Poodle-states are necessary for Imperial Mobilization!

Poodle-states are necessary for Imperial Mobilization!

Zahir Ebrahim

September 1, 2007

An abbreviated version appeared as Letter to Editor, The Nation, Sept. 13, 20071

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I would like to comment on the oped “Musharraf's presidential ambitions” (Nation, Pakistan, August 31, 2007)2 where M. A. Niazi noted: “He has to contest in uniform because of the demands by two institutions...”

I think the [earnest] M. A. Niazi might have missed one super-institution in that equation, the third and the most powerful. Consider the following 'wild' scenario:

It is not about the country or what its lame institutions want (we of course won't mention the ordinary mass of humanity as constituting an 'institution of peoples' having its own aspirations). It is about attack on Iran and what is needed to accomplish that within the requisite timelines available to the hectoring hegemons.

Bush needs to accomplish his dastardly plan for completing this phase of the 'birth pangs of the New Middle East' before his term in office is over, and he needs his partners in monumental crime to maintain the status quo, namely, ensure that no nuclear umbrella is extended from Pakistan to Iran, or SCO to Iran by it transforming itself overnight into a mutual-defense pact treaty ATO (Asian Treaty Organization).

A genuinely elected civilian leader aspiring for a genuinely independent Pakistan, one who might perhaps think of himself as 'amir-ul-momineen' and who wouldn't relent to 5 direct phone calls from the emperor of the world of the time, just might think of doing things his or her own way - the independent and self-reliant way, the way of the peoples which puts the interests and lives of ordinary human beings first. Whether motivated by self-aggrandizement or genuine patriotic aspirations for its peoples – like Chavez of Venezuela – such leadership coming to power can be quite “inimical to imperial mobilization”, especially when it leads a largely fed up populace who has had it up to its neck and is not willing to take it ANYMORE!

As long as the neo-con theology of 'perpetual war' remains in power and obediently led by doltish self-righteous assets like Bush, Mush or another paltoo poodle or poodle-dame and their ten thousand apologists and exponents among the ruling elite are required to be in power in Pakistan, regardless of what color garb and dresses they might wear. Passing the official baton of COAS, President, or Prime Minister makes little difference when policies of 'poodle-states' remain consistent, no differently than changing the front face in the White House makes any difference when their governing world policies are resounding echoes of the realpolitik theme so straightforwardly articulated in the post World War II period by the American State Department's George F. Kennan and dutifully carried forth today on the Grand Chessboard by his legatees, the Neo-cons and Zbigniew Brzezinski:

We have about 50% of the world's wealth, but only 6.3% of its population .... In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity without positive detriment to our national security. To do so, we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and day-dreaming, and our attention will have to be concentrated everywhere on our immediate national objectives. We need not deceive ourselves that we can afford today the luxury of altruism and world-benefaction .... We should cease to talk about vague and - for the Far East - unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of living standards, and democratization. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts. The less we are then hampered by idealistic slogans, the better.” (Policy Planning Study 23, 1948)

As some evidence of “deal[ing] in straight power concepts” still being the absolute and unarguable reality today, and that all the great plans of mighty mice and men going awry if such a potent nuclear self-defense pact is afforded to the sitting duck Iran – a proud nation among the oldest and richest continuously inhabited civilizations on the planet – please see this recent detailed analysis “Considering a war with Iran: A discussion paper on WMD in the Middle East”3, or read its short summary “US preparing 'massive' military attack against Iran”4 which states: “The study concludes that the US has made military preparations to destroy Iran's WMD, nuclear energy, regime, armed forces, state apparatus and economic infrastructure within days if not hours of President George W. Bush giving the order.”

The fact that this report is fully consistent with all others which either propose or prognosticate the annihilation of Iran due to its fictitious WMD – analogous to the destruction of Iraq for its fictitious WMD as only certain 'ubermensch white states' are allowed real WMDs, others are prohibited even fictitious ones – is even more ominous. The manifest untempered goal of empire today is to destroy, destroy, destroy, for it is only through destruction that the seeds of 'genesis' is laid in the Straussian world – or so argue the neo-con barbarians ruling the world. None too surprisingly, only the modus operandi is more virulent today and represents only the more overt side of the imperial coin that is facing the top.

The “imperial mobilization” for “full spectrum dominance” is a multifaceted coin that according to the Russian President Putin “means in practice one thing: one center of power, one center of force, one center of decision-making, a world of one master, one sovereign”, and according to the empirical evidence at hand, seeks one single class of ownership for the entire wealth of the world rooted in the virtual world of globalization and free-trade that knows no nationalism or geographic boundaries, and which benefits mainly a tiny class of international ruling elite of the world.

The ideologues du jour riding rough-shod are mainly the more perverse strain of this elitist virus that sees itself destined to effectively takeover the world, one way or another, leaving all the appearances of autonomy behind for administrative purposes. Today it is through kill kill kill only because its particular exponents are entirely sub-human species running on a limited life span. Not to be fooled, they will soon be replaced with a different viral strain from among the social Darwinians – for when absolute power to propagate exists, new mutations eagerly grab the opportunity in a truly bipartisan spirit of hegemony and empire.

