April 6, 2009
In reference to the recent girl flogging video emerging in the mainstream Pakistani newsmedia, an alternate and even more insightful perspective on this can be gleaned by watching George Lucas’ Star Wars episode “Revenge of the Sith”. It is available on DVD.
Some of the dialogs and events appear to be plagiarized right out of the reality-script du jour!
One might well ask if it is art mimicking life, or life imitating art.
It is not clear to me what I can write, say, or do, such that the superfluity of Pakistani genius will come to appreciate the fact that it is the Balkanization of Pakistan ( http://tinyurl.com/ctdbps ) which is being orchestrated, by creating an enemy so evil, so barbaric, that it not only threatens the entire western civilization by having orchestrated 911, and possibly new 911s, but even threatens Pakistan’s nuclear weapons, and therefore, requires physical intervention by NATO Armies gathering on Pakistan’s borders.
It is immaterial if the video is real, concocted, theatrical, or enacted by paid mercenaries, or whether calculatingly controlled patsies enacted this barbaric antediluvian ‘katputli tamasha’ just as their parents fought in Zbigniew Brzezinski’s Afghan War as the “moral equivalents of our founding fathers”.
There is only one overarching direct beneficiary of it. That beneficiary was outlined by Douglas J. Feith, former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, in his Hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on February 14, 2002 in the aftermath of 911.
Explaining the rationale for the Department of Defence 2002 Nuclear Posture Review, he summarized the overarching reasons for “new thinking” by the United States as the unchallenged sole superpower in the following words:
‘A half a century ago, in the midst of the Cold War, Prime Minister Winston Churchill noted in the House of Commons the “sublime irony” that in the nuclear age, “safety will be the sturdy child of terror and survival the twin brother of annihilation.” The Cold War is long over and new approaches to defense are overdue. As President Bush has stated, “We are no longer divided into armed camps, locked in a careful balance of terror.…Our times call for new thinking.”‘
In essence, and as has been empirically evident over the past seven years, what Douglas Feith was arguing before the United States Congress in the euphemistically disguised verbiage of “new thinking”, was that the “careful balance of terror” must now be replaced by unfettered and uninhibited unilateral terror!
As his intellectual mentor Zbigniew Brzezinski had previously argued during the Clinton era in 1997, fighting in far-away lands is quite “uncongenial to democratic instincts”, as the “economic self-denial (that is defense spending), and the human sacrifice (casualties even among professional soldiers) required in the effort” makes “democracy … inimical to imperial mobilization.”
Brzezinski had also accurately predicted in ‘The Grand Chessboard’, that “… as America becomes an increasingly multicultural society, it may find it more difficult to fashion a consensus on foreign policy issues, except in the circumstance of a truly massive and widely perceived direct external threat. …. More generally, cultural change in America may also be uncongenial to the sustained exercise abroad of genuinely imperial power. That exercise requires a high degree of doctrinal motivation, intellectual commitment, and patriotic gratification.”
Therefore, a commensurate lifetime of “War on Terrorism” was architected against a well formulated never-ending enemy – the “islamofascists” – in a Machiavellianly seeded doctrine of the “Clash of Civilizations”. Bernard Lewis had artfully constructed that bit of magic in Foreign Affairs magazine in 1990 as the “irrational … roots of Muslim rage … [which] is no less than a clash of civilizations”. In the aftermath of 9/11/2001, it became the self-fulfilling policy of the overtly exuded foreign policy calculus of the United States, and was continually replenished by more priceless doctrinal state-craft from the mighty pen of Bernard Lewis, like ‘Crisis of Islam – Holy War and Unholy Terror’! And of course, the doctrinal flames are still fanned periodically by the various circus clowns of empire, like the printing of offensive cartoons by a confrere of Daniel Pipes. It egregiously insulted the Prophet of Islam to further stimulate a reaction among the Muslims that could only be classified as “[not even] a Clash of Civilizations [but a] Clash between the Civilized World and Barbarians”.
Viewed from this doctrinal prism of the hectoring hegemons, the video comes to make more sense. It is to re-justify that Daniel Pipes’ statement quoted above.
For a more in-depth analysis see:
That report contains 37 citations, which if conscientious Pakistanis were to diligently follow up on, they’d stop spending their time narrating the mantras of empire, and start focussing on the prime-movers behind the scenes which enable, fund, aid and abet it all for the construction of “‘one-world’ government” – the words of David Rockefeller.
Since none dare refute what I have stated, for it is entirely in the handwritings of the hectoring hegemons themselves, and further matches the grotesque empirical reality which has been unfolding before our eyes over the past 8 years, persisting in parroting the empire’s “doctrinal motivation” towards its “new thinking” and making it “Our War”, only implies either native informant fools, or treasonous geniuses at the helm of affairs of the nation. One hardly cares which, except at Nuremberg, for both end up being purveyors of vile propaganda and falsehoods.
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Related Developments April 09, 2010: Thorough analysis with copious references which puts it all together, done by an anonymous website, archived as PDF: Samar Minallah & The 2009 Swat Girl Flogging Video http://humanbeingsfirst.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/archived-fkpolitics-samar-minallah-the-2009-swat-girl-flogging-videoi.pdf
Related News March 29, 2010: Video of girl’s flogging in Swat was ‘fake’, The News, Monday March 29, 2010 http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=231461 (note that the unnamed NGO, Ethnomedia http://ethnomedia.pk/ , and Samar Minallah who hawked the video: ‘Swat video is genuine, claim activists’ The News, April 05, 2009 http://thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=21338 , are both not mentioned by name)
PESHAWAR: A resident of Swat, who claims to have prepared the fake video of flogging of a girl in Swat, has termed it drama and revealed that he received Rs0.5 million for doing so before the launch of military operation ‘Rah-e-Rast’.
Before the operation ‘Rah-e-Rast’, an NGO financed preparation of fake video of flogging in which they portrayed the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) members flogging a woman. The provincial government and Malakand Commissioner Syed Muhammad Javed ordered investigations and sought report from the authorities concerned.
After the successful operation in Malakand division, the law-enforcement agencies had arrested the children who were present in the video while a resident of Swat was apprehended by Kohat administration. The children and the arrested man revealed that the video was fake and said that it was made on the demand of Islamabad-based NGO which provided him Rs0.5 million.
Sources revealed that woman who was flogged in the video was also arrested and she revealed that she had received Rs0.1 million while Rs50,000 were given to each child. Sources said that the NGO produced the video to defame the country’s integrity and respect.
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Letter to Editor: A surfeit of Pakistani geniuses or simply ‘native informants’? April 06, 2009