The carnage in Peshawar’s Army Public School finally woke up the establishment to the need for combating Jihadist terrorism that has been bleeding Pakistan for decades, courtesy the conflicting aims of its political elite and failure of its judiciary to quickly punish the Jihadists. What we now reap is the bitter harvest of the seeds sown by General Zia-ul-Haq. What remains unclear is whether the resolve to uproot terrorism will deliver visible results because, even before activation of the military courts, petitions were being filed for annulment of the 21st constitutional amendment that has sanctioned their creation. These petitions reflect the traditional self-serving blindness of our politicians.
Although Charlie Hebdo had been publishing blasphemous cartoons for years, why did the Jihadists attack its office and the Kosher market in Paris only after France decided to recognize Palestine as an independent state, and sought lifting of the post-Ukraine affair economic sanctions against Russia? Doesn’t this oddity raise doubts about the US and Israel being friends of Europe? What politicians in the West never realized was that the ruthless subjugation of the Muslims during the past three centuries wasn’t something that they could get used to; history isn’t forgotten easily. The hatred this subjugation nurtured was bound to show its colours; dismemberment of the European empires after WW-II had liberated the Muslims to settle old scores. But in the changed world scenario, they could have opted against revenge had the West not done what it did beginning 1948 - create Israel on Arab land and back the Zionists, who would adopt violence as the route to achieving their nefarious aims, the first demonstration being the massacre of 91 innocent humans in the bombing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. To the Arabs, creation of Israel on their land as compensation for what the Nazis did to the Jews remained unacceptable. That the Jews suffered at the hands of Christian Europe could hardly justify (as done by the then US President Harry S Truman) the Israeli expropriation of a part of the Arab land and, at the outset, driving a million Muslims out of it. Creation of Israel rekindled hatred among the Muslims and events that followed made it bitter, the first thereof being the Suez Canal war wherein Britain and France joined Israel in attacking Egypt, and thereafter the wars that Israel waged against its neighbour states and the atrocities it continues to unashamedly commit on the Palestinians to grab more of the Arab land.
Besides the carnage in Palestine - blatant display of Israeli terrorism - that goes on unabated, the West kept toppling the popular but West-unfriendly regimes in its former colonies, installed its proxies there and prodded and financed them to wage wars against each other - the longest being the Iraq-Iran war. All this destabilized them, increased poverty there, and made them progressively more volatile. Alongside went on atrocities like not implementing even the UN resolution on holding a plebiscite in Kashmir, turning Afghanistan into a battlefield to “give the Soviet Union its Vietnam”, creation, training and arming of mercenary outfits like the Mujahedin, al Qaeda and the Taliban, the massacre in Bosnia, and spinning an “intra-Muslim” split using ISIS. Lives of millions in Pakistan’s tribal areas to streets across Iraq, Libya and Syria are being devastated - they are the ‘expendable’ victims of the Jihadist “Kalashnikov culture”, and the ritual droning of Pakistanis, Yemenis, Syrians, Iraqis and Libyans worsens this scenario - one that is supposed to secure the West against terrorism by the Jihadists. What did US interventions in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Iraq, Libya and Syria lead to? Daesh, ISIS and ISIL mercenaries were trained by Nato in Turkey (with France playing a crucial role therein); many of them are from Europe and would return as trained terrorists; the recent Paris tragedies prove that. Couldn’t a blowback from this policy be visualized and fore-stalled? Although all US military interventions in the Middle East were touted as the route to democratizing the Arab states, the democracy that such freedom of expression promotes can never be acceptable to the non-atheists - the vast majority of this planet’s population. Dispensations allowing propagation of hate on racial or religious bases are flawed, irrespective of the political context used to justify them. Blind pursuit of this policy implies reaping an unending bitter harvest. Hopefully, it won’t happen. Then isn’t it time to rethink Europe’s blind support for the US global agenda that is driven by Zionist ambitions? Don’t forget that the Zionists haven’t forgiven Europe for the holocaust.