Once the bombing and large scale destruction is fait accompli, who becomes president and who wears the uniform in Pakistan and of which fabric becomes considerably less interesting – for it heralds in the potential end to this vicious phase-2 of the 'genesis' of the 'new world order' – and the local Mafioso families can be permitted to haggle out their new territories and redivide the appearances until the next time services need to be rendered to the hectoring hegemons when all arrows will once again need to be realigned for phase-3.

This is exactly similar to what transpired during the interlude of phase-1 and phase-2 when a civilian facade was inefficaciously allowed to emerge in the poodle-state that was only democratic in name despite rapidly changing 'elected' faces. But just as the planning for phase-2 got underway, a strongman became necessary after experiencing how uncontrollable any civilian government can become despite only a thin veneer of democracy camouflaging oligarchic rule in Pakistan's version of the military-feudal-complex such that even 5 phone calls from the mighty President of United States could not dissuade a presumably civilian leader.

Of course all this miraculous alignment of the stars in the unpredictable heavens only transpires by sheer happenstance. It is just serendipity for the hectoring hegemons that we seem to be ruled by military regimes in the first place for most of our existence, and especially whenever the frontline poodle is required to bark, bear its teeth, and bite (only the other underdogs of course), in the service of its master on the 'Grand Chessboard'.

And so shall the 'happenstance' miraculously repeat when phase-3 is ushered in at the opportune time – for only the military oligarchs can presumably make strong unilateral guarantees and offer full compliance to the master's voice under their 'unity of command' while enacting wonderful katputli tamashas to keep the entertainment-starved peoples glued to their televisions and kept busily engaged deciphering which of the multiple lies and red-herrings might be true. A distracting red herring in itself since much of the 'Brahman' ruling elite class of Pakistan has already been bought and paid for. But as in the case of Pakistan's unprecedented nuclear tests, and its inception some three decades earlier, surprises and redemption are always possible when a nationalist civilian oligarch is in power, and that's what makes keeping faithful military 'poodles' nurtured and well fed a safe bet!

That is indeed the first cause enabler of “Military Inc.” in Pakistan – a fact inexplicably absent in the stellar book of the same name which posits it as primarily the by-product of indigenous culture of 'feudalism' that Western powers dutifully exploit!

No Madame defense analyst mon ami, in my far humbler and rather plebeian analysis, it isn't entirely so. Yes we do provide a conducive native soil, but the gardeners are the 'hectoring hegemons' who deliberately plant the 'poodle-state' and its managers and its institutions of various caliber and levels of servitude to cater to a wide range of changing realities on the Grand Chessboard. And they rotate them in power as needed, and dispense with them when they have outlived their usefulness (or grown too big for their shoes). And we the people willingly aid and abet in its execution by refusing to diagnose the disease accurately – often too busy worrying about careers, fame and fortune, prestigious appointments and tenures, accolades from the West, invitations to speak and research in their beltways, and for the vast majority of our wretched humanity, the struggle for daily bread!

It might actually be Pakistan's turn soon enough to receive the next round of 'benevolence' from the neo-con alleyways along the path to the 'new world order' as the pitiful nation and its wretched people sit idly by quibbling over nonsense and superficial issues of 'rule of law' when the laws themselves are constructed only by fiat by the same ruling elite in their own best interests and any discussion of which guardedly remains undebated.

It is a holy taboo to challenge anything ab initio for then it becomes 'fundamentalism' and prime target for 'war of terror'! There has indeed never even been any legitimate public referendum on Pakistan's laws and its Constitution, nor any input ever sought from the governed public on how they wish to be governed or which wars and peace they want to be a part of – some (one-way) 'social contract' that any Mafioso don would be immensely proud of! Thus the same powerful mythology of “war on terror" is conveniently employed by all factions of the ruling elite for their own maximum self-interest even today, just as it was in the aftermath of 911, just as it has always been employed for any conquest since time immemorial. The erstwhile 'no-op' of a politician Imran Khan may be the only one courageously asserting that “war on terror” is not our war, and yet he too, presumably as well read and distinguished as he is, deliberately shies away from calling it a self-perpetuating self-enabling myth for affecting “imperial mobilization” through a “lifetime of wars” – the World War IV5, as the former director of CIA put it!

A deliberately misdiagnosed disease can never find an efficacious cure – unless 'Waiting for Allah' has some miraculous potency to it.

The mighty God of the Muslims does claim to be the 'best of Planners' after all. This is what seems to guide the mass of 'faithful' in our land of faith-a-plenty, even to the extent of forgetting that the very same God has also blanketly asserted that He 'does not change the condition of a people unless they strive to change it themselves first' – a tautology at its best for any rational mind that has lost its connection to the spiritual lingua-franca of the respected Prophets of antiquity!

