’ in order to fight the “perpetual war” on fabricated terror, or ‘synthetic terror’, it seemed that there was also the deliberate desensitization of the rest of the Pakistani public to the notion of there being no red-lines that cannot be crossed in this global ‘War on Terror’ at whose altar the entire nation could also be willingly sacrificed in order to ‘win’ it! Indeed, as is being deliberately orchestrated in Iraq, it seemed that our own nation’s ‘acceptable’ re-drawing of its borders is being seeded incrementally through increasingly contrived barbaric events such that it would make its eventual breakup appear to be inevitable in order to keep the peace and sanity of its peoples as well as to ensure the safety of the entire world!
For a cynical mind tuned to studying the geopolitical gamesmanship on the Grand Chessboards of history, there can be no other rational and strategic explanation for this monstrous case of sledgehammer brutish military destruction of the Lal Masjid complex and the murder of its young boys and girls, most of them orphans and extremely indigent with no one to watch out for their interests, i.e., quite dispensable, in the very heart of Islamabad among a nation of peoples already brimming from ear to ear with ‘faith’ and extremely mindful of the inviolate sanctity of religion and its mosques.
Did the poor civilian, and at best misguided, predominantly young victims of this slaughter by the world’s 5th largest standing military deserve this fate for the apparent crimes of sacking a few video stores, shutting down a brothel, and some other random acts of puritanical vigilante-justice which were deliberately aided and abetted by the ‘state’ to get the matters to a head? To really understand this question insightfully, one must ask the concomitant question: did the people of Iraq or Afghanistan deserve their fate as the backyards of ‘hectoring hegemons’? And further ponder: what might either of these widely disparate wretched peoples in entirely different nations but yet with so much in common, have done in retrospect to avoid their fate?
To cut through the chase, I’ll share my own limited comprehension of the matter. The only key lesson I have learned from watching all this repeat time and again is that when an indigenous peoples do not courageously rise to overthrow their own dictators that have been deftly foisted upon them under one expedient pretext or another, the ‘foreigners’ willingly, and inevitably come to ‘free’ them from their shackles once these dictators have served their function!
Do we want such a ‘saving’?
The malformed construct of Lal masjid, like the necessity of the Iraqi dictatorship in the 1980s, had been deliberately nurtured and lovingly cultivated, but in its own peculiar and rather bizarre, almost anachronistic, and hence visually shocking to the ‘modernity’ du jour, ‘fundamentalist’ militant flavor for several years right under the very noses of the notorious and all powerful intelligence agencies which shies not even from bugging the homes and offices of the Justices of the Supreme Court in a setup so elaborate, that the spooks claim they cannot certify the removal of all illegal monitoring and tapping devices from the judges quarters in less time than a couple of weeks even upon the explicit legal directive of the highest judicial body in the land to sweep them clean immediately!
For the government to claim not to have known what was going on inside the Lal masjid is obviously the same sort of incredulous lie as the American Government’s feigned ignorance that they did not know of the impending ‘new Pearl Harbor’ of 911. Never mind that in all likelihood, they brought all three towers down themselves as any rational unbiased observer will note from the way they collapsed within seconds so symmetrically right unto their own footprints as is the case in any well executed demolition with sophisticated well placed cutter charges and thermite!
And like all assets deliberately cultivated for proxy services, the Lal Masjid asset too was eliminated with the same zeal and target practice vigor in the most exemplary of “shock and awe” demonstration to also ‘save’ the goodly peoples of Islamabad, the long suffering Pakistani nation, and all of the advanced civilized world from its ‘sticks and stones’ antediluvian reign of terror and obscurantism that had burned one too many DVDs and shutdown one too many massage parlors in the city as mere humble beginnings with sights trained upon conquering the whole world with their white turbans and slotted black tents. This operation too was aptly named “Silence”, and the manner in which it has been conducted is also similarly likely to continue harvesting its stated aim of ‘silence’ over a “lifetime”!
From Afghanistan to Iraq to Palestine to Lebanon to Iran and now in Pakistan, strategic military operations and covert ‘black-ops’ are continually set in motion that are all aptly named and so wisely and humanely constructed so as to precisely achieve their explicitly stated aims as reflected in the simplest meanings of their ‘nom de guerres’, but of course only in the Orwellian sector of the Matrix! In the empirical world, it achieves precisely the opposite of its apt name – and then, feigned surprise! Even an elementary school kid will surely know that: “Those to whom evil is done, Do Evil in return.”
But of course not the brilliant think-tankers at AEI from which Bush borrowed 20 of their best minds, noting: “Some of the finest minds of our nation are at work on some of the greatest challenges to our nation. You do such good work that my administration has borrowed twenty such minds. I want to thank them for their service”. And nor the realpolitik strategists at the Pentagon who argue that the only way to ‘free’ the world of the menace of the ‘evil doers’ is to ‘shock and awe’ them to death after cultivating them first precisely for that purpose.
One given to cynicism borne from rational empiricism will easily assert that this modus operandi of barbarianism quite conveniently ensures an endless supply of ‘evil doers’ by design. Others will continue celebrating with gusto, the ‘unbirthday party’ with the ‘Dormouse’!
The Pakistani military dictatorship foisted upon the reigns of the nation, just like Sadaam Hussein in Iraq was previously, merely took a leaf out of the same handbook of ‘terror’ published in the United States of America for the same purpose.
Except that this Islamabad “shock and awe” operation is a bit unique in that it has been wrought not by an alien superpower upon a demonized and dehumanized peoples of another ‘lesser’ god due to some ‘ubermensch’ self-proclaimed primacy imperatives on the Grand Chessboard as had previously been the norm, but by the nation’s own ruling elite military force upon its own ‘lesser’ civilian people.
It must somehow be better to be ‘shocked and awed’ by ones’ own kind – as when Sadaam Hussein was doing it to his own people – than by some ‘ubermensch’ foreigners, especially if the ‘enemy’ in all these operations is projected to be exactly the same, namely, the ‘evil doers’, the ‘evil jihadis’, ‘radical Islamists’, ‘militant Islam’, and yes, the ubiquitous ‘al qaeeda’! At least when men, women, and children with the latter labels are slaughtered by ‘Muslims’ themselves, and at the wholesome hands of their own mighty national custodians at that, they at least presumably get funeral prayers, and a chance at half decent burial in individual graves – provided their body was found intact! It is merely the dress rehearsal for the final ‘shock and awe’ where no bodies are found at the altar of ‘Daisy Cutters’ and ‘JDAMs’.
All the pundits across the world are asking the same key question of:
how was it possible that under the very nose of the all powerful military Government in the modern Federal Capital could this shockingly antediluvian ‘al qaeeda’ construct have been allowed to germinate in plain sight, and pretty much all are coming up as empty handed;
just as in the case of asking the same question of how 911 was allowed to be perpetrated by the ‘evil jihadis’ using sophisticated flying machines that they only learned to fly on flight simulators and subsequently hijacked with such ease with this incredibly antediluvian weapon systems often referred to as ‘box cutters’ under the very noses of the most armed to the teeth nuclear superpower state with an annual military defense budget that far exceeds that of the next two dozen nations combined, and similarly coming up empty handed!
In both cases however, the impact upon the world’s public is graphic, immediate, and shocking beyond belief, and of course, remarkably enabling. The leading argument for their occurrence in both cases being ‘incompetence’ and ‘intelligence failure’ which is promulgated by both the state and their erudite pundits in all guises.
This ‘incompetence’ explanation unfortunately doesn’t shed a whole lot of light on the matter in either case, at least for us ordinary folks who have to first pay for this ‘incompetence’ with our tax dollars year after year, and then again for the subsequent ‘enablement’ of the ‘preemptive wars’ against ‘evil doers’ with our blood and tears!
Since few in the world today apparently possess the profound mathematics ability to correctly add ‘two plus two equal four’, or the linguistic capability to publicly pronounce the words ‘false flag operation’ in order to delineate such matters in their proper perspective which might rather straightforwardly lead to the unraveling of all obfuscation that surrounds modern deception based “imperial mobilizations” and thus prematurely bring down the house of cards while it’s still being erected before fait accompli, we see almost all commentators in the ubiquitous newsmedia and in the multitude of think-tanks, as well as all politicians worth their salt from the American shining seas to the Arabian troubled waters, and all the way to our very own shores, unsurprisingly focusing mainly on discussing the minutiae of the manifest event itself.
None of them betray that they possess long term memories, or any comprehension of even recent history that can be contextualized to the present.
None of them seem to have heard of ‘covert-ops’ and ‘black-ops’; none of them have read the shrewd analysis of the imperial thinkers themselves of the necessity of real mobilizing pretexts such as the “New Pearl Harbor” and “clear and present danger” as otherwise “Democracy is inimical to imperial mobilization“.
None of them apparently understand that covert-ops while they are operational and active, are meant to be secretive and mendacious, which is why they are called ‘covert’, and that their unraveling necessitates perceptively seeing beyond what’s being deliberately made manifest and what’s being insisted upon as ‘two plus two equals five’ – for hard receipts for them will only be uncovered by historians through the famed declassification process post faits accomplis.
