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23 Oct, 2008 15:40

Pakistan politics: paradox in paralysis

In a surge of national self-identity, the Pakistani Parliament took a belligerent stance against mounting US pressure and has called for independent foreign policy and reconciliation with the militants.

Thus Pakistani lawmakers have paid heed to the groundswell of anti-American sentiment and openly repudiated US foreign policy adage: what is good for the US is good for Pakistan and everybody else, no exceptions.

This decision may well pave the way for a 3d Independence Day in Pakistan – first, from the UK, then from India, and now from the US.
However commendable the Pakistani Parliament’s initiative might look, in rude reality it’s totally irrelevant for Islamabad as well as for Washington.

Why? Because Pakistan is a powder keg paradox in a slow-mo paralysis.

Pakistan is a paradox because its tribal identities far outweigh its national identity that hinges upon irredentist claims to India’s Kashmir & Afghan’s Pushtunistan.

Under dictator general Zia-ul Khaq, American democracy & Saudi theocracy in a most bizarre joint venture, the meticulously nurtured Islamization of Pakistan, to export it to Afghanistan as an anti-Soviet insurgency via ISI.

The Pakistan dictatorship was so inherently democratic, that the White House mellowed and deliberately or not, let it go nuclear, hence the powder keg component.

It’s a slow-mo paralysis, because the Pakistani government, civilian or military coloration aside, is mercilessly crucified by the neo-freedom fighters, rebranded as the Taliban & Al Qaeda, and their political handlers in America.

There you have it: the Talibanization of Pakistan & Pakistanization of Afghanistan.

Here comes the new CENTCOM chief, General Petraeus who has taken 100 days to revise , across the board, US strategy in the greater Middle East and Central Asia.

To defuse a time bomb in Pakistan left by the Washington politicians, it takes more than a general. It takes a dictator-in-chief on temporary duty to pull it off.

Eugene Khrushchev, RT