It is an old saying that “Everything is fair in Love and War”, but the new version is somewhat different, which states that, “Everything is fair in Love, War and American Interest!”
The sayings or idioms are not invented in just a couple of days! Long time practices makes people to adopt such phrases, and yes, it is a long time practice of US that it could do anything, can go to any extreme to achieve its goals lawfully or unlawfully! If it is WWII, it can hit nuclear bomb on millions of civilian, if it is War of Vietnam it can use all the sophisticated conventional or non-conventional weapons, if it is Iraq it can ruin the whole country for nothing, in the last it don’t have the obligation to say sorry to the world on its wrong allegations of WMDs! Afghanistan and Drone Attacks on Pakistan are another examples of this new phrase!
During World War II, it not only killed thousands of civilians but also destroyed the two cities of Japan, Hiroshima and Nagasaki by using Nuclear Bombs first time in the history of mankind. The vast scale and long run devastation caused by such brutal act can be seen till date when still the new born babies are taking birth with physical or mental disabilities due to radioactive effects found in the two cities. In Vietnam, it killed thousands of Vietnams and the same story is of Iraq and Afghanistan. On the other hand it don’t hesitate to charge anyone for minor violations and sentence them with brutal punishments, like in the case of Dr. Afia Siddiqui, wherein she was accused of attacking an US Soldier, and even there is lack of evidence they punished her with 86 years of imprisonment.
Keeping their own interest in view, US always supported Israel and its aggression against Un-Armed Palestinians, at one hand it strongly vows for Democracy in countries like Pakistan, Korea, Libya and Turkey, but at other hand it supports Dictator style Kings and Rulers in Saudia Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain. Its double standards are apparent like day light when it supports the Nuclear Program of India and Israel and opposes the Nuclear Program of Pakistan and Iran. Supporting the separation of “East Timor” in Indonesia declaring it a will and wish of the people, while opposing the will and wish of Kashmiris is another example of its double standards and keeping its own interest before any other thing.
Recently Raymond Davis, an American in Pakistan has killed 2 Pakistanis declaring them assailant and one more Pakistani was killed when a rescue vehicle was trying to get him out of the scene. The American state department has tried to get him released on the basis he is a Diplomat and is covered under Vienna Convention for Diplomatic Immunity, but 1961 Vienna Convention clearly states that Technical and Administrative Staff are not covered for immunity!
Time will decide if Mr. Raymond is released or not or there would be any trade of for Dr. Afia against Mr. Raymond, but the recent developments are indicating tense and harsh attitudes of the parties. Pakistan, being the third world country would not be able to resist longer, but we can observe the above said sentence suits the US that “Everything is fair in Love, War and American Interest!”
On December 17, 2010, the self immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi, a Tunision labour, sparked unrest throughout Tunis, resulted as ouster of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in just 28 days of huge protests ending his 23 years rule over the country. This all started when Bouazizi was insulted by a Police Lady and had been denied to deliver the justice by the Police Department. After the self immolation of Bouazizi, people from every walk of life came out to protest, especially Student, Labours and Lawyers. Security Agencies reportedly arrested a number of Web Bloggers, Activists and Demonstrators. President Ben Ali warned them all of ultimate consequences. The main reasons of the demonstrations were unemployment, inflation, corruption, ban on basic social rights, political freedom, freedom of expression and increasing poverty etc. These demonstrations resulted in several injuries and deaths by Law Enforcement Agencies but the outcome was that President had to flee to Saudia Arabia. The Nation is still struggling for the rights to be delivered and an interim government is managing the affairs of the state.
The Tunisian Revolution inspired people in several Arab Countries to act in the similar manner. In Egypt the same sequence of incidents started to happen. On January 25 the protests erupted on the streets of Cairo, which engulfed whole country. Anticipating the unrest on mass basis, the Govt. ceased the internet service, had been used as the channel of communication by the protestors. President Hosny Mobarak, ruled the country for 30 years, took several safety measures to secure his regime including concessions to the public, formation of the new government, announcement of re-elections, withdrawal from contesting the next presidential polls etc. but even it could not stop riots and widespread demonstrations in the country, resulted in his resignation on February 11, 2011. The struggle of Egyptian Revolution has the same background as Tunis, i.e. unemployment, inflation, corruption etc., and delivered the same results.
The fire started from Tunis has reached to several other countries. Currently the countries hit by the same situation include Bahrain, Yemen, Algeria, Jordan, Syria and Libya. In Bahrain a dozen of civilians have been killed by Law Enforcement Agencies and dozens are injured. But public seems to have decided to throw out the Govt. Oil rich Bahrain is a small country, possessing only 1.2 Million inhabitants, but the pressure of the public is so immense that Govt. has deployed all its forces to coup-up with them. According to latest updates, the demonstrators have reached to the Pearl Roundabout in Capital Manama, where Police have used extensive tear gas to disperse the mob. The reason for this unrest is the same, un-equal distribution of wealth!
On the other side, the situation in Libya is worst wherein Law Enforcement Agencies have killed almost 84 people in 3 days including Lawyers and peaceful protestors. Govt. had ceased internet facility in the country and censored television transmission fearing increase in unrest. Yemen is also witnessing unrest as the protestors have clashes with Police; in response Police fired tear gas to disperse them. At-least a dozen people have been reported dead.