Thus all of these ‘astute’ thinkers, commentators, and media pundits none too miraculously reach the same minimal and common conclusion space regardless of their own starting thesis or the circuitous routes taken in their analysis and speculations, that at the bare minimum, the scourge of ‘fundamentalism’ and ‘militant Islam’ needs to be checked with renewed commitment in the global ‘war on terror’, or else no one in the ‘civilized world’ would remain safe from these antiquated Taliban style ‘evil jihadis’ and ‘al qaeeda’. That root of terror has now been successfully showcased as residing in Pakistan – the ‘Terror Central’!
It is indeed deemed a ‘clash of civilizations’, not of the East and the West titans, but of ‘radical antiquated militant Islam’ and the rest of civilized humanity! That “Today [even] if one could wipe America off the map of the world with a wet cloth, mullah-led fanaticism will not disappear”, as the distinguished native-informant par excellence, the world class physicist Pervaiz Hoodbhoy, has conclusively observed in his latest analysis of the matter in “Preventing More Lal Masjids“, and which he had earlier explored in great analytical depth in “The Threat From Within“. And none to surprisingly, echoing the same mantra of Pakistan becoming a ‘terrorist sanctuary’, CNN a few days ago aired the documentary by Nick Richardson “Pakistan – The Threat Within“. The unanimity of this conclusion space is scary to say the least – at least for us Pakistanis.
It would appear that the world’s leading thinkers, journalists, newsmedia, scholars and leaders “united we stand” that Pakistan poses a serious threat to world peace! Not the hectoring hegemons who have cleverly utilized 911 “to goosestep the Herrenvolk across international frontiers” in what only appears to be another ‘operation canned goods’ or the ‘Reichstag fire’ or the much coveted ‘New Pearl Harbor’ to achieve the ‘transformation of [its] forces’ to achieve ‘full spectrum dominance’ over the planet and outerspace, but my wretched lands of the ancient Indus valley, and my wretched peoples – we are the world threat!
Therefore, as others more astute, learned, and worldly wise than us have already quite courageously tread the obvious more blatantly visible paths to ‘great depths’ and declared our land ‘Terror Central’ and our troubled wretched peoples a ‘world threat’, let us leave the profoundly learned and their various drum beaters to their own devices, and instead, in this brief space, continue exploring where the rather unusual columnist Ejaz Haider in his July 12, 2007 oped in the Daily Times titled “Truth will out” left off after offhandedly noting: ‘Could it be that the government did not want Ghazi to remain alive and at some point talk to the media? The operation was codenamed “Silence”. It makes sense to dub it such if there is an urgent need to “silence” someone’.
Let us further also try to answer the questions that the erstwhile Talat Hussain tried to ask on his Aaj TV ‘Live with Talat’ show last night, on July 23, 2007, of his distinguished panelists who could only respond with the most obvious staid platitudes to his rather profound and surprising key inquiry (paraphrasing and translating the entire program in a nutshell):
“we think we understand the agenda of the Americans and we pay attention to their body language and to their pillow talk of friendship etc. to judge their intentions, and we continually respond as short-sighted reactionaries to each unfolding event when it occurs (seemingly by happenstance) thinking we are mutual friends and allies in this war on terror, and the Americans pay us for our obedient services while continually demanding more and more from us after every transgression we heap upon our own peoples; but do we really, really understand what the overarching long term American intentions and agenda is all about? Do we really understand their geopolitical power-plays and how we are designed to fit in to their scheme of things?”
Let us, the rather ‘ordinary’ and ‘lesser’ distinguished Pakistanis, the ‘we the peoples’, collectively put on our own thinking hats and rightly lay the charge for monumental crimes at the proper doorstep of the first root cause from which ‘all the evil that has followed’ as per the justice administered at the Nuremberg Military Tribunals. The Nuremberg Principles of justice were so powerful that it absolved all the Allied powers of their own monumentally criminal bombing of civilian population centers from Dresden to Tokyo, and Hiroshima to Nagasaki, as all rather unfortunate but legitimate and necessary self-defense against the primary first cause aggressor!
Well, learning from the yardstick setup by the leading superpowers themselves, and identifying the primary first causes of the disease accurately in the layers upon layers of secondary and tertiary causal relationships, rather than merely analyzing its manifest and most visible symptoms, we stand at least half a chance of identifying the right remedies and initiating proper and timely self-defense.
An improper diagnosis on the other hand – either under the distraught and emotional state of siege when no options but to silently appease seem to dominate the thinking of our ruling elite to safeguard their own vested interests, or due to deliberately spewed red herrings that are being disseminated from the highest pulpits that misguides our analysts, or perhaps our own uncourageous silence and co-optation due to the fear of calling a spade a spade lest one be labeled a ‘terrorist’ just as Patrick Henry might today be labeled – can easily lead to continued catastrophes very quickly piling up upon our already beleaguered peoples and a sure death from disintegration of our already fragile nation!
Such destructive destiny apparently has been pre-ordained by the powers to be by 2012 according to some news reports, and only fatalist fools and co-opted traitors will continue to gladly suffer it. Let’s not be counted among them!
Let’s instead craft our own destiny that is first and foremost, in our own best national interests!
And let’s not confine the definition of ‘national interest’ to that offered by our ruling ‘Military Inc.’, but also rationally include within its ambit, the national interests of ‘WE’, the ordinary and wretched 170 million peoples of this nation!
Let’s begin by observing what is being accomplished with the monumentally criminal Lal masjid ‘katputli tamasha’ (puppet show):
More credibility and justification to continue fueling the fiction of global ‘war on terror’ (see for instance “Al-Qaeda, the eternal covert operation“) – and not surprisingly in recent news reports even that linkage to al-qaeeda has been made manifest, even throwing in the name of Daniel Pearl for good measure;
Continued desensitization of the locals to Muslims killing Muslims (and the Muslim ‘state’ being just another one of the actors in the contrived mayhem) to further the global agenda of getting the ‘natives’ to do the colonizing work – Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, (see the excellent summary in “Condi’s creative chaos“) – thus witness that there is no uproar among the local public, they accepted the concept of curfew and curtailment of their movements meekly under the pretext of necessity (what hasn’t been wrought under the doctrine of necessity) whereas even if Sir Rushdie sneezes or a cartoon is created somewhere in deliberate provocation, all hell breaks loose in Pakistan to show precisely that ‘Moslems’ are antiquated fundamentalist nations harboring ‘militant Islamists’ (see “Satanic Pictures“), and that it’s “Not [even] a Clash of Civilizations, It’s a Clash between the Civilized World and Barbarians“!;
A broader agenda enacted piece-meal and known only to the puppeteers for what’s in store for Pakistan between now and 2012 is being successfully orchestrated (and which we can intelligently guess at but for which we shall find no receipts until post faits accomplis). The timing of the appearance of this book written by a ‘native informant’ isn’t just accidental (“Divide Pakistan to Eliminate Terrorism” and CNN is running its slick advertisement), and nor is Pakistan being the most willing of all client states serving empire ever in question (for instance, see “Pakistan to help as the US’s jailer” or “Bush Authorizes New Covert Action against Iran” or “CIA running black propaganda operation against Iran, Syria and Lebanon, officials say“).
So do we know for a fact that Bush hasn’t authorized a similar covert-ops or black-ops in Pakistan to further substantiate, by hook or by crook, the raison d’être for continuing the ‘war on terror’, especially when it needs to be continually primed for a ‘lifetime’ and Pakistan is the perfect place of harvest for its plentiful recruits with already in-place ‘doctrinal motivations’ left over from winning World War III?
We do however know for a fact its converse, and in the words of empire itself, that the empire does covert-ops a plenty to achieve its ‘imperial mobilization’. Given this realist’s understanding of the world we live in, what are the most obvious questions to ask in attempting to unravel this rather bizarre, but easily avertable, lal masjid blood bath?
My humble response – as Sherlock Holmes might ask – who benefits from this lal masjid episode? And just this week, based on all the evidences that we have so very egregiously provided to the world in the past six months, George W. Bush declared Pakistan ‘Terror Central’ in a national address on American radio! Who benefits from such a designation?
The most obvious beneficiaries you ask? No not Musharraf – for he too takes command from elsewhere and is no less indispensable than his illustrious predecessor in uniform with many more eagerly awaiting in the wings to bow and scrape to his (or her) master’s voice. The passing ‘mango season‘ being just incidental to this dispensation of gratitude – the land of Pakistan is gifted with many seasons, not to fear.
In this profound orchestration of ‘lal masjid’ – which did not most assuredly commence in January 2007, but rather several years prior, and at least as far back as 2004 when the late maulana Ghazi was reappointed in the lal masjid and all charges of ‘terrorism’ against him were magically dropped – we have conveniently handed the justification on a platter, and once again at the expense of the blood and tears of the wretched peoples of this land, to the erstwhile Mr. Daniel Pipes for his oft repeated lament noted in “Recruiting Soldiers Against Radical Islam“.
