By- Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
Hina Rabbani Khar, though young in age and very stylish in personal life, has already appeared to be the toughest foreign ministers in Pakistani history, who exhibited extra-ordinary guts in putting certain issues very boldly during an interview to media in the United States, where she went to attend the United Nations General Assembly.
Hina Rabbani warned the United States that it could lose a vital ally if it continues to publicly accuse Islamabad of exporting violence to Afghanistan and being involved in attacks on US targets. Declaring the accusations as unacceptable, Foreign Minister Hina said the United States cannot afford to alienate the Pakistani government or its people, and if it does so, it will be at Washington’s cost.
The foreign minister also said that if US wants to lose Pakistan as its allied partner then we are prepared to pay the price. “If you are choosing to do so, and if they are choosing to do so, it will be at their own cost,” she said. The foreign minister said the US accusations could undermine the already shaky relationship between the two countries.
Hina, who became foreign minister only months back and has attracted wide attention for her relative youth and stylish dressing, condemned the allegations as humiliating. “Anything which is said about an ally, about a partner publicly to recriminate it, to humiliate it, is not acceptable.”
Mullen, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Thursday accused Pakistan of “exporting” violent extremism to Afghanistan through proxies and warned of possible action to protect American troops, without providing any details of either.
The US warnings carry particular weight in the aftermath of the Bin Laden killing, an operation that angered and embarrassed Pakistani leaders and exposed its intelligence services to accusations of incompetence or complicity.
Before commenting on this extremely bold statement by the Pakistani tigress Hina Rabbani Khar, which definitely was a great blow on the faces of hypocrites in Obama administration, I would like to ask a straight question here as to whether, United States has anymore right to claim to have been fighting against Jihadists and Islamists, when it has been continuing to install Islamists in administration in countries in Egypt, Tunisia and lately in Libya? No one is going to buy the very cheap Obama’s words when he claims to be “confronting terror”, as it has become crystal clear that Obama is the neo-godfather of terrorism, who is patronizing terrorists in ousting elected governments and planting Sharia Regimes in several countries in the world. When Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda are enemies of peace for their destructive activities against humanity, Barack Husain Obama and his rogue administration in Washington are no less.
With Sharia Regime capturing power in Libya, it is now being questioned by many is nuclear weapons or weapons of mass destruction, reportedly owned by the Gaddafi government may sooner or later fall into the hands of terrorist groups, who might use these and other weapons with lethal effect against the peace-loving masses in the world. Though US administration so far have been claiming to have been combating terror, after the exposing of Obama’s mask in cooperating with Jihadists in Libya or even silently joining hands with mega-terrorist groups like Hamas, it is not unfair to comment that, in reality United States administration is nurturing terror.
What reply Obama will give to the conscious people in the world on the issue of kidnapping young girls in Iraq and transporting them in armored vehicles to military bases, where these helpless Iraqi females are abused by the American soldiers as mere prostitutes? What response Obama has on the issue of his own military men continuing sexual exploitation of Korean women in specially built “comfort houses” in South Korea, within the US military bases?
United States and UK policymakers were well aware that the invasion of Iraq was likely to increase terror and WMD proliferation, as many analysts and intelligence reports warned. The National Intelligence Council predicted that “an American-led invasion of Iraq would increase support for political Islam and would result in a deeply divided Iraqi society prone to violent internal conflict,” hence engendering terror within Iraq and worldwide. CIA in a report confirmed that Iraq has become a magnet for Islamist militants similar to Soviet-occupied Afghanistan and Bosnia. It said, Iraq may prove to be an even more effective training ground for Islamist extremists than Afghanistan was in Al Qaeda’s early days, because it is serving as a real-world laboratory for urban combat. The US intelligence even predicted that, the current situation in Iraq is not only fuelling anti-American and anti-West rhetoric in Iraq, but also causing in exporting of Islamist terrorism to the West. It said, “There is little doubt that the invasion of Iraq had the effect of greatly strengthening the popular appeal of anti-democratic radicals such as those of Al Qaeda and other Jihadists Salafis throughout the Muslim world. A crucial illustration is Indonesia, the state with the world’s largest Muslim populations and a likely source of Jihadist terror.”
In 2000, 75 percent of Indonesians viewed Americans as friends. This number fell to 61 percent by 2002 and plummeted to 15 percent after the invasion of Iraq, with 80 percent of the Indonesians saying they feared an attack by the US.
Center for Strategic and International Studies, an Israeli think-tank in a report said, “the vast majority of foreign fighters in Iraq are not former terrorists or jihadists, but became radicalized by the war itself, stimulated by the invasion to respond to calls to defend their fellow Muslims from crusaders and infidels, who are mounting an attack on the Muslim religion and Arab culture.”
Commenting of this study front-ranking terrorism specialist Peter Bergen said, “it is rights that Iraq is a main front in the war on terrorism, but this is a front we [Americans] created.
Barack Obama is not unaware or naïve on any of these points and reports. But, he is continuing his agenda of planting Islamists or Washington cronies in administration in the oil-rich Muslim nations just for the sake of ensuring the “smooth supply of petroleum” to American demands. And with all these facts, we can firmly say that Obama or his administrations are no heroes combating terror or Jihadists. They simply are doing this for the sake of their hidden agenda of materialistic interests. And definitely Hina Rabbani Khar’s latest statement was a precise punch on the face of such hypocrisy.
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury is globally renowned Journalist, Columnist, author & Peace Activist. He is the Editor of “Weekly Blitz” and “Daily Frontline”. He is the recipient of PEN USA Freedom to Write Award 2005, AJC Moral Courage Award 2006, Key to the Englewood City, NJ, USA [Highest Honor] 2007; Monaco Media Award, 2007. He can be reached at [email protected]