In today's modernity, as in the yesteryear's, the only empirical evidence is the 'law of the jungle' in which the top baboon in suits dictates terms to the weaker ones in 'shalwar kameez' in the pyramid of hierarchical control, always with the sole superpower du jour perched at its apex and always with wet dreams of “full spectrum dominance”! The only difference as far as one can tell is that some wrote and promulgated their Mein Kampfs6, while others with perhaps weaker or more primitive intellects, kept it secret and merely surprised one at the door.

Just the explicit warning of dire consequences accruing to Pakistan coming directly from the mighty grandmaster of the 'Grand Chessboard' himself, should be thought of as a blessing of the superiority of the modern 'ubermensch' intellect that makes its pronouncements publicly (see the Foreword of the book “Prisoners of the Cave” for why that might be so), and an immediate cause to think and act for the unfoolish in greater national self-preservation.

Not that no consequences have accrued so far in this nation's long sexagenarian existence as a poodle-client-state, which, some argue, was in fact allowed to come into existence more as a pliable geopolitical pawn against the then emerging scourge of anti-capitalist communism across the world led by the USSR, and the bet, incredibly enough, having been successfully realized within a meager four decades as envisaged by the best thinkers of the then emerging new imperial superpower hell bent on “deal[ing] in straight power concepts” as the cornerstone of its imperial foreign policy. And yet, our ruling elite seems to be entirely obsessed with their petty grab for power, and its mindless bleating continually echoes among our intelligentsia, and almost incoherently in the news media which is entirely unable to see beyond the day's events in any kind of global perspective. In this incredible one of a kind 'vulture-culture' poodle-state we love – the land of the pure planted in an uncongenial soil with the blood of millions and reaping its harvest today – all seem quite oblivious to the mushrooming storm already gathered upon our shores and along the banks just waiting to burst:

' a plausible scenario for a military collision with Iran involves Iraqi failure to meet the benchmarks, followed by accusations of Iranian responsibility for the failure, then by some provocation in Iraq or a terrorist act in the US blamed on Iran, culminating in a "defensive" US military action against Iran that plunges a lonely America into a spreading and deepening quagmire eventually ranging across Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan' (Zbigniew Brzezinski's ominous testimony before the US Senate's Foreign Relations Committee, Feb 01, 2007)7

It is a remarkable peak of co-optation today that while this monumentally criminal game of hegemony masterfully unfolds before everyone's eyes on the 'Grand Chessboard', and our nation rapidly descends into increasing bipolarity between the “Brahman” and the “Sudra” classes in continuous service as the favorite frontline poodle-state, our intelligentsia and patriots alike willingly prefer to ignore the dancing trumpeting shitting elephant in the newlywed's bed.

Hegemony is as old as mankind”, and its best practices are achieved through deception, covert-ops, co-optations, and insidiously positioned 'Brown-sahibs' who hear only one master's voice – from NGOs pleading the mantra of civil society to the political parties busily practicing the art of local comeuppance in who can kiss up to the master du jour more amorously.

The brutish and inhuman barbarianism today which puts the Mongol style of conquest to shame, is a far more overt and a rather poor practice of hegemony, and yet our 'patriots' don't seem to wanna notice it. And even when on the rare occasion that they do, most stay content in offering descriptive platitudes instead of taking firm rational positions and advocating shrewd and calculated prescriptive policy shifts to play more equitably on the Grand Chessboard as a combined group of pawns with non-linear power amplification and projection rather than perishing ignominiously in its power-plays of divide and conquer as individual co-opted patsy pawns. So it is little wonder that under best practices of this art of conquest, we remain, as in our entire history, willing client-states – nay, obedient poodle-states.

The lessons of history in the geopolitical landscape of today only teach us one thing in practice: those who do not remove their own tormentors and ruthless oppressors at enormous sacrifice to themselves, have the fiends removed on their behalf at monumental cost to the whole nation, its environment, and the tabula rasa of its peoples. Of course only to be replaced with new fiends to continue the cycle of hegemony.

It is such a shame that in the amazing book "Military Inc.", its erstwhile author, Ayesha Siddiqa, omitted to include the 'poodle-states' and 'hectoring-hegemonic-states' categories into its supposed 'academic' classification of modern nation states - for we seem to be continually wondering from tree to tree in search of meaning and identity without realizing that we have been constructed, aided and abetted, manipulated and torn asunder, entirely to be in the perpetual service of the grand hectoring hegemons!

But do we have to accept this destiny of 'poodle-state' handed us?

Oh where have the realist-idealists men and women of vision and courage vanished? Was Jinnah among the last of its breed? Is there none remaining in this wretched nation in any position of influence who remains un co-opted? It is only the 'full spectrum' deployment of realpolitik that dictates the limits of hegemony, not the reach of F-16s. When will we learn to play it, at least in the legitimate self-defense of our beleaguered peoples?

The lower order animals surely know how to efficaciously play the game of the jungle to survive – a shame that the 'Ashraf-ul-Maklooqat' can't even learn from them (see the popular 8 minute youtube video Battle at Kruger” National Park South Africa which has been viewed 19 million times as of this writing!)

