Saturday, January 05, 2008
Pakistan, & the Myth of Islamic Terrorism
Reportedly, the so called Islamic terrorism is Pakistan is all about gang warfare.
1. In the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan we find
(A) The ordinary people who often have no land, no jobs and little to eat. They are often treated like slaves.
(B) the rich elite who are made up of such people as army generals who run businesses, large landowners, warlords who sell drugs and guns, and certain mullahs with links to crime.
2. The ordinary people are often forced to work for the local warlords.
These ordinary people appear to be Islamic Terrorists but are, in fact, unwilling mercenaries for the warlords.
These unwilling mercenaries get slaughtered in the wars between the warlords and wars against the Pakistan government.
Rakesh.S writes that according to a Peshawar politician:
'The Great Jihad of the 1980s was a myth...
'People like Osama Bin Laden and Gulbuddin Hekmateyar were basically running mercenary operations and protection rackets with money from the Gulf and from Saudi Arabia, with arms provided by the CIA and MI6, and with the protection of Pakistan's notorious Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) agency.'
Rakesh.S tells us about the area known as Swat.
In Swat, nearly 85% of the 1.7 million residents live below the poverty line. Unemployment rates exceed 75% in many parts of Swat.
Reportedly, Mullah Fazlullah is a rebel against the government.
Reportedly local smugglers had links to Mullah Fazlullah's father-in-law but are now backing Mullah Radio.
A student leader of the Peshawar-based Awami National Party said:
"The battle in Swat is nothing but a turf war, between the alliance of smugglers, loggers and clerics on one hand and the collective interests of the bureaucracy, the police and small-city businessmen and traders on the other."
According to a 1995 article in The Independent: (Pakistan driven to the brink by drug barons and fanatics ...)
"The country's provinces have fallen under the sway of suspected heroin smugglers, feudal chieftains, land-grabbers and religious fundamentalists. Sindh province is spiralling into anarchy, with rival ethnic and sectarian gangs shooting more than 150 people in the past month."
The solution to the 'terrorism' problem would be to end the feudal system.
That means ending the power of the drugs barons, corrupt generals, greedy landowners, crooked mullahs and other such people.
What may be required is a leader like Castro or Chavez who will side with the ordinary people.
In recent decades, the wrong sort of people have often been in charge in Pakistan.
Under Benazir Bhutto's leadership, Pakistan's provinces increasingly fell 'under the sway of suspected heroin smugglers, feudal chieftains, land-grabbers and religious fundamentalists.' (Pakistan driven to the brink by drug barons and fanatics ...)
Saleem Jan Mazari is mayor of Kashmore in Pakistan.
"The former army officer has dominated politics in Kashmore for 22 years... As mayor he controls the police, schools and a large budget. Allies have become wealthy under his tenure." (Guns and feuds: how Pakistan votes)
During the general election in 2002 one polling station in Kashmore recorded a turnout of 313%.