We’re at war in Pakistan, we’ve always been at war in Pakistan
Friday, Dec 5, 2008
In a blatant effort to bolster the ailing war on terror, a report produced as part of a mandate by the U.S. Congress has concluded that a major terror attack will occur somewhere in the world before 2013 and that the blame will firmly fall at the feet of Pakistan.
The Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, singled out Pakistan as a grave concern because of its network of terror groups, history of instability and nuclear capabilities, reports Reuters.
The panel, chaired by former head of the joint congressional inquiry into 9/11 Sen. Bob Graham, concluded that a large scale attack will likely involve the use of nuclear or biological weapons on a major city.
“Were one to map terrorism and weapons of mass destruction today, all roads would intersect in Pakistan,” the report states, adding that “the focus of US policy should be to help Pakistan achieve political and economic stability”.
While acknowledging that Pakistan is an ally of the US, the report also states, “there is a grave danger it could also be an unwitting source of a terrorist attack on the United States — possibly using weapons of mass destruction”.
“The risk that radical Islamists — Al Qaeda or Taliban — may gain access to nuclear material is real,” the report urges, adding “Should the Pakistani government become weaker, and the Pakistani nuclear arsenal grow, that risk will increase. With each new facility, military or civilian, comes added security concerns,”
The report advises the US to “build a national security workforce for the 21st century” by establishing a countrywide program of education and training.
The panel also urges President-elect Barack Obama to “take a tough line” with the so called rogue states of Iran and North Korea.
White House Press Secretary Dana Perino yesterday said that the Bush administration agreed with the report stating “I have no reason to disagree with it,” when asked by reporters.
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The report smacks of recycled propaganda in an effort to shift the primary focus of the war on terror on to Pakistan.
In 2002 and 2003 exactly the same rhetoric was used in the build up to the Iraq war in order to garner support for an armed invasion.
In 2005 Dick Cheney tasked the United States Strategic Command (STRATCOM) with drawing up a contingency plan to be employed in response to another 9/11-type terrorist attack on the United States. The plan involved a massive air strike on Iran which included the use of nuclear weapons.
The publication reported that, “The response is not conditional on Iran actually being involved in the act of terrorism directed against the United States,” meaning that any such attack would immediately be blamed on Iran and any evidence to the contrary would be buried.
Now the exact same strategy is being employed in regard to Pakistan, a country that the US military continues to unlawfully strike with missiles, often killing innocent civilians.
As we highlighted last week, the terror attacks in Mumbai were almost immediately blamed on Pakistan, despite much evidence to suggest the perpetrators were homegrown Indian extremists.
The attacks have provided a perfect pretext for Barack Obama to increase U.S. aggression inside the Pakistan as he promised to do during his election campaign.
With the CPWMDPT report it now becomes the default position to blame Pakistan for any major attack that may occur in the near future, thus justifying the continued military occupation of more of the middle east in the name of the war on terror.
This article was posted: Friday, December 5, 2008 at 11:11 am