On 12 February 2012, two parallel gatherings were held in Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... . One was the Bloody Karachi Literature Festival, in which Pak intellectuals discussed how they could make their country safer and deal with extremism - Pakistain's real enemy. Many Indian publishers were invited to the event and works by Indian authors were also discussed and sold.
About 10 kilometres away, representatives of 40 religious and political groups participated in a Difa-e-Pakistain rally, where Jamaat-ud-Dawa ...the front organization of Lashkar-e-Taiba... chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed ...who would be wearing a canvas jacket with very long sleeves anyplace but Pakistain... asserted Pakistain's real enemy was India.
To blame external powers for internal problems is an age-old gimmick of state establishments. That way the state can evade its Hobbesian responsibility to provide security to their citizens.By constructing an external enemy and blaming it for everything bad happening in their country, they project themselves as saviours of their nation, reaping political and economic benefits.This has also happened in Pakistain.
But Paks must realize their real enemies are the people who are proponents of extremism, injustice and violence against women and minorities. Pakistain's real enemies are those who silence the liberals by threatening or killing them or forcing them to leave the country. Pakistain's real enemies are those responsible for sectarian and ethnic violence that has killed thousands of innocent people, and those who provide political and religious justification for such violence.
The people at the literature festival cannot be absolved either, because they have collectively failed to fight against the Death Eater forces. The civil society is the most potent forcein any modern state.It has the power to change the political regime. Pakistain's civil society did a courageous job supporting Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, who had been forced out of office by former president Pervez Perv Musharraf ... former dictator of Pakistain, who was less dictatorial and corrupt than any Pak civilian government to date ... . The movement resulted in Chaudhry's reinstatement and Musharraf's exile.
Not too long after that, the same people were seen showering rose petals on the killer of Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer.
The liberals in Pakistain now have a responsibility.As David Easton had said, they have to come out of their cocooned and self-exiled life and fight against the Orcs and similar vermin if they are really serious about carrying out their social responsibilities. They have to use the tools and instruments available to them to educate Pakistain's youth. And if they fail to do so, Pakistain's future is grim.
And if they fail to do so, Pakistain's future is grim.
I'll take $5 on grim, please. And not because I'm bitter and cynical. Well, not only.
Pakistan has managed to create a sort of chaotic stability where, for every foo'ed up part, there is some large or powerful group who profits from it and would hate to see it gone. It will take a great force to move Pakistan out of this attractor basin. It won't be the Pak people because they all hate each other. It won't be the Karachi Book Club, however effete and intellectual, because they don't have guns. What's left? I suspect implosion into a bunch of mini-stans. Or the Indians will nuke them.
India knows that it cannot win a war with Pakistan. Oh India could invade and defeat the Pak military but then what? The problem with being the landlord is that you have to fix all the broken appliances. India will not Nuke Pakistan unless Pakistan nukes them first. India is a civilized democracy.
India is a growing economic power and if the ISI had an ounce of brains they would be looking to sign a free trade agreement with India instead of helping thugs plan attacks on Indian hotels.
Posted by: Mike Ramsey ||
"if the ISI had an ounce of brains"
I think I see the problem there, Mike....
Posted by: Barbara ||