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Thursday 338

Pakistan

Filed under: Politics — Tags: — zundel @ am

The attack on Mumbai comes from 1947 and 1978.

Pakistan’s alliance with the US in no way guarantees safety or stability. Nor should the alliance exclude scrutiny.

The reality of Pakistan presents much greater dangers than whatever aspirations Iran might have.

The partition of India sixty years ago divided Hindu from Muslim. 17 million people moved; not a peaceful process. India attempts a secular state, but religion still drives politics in both states, especially predominately Muslim Pakistan. India and Pakistan have had four wars and still dispute the division of territory.

In quick succession, the Soviets invaded and occupied Afghanistan (1978), Iran had a revolution (1979), and Iran and Iraq went to war with each other (1980). The results of the Iranian revolution remain. The Soviet occupation and the Iran-Iraq war both ended in 1988. In 1989 the Soviet Union began to fall. Twenty years later Russia reasserts power.

The Iranian revolution denied the US an ally in the region—rather painfully. In response the US sponsored the Iran-Iraq war, thereby building up Iraq. In response to the Soviet invasion, the US, with the cooperation of Pakistan, sponsored the Mujahidin, precursor of al Qaeda and the Laskar-e-Taiba attack on Mumbai.

Following the Soviet withdrawal, Pakistan supported the Taliban in Afghanistan. And since partition, various Pakistani governments and factions have supported terrorist against India. Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency has supported various groups, including Laskar-e-Taiba.

US governments from 1978 to 2010 have mistakenly focused on Afghanistan.

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