The lesser of the two evils in the Matrix world is to astutely recognize the realities du jour for what they are on the 'Grand Chessboard' and within the client-state, courageously call a spade a spade - all the way - not just partially, and pay the price to clean the house completely before others decide to do it on our behalf. In Alice's wonderland however, it is all mere katputli tamasha at the miserable wretched of the earth's expense, as alliances with the Queen shouting 'off with the head' are at best, only an ephemeral reprieve. It is anyone's turn next!

So which world is it that we live in – the Matrix or Alice?

We obviously don't live in any consistent reality as noted in the other insightful oped in the Nation of the same edition, by A. H. Khayal, “Let's have two presidents”!


[1] Zahir Ebrahim, Letter to Editor, The Nation, Pakistan, Sept. 13, 2007

[2] The Nation, August 31, 2007 Musharraf's presidential ambitions, pg. 6, by M. A. Niazi

[3] SOAS, September 2007, Considering a war with Iran: A discussion paper on WMD in the Middle East by Plesch and Butcher http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/5688/1/0707StudySeptrevPC.pdf

[4] Global Research, August 29, 2007, US preparing 'massive' military attack against Iran, by Raw Story http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=6651

[5] http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/04/03/sprj.irq.woolsey.world.war/

[6] Zahir Ebrahim, War on Iran and Responsibilities of a People! http://humanbeingsfirst.blogspot.com/2007/03/responsibilities-of-people.html

[7] Zbigniew Brzezinski: Transcript of Testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Feb. 01, 2007 http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=20070225&articleId=4921

The author, an ordinary researcher and writer on contemporary geopolitics, a minor justice activist, grew up in Pakistan, studied EECS at MIT, engineered for a while in high-tech Silicon Valley (patents here), and retired early to pursue other responsible interests. His maiden 2003 book was rejected by six publishers and can be read on the web at http://PrisonersoftheCave.org. He may be reached at http://Humanbeingsfirst.org.

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Poodle-States 9 / 9 Imperial Mobilization

The Quest for Legitimacy in Pakistan

The Quest for Legitimacy in Pakistan -

for both the watched, and the watchdog

Zahir Ebrahim

Nov 17 and Nov 20, 2007.

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[Letters originally submitted to Geo News on their 'Geo is Shut' invitation for comments blog, on Nov 17, and Nov 20, 2007.]

November 17, 2007.

Dear Geo TV News staff, senior management, CEO, and all the sympathetic audience lamenting the loss of Geo and writing their prolific comments here,

While it is always tragic for any organization to be shut down through draconian and dictatorial measures, and I do hope that Geo is able to get back on air and recover from this travesty, I have to suggest that it's no national loss that this noise box is gone. What has it achieved? Created more zombies who remain contented spectators glued to their sofas watching it all on the soap box rather than being active participants in their nation's affairs and the civil society. As for bringing the peoples truthful 'current affairs' on the minute - hardly. Geo and all the other banned news media in Pakistan have certainly quite excelled in showing the 'katputli tamashas' as they have played out, very accurately. Indeed, for your engaging reporting of the visible leaves of the trees as they have continually fallen in the autumn of the nation's pathetic and wretched life, full marks to Geo. But so what - it's no different than the reality television shows in the US that gets a glued and captive audience mesmerized by the thuggery and debauchery on display. Is that what is meant by informing the polity? Perhaps partly, but surely not entirely?

Neither Geo, nor ARY, nor Aaj, Dawnnews, et. al., quite sadly, were ever able to unravel the multi-tiered deception games at play, nor able to penetrate through the 'technique of infamy'. They all remained focused on the microscopic whims of local rulers when the puppeteers were playing for keeps on the global 'Grand Chessboard'. Ever hear of 'Black-ops' - evidently not! And obviously 'Covert-ops' is a non-word in the news media. So what consciousness did these news shows raise among the masses, or what real knowledge about what's really happening did they bring? Judging from the malaise and lethargy, nay, total apathy, in the Pakistani society among the masses who presumably watch television shows like Geo (as claimed by Geo) to inform themselves, these news shows have only produced Zombies. In the previous age of radio and no information age and no internet, there was far more activism and conscience displayed in society than today. Care to explain this dichotomy if your news programs over the past six or seven years have produced anything substantially beneficial for the society? What is it? Ultimately, the proof of the pudding is in its eating, not in assertions and bragging rights - leave that to the rulers!

You have, for all practical purposes, only produced more zombies! Just look at the anemic size of street protests - in fact Geo coverage of it has made excellent viewing entertainment for many families. More have been content watching Geo in the comforts of their homes than ever before. Then, instead of getting their conscience fired up and joining those being beaten up in an exhibition of brutality that can only put us back into the stone age of barbarism - perhaps unmatched by anyone else except the Bush administration in Iraq and Afghanistan which all your news programs and commentaries persisted in calling the 'war on terror' rather than the 'war of terror' for 'imperial mobilization' - apathetically moving on to do the routine 'pooja' of their stomach, and life is back to normal until the next round of some more watching Geo!

