Newsweek has dedicated this weeks cover page to Pakistan with a bold title “The Most Dangerous Nation in the World Isn’t Iraq – Its Pakistan” (read the entire 6 page cover story here). To be honest Pakistanis are not at all surprised, as it was on the cards all along and we have been watching this happen while our so called leaders deliberately played to the tune of Enlightened Moderation.
The problem started after 9/11 when America wanted to wage a war to seek revenge, they may have sugar coated the word revenge to neutralize it as a global issue by labeling it as a war on terror, but in true sense it was one nation fighting against its own enemies. This offensive in reality went far beyond simply being an eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth concept to more like the phrase used by Mahatma Gandhi “An eye for an eye, and soon the whole world is blind” which he used in reference to his Satyagraha philosophy of nonviolent resistance.
Its quite surprisingly no one dares to call the bully (United States of America) a terrorist when it is quite apparent to the world that it remains focused on the business of terrorizing its weaker opponents into submission. This Newsweek article should have served the world as a rude awakening to finally understand whats going on inside Pakistan, in all honesty we have been watching our country crumble from within, while we sit helplessly on the side while our leaders negotiate off our sense of national dignity in exchange for personal compensation over shadowing all national issues in pursuit for their own dream of fame, wealth and fortune. All policies have been geared towards ensuring that the paymasters (read USA) remain happy. The authors try to summaries the situation in Pakistan in one short statement
Pakistan’s leaders have created and Islamic monster that operates with impunity
They may be true on one sense but I feel the have still yet again missed out of the actual root problem, these leaders that you see today running our country would have been long since gone had the people of Pakistan decided their own fate, loosely translated means democracy, these military dictators have been propped up to simply at the whim of the White House and no one else. How surprising to see the American government fighting hard to over throw one set of military dictator (Saddam Hussein) to finally install a democratic (dummy) leader, while in case of Pakistan the same concept of democracy was conveniently shoved under the carpet to instead support a military dictator, if this is not hypocrisy of the highest level then I no case to argue for.
Pakistan may be a very Dangerous nation but that in no way means that it is a failed state, there is still hope and the only way to extract this failing giant is to breath life into a proper democratic process, ensure free and fare elections, is this too hard for the west to realize, believe in the people and then let nature take its own course a population of 160 millions people cant all be wrong when they say GO MUSHARAF GO.