The veritable Pipes has repeatedly lamented how ‘so many people in the West still don’t believe that they are at war [with] .. radical Islam’. Well no more, and thank you very much. And had this not been enacted in Musharaf’s Pakistan, it could have been enacted someplace else, and as they surely will. We shouldn’t forget that the most recent one was orchestrated simultaneously in Gaza to stage the Hamas Fatah incestuous killing zone, and in Lebanon in the Naher al Bared refugee camp with the world watching silently as the ‘wretched of the earth’ are once again displaced for a higher prerogative. The timing and circumstances just worked out right for this lal masjid seedling to germinate when it did. It conveniently served multiple hierarchy of purposes. There are many more such incestuous Muslim killing Muslim seedlings planted in the soil worldwide, rest assured.
If, just for a moment, one can assume that peering through the above empirical lens also lends a rational perspective in the global geopolitical context (as opposed to merely a ‘tin hatted’ conspiracy theory from an hyperactive imagination), many very useful answers potentially fall through. Covert-ops have layers of obfuscation surrounding them like onion rings (see for instance “Islamic Terrorists” supported by Uncle Sam) amidst a trail of endless red herrings. These covert-ops end up synthesizing deliberately crafted consequences, rather than just the mere ‘surprised happenstance’, or the oft repeat ‘surprised blowback’ mantra that we frequently see being discussed among the erudite and the media, in order to perpetuate a pre-planned agenda through brilliant Machiavellian deception mechanisms such as Ezra Pound’s superlative dialectics of deception:
invent and propagate two or more [opposing] lies and keep the peoples busily engaged arguing which of them might be true!
While the goodly peoples and their well intentioned intellectuals, media, press, and think-tanks et. al. remain focused chasing which of the multiple sets of ‘katputli tamashas’ may be true, the ’empire’ expands behind the scenes full steam ahead achieving the pre-planned ‘full spectrum dominance’ in the confusion and preemptive attacks and new bases and missile defense against rogue actors, etc., that follow!
I suppose those who insistently allege this open secret are merely ‘conspiracy theorists’.
And when these ‘tin hats’ further insist on bringing up the plentiful evidence to support their detective work, such as the multiple existent ‘Mein Kampfs’, or point to the “significantly expanded planning doctrine for nuclear wars“, or narrate the agendas of ‘Bush Doctrine‘ in the words of the neo-cons themselves and how deception (such as the famous ‘WMD’ and ‘evil doers’ and ‘sky is falling’) is the key weapon system of these ‘hectoring hegemons’ to confuse, scare and mobilize their own masses in the most desired direction of inaction and acquiescence as otherwise ‘Democracy is inimical to imperial mobilization‘, they are very conveniently labeled ‘terrorists’!
Thus quite unremarkably easily shutting up anyone pointing to the trumpeting elephants in the room, but leaving all the various drum beaters who remain content diligently analyzing the ‘katputli tamashas’, in charge of the circus. Often the most cleverly or shrewdly co-opted who are beyond simple envelops and paychecks, are amply rewarded with well deserved respite, prominence, junkets, sabbaticals, and special invitations to speak along the Hudson and the Potomac worthy of any high ranking faithful ‘native-informant’ in the priestdom.
Only when the hard receipts are in some 20, 30, 40 years later, post faits accomplis, that we shall all know for sure the abc of all the covert-ops, and the same informants who were earlier beating the drum of ‘radical Islamists’ and ‘militant Islam’ will be writing revealing books of how ‘terribly’ immoral and devilishly clever the ’empire’ was, and magically find the courage to label it a ‘rogue state’ and the like.
But that is why history is supposed to be a teacher for contemporary matters in order to empower altering of the future. When the receipts finally come in, instead of using them to analyze and unravel any contemporary events in the light of what has transpired in the recent past, these covert-ops and foreign interventions are just taken as a matter of course, as a matter of mere ‘primacy imperatives’ of the ‘hectoring hegemons’, and written about ad nauseum by the imperialists themselves in the memoirs, confessions, publications of diaries posthumously, or gloat for want of attention post fait accompli – like how Brzezinski bragged about his own orchestrated CIA intervention in Afghanistan that seeded all these ‘lal masjids’ for us whose harvest we are now collecting.
Brzezinski created ‘militant Islam’ in our region by brazenly mixing god and armed-struggle disguised as ‘jihad’ against the ‘evil Soviet empire’. We all know this tale, but how many readers in Pakistan have seen the following claim by Brzezinski 20 years after his initiating the monumentally criminal covert-ops in Afghanistan to deliberately set up and hand the Soviets their own Vietnam War on Muslim soil?
This is incredibly important to understand, what came first: the invasion of Afghanistan by the USSR, or the CIA covert-ops which was deliberately and knowingly crafted to lead to such an invasion? In an interview in 1998 to “Le Nouvel Observateur” (translated from French by historian William Blum):
Question: The former director of the CIA, Robert Gates, stated in his memoirs [“From the Shadows”], that American intelligence services began to aid the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan 6 months before the Soviet intervention. In this period you were the national security adviser to President Carter. You therefore played a role in this affair. Is that correct?
Brzezinski: Yes. According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention.
Question: Despite this risk, you were an advocate of this covert action. But perhaps you yourself desired this Soviet entry into war and looked to provoke it?
Brzezinski: It isn’t quite that. We didn’t push the Russians to intervene, but we knowingly increased the probability that they would.
Question: When the Soviets justified their intervention by asserting that they intended to fight against a secret involvement of the United States in Afghanistan, people didn’t believe them. However, there was a basis of truth. You don’t regret anything today?
Brzezinski: Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter. We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war. Indeed, for almost 10 years, Moscow had to carry on a war unsupportable by the government, a conflict that brought about the demoralization and finally the breakup of the Soviet empire.
Question: And neither do you regret having supported the Islamic fundamentalism, having given arms and advice to future terrorists?
Brzezinski: What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?
Question: Some stirred-up Moslems? But it has been said and repeated Islamic fundamentalism represents a world menace today.
Brzezinski: Nonsense! It is said that the West had a global policy in regard to Islam. That is stupid. There isn’t a global Islam. Look at Islam in a rational manner and without demagoguery or emotion. It is the leading religion of the world with 1.5 billion followers. But what is there in common among Saudi Arabian fundamentalism, moderate Morocco, Pakistan militarism, Egyptian pro-Western or Central Asian secularism? Nothing more than what unites the Christian countries.
Watch Brzezinski in this PBS video clip on the Pak-Afghan border in 1980 asserting to the ‘Mujahideen’ that ‘god is on your side’ (who is the young man in the topi standing next to him if not his Honorable Zalmay Khalilzad, Brzezinski’s talented protégé?)
One might well ask Zbigniew Brzezinski what “secret operation” is he, or his trained offspring, are now following for creating these new ‘evil jihadis’ – the new boogie men to fight their new Post-Cold war lifetime of “war on terrorism” against, and after how many years will they be giving their next interview to “Le Nouvel Observateur” to confess to it, and which PBS videos will be made 20 years hence to openly show the neo-cons urging on the new mullahs to wage a jihad for ‘enactment of Sharia’ because ‘god is still very much on their side’? How will they dismiss the Muslims this time at the conclusion of WW IV? Last time, Brzezinski had referred to the shedding of our red blood and the destruction of a Muslim civilization in the service of empire as merely “some stirred-up Moslems”!
Would Brzezinski’s faithful amoral progeny gloat at the conclusion of WW IV thusly:
what is most important to the history of the earth – the preeminence of America or the death of Arabs, Iraqis, Afghanis, Palestinians, Pakistanis? Some stirred-up Moslems, or the brilliant American full spectrum dominance of the entire planet, the control of all the world’s resources and all its energy spigots, and the triumphal return of the Jews to their entire Promised Land in Eretz Yisrael?
Brzezinski, brazen and boldfaced as ever, has already laid out how any attack on Iran may materialize in his Senate testimony before the Foreign Relations Committee in February 2007. He noted:
‘a plausible scenario for a military collision with Iran involves Iraqi failure to meet the benchmarks, followed by accusations of Iranian responsibility for the failure, then by some provocation in Iraq or a terrorist act in the US blamed on Iran, culminating in a “defensive” US military action against Iran that plunges a lonely America into a spreading and deepening quagmire eventually ranging across Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan’
Attack on Iran is indeed the only leg in the neo-con agenda that remains unfulfilled in the short term during Bush’s tenure, and for which in the face of growing reluctance within the United States to embark on another ‘preemptive war’ to achieve their self-proclaimed primacy imperatives of ‘full spectrum dominance’, something more tangible than just the sustained talk of ‘evil doers’, something more concrete like the actual ‘evil jihadis’ in real conflagration against the civil society, is required in order to prime its own ‘democracy’ to wreck the pre-planned havoc upon another Muslim nation – the only one that has dared to be independent and has openly defied the sole superpower in the world. Every convincing bit that can be added to the fabricated mantra of ‘War on Terror’ is now necessary in order to mobilize the Western public against the supposed real and present dangers of ‘evil jihadis’ and ‘militantly Islamic rogue states’ hell bent on achieving their triumphal version of ‘antiquated Islam’ with the force of arms. Thus for those who don’t yet have WMDs, it is the ‘threat’ of their acquiring them, and those who already possess them, it is the ‘threat’ of their loosing them to the ‘islamofascists’! Both create the boogie-men needed to continue on with premeditated “imperial mobilization”!