I know this is a contrarian view, and perhaps not the best time to offer it. But you seem to be in the listening mode and so I hope you accept it in the true spirit of 'freedom of the press' - whatever that may mean to you. To me, it is entirely an illusion deftly spinned to keep the facade of 'democracy' going - worldwide! What does it mean to be the fourth pillar of democracy - who watches the watchdog? Anyone with money can set up a press or news media - and it is their respective corporate interests and ideological penchants that define 'freedom of the press' - is that the criteria for the fourth pillar of democracy? Anyone with good looks and ability to speak and act can become an anchor - is that the criteria for a television journalist? Is the conscience of a journalist more profound or more moral than of those whom he or she supposedly monitors? If not, then who monitors the journalists? A more penetrating analysis of this question in the context of the mind numbing American news media can be found in Chapters 6 and 7 of http://prisonersofthecave.org - as per the wisdom that whatever is in the developed nations is a learning mirror and 20-30 year heads-up to developing nations, if we are wise that is!

If you do come back on air, perhaps both Geo News and your faithful audience can try to address some of these never before talked about issues regarding the 'freedom of the press' as the watchdog of 'democracy'. At least talk about your 'special skills' and 'integrity' and 'special abilities' upon which you claim the 'ubermensch' imperative of watchdog status! In other words, what special analytical and forensic 'skills' and 'knowledge' do your journalists and news producers have, and what super morality do they and your corporate owners claim, that you are all exempt from both ineptness and co-optation unlike the rest of us in society? The fact that you have been shut down at the capricious whim of a 'doctor gone wild' with saving the nation even if it kills the patient, is not an automatic adjudication of your social achievements and journalistic contributions to 'democracy', even though, in your best capacity, you did try to stand up to abusive power as you saw fit.

Unfortunately that isn't enough to inform and 'activate' the people through modern day journalism where masterful orchestration of 'technique of infamy' is the name of the game, as is the passive indoctrination of the masses! You seem to have done well on both counts. In case of the former, you have elaborately documented each and every leaf that you could see, without forensically seeking the DNA of the trees - for that's all your camera can capture with your on-site reporting! And your plethora of talking heads later coming on to analyze the events of the day can hardly be published in any peer reviewed academic journal for their profound thoughts. As for indoctrination, well you did provide a compelling and captivating narrative captured on camera - the 'reality television show' - and you only created a massive following of zombies, once again at the risk of being repetitive, not unlike in '1984', or in the movie 'V for Vendetta'. If raising the conscience of the peoples to stand up for their rights and their nation - the masses with their stomachs attached and barely able to subsist in the '7-8 percent growth economy' - was your goal, did you really succeed? How else can the role of the 'fourth pillar of democracy be defined'?

The 'fifth of November' already came and went. Well perhaps we all dream of 'remembering' it next year - at least those with a modicum of humanity left in our soul - and amazingly hoping someone else will make it happen! Will Geo, in its next reincarnation after this wakeup call?

Thank you.

Zahir Ebrahim

Project Humanbeingsfirst.org

November 20, 2007.

On reading the many messages that thoughtful viewers of Geo have taken the time to write here, I sense that there is a general confusion about the role of media in society, especially their role in a democratic society, or one that is striving towards it. I have previously provided feedback - appears on page 11 - that was critical of Geo in many aspects which are not traditionally thought about in any democratic society, and the mantra of 'freedom of the press' is taken for granted as the 'fourth pillar of democracy' without giving due consideration to its implementation. However, the following thoughtful message by a commenter requires another response as it is quite full of misconceptions on the role of news media, especially one like Geo, and this theme keeps resurfacing.

Mr. Danish Ahmed [Karachi] Posted on 19, Nov. 2007, wrote:

[... Geo was continously hitting present government which i would say US or British government would have not even tolerated CNN or BBC in this way... Their are certain code of ethics and conducts in all fields which GEO was not following and justifying as " freedom of expression".Rebillions are always punished in every ways.]”

In a nutshell, 'freedom of expression' and 'freedom of the press' and enshrining it in a constitution is a gift of the Western Renaissance. It is their baby which we are trying to transplant into our historically 'monarchy' driven autocratic and feudalistic society. So it is important to understand both the transplant, as well as the soil in which it is going into, in order to have a successful transplant – as any wise gardener might attest - as did the late scholar and gadfly to power Eqbal Ahmed who repeatedly warned us about this when borrowing blindly from the West. So here is briefly about the 'transplant'. All of us already know much about the 'soil' – sadly we know too much.

The purpose behind giving such freedom to the press, as per Ben Franklin – the founding father of the United States who was also a newspaper man and had a small press - was to make it monitor the centers and corridors of power. Mainly governmental power, but also all sources of power in society. For that was the watchdog to sanity-check the mis-behavior and corruption of power by those empowered to implement 'democracy' - the triad of an independent but appointed judiciary, the elected legislative, and the elected executive – the system we are trying to blindly copy and adapt into our own native soil despite its barrenness!

