The questions about Pakistan’s war on terrorism revolve around secret connections that undercut the war effort, whether the Army is seriously fighting a war or simply putting on a show to convince the doubters. Are Pakistan’s militants really backed by a consortium of intelligence agencies, and if so, then who is in this consortium? Are any Pakistani agencies involved in this operation taking place under their own noses?
If the Army is serious in its operations to eliminate these militants, then why do they make it possible, even comparatively easy, for them to drive away from the offensive, on unguarded roads, to freely carry-out attacks in NWFP? The daily war upon the innocent citizens of Peshawar is ample testimony that all is not right with the war plan that Army generals have designed to control or eliminate the militants.
How could an incredibly competent military (when it comes to fighting against India) in possession of an excellent Air Force, fight a war against thousands of militants for nearly a year and end-up doing nothing more than chasing them back and forth? There is so much circumstantial evidence proving that Pakistan still supports the militants that it once trained, that it is impossible to believe that they are seriously waging against them today, on sequestered battlefields. We are asked to believe the Army when it claims that several hundred militants have really been killed (even though they have produced no casualty lists, bodies, or even notified next of kin) and that none of the dead were leaders.
Much is read into the killing of militant leader Baitullah Mehsud, but that should be seen as nothing more than the continuation of a pattern of killing the prime leaders of S. Waziristan that began in 2003—Mullah Dadollah, Nek Mohammed, Baitullah Mehsud. When Bush dumped the Afghan war in Musharraf’s lap, the secret Pakistani Taliban operation began in S. Waziristan, making use of Taliban assets who had relocated there, after being saved from Northern Alliance troops in the “Kunduz airlift.” This intervention by the Pakistani Air Force, under the watchful eye of America’s Air Force, is the first of many such instances.
The issue of “fake wars” fought against the Taliban within Pakistan, have been primarily in S. Waziristan, centered around these militants who later formed TTP, who were also allegedly trained by Army instructors in 2004. Now that they are carrying-out bombing operations against civilians, police and even the military itself hpw (that have only been made possible because of faulty military operations), is it proper to question the Army’s sincerity in their pursuit of them now?
The heavily restricted Pakistani press cannot question military involvement in the terror attacks that wrack Peshawar each day, but it does question Indian and Israeli support for the attackers, based mostly upon evidence seized in S. Waziristan. Reporters cannot question the Saudi angle of support for the Pakistani Taliban, because to do so implicates mostly Pakistani hands and madrassas, covering up the Taliban’s primary financiers. It is obvious to the world that the armies of Mehsud require far more than a percentage of opium profits to fund and equip armies of ten thousand or more paid militants.
The question is not whether the militants of S. Waziristan are the creation of spy agencies and foreign powers, but which spy agencies are behind them?
The spy game playing-out in Peshawar and vicinity is a risky gamble, bearing high collateral costs. In a new type of CIA warfare, designed to wage war indirectly against the Russians in Afghanistan, armies of highly-trained ideological warriors (“holy warriors”) were created in secret, to secretly fight our wars for us. America’s “Islamists” defeated the Russians for us, without incriminating us for war crimes in the process. They have continued to fight America’s little wars all over the world since then, always under CIA control. The CIA hand in the creation of sectarian warfare outfits is still there, still ordering the attacks upon Shia and other “unbelievers” in the Wahabbi doctrine, promoted as “Shariah.”
America’s secret Islamists wage war for us today, only this time, they are killing our allies in Pakistan, opening the gates to an outright American invasion, to protect the land routes into Afghanistan. None of this would be possible without America’s proxies in the area, cooperation between the government there and the governments who send them.
Peter Chamberlin is an op-ed writer for the Herald-Dispatch newspaper in Huntington, WV. He has been actively opposing all non-defensive war most of his life. Peter’s first petition (as a teenager) was a success in his local community, raising several hundred signatures protesting Nixon’s scapegoating of Lt. Calley for the My Lai incident. He has been very active since 1982 writing letters to newspapers and magazines, as well as recalcitrant national leaders, speaking-out against war, nuclear war, and the impending violent collapse of the Western empire (that is now at hand). Chamberlin has had several hundred letter-to-editors printed in this time.