Thus the poor Muslims – continually slogging under the burden of what Samuel Huntington astutely noted as a has-been “civilization convinced of the superiority of their culture and incensed with the inferiority of their power” and conveniently under the iron hand of various tin-pot dictators and autocracies since the very inception of modern nation-states at the termination of their own ‘thousand year’ empires after the end of World War I – are once again deliberately paying the price in their own blood, progress, political freedoms, and in equitably sharing of their own natural resources which are deftly being harvested away from them for a song. The developing nations of the Global South, including all the Muslim nations in it, are themselves assisting the West in the exercise of its hegemony for the benefit and comfortable lifestyles of the Western peoples of the Global North.
When will we in the Global South ever learn? When will we spot the elephant in the room? When will we begin to build dikes and bridges to weather the gathering storms that are about to burst?
All matters are inter-linked in this ‘war on terror’ and its concomitant ‘imperial mobilizations’. These matters cannot be understood through simple temporal local microscopic lenses when the image processing requirement calls for rapidly changing zoom lens in a rapidly evolving global landscape. Red herrings are cleverly strewn across the board, and deceptive opinions are deftly crafted by the dutiful servants of empire (knowingly or inadvertently is immaterial) who tend to carve up the entire discourse space unto themselves and either ignore, or systematically denigrate anyone pointing out the dancing-shitting-trumpeting elephant in the bedroom! If one cannot assert two plus two equals four mes amis, what else is left?
So how must we rationally proceed
We must courageously ask and publicly debate, as a sane and rational peoples, the following key meta questions in order to really understand the lal masjid episode and how to most efficaciously throw off the yoke of artificially crafted antediluvian ‘fundamentalisms’ that is choking our peoples to death.
Is it impossible to conceive that suitcases full of black-ops dollars are not in covert-ops replay today to deliberately create the ‘evil jihadis’ such as the Lal masjid in order to continue to generate and sustain an ‘operation canned goods‘ justification for continuing to fuel the global ‘war on terror’ for a lifetime – what the neo-cons and Ex CIA director have already labeled as a ‘lifetime of wars’, the “World War IV“? How else to fight such a war for an entire lifetime without credible recruits to fight against also simultaneously being constructed for the duration? And Pakistan-Afghanistan combo is the most fertile recruiting ground today to extend the conflagration of the Middle East directly into Iran – the main prize. Disarming Pakistan of its nuclear arsenal is the other main event. Is it impossible to perceive how this is being set up through a breakup of the nation with a preemptive strike and take over by NATO of our nuclear arsenal ostensibly to safeguard it? I can easily see a time when things have become so bad that Musharraf personally hands off the safeguarding of these installations to the hectoring hegemons! The Mission would really be Accomplished!
Is it impossible to conceive that our erstwhile Musharaf’s deliberate aims can be coincident and consistent with those of the neo-cons? Everything he has done empirically since taking power has been reflective of their aims, argued with various excuses and apologetics as mere tactical and reactionary responses to fast breaking events. Is it inconceivable that under long term geostrategic planning on the Grand Chessboard by the superpowers that precipitated in 911 as the key enabler of the century, that they would leave the leadership of the most frontline client-state whose services would be most essential to wage this lifetime of ‘Global War on Terror’ to mere chance and happenstance of October 12, 1999? Is it inconceivable to argue that cooperation of the Pakistan’s military would have been orchestrated and would have been equally forthcoming no matter who was in power?
Why can’t there be other covert players here orchestrating events? Once again just ask who is benefiting here? Incompetency and lack of preventive rational response sooner no more explains lal masjid than it does 911. “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, it was planned that way.” as the only three time US President Franklin D. Roosevelt himself believed – the one who history now hints orchestrated ‘Pearl Harbor’ by increasing the likelihood of its occurrence, no differently than Brzezinski confessed to orchestrating the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan four decades later! If there is a history of such hegemonic planning to get the gullible public of a democracy to go along in imperial adventures (see Dialog among Civilizations: Whytalksfail? Part-1), only fools and collaborators would not argue for preemptively planning for self-defense against such an operation unfolding contemporaneously.
Only the most ‘learned’ and the ‘wise’ would argue that there is no proof in hand of any of these conspiracy theories, that we must not learn from history which is only for memorization and torturing high school students, to let’s wait for the famed declassification process, or the self-confessions, or the posthumous publication of diaries, or the awarding of Nobel Prizes for winning the ‘war on terror’ – i.e. post faits accomplis – before we can conclude that it was all pre-planned!
These ‘learned’ folks will insist today on not reading the multiple ‘Mein Kampfs’ that exist in the hand writings of the ‘hectoring hegemons’ themselves, vehemently dismissing all questions of premeditation as conspiracy theories, but tomorrow, will make millions in selling history books pointing out the obvious shitting trumpeting dancing elephant in the bedroom as the ‘rogue state’, and will be duly praised for their glorious dissent as the most prominent gadflies and historians of repute!
Who benefits? Why was this benefit needed now, as the war on Iran is being prepared for while the world is getting wary of the neo-con agenda?
Watch the Star Wars movie ‘Revenge of the Sith’ in which Anakin Skywalker goes and kills off the faithful collaborators of the Sith Lord (the Senator) after the fiction of ‘rebellion’ has been successfully crafted, and defeated, and which as the primal first-cause, enabled the transition of a Republic into Empire. So was ‘operation silence’ necessary to get rid of the evidence of covert-ops – a bizarre convolution of art imitating life, and life imitating art?
Our intelligentsia in Pakistan must move the national dialog into hitherto unexplored directions that transcend focusing on the manifest leaves (which all can see and speculate upon) and start intelligently exploring and unraveling the DNA of the tree in a rational and strategic manner in order to even point to the overarching rational solution spaces. The most obvious, rational, and efficacious solution space under these revised explorations whereby the problem space is posited correctly instead of well intentioned people being perennially sent off chasing red herrings, automatically points to ‘throw the tea overboard’! Only breaking out of the “Plebeian States” syndrome can we ever become a free peoples finally guiding our own wretched destinies to something better for all our peoples.
The Realist’s Solution on the Grand Chessboard
And what does all this mean in concrete realist’s terms of defining an efficacious curing protocol for our systemic cancer before it finally kills us? In my rather simple-minded plebeian overarching view of the Grand Chessboard, and the realpolitik moves we can make on it in an efficacious broad-spectrum curing protocol such that we may have our cake and eat it as well:
- to fully disengage from the fiction of ‘war on terror’
- to close our borders not just to the so called ‘islamofascists’ and various and sundry cultivated ‘terrorists’, but to the American agenda and its black-ops agents moving freely throughout the country as their own backyard synthesizing and financing ‘militant Islam’ under ‘plausible deniability’ and several degrees of separation
- to close down and banish all American military bases immediately from Pakistani soil
- and to point our deterrence-inducing weapons that we have so covetously developed ostensibly for the defense of our own peoples at much sacrifice to our social spendings and developmental economics including clean drinking water in our taps, directly towards all the geopolitical ‘hectoring hegemons’ outside of our borders on mated full alert in a genuinely threatening ‘Samson Option’ of our own, fully disclosed as our ultimate, publicly mandated, political doctrine for a ‘MAD’ self-defense such that no one, not even the world’s lone superpower and its nuclear armed minions, can co-opt our self-defense by arm twisting games of poker on the Grand Chessboard – the only sensible (sic!) and rational raison d’être for possessing such deterrence in the first place
(genuine Origami paper tigers would surely have been a lot less painful investment otherwise; and it may yet be more effective to unilaterally disarm like South Africa if we don’t have the ‘balls’, the chutzpah, the mind, and the political will to make effective use of the only rational way that such horrendous and inconceivable Armageddon inducing weapons can ever be used – as ‘MAD’ness – as most of us would surely prefer having clean drinking water in our taps and quality K-16 education for all)
Furthermore, as these unilateral acts of disobedience to the ‘master’ will surely bring-on the grave displeasure of the ‘hectoring hegemons’ through their intense saber-rattling, economic sanctions, and of course the merciful closing down of the infernal ‘corruption pipeline’, i.e., the Trojan horse of ‘American Aid’, as well as other heightened arm twisting tensions and even deadly covert-ops and destabilization as the ‘camel is already inside the tent’, we cannot safely execute on this disengagement goal on one fine morning in our present system of monolithic power-dispensation even if we had a reformed ‘turn-coat’ dictator willing to do it.