The world is witnessing major changes due to corruption and injustice prevailing in their societies, but we in Pakistan, even after facing almost the same situation as these countries, are in deep sleep or are waiting for some miracle. We have to face not only the injustice of our own people but also of foreigners too, as an American has recently killed 3 Pakistanis and drone attacks are another example of it. Every sector of the Economy is destroyed, every corner of the country is deprived and every individual of the Nation is affected one or the other way. All the ingredients to bring a revolution are already there. The injustice of the feudal and corrupt rulers, either civil or in uniform has already reached its peak. But honestly speaking there is a lacking in our own wishes to embrace the revolution. Some corners are enthusiastic and preparing for it, while some corner are opposing it, but still there is a vast majority, which have to show their inclination towards or against it.
I believe, this is high time to decide “Now or Never”! If we don’t decide now, our future generations will never forgive us for that corrupt society which we are going to give them. But it seems, we as a nation are dead, our wishes our ambitions are dead as we are just living a routine life wherein a specific group of privileged people are humiliating us without any fear of resistance.
It was some years ago when you were looking for me, you needed me, and the God had granted what you had dreamed. Today you are watching me devastated, disturbed and agitated, this all is not what I deserve; this is what you have done to me. During all this period, I was always blamed for what I never done, but I was never appreciated what I had done for you, I have seen many colours of life, good and bad, have seen many beautiful and ugly moments, but every time you cursed me for the bad, but for good ones you always forget to say me Thanks! Yes, I am your “Pakistan”!
In the struggle, you had done to get me, I witnessed your sacrifice and hard work, sincere leadership had made possible to bring me into existence, but there were rulers who left no stone unturned to destroy my identity, and forgot that my identity is actually their identity, and following them you also forget that this is our common identity. Today the world curses me because of others misdeeds and those “others” are no one else but you!
People among you misused me, my identity, I have seen my foes in the uniform of my own soldiers who are supposed to guard me, I have seen friends, who claim to be my son, the son of the soil, but at times I found them selling their own soil.
In this long journey, sometimes Civil Martial Law became my destiny, sometimes Armed Democracy became my identity. I could not see anyone who could get rid me of this Musical Chair Drama, wherein each actor is waiting for his turn, not to serve, but for looting me.
Though, among others, I am quiet young as had been created not too long ago, but my own sons have made me old. I always relied upon youth, I considered them my power, but I am watching my youth to waste their powers and energy into useless and non-productive activities! What is my future? They don’t care; even they don’t care about their or their generation’s future! Who will now save me from those robbers as my guards and my youth both are careless for me.
I am waiting now for some miracle, after losing hopes by betrayal of my own people, and waiting for the moment when this all could be changed totally, when I could be proud again on my own identity, I don’t know when and how this revolution would be possible, but I want it from my heart that my next destination would be that revolution.
When in September last year in a General Workers Convention in Karachi, MQM’s Chief Altaf Hussain has spoken about revolution, many people and his opponents had criticized him heavily. Everyone had been asking if such a thing is possible? There had been hot debates live and on electronic media including internet. Dozens of Articles against or in favour of him had been written.
Not later than a few months, the world had witnessed turmoil in Tunis, resulted in the shape of a Revolution last month when President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali had to escape after huge protests and violence against him. Earlier Kyrgyzstan had faced the same situation when President Kurmanbek Bakiyev had to flee after bloody riots and huge protests against him. But seems that Tunisian Revolution has instigated other nations too, to stand up and fight for their rights.
Egypt, following Tunis has become battle field between Opponents and Supporters of President Hosni Mubarak, ruling the country for 30 years. The public is demanding him to immediately step down even after his assurance of not taking part in next Presidential Polls to be held in September this year. Observing the situation, King Abdullah II of Jordon has sacked the Government and Yemeni President has announced to not take part in next elections expecting the Egypt like situation in their countries too. Algeria is already facing riots and protests against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has heavily resisted the call of revolution and jailed many of his critics.
Fearing Revolution, all the rulers are taking safety measures to save their regime. Some are offering fringe benefits; some are assuring their departure soon. Some still wants to stick up with their rule, but besides this, if we see the situation in Pakistan, we will see the same corruption, crimes, unrest, worst law and order situation, terrorism and royal life of the rulers. Since MQM’s chief has raised the call for Revolution almost all the leaders has accepted the need of it and presenting their own sketch, but they are not ready to refrain their selves.
If we look closely, the ground realities of the countries facing agitation or riots against their rulers are similar like in Pakistan. The Elite Class is captured and reserved all the resources for themselves only, and has left the deprived people to commit suicide. Inflation has turned the societies to Alien Extremes where rich are becoming richer and poor are becoming poorer. When such situation occurs in a society, then there is no solution except for a Revolution.
Apparently everyone is talking now about revolution but none of them appears to be ready to lead any revolution or at-least to welcome it except MQM Chief, who by his moves, has showed that he is not only ready to lead the revolution but also has the plan and road map to undergo it.
Those, who are involved in Corruption, Crimes, Terrorism and Extremism, must keep in mind the revolution in Kyrgyzstan, and Tunis and must keep the circumstances of Algeria, Egypt, Syria, Yemen and Jordon into consideration. They accept it or not, but the Political Climate is at a Great Change throughout the world. Now people are more aware of their rights and are more willing to snatch it if not given, and the same process is underway in Pakistan, hence, the ruling elite class must stop exploiting the poor and must keep in mind Pakistanis are more Violent Nation than anyone else.