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Myths and Realities

Our leaders, having lost their way they continue squabbling unmindful that their mulish, self-serving and ultimately self-immolating devotion to their own betterment has brought the country to the brink of disaster.

So often are myths and lies passed on as uncontested truth that nothing we hear anymore is taken at face value and no one is considered to be speaking the truth if they have something to gain. That should be lesson enough for nations not to fib but, perversely, it has only acted as an incentive to develop ever more skilful techniques of lying so that the guileless world public, including their own, continues to be duped.

There are many examples where nations have gone to war on the basis of lies, false flag operations, self-serving propaganda, etc. The Vietnam War, which was to cost the lives of 58,000 Americans, and a million Vietnamese, began in earnest after one such manufactured incident in the Gulf of Tonkin.

The myth that Japan had to be made to surrender unconditionally was responsible for the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. However, subsequently released documents show Japan had offered to do just that provided the divine status of the Emperor was preserved. But, notwithstanding the objections of Eisenhower and MacArthur, President Truman rejected the offer. In other words, the inhabitants of Hiroshima and Nagasaki had to endure the hell visited on them only because they sought the right to worship their Emperor in accordance with their traditional beliefs and practices. The request was subsequently conceded without any explanation being offered why it had been initially refused.

Another gargantuan lie was the US claim that America only entered the fray in Afghanistan AFTER the Soviet invasion in December 1979 when in fact, Washington had begun arming the mujahedeen in July 1979, that is, BEFORE the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan as part of Brzezinski’s plan to inveigle the USSR into Afghanistan to avenge Moscow’s support of North Vietnam.

This was revealed by Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Carter’s National Security Adviser in January, (15-21st) 1998, in an interview with the French weekly Nouvel Observateur.

In response to the question whether ‘it was correct that the CIA began to aid the mujahedeen in Afghanistan six months before the Soviet intervention,’ Brzezinsky replied:

‘Yes. According to the official version of history the CIA aid began during 1980 but the reality, secretly guarded until now is completely otherwise. Indeed, it was July 3 when President Carter signed the directive for secret aid to opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day I wrote’ to the president’. telling him that this was going to induce a Soviet military intervention.’

So we went around the world crying hoarse about how wicked the Soviets were for invading poor impoverished and defenceless Afghanistan; how recklessly Moscow had shattered the peace of our region; how dangerously exposed Pakistan had become and how much of a threat the Soviet ‘drive for the warm waters of the Indian Ocean’ posed to our security, although it was all bilge.

Having landed us in the war the Americans then abandoned us to our fate once the Soviets were defeated and, as if that was not bad enough, slapped sanctions on Pakistan for pursuing a nuclear weapons programme of which they had been aware for a decade or so.

Imagine how that war transformed Pakistan; how it changed our society infinitely for the worse; the drug and gun culture it bequeathed and the impact of the presence of five million Afghan refugees on the economy and society only so that America could avenge Moscow for supporting North Vietnam.

The other example, of course, is the invasion of Iraq by George Bush on the spurious pretext that Iraq had WMDs. George Bush was heeding Adolf Hitler’s advice that intelligent liars ‘know that a nation will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one.’ Alas, he seems to have got away with it, notwithstanding the millions of Iraqis killed, injured and displaced.

As if that was not enough, America now wants us to believe the present ‘war on terror’ is America’s response to what happened on 9/11 although the plan was adopted well before 9/11.

(Indirectly)  refuting this lie Brzezinski, while testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in February 2007, said:

‘A mythical historical narrative to justify the case for such a protracted and potentially expanding war is already being articulated. Initially justified by false claims about WMD’s in Iraq, the war is now being redefined as the ‘decisive ideological struggle’ of our time’ and 9/11 as the equivalent of the Pearl Harbour attack which precipitated America’s involvement in World War II.’

In other words, the ‘war on terror’ being waged today has little to do with 9/ 11 (because it predates 9/11). And we know this to be true because the plan to impose a Pax Americana had been elaborated, discussed and adopted by neo cons following the demise of the USSR well before Bush junior took office in January 2000. It was part of Bush senior’s New World Order which the younger Bush was bent on implementing.

 The pity is that America could have had a huge role to play in preventing Pakistan from becoming what it fears most, an Islamic run nuclear armed redoubt of anti-Americanism. That opportunity still exists but it is a wasting chance, unless America not only winds up its Afghan calamity quickly, even before 2014, but also leaves lock, stock and barrel.
 Brzezinski, the arch type cold war warrior, was also right in claiming that the war is ‘expanding’ because since 9/11, the US has spent $444 billion on the Afghan War or 35% of total war spending. According to the Congressional Research Service between FY 2009 and FY 2010, and that average monthly US defence spending for Afghanistan grew from $4.4 billion to $ 6.6 billion a month, a 50% increase.Evidence of just what America has in mind at the strategic level in Af-Pak is forthcoming in Bob Woodward’s book ‘Obama’s Wars’. Herewith, the (purported) minutes of the National Security Council meeting on September 29, 2009 reproduced by Woodward:

“The context for this (war in Afghanistan) is that this is necessary to defeat al Qaeda and support the effort (attacks) in Pakistan. We can’t lose sight of Pakistan’. The way I understand this, Afghanistan is a means to accomplish our top mission, which is to kill al Qaeda and secure Pakistan’s nukes,” Said Vice President Joe Biden. ‘Yes, the President agreed. The main pillar of this would be top secret and not be made public.”So the twin goals of current US policy in Af-Pak are the elimination of al Qaeda (read Osama) and securing Pakistan’s nukes. And as one of them has largely been achieved, following the slaying of a dozen or so al Qaeda chieftains, what remains is for America to ‘secure’ Pakistan’s nukes.

How America proposes to do this is anybody’s guess. It may pounce to seize them (Osama) or wait till Pakistan weakens and fractures so that like following the demise of the USSR, the nukes are voluntarily surrendered (Kazakhstan) or purchased (Ukraine) or neutralised in some other way.

The pity is that America could have had a huge role to play in preventing Pakistan from becoming what it fears most, an Islamic run nuclear armed redoubt of anti-Americanism. That opportunity still exists but it is a wasting chance, unless America not only winds up its Afghan calamity quickly, even before 2014, but also leaves lock, stock and barrel.

But that’s not happening. And with Obama back in the saddle and day-dreaming about the Afghan National Army preventing the Taliban from seizing power, the war in Afghanistan and the destabilisation of Pakistan will continue apace.

As for our leaders, having lost their way they continue squabbling unmindful that their mulish, self serving and ultimately self-immolating devotion to their own betterment  has brought the country to the brink of disaster. And that’s not another lie; it’s the truth and which is gaining on us.

By: Zafar Hilaly

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