We additionally need two other crucial gestalt shifts in order to realistically play on the Grand Chessboard – as all nations of the world invariably do when ‘hectoring hegemons’ are the ‘Grandmasters’ – to ensure our immediate as well as our long term survival, and without the persistent fear that we are among the proverbial patsy pawns to be strategically played and ultimately sacrificed by the ‘Grandmasters’ at the altar of realpolitik expediency and conquest.
We must transform ourselves, a minor pawn though we might well always remain, into a more heavy weight pawn that has a tremendous built-in inertia in its internal structural makeup to be never again so trivially co-opted by mere phone calls to one man, nor our destiny trivially covertly-channeled by cleverly planted conscienceless ‘Trojan Horses’. Indeed, we may, through judicious gestalt shifts, promote ourselves into an ‘autonomous pawn’ on the ‘Grand Chessboard’. We only move or not move – and perhaps in conjunction with others like us for a greatly amplified control upon our own destiny – when we want, where we want, and always only in our own public’s best interest. This invariance is accomplished by the very design of our internal structural makeup! Imagine such a ‘Grand Chessboard’ where some of the pawns move autonomously based on their own control of their destiny, and by the very design of their internal makeup can never come under any ‘Hectoring Hegemons’ direct manipulative control! The realpolitik has just been made more interesting, naturally ‘damped’ and thus safer, and more equitable!
Now that we have imagined it, let’s briefly note how to get there realistically. The first gestalt shift must be in the construction of our system. The only system I know of that lends the above desirable properties is that of a genuine Democracy. It is naturally fractious, distributive, participative (FDP), thus decision making on important national matters and international policy decisions is spread out by design. If we immediately make the gestalt shift of dumping our ‘praetorian’ authoritarian mindset to adopt a more progressive ‘social contract’ and FDP based systems of governance, we can easily put the decision of whether or not to disengage from the global “War on Terror” to the system itself for adjudication. A national decision collectively taken by the peoples under a legal framework of Constitutional mandates through their representative parliaments, senate, put through another ‘assembly of patriotic un co-opted domain experts’ for expert evaluation and recommendation, and finally ratified directly by the peoples through a direct vote on the critical issue, has overwhelming inertia and built-in damping, as well as blanket international recognition and ab initio legitimacy that simply cannot be easily subverted even by the saber-rattling ‘Hectoring Hegemons’.
Imagine if Musharraf had put the key decisions that he took unilaterally based on his ‘own judgment’ after 911, through such a FDP based public-vetting wringer process! This is called genuine FDP based empowering Democracy in action – the first nemesis of the ‘hectoring hegemons’!
And this is precisely why we find, that if we rationally accept, based on all readily available empirical and intellectual evidence, that this whole “War on Terror” is in reality a very premeditated “imperial mobilization” in disguise, then how can we rationally conclude that the brilliant minds who conceived and meticulously planned for years, who artfully crafted the requisite ‘doctrinal motivations’ into the public discourse years in advance, and who finally orchestrated the imperial march upon the much anxiously awaited and anticipated mobilizing pretext of the ‘new pearl harbor‘, would then so thoughtlessly leave such a key component of their strategy to mere chance – of the indispensable frontline state whose services are absolutely essential for this “imperial mobilization” to succeed, not being under the firm ‘unity of command’ of some autocratic dictatorial regime to follow orders obediently?
And this analysis directly helps us save Pakistan – never mind hanging the ‘traitors’ as the ship is sinking and we haven’t the time for fighting amongst ourselves – to immediately implement what the ‘hectoring hegemons’ are indeed afraid of, and which can yet derail their remaining “imperial mobilization” plans of “shock and awe” visitation upon Iran and possibly Syria!
Thus the politically astute realpolitik thinking individuals in the nation can easily anticipate and shrewdly predict considerable opposition from the ’empire’ and its minions, its ‘native informants’ of all stripes, and our own ruling-elite and institutions preferring the status quo, to our attempts to usher in such a genuine FDP Democratic transformation. They would prefer that we only acquire the faux ‘democracy’ they would like to foist upon us, one that has all the ‘trimmings’ of ‘democracy’, such as elections and over staffed parliaments, but is in essence, the same old recycled rotting wine in a new bottle with the same centers of raw power that continually sing the empire’s song.
As we can witness the travails of Venezuela in its own social and political struggles towards a genuine FDP based social Democracy, and the layers of deception, disinformation, and political opposition being artfully crafted by the ’empire’ and the ruling elite within Venezuela in its path, we can easily learn from their experience and preemptively co-opt all similar and newer attempts that will also be hurled at our attempts for genuine transformation. Just as the construction of ’empire’ and its patsy client-states in the ‘modernity’ du jour requires considerable mastery of both the art and science of “imperial mobilization”, i.e., considerable intellectual sophistication and manipulation of souls, so must breaking loose from its chains. Or so it appears to me.
Thus realpolitik would dictate that in order to succeed in realizing this gestalt shift towards re-genesis, we must have all the key owners and the traditionally ‘feudal’ and ‘praetorian’ leaders in public opinion-molding and power-wielding institutions among our own ruling elite (a number less than a few hundred at best) preemptively signed on to this metamorphosis, even if it is initially seeded by executive fiat. These key stake holders controlling the money and the power in the nation must be made to be just as engagingly and overzealously supportive of it with their heart and soul, as the imperialist thinkers and planners and their ruling elite and their media-owners are of their own ‘la mission civilisatrice’ and its “primacy and its geostrategic imperatives”! Otherwise, nothing can be accomplished by even an army of ‘mercenary’ patriots – our present crop of politicians and our ’empire-enabled’ ruling elite including our military which got funded at least to the tune of $10b by the empire to sing the empire’s main theme song!
I have no idea how this zeal can ever be infused among the zombies and the Faustian pact holders, but without the key players among the ruling elite directly on board this re-genesis, no rational transformation in the ‘modernity’ du jour is possible short of a global plebeian rebellion. Today, even though most everyone among the ruling elite is still loudly singing the main imperial theme song of “War on Terror” at the ‘unbirthday party’ with the ‘Mad Hatter’ (sic!), I hope that this humble analysis from the mind of a plebeian is a rational wakeup call! If it can strike a chord in even one person of consequence, the dominoes will fall on the Grand Chessboard!
Indeed, our immediate gestalt shift to a genuine FDP Democracy is our only remaining lifeline on the Grand Chessboard! Not only does it enable us to show the world that our complex and sophisticated systems of genuine FDP Democratic dispensation have finally spoken in unison as we safely disengage from the “War on Terror” under our Constitutional mandate to listen to the formal spoken voices of the peoples, and for which our Executive has no choice in the matter but to follow suit immediately, but a properly constructed, unco-opted, non ‘special-interest’ driven Democracy would also enable us to implement the second crucial gestalt shift that we need in order to safely disengage ourselves from this barbaric “imperial mobilization” without committing an economic suicide!
The second gestalt shift of realpolitik is to entirely reverse the “divide and conquer” mechanism that is the mainstay of any ‘Hectoring Hegemon’ as this amazing 8 minute youtube video of “Battle at Kruger” graphically illustrates. We can easily grasp that if dividing is their main weapon system of conquest, then uniting must be ours of self-defense! And this remarkable “Battle at Kruger” from the world of nature itself quite emphatically proves it, leaving no room for any further rational objections to the matter.
Thus as the first crucial act of self-defense in our new genuine Democratic dispensation, we must accelerate ‘Full Spectrum Alliances’ with our immediate neighbors, all of with whom we share our history, our heritage, our languages, our cultures, and our common national interests of being free from predatory hectoring hegemons and living in equitable harmony in a multi-polar world that espouses the simple moral Golden Rule ‘Do unto others as you have others do unto you’ in governing all its foreign relations!
And looking beyond that across to the greater Asian continent, to in parallel, accelerate further ‘Full Spectrum Alliances’ in the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) framework by positing mutual self-defense and equitable regional trade treaties for the entire Asian continent in an eventual AU (Asian Union) construction as the only realists’ means for accomplishing persistent and immediate ‘Full Spectrum Deterrence’ against all predatory adventurers hell bent on “full spectrum dominance”.
Further ‘Full Spectrum Alliances’ constructed with the greater humanity in the nations of the Global South is indeed how we save the peoples of our region and of the entire developing world from the curse of both neo-con-servatism, and neoliberalism and its deliberately induced consequences of further sustaining global poverty among the masses. Instead of the indigent and developing nations being forced to adapt to the existent reality of ‘Globalization’ which is constructed by design to entirely favor Western economic and corporate interests, to adapt ‘Globalization’ itself to more equitably serve the economic interests of the indigenous nations of Asia, Africa, and South America! As insoluble a problem as poverty and developmental economics appear to be today, it is trivial to solve by a single gestalt shift. Instead of one world government of laws crafted to favor the ‘free trade’ mantra of developed nations, employ the model of soccer leagues:
‘A league’ teams play amongst themselves, and ‘C league’ teams play amongst themselves. The leagues only meet to play inter-league matches under rules that are negotiated between the two supra-leagues for a greater power-balance – not between individual teams from different leagues where one of them may comprise super-dominant Alpha-males dictating terms at the barrel of a gun and its exponents unabashedly recognizing it for what it is: “The hidden hand of the market will never work without a hidden fist”, or between a highly developed power-block of a handful of nations who crafted the WTO, and each individual nation in the rest of the world, as is presently the case in the world today!
