FB Share
Email This Page
add comment

writing for godot

Tensions With Pakistan Boil as the Peace Movement Yawns

Print
Written by Richard Kane   
Friday, 08 June 2012 23:39
Angry Pakistan legislators are demanding no more drone attacks, while Congress cuts 33 million in aid. Rand Paul unlike his father, Ron Paul, demands an end to all aid to Pakistan without mentioning the drone provocations. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher claims Pakistan is our enemy, demands that a rebellion province of Pakistan be given its independence, that the US befriend Pakistan's enemies particularly India but mentioning Russia as well. Occupying the airways just before US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta went to India to work for more military cooperation.


Fear of a future close military alliance between the US and Pakistan could encourage extremists in Pakistan to want to attack before the US and India gets Pakistan cornered.

Rep. Rohrabacher frequently condemns Afghan President Karzai usually when he is demanding the right to visit Afghanistan. Ominously all Rohrabacher's hate is widely reported in both Pakistan and India. Afghan President Karzai with all his faults is nevertheless one of the few Sunni leaders who cares deeply about Shiite minority rights. The hatred between Shiites and Sunnis that led to a bloodbath in Iraq also exists in Afghanistan.

It would lessen the tension if we tried to see Pakistan's point of view. Pakistan sees no drones or commandos in England to get at Julian Assange, because it thinks the US government respects that country's laws and policies. The US government didn't even think it required notice when it came to Bin Laden. The US clearly respects British law more than it does Yemenis and Pakistani law. Did the US give any kind of notice before it drone attacked Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, the 16 year-old-son of a terror suspect it already droned? There are extremists in Pakistan who attack visiting soccer teams and Muslim fans crowding around giant TV screens. The US demands cooperation against other Muslim extremists who only attack Americans.

The climate is ripe for provocative incidents. Years ago Lebanon erupted after Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was assassinated by a truck bomb on a truck stolen four years earlier, in Japan and peace never completely returned to Lebanon since then, A group that gained immensely from Rafik's death was al Qaeda,
http://consortiumnews.com/2011/09/01/hariri-murder-sleuths-ignored-al-qaeda/
More recently in Syria there have been massacres of civilians and a lot of accusations over who is really doing it with little unbiased effort to try to find the real culprits with the US officials adding to the propaganda war rather than helping to look for the truth.

Americans are fixated on the possibility of another airplane attack while al Qaeda is dreaming of worldwide bankruptcy and a world at war.

When McCain jokingly sang “Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran” the peace movement was horrified as it was when Peter King had hearings claiming Islam is the enemy. When peace leaders join the hysterics against the Saudi’s it doesn't necessarily lead toward a peaceful world, but the tensions with Pakistan is an immediate danger.

I like to compare al Qaeda to rabid mice and the US to the largest elephant in the circus trying to stamp out rabies. Banging into the economic pillars holding the circus tent up to the glee of the rabid mice.

But I don't want to conclude that the US caught rabies from bin Laden, at least not as long as Ron Paul continues to stand up for the principle the US was founded on.

Ron Paul please denounce Rand Paul's idea of ending all aid to Pakistan without demanding an end to the Drone War that is so infuriating that country.

With brand new publicity I think there is still time for Ron Paul to input the Republican convention. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher was a very early and persistent supporter of Mitt Romney's Presidential campaign, Ron Paul should demand that Romney distance himself from Rohrabacher's views. The unpledged delegates could still be encouraged to deadlock over a nominee.

Sometimes firefighters create small fires in the path of a giant fires to try to control a roaring inferno. (I urge the US peace movement not to spread hate against the Pakistani's and Saudi's in the name of peace.

By Richard Kane
 

Comments   

We are concerned about a recent drift towards vitriol in the RSN Reader comments section. There is a fine line between moderation and censorship. No one likes a harsh or confrontational forum atmosphere. At the same time everyone wants to be able to express themselves freely. We'll start by encouraging good judgment. If that doesn't work we'll have to ramp up the moderation.

General guidelines: Avoid personal attacks on other forum members; Avoid remarks that are ethnically derogatory; Do not advocate violence, or any illegal activity.

Remember that making the world better begins with responsible action.

- The RSN Team

 
0 # RICHARDKANEpa 2012-06-09 20:10
More advice on Ron Paul,
http://www.dailypaul.com/239081/ominous-big-war-may-be-close-fantastic-news-that-ron-paul-might-shine-by-stopping-it
 
 
0 # RICHARDKANEpa 2012-06-09 20:28
People in the US our obvious to all the brinkmanship people in Asia see.

http://tarpley.net/2011/05/21/us-pakistan-near-open-war-chinese-ultimatum-warns-washington-against-attack/


US peace movement, let's get to work,
 
 
+2 # Sajjad Shaukat 2012-06-11 11:23
I have been greatly impressed by your article as its has pointed out facts in connection with the US war-mongering diplomacy against Pakistan. You have explained all the points in a comprehensive style. I highly appreciate your logical approach and expression.
However, like you, I also favour peace movement. In this regard, I divert you attention towards my book, “US vs Islamic, Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations”, published in 2005. In this book, I have evolved a thesis that the non-state actors like Islamic militants are checking the world dominance of the US. I have condemned the old theories which support role of force and power in international affairs. Taking the ongoing war on terror as a conflict between the privileged and unprivileged status quo, I have suggested reforming the unequal world order. And I have favoured global peace, based upon idealism--which is possible by reconciling realism with idealism. Moreover, my future assessments like failure of military paradigm by the state actors in coping with the non-state actors, increase in US cost of war, rise of more terrorism, plane plot in UK and present international financial crisis have proved true. So, central thesis of the book remains valid today.
Nevertheless, you have indicated a reality about what US is doing against Pakistan.
Sajjad Shaukat
Writer and Author
Lahore, Pakistan
 
 
0 # RICHARDKANEpa 2012-06-11 12:34
In the US the Civil War can't be re-guessed. The same with all the other bloody successes at unity around the world.

