The US: An evil incarnate
THOUGH the decision of be coming a US ally against an other super power the USSR, during the cold war, for which we have paid a very heavy price, was terribly wrong but the successive governments, have been refusing to admit the interminable folly. Nevertheless in the backdrop of killing of Mullah Mansoor on Pakistani soil by the US drones and the connected developments, Sartaj Aziz advisor to the Prime Minister on foreign affairs, for the first had perforce to admit that US was a selfish friend which invariably curried favour with Pakistan when its self-interest pressed it and left it in lurch after having its interests served.
I suppose in his admission of the fragility of the relationship and it serving only the US interests, the advisor has been very moderate in defining the nature of the ties between the two countries. The true characterization of Pak-US relations is that the US has used Pakistan as a pawn on the chess board of its global and regional policies and self-defined strategic interests, putting its security at peril and undermining its strategic interests; quintessential of an inexcusable betrayal. In my columns on Pak-US relations I have invariably contended that our relationship with our so-called ally has always been of tactical nature contrary to its description as strategic partnership which our successive governments have been trying to sell to the unsuspecting people of Pakistan. This is not for the first time that our territorial sovereignty has been violated by the US. Beginning from 2005 till to date it has carried out 324 attacks in FATA and one in Nushki in Balochistan that killed Mullah Mansoor, the Afghan Taliban leader. US indiscretion to attack the residence of Usama Bin Laden at Abbottabad and the Salala incident have left an indelible scars on the memories of the people, who are incandescent with fury and rage over the US actions.
In the backdrop of the Mullah Mansoor episode, the relations between the two countries have surely plummeted to the lowest ebb and the US sent two of its emissaries to discuss the situation. Pakistani leadership both civil and military did have a straight talk with the guests and firmly told them that the incident had violated Pakistan’s sovereignty and derailed the peace process. Evidence of interference in Pakistan by various regional intelligence agencies including RAW was shared. Pakistan also demanded tightening of the border, repatriation of Afghan refugees and action against Fazlullah the TTP leader dwelling on the Afghan soil. A point for US double standards was firmly made. The US side as usual complained about inadequate action against the Taliban and the presence of Haqanni network on the Pakistani soil. The dilemma is that we cannot risk a military response to such indiscretions. However the most regrettable thing was that we have remained criminally oblivious to the developments happening in the region, courtesy the US and have failed to recalibrate our foreign policy in the light of the emerging realities. Mere condemnations and protests at the diplomatic level are not the right answers to the dangers lurking on the horizon.
I am not a clairvoyant but considering the ominous development around us, my prognosis about the future of our region is that US contrary to its claims of leaving Afghanistan is going to stay there forever to foment instability in that country as well as Pakistan. Encouraging greater Indian role in Afghanistan is surely designed to achieve that objective. There are visible moves to isolate Pakistan in the region. US and India have forged a clandestine alliance to sabotage CPEC as instability in the region could help US in scuttling Chinese plans to reinvent the silk route and to implement CPEC. A weaker and instable Pakistan also suits India in regards to its desire to establish its hegemony in the region. These developments surely mark the beginning of yet another great game in our region. The USA is an evil incarnate. The characterization of USA as the biggest ‘Shaitan’ by Iranians was undoubtedly an apt description of what the USA is. It is connected with almost all the conflicts around the globe after the world war-II that consumed millions of human lives.
It was the first country to develop and use a nuclear device in Japan and the tragedy is that it is not prepared to even recant. President Obama visited Hiroshema but never tendered an apology. The destruction of Iraq on false and concocted claims, destabilization of Libya, conflict in Syria and torpedoing the Arab spring in Egypt are the most recent evil acts of US supported by its western allies to refashion the world to advance their global strategic interests, divorced from human values. Fomenting conflicts in different parts of the world and selling arms to the conflicting parties clandestinely to keep the jobs in their defence industries, is most sordid aspect of global interests of US and its western cronies.
Complete rupture of ties with US is neither advisable nor Pakistan can afford it but the architects of our foreign policy have to seriously brood over the foregoing developments and recalibrate our responses purely from the perspective of our own national interests rather than blindly following the US bidding.