In one fell swoop of astute and genuine political ascendance, we not only immediately save Pakistan and its wretched peoples from the very predictable aftermath of this fictitious “War on terror”, but also from the persistent legacy of our own ‘praetorian guards’ and our colonial past! While simultaneously we seed important new doctrines into the international arena by virtue of our setting the example among the developing nations of “Full Spectrum Alliances”.
It is also how we save the entire world from the ‘islamofascist evil-doers’ – for their militant source and lethal weapon systems of suicide attacks will just as magically melt away from our psyche and our lands – never again to be called ‘Terror Central’ – as it had ‘magically’ appeared! When their ‘gardeners’ are ‘terminated’ with extreme prejudice, they will also whither away in their natural death in due course as they are an unnaturally cultivated pariah in our societies and cannot long exist on their own.
Final thoughts and a demand
I feel that we can thusly plant the seeds of re-genesis which in the past 60 years we have repeatedly failed to do primarily for the lack of forensic understanding of the efficacy involved in any protocol we randomly and ad hocly constructed and followed, for a disease we perhaps either failed to appreciate for its nuanced viral shades, or lacked the courage of our convictions to devise the right protocols. In the presently outlined protocol, we can not only save ourselves from the murderous clutches of the ‘hectoring hegemons’ at whose mercy we have floated, from all empirical evidence, since our very inception, but simultaneously also become a genuinely independent and self-reliant nation for which we were presumably constructed by our ailing founder who saw the world from his own peculiar vantage point that is now little shared by our cynical younger generation of this nation.
Unless we can prove it to them that the tyrannical-sacrifice of millions of innocent ‘dispensable’ peoples on the sub-continent leading to the largest displacement of humanity from their native soil in modern times – far surpassing the original forcible displacement of the indigenous Palestinians by the imported Zionist Jews in 1948 – was worthwhile for the vision of a handful of intellectuals of the twentieth century, we have betrayed the promise. And indeed, it is mainly the promise to our progeny for which the founders of Pakistan constructed Pakistan. Our failure, quite unsurprisingly, mirrors that of the apartheid state of Israel (see my similar forensic analysis and deconstruction of Zionist mythologies in my essay “The endless trail of red herrings”) primarily because we share the same manipulative ‘Hectoring Hegemons’ in our history and in our present. And our future promise, like that of the ‘Children of Abraham’ equitably sharing the land of Canaan, is entirely in our own courageous hands too!
Just as the seeds of the original ‘birth-pangs’ of these two evidently malformed-constructs of history were laid first in intellectual thought – Theodore Herzl in 1896 for ‘Der Judenstaat‘ in his diabolically seminal work of the same name for importing World and European Jewry into Palestine as an existential matter of their survival in the genuinely anti-Semitic European world of the time, and Ch. Rahmat Ali for his realist’s-idealism of a separate political Constitution for the indigenous Muslims already living on the Indian subcontinent as an existential matter of their survival in the new post-colonial political ‘nation-state of India’ that would be dominated by a Hindu ruling majority in his equally seminal 1933 Declarative Manifesto “Now or Never: Are we to live or perish forever” – the seeds of their respective re-genesis must also be laid first in intellectual thought.
At the risk of stating a self-evident truism, one has to imagine the goal before one can be inspired to work towards its arduous journey and overcome all the divisive impediments and obstructions by power-brokers that will surely exist, as was originally the case too, for both nations. Well, both original constructions backfired, both were clearly sanctioned by the global superpowers of the time to best manage the ‘sinking ship’ of a waning empire for the future exercise of hegemony by a new empire, and consequently both are still causing egregious injuries to the tabula rasa of their respective indigenous peoples under the direct control and financial assistance of the same ‘hectoring hegemons’ du jour, and therefore both need to re-imagine their re-genesis that allows their respective indigenous peoples to indeed exist in equitable peace and justice in the new global and local realities du jour.
This re-genesis is precisely what the peoples of Pakistan today must insistently, and by all uncompromising means possible, demand.
It is what I, a humble ordinary citizen of this land demands, for it is a ‘political right’, and a hope, that I have covetously safeguarded, despite having lived in the West all my adult life.
If I can boldly imagine and demand it for the wretched of Palestine by the images of the ‘jackboots’ of the Zionists permanently etched upon the face of a Palestinian child (in “The endless trail of red herrings”), I would be a cowardly hypocrite if I did not imagine and demand it for the wretched of my own soil watching the images of our own “praetorian guards” in constant service to their ‘ubermensch’ masters permanently squashing my own kith into perpetual serfdom of the ‘hectoring hegemons’ fighting fabricated enemies. To remain silent, is to be an accomplice. And to be an accomplice is to incur the immortal imprecation of all victims: “I still curse the killers, their accomplices, the indifferent spectators who knew and kept silent”!
But who is there to spearhead this re-genesis? Such transformations rooted in deep political thought and an appreciation of complex realities du jour cannot be wrought through the simple minded politics of street agitation by sheep who are often led by shrewd Machiavellis themselves – as powerful as mass protests can be to force any political issue to its head when they do reach a ‘critical mass’. It first and foremost requires wise and uncompromising leadership from our greatest minds and talents – ‘Patrick Henrys’ and ‘Ben Franklins’!
Is anyone listening to the sound of realpolitik reason and sanity? Even the animal kingdom has more collective instincts for survival than apparently we do! And as one can witness in the “Battle at Kruger”, they don’t even need a unifying leader – the instincts for survival amazingly unites the herd automatically in their otherwise characteristic ‘flight’ response for “full spectrum deterrence”! As human beings, is our ‘herd’ entirely co-opted from even this innate self-defense mechanism that god even bestowed upon the animals?
Let it never be said in the annals of future history that we did not know how to save Pakistan! We just did not have anyone among our pathetic ruling elite – some ‘ma ka lals’ – courageous enough to detach themselves from their stomach, their greed, their plunder, their co-optation, their praetorian mindset, and espouse a selfless rational idealism rooted in realism and realpolitik wisdom du jour. If such persons do exist anywhere on this planet, and are not yet to be born, they will surely find not just the entire nation of 170 million behind them, but billions of peoples on this planet, including even the peace-loving from among the greatest “populist democracy” itself that is most assuredly “inimical to imperial mobilization”! When we artfully remove the fabricated ‘threat’ to their existence, they will surely also let us exist too!
But this must be executed upon before it is too late and we start witnessing the ‘made in USA’ “shock and awe” visitation – choreographed by only a handful of monumental criminals who have continually hijacked the promise of that great nation in every generation – upon every city, town and village in our wretched nation in the pretext of ‘saving’ us from the ‘islamofascists’! And if that pretext fails to create a viable ‘coalition of the willing’, then to ‘save’ us from our own ‘Sadaam Hussein’. This is what the manifest history on ‘the Grand Chessboard’ has taught me. Who is flying the F-16s or which uniform is driving the armored vehicles will soon become irrelevant as the outcome will be the same!
Let’s ‘dump all teas overboard’ now to save Pakistan!
If we succeed, we would have saved the world by setting a very contagious global precedent!
Islamofascism – Zionofascism – Judeofascism – Christofascism – Neofascism etc. An equitable distribution of Collateral Language!
April 17, 2007
Personally, I think that the fanatics of all ‘religions’ can be equally fascists.
It would not bother me so much if all such ‘fundamentalist’ fascist fanatics would be thusly labeled using the English language’s choicest words, and equitably hung and then burnt at stake as monumental criminals after a stint in Guantanamo Bay with vicious dogs grabbing at their genitals and entirely reenacting for them the barbarisms that transpired in Abu Garib prison for good measure!
However, as a rather straightforward and ordinary Muslim, I do find it deeply offensive that:
a) only uniquely label our ‘pirates’ thusly disparaging only Islam unjustly after these ‘pirates’ have been deftly created/nurtured by the ’emperor’ and now have germinated;
b) use them as a convenient excuse for “imperial mobilization” in the pretext of fighting an endless ‘War on Terror’ as otherwise, “democracy is inimical to imperial mobilization”, and “that exercise requires a high degree of doctrinal motivation, intellectual commitment”, including a “sudden threat or challenge to the public’s sense of domestic well-being” and “truly massive and widely perceived direct external threat” such as a “new pearl harbor”;
c) profound morons on the planet, mostly the educated ones, and almost all of them living in the West – the supposed ‘enlightened civilization’ – and including some indigenously well placed ‘Native Informants’, continue echoing ‘a‘, and conveniently ignore ‘b‘ as the proverbial dancing/trumpeting/shitting monstrous elephant right in the nuptial bed that needs ‘a‘ as much as fish need water!
