Thursday, 26 May 2011

Pakistan Reveals Its True Colors

Written by  Arthur R. Thompson

For longtime readers of The New American, the fact that President George W. Bush immediately looked to Pakistan as the prime ally in waging the War on Terror after 9/11 was an eye-opener.

TNA articles over the years (e.g., click here and here) documented the involvement of the Pakistani intelligence community in the training and continued involvement with the very terrorist groups attacking Americans and American interests around the globe.

It must also be considered that we are militarily engaged in Pakistan, attacking targets ranging from minor terrorist facilities to the assassination of Osama bin Laden. Attacks go on with impunity. Strange activity in an ally’s country.

If Pakistan is an ally, one has to question the intensity of our armed forces’ military actions and our military’s patrols of Pakistan in Pakistani airspace.

Questions about our ally are compounded by Pakistan’s involvement with China. Communist China has a significant presence in every country that we are engaged in militarily in the Middle East. In Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, the Chinese appear to be garnering more opportunities for extracting minerals, metals, and oil — plus obtaining more commerce centers and naval bases — than the United States is.

China’s successes in these areas have grown to such proportions that one of the questions we have to ask has to be, “Are we engaged in the Middle East for our own interests or for the Peoples’ Liberation Army of China?”

In the case of Pakistan, their government has asked China to come into their country to build and operate a naval base and to build hydroelectric dams. The Pakistanis received a promise for the fast delivery of 50 JF-17 Chinese fighter aircraft — all in the past week.

Keep in mind that Pakistani purchases of Chinese equipment means that maintenance and support needs to continually come from China. Pakistan is not planning on defying Communist China; they are allying with them.

The Financial Times of May 26, 2011 said it all:

Whatever the Chinese equivalent is of Kool-Aid, Yusuf Raza Gilani, Pakistan’s prime minister, appears to have been drinking it. During his recent state visit to Beijing, … he lavished praise on China. “We are like one nation and two countries,” he said, comparing Pakistan’s “Islamic socialism” to the thoughts of Mao Zedong. China, he enthused, “was the only voice of reason in international affairs.”

“Islamic socialism,” hmm. Many of us have been warning that terrorism may be Islamic down at the level of those stupid enough to blow themselves up for Allah, but the ones at the top are not Islamic, they are communist, using religion to promote communism.

Leaders such as Bush and Obama are not stupid, nor do they lack information. Considering that members of their own cabinets and advisors have been helping China build up their industry and military, one would have to conclude that this is where the answers to our questions lie: The benefit of global “socialism” is the goal (of course, in the United States we call the goal by a different name: “spreading democracy throughout the world").

Art Thompson is the CEO of The John Birch Society.

Photo of Yusuf Raza Gilani: AP Images