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Alive! There are Reasons to Kill Osama, and there are Reasons to keep him Alive; Pakistan, and The US, look Decisively Tilted towards The Latter
May 11, 2010: In context of the failed Times Square bombing, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warns that Pakistan would face “severe consequences” if a future terrorist attack on US soil was traced back to Pakistan and said, “…Pak officials know where bin Laden, al Qaeda, Mullah Omar and the Afghan Taliban leadership are.” A few days later, she reiterates her warning (in a relatively softer tone), “There is more that Pakistan must do to face what is now a common enemy. May 12, 2010: US Defence Secretary Robert Gates bellows, “The relationship between the two anti-terror allies [aka, US & Pakistan] has improved significantly over the last two years.”
When one juxtaposes these statements with the latest WikiLeaks expose, which proves Pakistan’s deep complicity in terrorist activities, US pro-Pak political intentions suddenly become suspiciously dangerous. Of late, even Barack’s double entendres just can’t be ignored. While he announced that his administration would stick with pulling out US troops from Iraq, he has concurrently increased deployment of US soldiers in Afghanistan (from 68,000 to 100,000).
Conversely, the presence of Osama and controlled nurturing of Taliban and anti-India elements allows Pakistan to keep receiving spectacularly humungous aid from the US. Pre-Osama, from 1991 till 2000, Pakistan received $434.2 million as economic and military aid from US. Post Osama (9/11), from 2001 till 2009, it has received a shocking $15 billion from US; and Obama deftly announced another hollering $7.5 billion in October 2009!
Newsweek reported late last year that officials at the US embassy in Islamabad alleged that “Pakistan misspent some 70% of US funds!” Pakistan is also accused of “running a double game - keeping the Taliban at bay just enough to persuade American benefactors to keep their wallets open.” The benign nature of Barack Obama’s response – or lack of it – is astounding.
Thomas Friedman wrote in the August issue of The Sunday Indian, “The 9/11 attack was planned, executed & funded by radical Pakistanis and Saudis.” Fareed Zakaria confirms, “70% of terror plots uncovered in the past decade can be traced to Pakistan,” a country which, he adds, is “the epicentre of Islamic terrorism!”
Is Barack Obama blind or are we plain nutty? The practice of keeping anti-social elements alive for political and economic benefits is not just a western phenomenon. In Asia, the most famous case was of a forest brigand cum smuggler in Southern India, called Koose Muniswamy Veerappan, who – in spite of being charged of murdering 184 people, poaching around 200 elephants, smuggling ivory and sandalwood worth $24,600,000, kidnapping the who’s who of the political and entertainment world – never saw the local government ordering swift action against him, mainly because a considerable amount of money flowed into the territory due to his staying alive and in action.
Similar is the case with bin Laden. His living means more to Pakistan than to any other entity. Barack’s refusal to call a spade what it is, will go down in history as perhaps one of the worst two-faced moves ever made. Friedman quotes, “If you are in a poker game and you don’t know who the sucker is, it’s probably you!” Obama, ever wondered why Chelsea never invited you for her wedding?
[Ed note: US is providing 14 F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan by December 2010 despite knowing funds are being wrongly utilised. Moreover, US is still reluctant to extradite David Headley to India. If Obama was serious about it, he could have strongarmed the Pakistani establishment to turnover Osama bin Laden. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be happening even now.]
By:- Sray Agarwal
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