Following The Yellow Brick Road Makes Enemies Stronger
Posted by bosskitty on August 4, 2007
The alarming growth of Al Qaeda and the Taliban in the Pashtun tribal region of northwest Pakistan and southern Afghanistan is usually attributed to the popularity of their messianic brand of Islam and to covert help from Pakistani intelligence agencies.
But another, more ominous reason also explains their success: their symbiotic relationship with a simmering Pashtun separatist movement that could lead to the unification of the estimated 41 million Pashtuns on both sides of the border, the breakup of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and the emergence of a new national entity, “Pashtunistan,” under radical Islamist leadership.
Pakistan and Afghanistan are fragile, multiethnic states. Ironically, by ignoring ethnic factors and defining the struggle with jihadists mainly in military terms, the United States is inadvertently helping Al Qaeda and the Taliban capture the leadership of Pashtun nationalism. (entire article)
I could while away the hours
Conferrin’ with the flowers
Consultin’ with the rain
And my head, I’d be scratchin’
While my thoughts were busy hatchin’
If I only had a brain.
Are we living in OZ? Are we Munchkins running toward the Land of Oz: a fantasy region containing four countries under the rule of one monarch? The United States is on a collision course with reality. Other countries that occupy the same planet, are holding their breath to see if America will return from the alternate reality imposed on the American population and the world. The USA has emboldened the occupants of that nether world between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
In the conventional wisdom, either Islamist or Pashtun identity will triumph, but a more plausible possibility is that the result could be what the former Pakistani diplomat Hussain Haqqani has called an “Islamic Pashtunistan.”
Pashtuns being the largest single ethnic group in Afghanistan, bitterly resent the disproportionate influence enjoyed by the Tajik ethnic minority in the Karzai regime, a legacy of U.S. collaboration with Tajik militias in overthrowing the Taliban. Pashtunsalso feel that they have been the main victims of U.S.-NATO bombing attacks on the Taliban, who are largely Pashtuns and operate almost entirely in Pashtun territory. In one authoritative estimate, civilian casualties have numbered nearly 5,000 since 2001.
So, what does the US do? It promotes further conflict that insures the “terror” threat does not fade. The Republican Administration is fearful that their grip on World Domination remains justifiable. Without a Terror Threat could we accidentally slip back into stability?. Without a Terror Threat, Republicans would loose their grip on the gullible voters. After all, there is a lot of taxpayer money money money to be pocketed.
The Minnesota bridge is a fine example of where taxpayer dollars should be going, not into the pockets of corrupt war profiteering buddies. The billions of dollars that are wasted, lost or unaccounted for since the Terror War was hi-jacked to Iraq, could be applied to countless US projects to protect our own infrastructure. Take a VERY close look at what Congress is spending on right now! They are appropriating money to fix that Minnesota Bridge. Great afterthought, huh?