Empires Then and Now


This truth doesn’t mean that the objects of American military aggression have escaped without cost. Large numbers of Muslims have been bombed and murdered and their economies and infrastructure ruined, but not in order to extract resources from them.
Irony is that under the New Empire citizens of the empire are extracted of their wealth and liberty in order to extract lives from the targeted foreign populations. Just like the bombed and murdered Muslims, the American people are victims of the American empire.
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TODAY’S EMPIRESTOMORROW’S ASHES

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by Paul Craig Roberts

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Great empires, such as the Roman and British, were extractive. The empires succeeded, because the value of the resources and wealth extracted from conquered lands exceeded the value of conquest and governance. The reason Rome did not extend its empire east into Germany was not the military prowess of Germanic tribes but Rome’s calculation that the cost of conquest exceeded the value of extractable resources.

The Roman empire failed, because Romans exhausted manpower and resources in civil wars fighting amongst themselves for power. The British empire failed, because the British exhausted themselves fighting Germany in two world wars.

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On the Brink of Third World War


In Afghanistan US seeks to retain a (25000 strong force) SOF/Air Force for denuclearization of Iran – Pakistan. It may seek independence of Balochistan (with Indian support.) A clash with Pakistan is likely though not inevitable. Delhi wants to use American Power to fight Pakistan (but absurdly believes it can escape the nuclear conflagration). The war with Iran is even nearer 2012. US – NATO may attack Iran followed by Pakistan or both together. An Israeli attack on Iran is even more likely and Indian attack on Pakistan (Cold Start) always remains a possibility.
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WAR IN 2012 & BEYOND MEANSTHE NUKES WILL DETERMINE THE LANGUAGE OF SUCH WAR

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by Brig Nadir Mir

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2012 onwards, the world is on the brink of Third World War. All sane and peace loving men would pray and strive that it is averted. For the horoscope of the times points towards a global catastrophe in the making.

The guns of August 1914 – 1st World War paled in front of the Panzer Blitzkrieg of September 1939 Second World War. The Third World War during Cold War was averted between NATO and Warsaw Pact Forces. If war breaks out in 2012 onwards, Nukes shall speak and tragically billions may die. If there is war, it will most likely spread to be global plus nuclear, and without method in the madness. This apocalyptic scenario may yet come to pass, unless it is stopped in its tracks.

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Military in the dock


A stern counter-narrative – an indictment really — has been provided by the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry. In the context of missing persons in Balochistan and FATA and unaccountable payments made to politicians in the Mehrangate case, the CJP told the ISI and MI: “You need to get it out of your mind that you are superior and others [civilians] are inferior… Who gave you the right to hound people? You are insensitive to the human loss that the families of missing persons have suffered  because of you.
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BUSTING THE MYTH OF ‘BLOODY CIVILIANS’  

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by Najam Sethi

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A stern counter-narrative – an indictment really — has been provided by the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry. (more…)

Balochistan — Another View [1 of 2]


US Congressmen have found yet another excuse to play with Pakistan’s sovereignty and to meddle in an autonomous State’s internal affairs. US leadership under the spell of neocon dominated administration never seems to be short of inventive schemes (read: excuses) to break its way into Pakistan’s territories; whether land or air. Having exhausted the option of the so-called ‘war against terrorism’, this time its pretext is ‘protection of human rights’.

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UNDERSTANDING BALOCHISTAN  

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by Pervez Musharraf

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It is painful to see what is happening in Balochistan. It is more painful to see accusations being made against the army or the Frontier Corps (FC), Balochistan, or even me, that we were the cause of the problem. Such accusers, who are actually trying to gain political mileage, do not realise how much they are damaging the solidarity and unity of Pakistan.

There also are TV anchors and writers in the print media who with, their half-baked knowledge, cause more damage to the cause of Pakistan. My motivation for writing this article is to remove some misperceptions and distortions and expose the vicious propaganda that is misleading the people of Pakistan on the Balochistan issue. (more…)

Balochistan — Another View [2 of 2]


A view of spectacular terrain of Balochistan from the newly constructed Coastal Highway. (Photo: Bilal MiRza)
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UNDERTAKING DEVELOPMENT WORKS IN BALOCHISTAN  

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by Pervez Musharraf

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There is no doubt that Balochistan is the most backward and most deprived province of Pakistan. Successive governments since our independence are responsible for their share of the neglect suffered by Balochistan. But unfortunately the sardars themselves did not favour development in their areas. Notably Akbar Bugti, who despite having been chief minister and governor of the province, hardly did anything for Balochistan, or even for Dera Bugti. An anti-Pakistan, anti-army and anti-FC sentiment was planted and gradually nourished, especially among the Bugtis, Marris and Mengals, by their sardars. Some efforts made in the 1970s to open up the area through the establishment of a communication infrastructure were strongly opposed and rejected by the Marris. (more…)

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