If the UN had with a no-fly-zone demanded that Benghazi be allowed to secede Gadaffi might have paused and the war would be over. After a very bloody siege of Gaddaffi's hometown, a year later it was allowed autonomy because the other tribes were mad at each other by now.

The US started out worshiping federalism and somehow 13 semi independent states became 50. If all the neighborhoods of the world were independent countries with some kind of weak world government perhaps there would be peace, Of course 300 years later the world centralization would be in force anyway.

Anyway somehow Ron Paul has rained on more war fests than anyone else, peace prize winner or not.

Sorry Sajjad Shaukat I haven't looked at your book so am not sure I am responding to it

Again thank you for picking a blog I support to talk to Americans at.
 
 
0 # RICHARDKANEpa 2012-06-12 10:39
Sunnis and Shiites have been having problems long before the US overthrew Saddam. Then the US got involved. India and Pakistan struggled since both counties separated. Militants who hate India even attacking hotels in India. The US getting involved when a hotel in Kabul was attacked where businessmen from India were staying, and drone attacks on the Haqqani Network in Pakistan followed.

Many Americans resist the idea that the US is a Christian Nation, some who are very religions. Many Indians including some serious Hindu’s resist the idea that India is a Hindu state, and the idea of a Hindu-Christian alliance would destroy a lot of dreams of what India is all the way back to Mahatma Gandhi.

Some claim that al Qaeda won if US values are destroyed, It seems a lot of values are being destroyed far beyond the US

Opposite results can come with a very little difference in time and place, if the US gets out of Afghanistan at this point, the Taliban will cheer, A week after the dollar dropped 20% in value, US troops and equipment would be held in hostage.

Ending aid to Pakistan and at the same time ending drone sites would promote peace. Ending aid the same week a military alliance with India was being negotiated might lead to Pakistan attacking before it is surrounded, and maybe even China involved on Pakistan's side repeating world history back to World War I.
 
 
0 # RMDC 2012-06-19 04:57
The US is moving the war in Afghanistan into Pakistan. Its geo-strategic goal is control of central Asia and the encirclement of China and Russia -- its economic rivals. The US needs to keep fighting in central Asia at all costs. There's just not much to fight in Afghanistan anymore. Provoking Pakistan is the goal.

The neo-con doctrine to which Obama has fully agreed is to never allow any nation to develop into a competitor with the US. The uni-polar world will be maintained by military force. The war against Pakistan is part of the larger coming war against China.

The US is an empire and this is what empires do. They only stop when they collapse. They are not amenable to reason or law. The desire for empire is a criminal psychopathology . I think the war against Pakistan will continue to grow for years. The US can manufacture enemies infinitely.

Al Queda was never a threat to anyone. The US is now supporting al Queda fighters in Syria. It used them in Bosnia and Kosovo. It used them in Libya.

The only hope for the world is the total economic collapse of the US. That may be coming. War and corporate welfare is expensive. The US debt level is worse than that of Greece before its collapse. Like Greece, the US cannot tax its people anymore. It just prints money. All of this is a hopeful sign for the world. The US is spending itself to death on wars and bank bailouts.

When the US dies, the world can begin to live again.
 
 
0 # RICHARDKANEpa 2012-06-21 04:12
Attention RMDC, France and Algeria both survived the Algerian War and both are friends today, so did the US and Vietnam and likewise both are friends, fortunately for the world the US peace movement was given the credit more than North Vietnamese resolve. Russia and the Taliban hate each other just as much as ever. Bin Laden felt incredibly empowered when the USSR collapsed inspiring copy cats to attack a Moscow movie theater, the Moscow subway and a elementary school. Al Qaeda likes to pick on the weak kidnapping South Korean and Chinese businessmen for ransom. They did this with France and for a while al Qaeda was threatening to attack the Eiffel Tower. Today the choice for the US in Afghanistan is between bad news an incredible disaster, with terrorists inspired to attack the US or what was the US for a century to come
 
 
0 # RICHARDKANEpa 2012-08-05 13:04
I wrote this article but I never ever posted a video due to computer literacy issues.

In the past when I clicked on this article of mine the video said adobe upgrade needed so I thought the video was a fund raising appeal from the editors - the RSN editors.

As for the video,among other things Karzai represented Afghans who loved the former King and was chosen by Afghan exiles in Germany not the US.
 

THE NEW STREAMLINED RSN LOGIN PROCESS: Register once, then login and you are ready to comment. All you need is a Username and a Password of your choosing and you are free to comment whenever you like! Welcome to the Reader Supported News community.

RSNRSN