So to equalize the ‘American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives” on ‘the Grand Chessboard’, and as a plebeian computer scientist but well versed in identifying the ‘most significant bits’ of complex issues – just as the old wise man of antiquity, St. Augustine – let’s call a spade a spade, shall we?
Fight Zionofascism (fascism of the Zionists – too well known to need an explanation), and Christofascism (fascism of the Evangelical Christians hell bent on bringing on ‘Armageddon’), and Judeofascism (fascism of the Jews hell bent on asserting their ‘god’s chosen peoples’ mantra that puts them beyond the pale of ordinary people’s morality), and Neofascism (fascism of the neo-cons to conquer the world regardless of the cost to anyone else), and Atheofascism (fascism of godless atheists who seem to be in the majority among the imperialists du jour who play realpolitik with other peoples’ blood), and last but not least, Uberfascism (fascism of all the Nietzscheian supermen in all cultures who think they are better than human beings and can run rough-shod upon ordinary mortals as their ‘god-given’ primacy imperative), in your own backyards in this holy ‘War on terror’ – the ‘highest order bits’ upon which the real ‘page faults’ (in computer science geek-speak) – and the threat of ‘Islamofascism’ 20,000 miles away will automatically melt away without spending an additional dime as the insignificant and dependent ‘lower order bit’.
Indeed, ‘Islamofascism’ will magically disappear from the international scene just as it was deliberately brought into existence by ‘God on your side‘ with people in foreign ‘suits and ties’ as noted in this open letter to the veritable ‘ubermensch’ Middle East Scholar Daniel Pipes.
Then we shall be left with the more harmless and normative struggle for Renaissance within cultures and societies – a social struggle normal for every generation in every epoch as human beings attempt to keep up with the ‘modernity’ of their times and continually attempt to overcome their demons of history and its concomitant cultural baggage – as opposed to the fabricated ‘synthetic terror’ that is criminally and most audaciously being cultivated for “imperial mobilization” today!
To rationally and efficaciously eradicate the synthetic curse of the ‘islamofascists’ and the attendant suicide bombers, requires first and foremost, to nullify with extreme and ruthless prejudice, its highest level gardeners, and their deliberate aiders and abettors and exponents in all guises. The weeds, without its deft cultivation and nurturing, will die out in due course. It is a monumental crime against humanity to kill the weed with the most inhuman ‘shock and awe’ and blithely call the shattering of the tabula rasa of innocent civilians surrounding them ‘collateral damage’, while leaving not only their mastermind covert-patrons to cultivate more, but the very act of ‘shock and awe’ in itself being its rather obvious deft cultivator. If someone ever kills my loved ones in a ‘shock and awe’ as ‘collateral damage’, they better kill me too, or in my abject insanity, I will surely loose my gift of being a human being first and become the worst criminal – an easy recruit for a gardener! Let me know if there is another human being on this planet who would remain immune from such insanity. In the statistical law of large numbers, one can harvest a thousand a day!
And what of the so called ‘misanthropic’ statements or doctrines in the Islamic scriptures? Well, let’s begin with the far more blatantly misanthropic and tortuous content in the Rabbinical Talmudic literature first as noted by the Jewish ‘native informants’ themselves, shall we? Followed surely by the Zionist and Christian Zionist doctrinal literature of hate and ‘Armageddon’, and then of course the neo-cons’ blatantly chauvinistic ‘American Mein-Kampfs’ in duplicate and triplicate editions. Surely the Islamic literature must also not escape full-spectrum scrutiny-in-context either. If there are doctrines in ‘Islamic’ literature which are misanthropic, as in any influential doctrinal system, let’s expunge them, for any god that is selective, racist, particularistic, misanthropic, iniquitous, and preaches hateful doctrines of ‘primacy’ and ‘might makes right’, can only be man-made and therefore, can easily be eradicated in the ‘civilized’ modernity du jour!
Thus we should be able to not only equitably excise all such misanthropic garbage in all fascist doctrines – be they emanating from the minds of White House National Security Council, or from the penmanship of imperial thinkers, or the crooked fingers of mullahs, priests, and rabbis and the assorted self-righteous ‘ubermensch’ deviants of all stripes – but also charge their authors and exponents, whether alive or dead, and whether self-proclaimed prophets, presidents, emperors, professors, editors, think tankers, journalists, or national security advisers, as the worst monumental criminals to ever poison mankind’s thoughts and acts and thus accordingly deposit the living among them into Guantanamo Bay with full military ‘enemy-combatant’ protocol.
For good measure, we can pass equitable global laws outlawing all misanthropic doctrines, be they practiced by the Jews, Christians, Muslims, Atheists, Neo-cons, Hindus, Europeans, Americans, Free Masons, et. al.
Indeed, to equitably identify, adjudicate, and suitably consign all such forms of hateful doctrinal fascism and their fascist exponents who continually hide behind ‘legal cover’ of powerful nations, a radical free-thinking dialog algorithm is proposed in “Dialog Among Civilizations: Whytalksfail?”.
I suspect most everyone with an ounce of moral imagination would subscribe to such equitable distribution of collateral language and agree for a perpetual ‘holy jihad’ against all fascism. Even the erstwhile ZioNeoConoFascist literati cabal who possess imagination by the bucketful – moral or not – and love ‘perpetual war’, will surely join in. Nothing inspiringly new or terribly profound here beyond simple self-evident moral truths and obvious empiricism!
And the only point of rehearsing this ad nauseam by the non-fascists is because the manifest Machiavellian deceit is also rehearsed ad nauseam by the ‘ubermensch’ fascists and their academic exponents who are almost always beyond the pale of any ‘earthly’ justice system. To take down and refute one sentence of their lie almost takes 10 paragraphs. And they blithely go on synthesizing new ones – as an infinite number of lies are possible on any topic – all it takes is some Straussian imagination. And to bring to book even a single one of these monumental criminals seems to require the ‘victors’ justice’ and an unconditional surrender in an Apocalyptic World War!
Okay, so having done all that hard intellectual work, i.e., dispelled the myths, unraveled the deceptions, and identified all the terror philosophies in ancient texts and their modern exponents, then what? Who will equitably implement the actual excising of these doctrines from among mankind?
We are merely defenseless civilians, we don’t possess vast armies of conquest, or even for our self-defense against the fascists, nor ‘WMDs’, nor other means of initiating détente through any ‘MAD’ checks! And nor do we have any resources to reach the mainstream audience in the world’s most powerful ‘populist democracy’ who are indeed the accomplice prime-movers of this ‘imperial mobilization’ by virtue of their zombie-like ‘United We Stand’ as ‘Good Germans’ behavior of continually ‘looking from the side’, as atrocities upon atrocities upon the ordinary ‘lesser’ human beings continue to mount while the ‘populist democracy’ stays veritably busy pursuing its “American Dreams”!
So one mostly ends up preaching to the equally impotent choir – with some cheerleading here and there – and then all of us go home after a day’s worth of hard loquacious workout on the treadmill of in-efficacious protests as noted in ‘History is great fun to rehearse – what does it do for us today?‘ and in this open challenge of courage thrown to Amnesty International, USA.
What has changed since October 7, 2001 when Afghanistan was bombed into pre-history and today 6 years later? Iraq was still bombed in the interim! And this time around, Iran may be bombed with Nuclear Weapons! And us, the so called ‘voice of conscience’, are still occupied dispelling and unraveling the lies ad infinitum – while Muslims across the world continue to die in large numbers from ZioCon inspired American and British peoples’ own horrendous weapons of mass destruction bought and paid for by the American and British tax payers! It’s better to not mention the soldiers of economic conscription also needlessly dying at the behest of their masters wrapped in the false flag of patriotism, for they are, after all, bombing and killing another peoples on their own indigenous land and are thus the aggressors. They do have the choice to say no! I’ll be content mentioning only their victims, for those are my peoples as human beings first – regardless of their race and religion and nationality.
As per the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials, all blame for aggression, and for “all the evil that follows”, is laid upon those who initiate the first aggression. Yes even under the euphemistic but well worn mantra of “preemptive self-defense” – an idea deftly exploited by Hitler as he went in search and annexation mission for his ‘Lebensraum’ that caused the destruction of much of Europe, most of it due to Allied bombing of civilian centers to free the European cities from the clutches of the occupiers! Before you send your precious sons and daughters off to fight the fictional “War on Terror” – do remember these veritable lessons of ‘victor’s justice’ subsequently enshrined into International Law not too long ago!
