America and Pakistan
in Search of
Peace and Conflict Resolution
Mahboob A. Khawaja, PhD.
Reflections on Today’s World of Politics
US President, Donald Trump, and young-looking Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan, met at the White House on July 24. Trump is a master of transforming rhetoric into reality – as he did to the North Korean leader. Both were trying to overcome the historic indifference and prejudice in order to bridge the ever-widening gap between the reality and the perceptions of relationship. If relationships between or among nations are based on the simplicity of truth, wisdom, national interest and integrity, one could foresee political compromises as a virtue to foster friendship. Trump’s body language signalled some positive overtures as America looks for foes and friends to end its occupation of Afghanistan. Pakistan is central to this strategy to facilitate a peaceful and face-saving outcome for American militarism in Afghanistan. Truth is unchanging as it was in 2001 that George W. Bush – an emotionally-disturbed and intellectually-imbalanced president – embarked on military intervention in Afghanistan only to strengthen his standing before the American masses in the wake of the 9/11. Truth is the same today as it was almost two decades ago that America and its NATO allies displaced and killed millions for no other reason except a preposterous and distorted version of warmongering against the poor and the helpless people of Afghanistan who had nothing to do with the 9/11 incident. When false assumptions go unchallenged, reactionary forces entrench in violence and destruction.
Bertrand Russell and Alfred Einstein Manifest (1955) called “a war with H bomb might possibly put an end to the human race.” In 2017, America tested the ‘Mother of All Bombs’ in Afghanistan as if it was an American state. This is how America and NATO destroyed the ancient, peaceful culture of Afghanistan. All wars are dreadful and end up in calamities with ripple effects for centuries to come. It is an evidence of tragic human abnormality that Americans, Afghans and Pakistanis could not unfold humanitarian approaches to resolve the prolonged conflict in Afghanistan. Now, Trump and Imran Khan have come to understand the reality and wisdom of reciprocal forbearance that could usher a just a viable settlement in Afghanistan. But no one should underestimate the prevalent optimistic scepticism linking Pakistan and Afghanistan to a new American policy and practice for change in southwest Asia.
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