This watchdog, presumably independent, and as independent as the independent judiciary despite being appointed (but also confirmed by the elected legislature), is traditionally labeled the 'fourth pillar' of constitution in a democratic setup. So how can a watchdog not be a watchdog upon the corridors of power? The same way as why the 'dog does not bark'! For those unfamiliar with the Sherlock Holmes story where I think this phrase first comes from, the always barking guard dog does not bark on the eventful night of the robbery when its owner himself or herself robs his or her own house!

In perhaps a very weak sense today, because of certain co-optations in the system, and consolidation and corporatization-privatization of public airwaves, that watchdog function has itself been co-opted, to a certain degree. Thus we read on the upper right hand corner of the front page of every edition of the New York Times for instance, "All the news that's fit to print". Who decides what's fit to print? The owners of New York Times and the ideological penchants of its Editorial staff of course. Not usually the journalist – who typically only follows the guideline handed him or her, or it's a 'pink slip', i.e., out of a job if the guidelines, often unwritten, are consistently violated. Thus the attached stomach to one's body also causes co-optation in the system. That is how the modern mainstream corporatized 'military-industrial-complex' affiliated press (and news media) works in the West, more or less. And thus we constantly see 'Islamophobia' being deliberately introduced into the mainstream discourse so openly – because it serves the interests of the ruling elite, and the corporatized media is now pretty much owned by them! So when they don't bark – that's why. Not because they ought not to bark!

Despite all this, you still see American and European press, at the opportune time, turning on their own governments, and indeed very very courageously exposing their monumental crimes. The Abu Garib atrocities appeared in the American Press first. As did the story of tortures officially authorized by the Pentagon - slowly, much too slowly, but nevertheless, it still did. And in the 1960s, when men were men and women were women and press was press and freedom from the shackles of society was in the air, Daniel Elsberg leaked the 'Pentagon Papers' that several American Newspapers published - very very courageously - and that is what brought the Vietnam war to an end eventually by building up the antiwar movement. Just google 'Pentagon Papers', and one will know a bit of history of what a courageous press can accomplish - if it wants to that is.

How does that relate to Geo? One can easily see that they have also understood their self-ascribed function to be - despite being a privately owned for-profit media - public service, to the extent of attempting to be that watchdog function even though we haven't yet achieved the ideal of a democratic and civilized nation.

I don't work for Geo, and don't speak for them, but I believe that their hope was to take the nation to that state of egalitarian existence by being that 'fourth pillar' of that much desired modernity du jour. In my previous comment that appears on page 11 (and which unfortunately keeps changing as new comments are added - wish the administrator of this blog would make permanent the url of a page on which a comment is put so others can find and reference it easily) I actually criticized Geo for not quite living up to that ideal despite all their hype, and in actuality turning the nation into a pool of bespectating zombies getting their thrills watching the 'reality television' in the comfort of their homes glued to their sofas! If this was America and not Pakistan, I might have also added 'while drinking beer and gulping down pizzas.' Perhaps we might do that too in Pakistan under "enlightened moderation"?

Such ideals need open debate in a civilized society so one can crystallize them and force such protections as the 'Freedom of the Press and Individual Speech', Human Rights Conventions (to which incidentally Pakistan is a signatory), Equal Rights, etc., in the nation's constitution as we move (hopefully) forward towards [a genuine version of] democracy (rather than towards annihilation due to our own stupidity).

Stupid nations, and stupid peoples, rise and fall together, by electing or selecting or accepting, stupid leaders who desire to rule them by hook or by crook – that is the lesson of modernity, as well of ancient wisdom, including our own legacy. I hope that our present leaders aren't stupid and all this turmoil is just a bad dream that will go away in a minute! When I wakeup, we will be living in a peaceful, just, and humanitarian, democratic, but most importantly, civilized society...

Thank you.

Zahir Ebrahim

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The author, an ordinary researcher and writer on contemporary geopolitics, a minor justice activist, grew up in Pakistan, studied EECS at MIT, engineered for a while in high-tech Silicon Valley (patents here), and retired early to pursue other responsible interests. His maiden 2003 book was rejected by six publishers and can be read on the web at http://PrisonersoftheCave.org. He may be reached at http://Humanbeingsfirst.org.