Response to Financial Times Gideon Rachman’s ‘And now for a world government’
December 11, 2008
‘I have never believed that there is a secret United Nations plot to take over the US. I have never seen black helicopters hovering in the sky above Montana. But, for the first time in my life, I think the formation of some sort of world government is plausible. A “world government” would involve much more than co-operation between nations. It would be an entity with state-like characteristics, backed by a body of laws. The European Union has already set up a continental government for 27 countries, which could be a model. The EU has a supreme court, a currency, thousands of pages of law, a large civil service and the ability to deploy military force. So could the European model go global? There are three reasons for thinking that it might. First, it is increasingly clear that the most difficult issues facing national governments are international in nature: there is global warming, a global financial crisis and a “global war on terror”.’ ( Gideon Rachman, And now for a world government, Financial Times, December 8 2008 )
And there you have it, right from the mouthpiece of high finance, the shill for the New World Order, the media asset of the intelligence apparatus, testing the water temperature. This time, the FT’s chief foreign affairs columnist lets the full caboodle out of the bag, saying exactly what Project Humanbeingsfirst has been warning about: that the most natural solution to global fictions and global manufactured crises will be presented as “world government”. As David Icke had pointed out over ten years ago, there has to come a point at which the devilish conspiracy for world government will need to break surface. But before that time, all references to it must be discredited as ‘tin-hatted’ conspiracy theories. That breaking of surface has been happening gradually in disjoint bits and fragments for the past few years. Even Congressman Ron Paul blatantly talked about it during the 2008 Republican Debates carried on CNN – something that would have been unheard of in mainstream coverage in the past. But this instance in the Financial Times editorial is the most egregious testing of the waters because it brings all the manufactured global boogiemen together, and exactly posits their solution-space as “world government”. It brings to full circle implementation these ominous words of G. Edward Griffin from ‘The Capitalist Conspiracy‘:
“Create conditions so frightful at home and abroad, that the abandonment of personal liberties and national sovereignty, will appear as a reasonable price for a return to domestic tranquility and world peace.”
A bit of high-school level few studious nights homework would reveal that all three items on Mr. Gideon Rachman’s list are elaborately manufactured fictions. To know that a) global warming, is a politically motivated global fiction, or at best, of a highly contentious nature among scientists themselves and therefore, hardly a scientific fact upon which such a monumental global policy as world-government can be advocated, begin at Steve Watson’s short news story ‘Over 650 Scientists Challenge Global Warming “Consensus”‘, and download PDF of the full 231 page report released December 11, 2008, titled: ‘U. S. Senate Minority Report: More Than 650 International Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming Claims – Scientists Continue to Debunk “Consensus” in 2008’. Or read its Introduction Chapter here. To learn that b) global financial crisis, is deliberately manufactured, the Monetary Reform Bibliography contains sufficient references and perspective which ties it all together. To understand that c) global war on terror, is synthetic and fabricated, read the minuscule compilation of Project Humanbeingsfirst’s reports which succinctly unravels it all: The WAR on TERROR 2008 Omnibus Collection (PDF).
After doing one’s due diligence and all that homework, where does that leave a bewildered but commonsensical person? It at least leaves one to ponder that such deep intelligence propaganda programs spinning manufactured death in a perpetual war that is intended to last for lifetime, spinning manufactured global financial collapse as happenstance of overspending due to Wall Street shortsightedness, and spinning natural climate changes as manmade – all to create global governance structures piece-meal and through faits accomplis – are being relentlessly seeded into peoples’ consciousness, and not one in the worldwide mainstream news media is able to call on it? Are all of them morons? Or are they all sell-outs? How can that be? How does the “Mighty Wurlitzer” accomplish this?
The answer to that can also be easily understood – for we know far too much from recent history, if only one is reminded of it. Notice how Rachman begins his editorial “I have never believed that there is a secret United Nations plot to take over the US”, such that in a single opening sentence, he puts to rest why he might now be saying the same thing that the so called conspiracy theorists have been asserting for many years. He presents his version as a new emerging necessity to the global problems. What is this – other than a very sophisticated intelligence psy-op to now make it acceptable to take the conspiracy out of the previously discredited realm of ‘tin-hatters’ and start discussing it as the preferred solution-space? But coming from a respectable news media like the Financial Times(?) they are hardly a tabloid newspaper, one might ask. Such psyops and disinformation is the norm rather than the exception, as the following two articles disclose: Carl Bernstein’s ‘THE CIA AND THE MEDIA‘, and Richard Keeble’s ‘Hacks And Spooks‘.
In addition, the following passage from the court testimony of expert witness Mr. William Schaap on psyops and disinformation, dated November 30, 1999, is very useful in acquiring a perspective that is denied to most Western peoples. Watch his hour long video testimony or read its transcript. This is what he says on ‘conspiracy’:
“The average American would hear something from the government or hear the news on television and assumes that what they’re hearing is the truth unless they’re shown otherwise. They assume that almost nothing is ever a conspiracy.
In Europe it’s very much the opposite. Anything happens. They tend to think it’s a conspiracy unless you show them that it wasn’t a conspiracy. I mean, after all, “conspiracy” just means, you know, more than one person being involved in something. And if you stop and think about it, almost everything significant that happens anywhere involves more than one person.
Yet here there is a — not a myth really, but there’s just an underlying assumption that most things are not conspiracies. And when you have that, it enables a government which has a propaganda program, has a disinformation program, to be relatively successful in — in having its disinformation accepted. … But another reason it works is that disinformation is very, very effective over time. The longer that you, whoever you are, can control the spin on a story, the more that spin becomes accepted as the absolute truth. And in this country the government has a great deal of power and influence over that spin.”
The conclusion of this response therefore, is best expressed in the 1974 prescriptive words of the CFR author Richard N. Gardner, from his article in Foreign Affairs titled: ‘The Hard Road To World Order‘. The former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations under Kennedy and Johnson, and a member of the Trilateral Commission, had accurately captured the Zeitgeist which was to exist in the near future – and that future is here today – in which, the import of Mr. Gideon Rachman’s editorial becomes clear:
“In short, the ‘house of world order’ will have to be built from the bottom up, rather than from the top down. It will look like a great ‘booming, buzzing confusion’ to use William James’ famous description of reality, but an end run around national sovereignty, eroding it piece by piece will accomplish much more than the old-fashioned frontal assault.”
(If the above link for the Financial Times news story doesn’t work, access it through Mr. Rachman’s Financial Times blog. Also see his two followups after being bombarded by adverse comments here and here.)
Please send your letter to editor to Project Humanbeingsfirst, and to the Financial Times, airing your opinion whether you agree, or acquiesce, to losing the independence of your nation-state to solve the problems outlined by the Financial Times and the global ruling elite!
Footnote: This letter, submitted to the Financial Times and emailed to Mr. Gideon Rachman, is fully referenced with embedded links in the original source which are not reproduced here.
There is many a slip between the cup and lip. Pakistan is still on the map. It is not too late to wage a genuine struggle for independence against the barbarians at the gate who call themselves the hectoring hegemons.
There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free–if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending–if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained–we must fight!
I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!
They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger?
Will it be the next week, or the next year?
Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a Xe guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength but irresolution and inaction?
Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?
Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us.
Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest.
There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Baluchistan to the mountains of the Tribal Belt!
The war is inevitable–and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.
It is in vain, sir, to extentuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace–but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms!
Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have?
Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!
Once upon a time, so entreated a courageous man whom all honor in the United States of America as their founding father! But when he had spoketh, he wasn’t addressing a nation of traitors, mercenaries, native-informants, ‘Negroes’, and a confused mass of people. The enemy was clearly identified. All he had to do was to rile them up to stand up for their dignity, and their independence.
Today, the enemy is shrouded in obfuscation for the vast majority of Pakistani people. They don’t know the enemy. With each suicide bomb blast they bury their dead anew. Whom should they charge for the crime? Osama Bin Laden? With each drone strike, they bury their children anew. Whom should they charge for that crime? Or should they remain in awe of the benevolence of the imperial storm troopers after Iraq and Afghanistan that they used only precision high-tech strikes to kill far fewer innocent men women and children in Pakistan than they otherwise might have with “shock and awe” if General Collin Powel was still around? And feel gratified when it’s only their own military (or jihadis) doing it to them – for surely, being dispatched to heaven by fellow Muslims is superior in some way than by infidels alone? What ought the Pakistanis to feel, think, and do? Or simply do nothing and let god sort it all out with the Hectoring Hegemons?
Who is the real enemy responsible for waging World War IV? Is it the mosque, the mullah, the military, the militants, the politicians who turn on a dime, Israel, India, ISI, NATO, America, Islam, Judaism, Christianity, or god who has fated this dastardly destiny so that it can nicely bring about its promised messiah and show the good and wronged people how really mighty powerful and merciful it is so that they may all bow even lower in praise showing up their rear end even higher; who?
Whosoever is the enemy, staying silent ‘looking from the side’ only invokes the curse of all victims throughout posterity :
“I still curse the killers, their accomplices, the indifferent spectators who knew and kept silent, and Creation itself, Creation and those who perverted and distorted it. I feel like screaming, howling like a madman so that that world, the world of the murderers, might know it will never be forgiven.”
I absolve myself, and my progeny from that curse. We have tried our best to be heard.
October 31, 2009
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