by Eric Margolis
We uploaded the following post by Eric Margolis in our July, 2008 issue.
We are putting up the same now on these pages once again. Why? so that our readers who missed it then, can view it now. But even those of you who read it already, will find the views expressed by the writer as valid today as they were a year before.
You may find it also for its relevancy in today’s turbulent conditions which prevail now in the northern parts of Pakistan, and the province of Balochistan where an insurgency is slowly taking up the form of almost a ‘liberation’ struggle.
After reading this article, go to the next one by Ahmad Quraishi where too, you may find something between the lines…
NOW THAT our democratically elected Prime Minister is on a visit to the United States, he has on his schedule a meeting with the US President, George Walker Bush. However much before his journey, voices started coming up from Washington for a strong action, a terminology which in US administration’s political jargon means a war. War against whom? Against US’s most allied ally in the world – Pakistan. Many political pundits & strategists in Pentagon put forward the thesis that Pakistan is not doing enough to curb the activities of Taliban in its federally administered tribal areas (FATA).
Many in this country believe that it’s only the Bush administration which is putting pressure on Pakistan to do more. Surprisingly a more serious voice has come from Democratic Party’s nominee Sen. Barack Obama who said once he is elected he might attack Pakistan in FATA to flush out Taliban in the region and thus secure a safe position for ISAF troops in Afghanistan.
It’s in this scenario that noted columnist and analyst Eric Margolis evaluates Obama’s statement and the effect it might have on the already explosive situation in the region. So says Eric Margolis…
Barack Obama Wants
to withdraw US troops from Iraq and send them to Afghanistan, which he calls the real front on the “war on terror.” He also has repeated threats to attack Pakistan “if necessary.”