U.S.-Pakistan relations: Watershed or Waterloo?

 Raoof Hasan, The International News,  September 29, 2011

The inherent artificiality of US-Pakistan relations was bound to assert itself as it has now. After a spate of bellicose statements from the US military hierarchy directly targeting the military and the ISI, it was the COAS who showed the grit to defend Pakistan’s legitimate strategic interests. The responsibility for doing so rested on the shoulders of the political leadership, but they constitute an important component of the problem that Pakistan is faced with today.

The US is losing the war in Afghanistan just like all previous invaders have. It has lost wars in the past that it started with intentions of stamping its illegitimate hegemony on various regions. In the process, it destabilised the world causing untold mayhem and impoverished millions of people who are still struggling to cope. Since the initiation of wars by the US has been part of a jaundiced but unchanging strategy of cultivating strife to keep its arms industry going and to physically occupy all sources of energy, there has been no let up in its scope or intensity, and there will not be any. Region after region has been mercilessly subjected to US brutality.

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One Response to “U.S.-Pakistan relations: Watershed or Waterloo?”

  1. sudhan Says:

    Mr Raoof Hasan has clearly outlined the internal political problems of Pakistan and the role of imperial America and its use of military and political power within Pakistan to the detriment of the vital interests of Pakistan and its people.

    We heard a few days ago PM Gilani asking America not to invade Pakistan because that would be a ‘violation of its sovereignty’! This shows the level of political apathy and lack of understanding of the Pakistani rulers. The United States has been killing Pakistanis by drone attacks and other clandestine operations with impunity. Don’t such aerial attacks and killing of the people constitute war crimes under international law ? Don’t the drone attacks violate Pakistani sovereignty? What about the miltary bases (i.e. Shmasi) that Pakistani rulers themselves had given to the U.S. in return for money to facilitate killings of people within Pakistan, the soil of Pakistan?


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