We have been hearing a lot lately about RAW’s intentions against Pakistan and their fury over CPEC which has been termed as a ‘game changer’ for the region. Supposedly, there are 35,000 RAW agents on the loose in Pakistan, though our intelligence agencies have not been able to arrest a single one. We have been told that RAW is responsible for terrorism, though the actual terrorists who have been arrested in connection continue to be either run-of-the-mill extremists or educated middle-class jihadis. Each time, though, the stakes keep getting made higher. Now, the stakes have been taken to a truly terrifying level with claims that India is considering arming assets in Pakistan with “small nuclear devices”. However, the source of this latest claim makes it even more terrifying that it seems.
According to American journalist Seymour Hersh, the official story of the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden is a lie that “might have been written by Lewis Carroll”. Ironically, it is Hersh’s version that is actually much more dotted with rabbit holes than Obama’s. Which is correct? Some will accept one or another at face value, depending on whether or not it confirms what they would like to believe. In fact, reading Hersh’s report one quickly gets the feeling that he was eager to believe anything that would weave a blockbuster story to boost his reputation. I will not take the time to note every problem with Hersh’s story as this has already been done by others, rather, I want to note something that has not been pointed out that should be very troubling for any Pakistani who wants to believe his tale.
I’ve long believed that the jihadis and the anti-democratic right-wing were reading from the same script. They all use the same fear tactics to keep the people distracted and paralyzed. The Western right-wing uses Islam as a bogey just as our own right-wing uses America as a bogey. But they have been reading from the same script for far too long and now the people are starting to notice that it’s just a trick. The people of Arab countries are demanding democracy, and those of us who have it are not giving it up. I thought these two political cartoons today really described the situation quite well.
What’s most interesting is that the cartoon about Glenn Beck could just as easily be about Ahmed Quraishi and the rest of the Ghairat Brigade, only replace ‘Muslims’ with ‘America’ and ‘Marxist Caliphate’ (whatever that means) with ‘hegemony’!