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The quest for legitimacy in Pakistan - Open Letter to Geo News

The Re-Gathering Storm


The Re-Gathering Storm
Zahir Ebrahim
November 24 2007

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[ An abbreviated version of this essay also appeared as Letter to Editor (cached) Dawn, Dec 3, 2007. ]

In reference to the incredibly courageous reporting of Dr. Mubashir Hasan's views in the Dawn newspaper article 'US preparing to invade Pakistan' http://archives.dawn.com/2007/11/22/nat38.htm (cached), I have to sadly say, PRECISELY!
This seems to be the first time that someone from within Pakistan has seen glimpses of the ominous neo-con plan on the 'Grand Chessboard' for Pakistan - at least publicly - one that was already made known in 1996 by Zbigniew Brzezinski, the principal architect of 'CIA Intervention in Afghanistan' in 1979 and the subsequent predictable Soviet invasion. Both deliberately and causally crafted to "knowingly increase[d] the probability that they would [intervene]" - as per Brzezinski's own admission two decades later in 1998* - by the Jimmy Carter Administration of which Brzezinski was the erstwhile National Security Advisor. Mr. Carter of course received the Nobel Peace prize as the seeds of total decimation of one of the oldest civilizations were deftly laid on his watch, to which Brzezinski could only remorselessly express the following 'regret' some two decades later after the destruction was complete:
Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? ... What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?”
For the repeat performance in Iraq, the only thing that comes to mind is a variation of the age old cliché, 'destroy me once, shame on you, destroy me twice, shame on me'. And what about a third time? And a fourth? As of late, I have seen at least 6 redrawn maps of Pakistan. And we already know of the repeated threats of nuclear first strikes against Iran!
So Mubashir Hasan's dire warnings of the regathering storm shouldn't really be a surprise to anyone following the 'great game' on the 'Grand Chessboard' - for one can easily imagine a Brzezinski progeny, or the grandmaster himself, bragging in another two decades:
Regret What? The 911 covert-ops was an excellent idea. It had the effect of enabling the massive "imperial mobilization" disguised as 'war on terror'. What is most important to the history of the world? Some stirred-up Moslems or the "full spectrum dominance" and conquest of the entire world to finally create the much longed for "one world government" led by the ruling elite of the world united in a common bond of wealth and power?**
Those who don't learn from history, those who don't read their "Mein Kampfs" du jour, are condemned to suffer the same fate. Those who don't remove their own dictators at considerable cost to themselves are willingly brought to suffer the "shock and awe" of 'democracy' rained onto them at monumental cost to their entire society and civilization; almost to the point of annihilation through Depleted Uranium poisoning of their entire racial DNA makeup. The story of Iraq and Afghanistan - a monumental shame for the world's peoples who call ourselves civilized human beings; all too busy pursuing the diktats of our stomach until the barbarians come knocking on our doors too! Well they are here!
The 'arc of crises', defined since the Berlin Wall fell - to redraw these borders in precisely the same interests as Mubashir Hasan notes (as reported in the Dawn article): "... It wanted an elected government of millionaires under civil and military establishment to serve its interests and those of millionaires in Pakistan...", except it is not only true for Pakistan but in the entire 'arc of crisis'.
All of it is together serving the ruling interests of a handful of very elite multi-billionaire ruling class worldwide in the natural culmination of this pyramid path into a "one world government" by the world's ruling elite on the top. We already see the world's financial control exclusively in their grubby hands – and these already transcend national boundaries – money can already come and go across geographies in the bare fleeting of a butterfly's wings, and most of the developmental economics and national policies of nations in the entire Global South are already entirely beholden to Western arm-twisting institutions like the WB and IMF and their sister organizations that are entirely dominated by the same ruling elite. Their multi-millionaire henchman in the developing nations methodically implementing the deftly crafted neoliberal policies and trade and commerce laws favoring the global corporate interests of their multi-billionaire masters - the new rulers of the world that transcend national boundaries.
It matters little what is used in local geographic governance - full freedom there to have any local administrative domain with its own local 'police force' which is where the once wondrous creation of the twentieth century, the nation-states, are headed in the 'one world government' of the twenty-first century that will command one set of global laws that matter and one global armed to the teeth military to enforce those laws and to keep the "American peace" - so long as the 'independent' local governance is contained in the macro box that sits on the same neoliberal train that is headed to only one destination. The destination in which the rich and affluent Global North-West will harvest the poverty stricken but resource rich Global South-East with the help of the local indigenous ruling elite. This isn't a speculation at all but entirely rooted in empiricism as can be gleaned by the systematic privatization impetus and theft of the public commons of almost every developing nation under the arm twisting agendas of various instruments of hegemony! And this is all 'legal' - just as our PCO and our illustrious leadership is now 'legal'.
This emphasis on 'legal sanction' is least understood by the vast polity in the developing nations, including our own, for it is indeed the graft of the West! 'The rule of Law' - yes the laws made by the 'emperor' and duly approved by the 'parliament', the 'judiciary', and all systems of 'democracy' - must be followed!
The legal rape of nations and the people!
Thomas Friedman, though clearly not one of my favorite imperial columnist, let the truth explode candidly through his pen in his 1999 New York Times column “Manifesto for a Fast World”:
