By Mansoor A Malik
The 20th century was coming to an end and the rabble generation of the 1960s’ was entering their middle ages after growing tired of the vagaries of the divided world between Capitalism and Communism. Ofcourse, towards the end of the last decade of the past century, communism was on the decline with the break up of the Soviet Union and the world waited for the Unipolar Power USA to characterize itself in the changed global environment. This last decade of the previous century saw the advent of the First Gulf War in 1991 on occupation of Kuwait by Iraq soon after the demise of the Soviet Union. Their were still few sensible people left like General Collin Powel at the helm of affairs in the US Military which influenced the policy makers in Washington to vacating Kuwait from the occupying Iraqis and stopping short of heading for Baghdad, the citadel of Babylonia. Iraq was spared for annihilation by the US neo-conservatives for some other day.
Mr. Clinton was occupying the White house during the last eight years of the century gone by. He was adamant to land his Air Force One Presidential plane on Palestinian territory at the Gaza Strip on his first official tour to Palestine to appear even handed much to the chagrin of the Israeli Government. This was the image in the making of an honest broker in the divided holy lands who wanted to achieve a justified and honorable peace for the peoples of this ill-fated region. Then the shots were fired at close range by an extremist young Israeli to assassinate his Prime Minister, Mr. Yitzhak Rabin, the decorated general, who had by then become a peace maker along with Mr. Clinton and Mr. Yasser Arafat. The peace dividend, unfortunately, could not be achieved during Mr. Bill Clinton’s eight years in the White House despite his best efforts. The last century closed on the world with the rise of the megalomaniac neo-conservatives in the US to take us back into the Charles Dickens era.
The new millennium started with one of the most controversial US Presidential Elections in living history. It took several days for the US Supreme Court proceedings to give its verdict on the ultimate winner in the election year 2000. Mr. George Bush junior along with two old and haggard politicians, Dick Cheney and Rumsfeld of a generation gone by, took the command of the Unipolar Power to undo all the good work of Mr. Clinton at home and abroad. Tragedies do not come alone and it was bad luck for the world to experience the 9/11 catastrophe during the time of this trio at the beginning of the 21st century. Afghanistan and Iraq were singled out for the demonstration of the Shock and Awe of the US military might although not a single Afghani or Iraqi was involved in the 9/11 tragedy.
Afghanistan was flattened by the extensive use of B-52 bombers with more than five million refugees fleeing to neighboring countries of Pakistan and Iran with sorrowful tales of death and destruction unleashed on this land locked rugged country. The Proud Afghans throughout their chequered history have never let the occupying forces take over their country. The British Empire expanded its hold from the Eastern to the Western Indian states in no time in the 19th century till they faced the valiant Afghans on their Western borders who inflicted much higher causalities to the British soldiers and forced them into a political armistice. The Soviet forces experienced the similar treatment in the later period of the 20th century. Afghanistan during the last so many years has only seen death and destruction and would take a long time with sincere efforts to bring them out of their war psychosis. The healing of their wounds would be a colossal task which only a brave hearted nation could endeavor to do.
Iraq was fast developing into a modern country with an ever expanding industrial and communication infra-structure, literate population, a professional army and a politically stable monolithic country gearing itself to face the new challenges of the 21st century. Dick Cheney and Rumsfeld had some unfinished business to address to after the First Gulf War which was left undone by the wisdom of Mr. Collin Powel, who was the then Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee. These two oldies convinced President Bush junior to completely decimate Iraq so as to secure Israel and consolidate its position in the region at the cost of the Iraqi masses. Iraq had long replaced the Egyptians as the natural leader of the Arab world and was providing its shoulder to the dis-possessed Palestinian people. A die-hard Zionist Wolfowitz in the US Defense Department hierarchy at the Pentagon decided to democratize Iraq to appease the Israelis. No body in the US Congress checkmated this Zionist policy maker up their sleeves as to why not start with the Democratization of the largest Arab country, Egypt, where an Air Force General was ruling for tens of years, instead of the Baath political party controlled, Iraq.
The neo-conservatives led by Dick Cheney and company (Halliburton & Bechtel fame) along with Wolfowitz, the Zionist Gladiator, unleashed the mightiest military machine in service of mankind on the lands of Babylon to reduce it to rubble and in turn decimate the culture and civilization of thousands of years. The new Chengez Khan had arrived from the sea, land, air and space to the fertile lands of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Complete de-stabilization of Iraq as a country was accomplished within no time causing nightmares to its immediate Muslim neighbors of Turkey, Iran and Syria.
The eight years of the first decade of the new millennium led by the neo-conservatives in the White House caused death and destruction to large Muslim populations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon and Pakistan and caused political jitters in leading Muslim countries of Turkey, Iran and Syria. The million dollar question to be asked by every US tax payer is that who actually benefitted from all this bloody decade at the advent of the 21st century. Yes, the US voters have already given their verdict in the last elections and sent the neo-conservatives packing home but the millions of innocent lives lost during this time have to be accounted for in order to establish justice and fairplay amongst the comity of nations. Will the Nuremburg trials be re-visited in our life-time to nail the culprits whose hands are painted with the blood of the innocent victims? In the interregnum, however, lets all raise our arms in bidding farewell to this Bloody Decade of the new millennium and pray to the Almighty that it never re-visits us again (Ameen).
Mansoor Malik, is Member Board of Advisors, Opinion Maker. In brief, he has been Director General with over 33 year
of experience in planning, establishing and managing national level, strategic, high-tech organizations. Director General, Marketing & Industrial Relations Organization (MIRO). Commandant, College of Aeronautical Engineering, Risalpur.
Senior Engineering Manager, PAF Project where he was responsible for the smooth induction of F-16 Aircraft Weapons System in the PAF and making them fully operational.
His experience is very versatile in different fields of technology and education. He is consultant to number of organizations and the Universities of Pakistan.