Military air strikes against Syrian Government
MORE than 50 officials of the US State Department have signed an inter nal memo, claiming that a regime change in Syria was the only way to defeat the militant Islamic State (IS) group. The memo calls for targeted military strikes against the Syrian government.
There are reasons to believe that the so-called ‘dissent memo’ would be used as a justification tool to force a transitional government in Syria because Secretary of State John Kerry himself has been advocating a more muscular US military posture in Syria to force President Assad to negotiate a political settlement. Irrespective of legal or moral authority of President Assad to rule, the question remains whether any foreign country has right to force a regime change in a sovereign country. The US has long been pursuing this approach as a foreign policy tool and we have seen catastrophic consequences of this policy in Iraq and Libya. This culture of bullying is sheer violation of the international law but what an irony that it is being supported by the Congress, state institutions and some segments of the US media. Unfortunately, important powers are supporting the Government and opposition in Syria through every means perpetuating the conflict whereas they should facilitate dialogue for national reconciliation. The US, which considers itself as torchbearer of democracy and human rights, should review its policy and allow people in other countries to exercise their right to elect or vote out governments.
PAKISTAN, a Nation born out of a relentless struggle by its forefathers, has of late been in total disarray for the singular reason of absence of determined and selfless leadership with a vision for the State; a vision which could be translated into instant reality and not just of one sitting on the haunches of Government Advertisements, hired mouthpieces, blowing trumpets of successes and feeding the people with figures of development indexes of which they see nothing on ground, blissfully ignorant of tightening of noose around it by forces inimical to the Islamic polity.
It requires only average intelligence for any analyst to gather that the Afghan Government could not have dared attack Pakistani position on the principal border post at Torkham without a wink from the US even if the instigators were to be Indians or Abdullah Abdullah of the Northern Alliance. The measured response once again has come from the Pakistan Army rather than the civilian leadership barring a customary summoning and protest by the foreign office still living in the past making a belated plea to the UN over human rights violation by the US drone in Pakistani territory, while Pakistan’s adversaries have gone far beyond.
The politicians in Pakistan when in power are the ones seen to blame Military takeovers as the bane of the country, yet few are able to see the stark reality that it has always been the ill-bred opportunist political class itself mostly born out of feudalism and the filthy rich, which rallied support for such takeovers given legal cover by the Judiciary in the past. But
THE recent cozying up of the US to India is not only unprec edented, but seems to be in total disregard of Pakistan’s sensibilities. In Modi’s recent visit to the US, the tremendous applause that the Indian Prime Minister received whenever he alluded to Pakistan – without naming it – in context of terrorism and religious extremism, should be an eye opener for Pakistan. The concerted efforts of the US to include India in the Missile technology control regime (MTCR): and its untiring endeavours to put India in the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG) seem to be a paradigm shift in the Indian American relations.
The efforts of the US to make India member of the NSG, is, of course, in addition to US having entered in to a civil nuclear deal with India in 2006. Membership of NSG, will allow India to further import and export nuclear technology from, and to, the entire group of countries holding the membership of NSG. Instead of maintaining even a semblance of even handedness vis-a-vis Pakistan, the US has been exceptionally harsh with Pakistan. Of the slew of demands made from Pakistan, the most sinister has been US’s insistence that Pakistan remove its theatre or tactical nuclear weapon deployed against India. This demand seems especially unfair in view of American facilitation to India on the nuclear front. The
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