' The hidden hand of the market will never work without a hidden fist -- McDonald's cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglas, the builder of the F-15. And the hidden fist that keeps the world safe for Silicon Valley's technologies is called the United States Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. “Good ideas and technologies need a strong power that promotes those ideas by example and protects those ideas by winning on the battlefield,” says the foreign policy historian Robert Kagan. “If a lesser power were promoting our ideas and technologies, they would not have the global currency that they have. And when a strong power, the Soviet Union, promoted its bad ideas, they had a lot of currency for more than half a century.” '
We are merely seeing the imperial baby-steps of the manufacture and global deployment of the new imperial coin of modernity being played out today. The philosophy isn't new at all; indeed it's the same old wine in a new bottle, as "Hegemony is as old as mankind". Only its fantastic enablement in the post colonial period since the end of World War II has been dramatically facilitated after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and drastically accelerated by the "New Pearl Harbor" of 911. This imperial quest is the only true bipartisan policy of the sole superpower state with its own helpless peoples being unwillingly dragged into this "imperial mobilization".
Just as it needed a Churchill to defeat Hitler, a Nelson to defeat Napoleon, and a Nazi Germany to take down the power of the British Empire - all global conflagrations that saw alliances emerge even among unlikely protagonists - the path to freedom from predators is an entirely obvious lesson of history. Provided one is rationally able to tell the predator from the victims. In these 'Orwellian' times with the "technique of infamy" and deception being the first weapon of "hectoring hegemons", obfuscation through mass media and deflection through re-semanticizing words requires much rationalism and resort to ab initio analysis to uncover the reality when 'Alice' is awake. Rather than be caught in the internal branches of the dense tree of deception with assumptions and pre-suppositions that remain unvoiced, one must resort back to the fundamentals ('the fundamentalists') and the roots-DNA of the tree itself in order to dismantle the matrix. Otherwise, "off with the head" appears to be the only all encompassing reality, like the 'war on terror', one so real, and so visible, that even the remarkable and observant 'Alice' remained convinced that it was real!
And St. Augustine from the 4th Century AD provides an excellent vehicle to unravel this word game - the collateral damage to language itself, the first and only vehicle in which we humans can possibly think and reflect, and hence always the first victim of all predators - that indeed seeds all imperial mobilizations:
When the King asked him what he meant by infesting the sea, the pirate defiantly replied: 'the same as you do when you infest the whole world; but because I do it with a little ship I am called a robber, and because you do it with a great fleet, you are an emperor.' ”
Thus those who do not recognize the 'War on Terror' as the imperial fiction created to mobilize America as its "democracy is inimical to imperial mobilization", and instead of dismantling this fiction to safeguard the peoples' interests worldwide are themselves using this age old well worn mantra for their own indigenous agendas in the pyramid structure that supports the global domination of the world's ruling elite at the apex, are just as monumentally criminal as those who directly ordered the 'shock and awe' upon defenseless civilian populations and decimated their entire civilizations.
And Pakistan is indeed the heart of the matter in all these imperial baby-steps - the only nuclear armed state that can change the tables overnight on 'The Grand Chessboard' were it to acquire a truly independent government working in the interests of its own peoples. This will never be allowed to happen willingly in any nation, least of all in Pakistan, as should be obvious to anyone with half a brain.
If there was a statesman like Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto alive today and in any position of national leadership - we may have seen interesting alliances and mutual defense pact treaties with our neighbors coming into existence. ZAB was, after all, whatever one might think of him – as a tyrant or savior - the first person since the invention of modern nation-states to bring together all the Islamic countries in Lahore in an amazing summit in 1974 which is what actually sealed his fate. The ultimate penalty for the pursuit of the 'Islamic bomb' was merely the icing on the cake as promised by Henry Kissinger – ZAB would have been eliminated regardless, as all globally nationalist leaders who have sought 'independence from hegemony' have always been removed, lest the trend become contagious and a global example for emulation by the have-nots!
So kudos to the lonely Dr. Mubashir Hasan on his courage to speak up and warn the nation of what should be entirely obvious to all un co-opted peoples on this planet. The fact that he is the first one to so bluntly and forthrightly raise the spectre haunting us as the barbarians await at the gates of hell, says a great deal about our intelligentsia, our politicians, our defense analysts, and our ubiquitous talking heads on the now defunct news media - not such a great loss after all to have them zipped - the 'reality television show' with little substance.
The real issue is – and we already know the malady whether or not some have the courage to express it - what is a wise remedy for self-defense and who will beard the 'hungry lions', the self described 'hectoring hegemons' on the 'Grand Chessboard'? The following short youtube video of the 'Battle at Kruger' can perhaps teach us a remedy if we are wise enough to learn it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU8DDYz68kM

*Brzezinski's interview in Le Nouvel Observateur (France), Jan 15-21, 1998, p. 76. English translation at: http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/BRZ110A.html
**Predictive words of this author.

The author, an ordinary researcher and writer on contemporary geopolitics, a minor justice activist, grew up in Pakistan, studied EECS at MIT, engineered for a while in high-tech Silicon Valley (patents here), and retired early to pursue other responsible interests. His maiden 2003 book was rejected by six publishers and can be read on the web at http://PrisonersoftheCave.org. He may be reached at http://Humanbeingsfirst.org.
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