Amer­ica’s Elec­tion Frenzy and Pak­istan

Repub­li­cans have al­ways been known for their bravado and pen­chant for bad­mouthing their ri­vals.

Southasia - - CONTENTS - By S.G. Ji­la­nee

This is elec­tion year in the United States. Repub­li­cans are out like a pack of hounds run mad. In their frenzy they are tilt­ing at ev­ery wind­mill. They are tar­get­ing Barack Obama, who is their main ri­val. But, he is the suc­cu­lent bone of con­tention. There­fore, be­fore go­ing for his jugu­lar, they have to fight it out among them­selves. The sur­vivor in this dog­fight will face him.

In the be­gin­ning there were so many can­di­dates, it seemed as if the en­tire Re­pub­li­can ken­nel was out in the ring. The list in­cluded Newt Gin­grich, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Rom­ney, Rick San­to­rum, Jon Hunts­man, Her­man Cain, Michelle Bach­mann, Tim Paw­lenty, Thad­deus Mc­cot­ter and even Don­ald Trump. How­ever, one by one, all dropped out leav­ing four con­tenders in the field: Paul, San­to­rum, Gin­grich and Rom­ney. As Jon Hunts­man sus­pended his race for pres­i­den­tial can­di­date and en­dorsed Rom­ney, the lat­est to with­draw and en­dorse Gin­grich was Rick Perry.

At home, the is­sues are jobs and taxes. But it is for­eign pol­icy that pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity for high drama. Peo­ple ad­mire ma­cho men, fear­less, brave and ag­gres­sive. And in the United States no one can imag­ine be­com­ing pres­i­dent un­less he is en­dorsed by Is­rael.

There­fore, the can­di­dates are com- pet­ing with one an­other in jin­go­ist jar­gon and al­le­giance to Is­rael. Gin­grich has “writ­ten off” the Pales­tini­ans with a flour­ish. Each would an­ni­hi­late Iran in his own way. Rom­ney re­jects talks with Tal­iban, be­cause they are killing Amer­i­can sol­diers. But, that is ris­i­ble for, Tal­iban are do­ing the same to US sol­diers what Rom­ney would do to any alien who in­vades the United States. Ron Paul is the only one to talk of bring­ing the US troops back home from Afghanistan. He is against do­ing to other peo­ple what Amer­i­cans would not like other peo­ple to do to them.

Af­ter Afghanistan, it is Pak­istan’s turn to re­ceive their tongue-lash­ing. Here are a few quotes from their juicy re­marks. Ac­cord­ing to Michele Bach­mann, Pak­istan is “a na­tion that lies, that does ev­ery­thing that you could imag­ine wrong.” Hunts­man called

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