The US is effectively urging the Pakistan government to promote a civil war against its own people throughout Pakistan. Media reports say that the Obama administration has written to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, ‘saying he expects the Pakistani leader to rally political and national security institutions in a united campaign against extremists’.
One should be quite clear about what Obama is doing here; he is urging the Pakistan president to conduct a civil war against its own people.
Civil wars, as America itself knows only too well, have had a habit of escalating into some of the bloodiest conflicts known to history, and yet here we are with the President of the United States demanding that Pakistan conduct a full-on civil war against a people who are not the enemy of the Pakistani people, but the enemy of the US.
All such a war will achieve is the death of hundreds of thousands of people and the tearing apart of an entire nation which will then take decades to repair. Millions are likely to be displaced as their homes are destroyed by war and millions more will likely become even greater haters of Western ‘values’ with many becoming ready and willing to join the ever-increasing Islamic army that is coming together to fight against those that come to their country to bring about death and destruction in the name of a kind of ‘freedom and democracy’ they simply don’t want.
As Obama contemplates escalating his war against the Afghan people by sending in more troops to kill and destroy in an effort to support the corrupt and unelected puppet government of Hamid Karzai, he is demanding that Ali Zardari help him clean up a mess that the US created in the first place by setting Pakistani troops against Pakistani fighters inside Pakistan that are helping their Afghan brothers over the border fight the US.
Time and time again, Bush and Obama and their allies have been told – even by their own military men – that they are fighting a war in Afghanistan that they can not possibly win. They haven’t listened. More than eight years later and with thousands dead and a Taliban today that is even stronger and more determined than it was when the US invaded in October 2001, and now with nearly thirty years experience of guerrilla fighting behind them, the US and their allies still haven’t learnt their lesson.
The US and their allies must leave Central Asia and the Middle East now – before it really is too late.