Pakistan Election Illusion

Pakistan Election Illusion

What Not to do in the Upcoming Elections (and all future elections in Pakistan so long as Pakistan remains a geopolitical pawn and vassal-state ruled by house niggers, useful idiots and mercenaries)

Monday, January 22, 2018 12:00 pm | Last updated Thursday, January 25, 2018 05:00 am
"I consulted my lawyer and asked him to vet it [column for the week]. He is young, wrinkled with pragmatic wisdom. His advice: Scrap it! You have no rights at present. You can be picked up by the dreaded men of the ‘agencies’, you can be harassed, even tortured, and surely jailed. To so do, they can take you into custody from anywhere – your house, your club, a friend’s house, your park – handcuff you, tie you up, put you into solitary confinement, starve you – in other words, ‘enlightened moderation’. We, your lawyers, will have to fight like King Leonidas against the Persians at the Pass of Thermopylae attempting to stave off ‘enlightened moderation’. It is far better to sit at home, stay away from your PC, and enjoy the company of friends in this fair weather." --- (late) Pakistani columnist Ardeshir Cowasjee in his article in Dawn on December 09, 2007.
(I would listen to that sage advice, of which I am reminded daily, except that to be silent is to be an Accomplice!)
What can the Pakistani public do with Pakistan presently diving deeper and deeper into the endless quagmire leaving an endless stream of dead bodies behind, and the upcoming elections promising change?
Two things to begin with.

ONE: Perceptively understand the overarching motivation of the super-terrorists in order to come up with proper self-defence

Among all the patent lies and deception the “vulgar propagandist” (Noam Chomsky's epithet, not mine) Bernard Lewis spinned on Islam over the years, the one observation he most accurately made was: “Terrorism requires only a few. Obviously the West must defend itself by whatever means will be effective. But in devising means to fight the [super]terrorist, it would surely be useful to understand the forces that drive them.”
Well, obviously, victims of the superterrorists must also intelligently play at that table to defend themselves by whatever means will be effective!
To be effective however, one minimally has to be at least as intelligent and sophisticated as the foe so that one can figure out its Machiavellian game. Unfortunately, intellectually lazy people, foolish people, people unread in the political theories that motivate and guide the foe, and those patiently waiting for Allah to destroy the foe, cannot play at that table except as canon fodder.
It is a game of primacy. The predator is orders of magnitude more advanced and resourceful in its thinking than the sheep it is using as bait and canon fodder to achieve its objectives.
The Pakistani mind minimally has to put itself in the shoes of the superterrorists; study what he has studied, read what he has read and written, understand what he has understood, comprehend the forces that drive it, in order to acquire at least some appreciation for the sophistication of the devil before them. To beat the modern devil, one has to at least comprehend its villainous methods.
And its first method is to make nothing as it appears. Behind everything that's made visible to the observation of the naked eye of experience, there is quite another reality and quite another motivation at work. See unlayering reality.
This method is not new. In fact, it is as old as mankind. See Plato's Simile of the Cave.
It explains the stark failure of empiricists in parsing political science and Machiavelli driven reality. One has to acquire some ma'arifat (wherewithal) of primacy and its techniques of making the mind, before measurements. Those unread in the social sciences often make that mistake when trying to study history, current affairs, and any human affair that is beholden to authority figures.
It cripples epistemology (see definition in “Some Problems in Epistemology”). The unseen forces that motivate events, sometimes from both near and far, spread over time and distance, remain invisible to the historian, the narrator, the documenter of man's deeds, who tends to focus on what's near and before the eyes. Just the thought experiment of trying to document and analyze what's on the screen in Plato's Cave, gives clarity to the sharpened mind of how divorced those screen images are from actual reality; but only when one escapes outside to catch a glimpse of it. Or, as in Alice in Wonderland, Alice has to awaken to realize that all the absurd events she saw in her dream were imaginary. Imagine the thought experiment of great imperial scholarship documenting Alice's dreams and pitching that to the public as the reality to worry about?
The tools of primacy to make the public mind, as Plato demonstrated, and Bernard Lewis epitomized, include the manufacture of such epistemological sources by authority figures.
One has to minimally acquire some ma'arifat of all this which may sound incredible to the simpleton mind that believes in authority figures, takes its “truth” from authority figures, and gives its obedience to authority figures.
This will lead all of us who are capable of understanding, to comprehend that virtually all modern variants of “Islam”, the trifecta of “militant Islam”, “moderate Islam”, and “revolutionary Islam”, are creations of, or aided and abetted by, and sustained by, diabolical minds working assiduously on “imperial mobilization” over a lifetime. See Hegelian Dialectic.
None will therefore be fooled by them!
This means Shia Muslims won't be fooled by Shia version of “revolutionary Islam” to bring back the glory days of nizam-e-wilayat despite their partisanship with the Shia sect, and Sunni Muslims won't be fooled by the Sunni version of “revolutionary Islam” to bring back the glory days of Caliphate and dynastic empires despite their partisanship with the Sunni sects.
These revolutionary exercises in many cases have little to do with the religion of Islam and its 1.6 to 2 billion ordinary believers --- but with methods of creating “controlled chaos” by cognitive infiltration of the religion. Which means, creating chaos that is predictable, its tempo increasable and decrease-able at will, and switch-off-able when its purpose is harvested. At present, that tap control resides in the West. It is entirely independent of the local population which therefore cannot break through its strangulating grip in the normal fashion. Just like the “Iron Wall” that surrounds Palestine. That diabolical construct was accurately described by Vladimir Jabotinsky: “This colonization can, therefore, continue and develop only under the protection of a force independent of the local population – an iron wall which the native population cannot break through.”
Something similar to that “Iron Wall” protects these mal constructs of “Islam” rapidly devouring our nation while simultaneously lending the much needed pretext to the West for sustaining its “imperial mobilization”. Its strategic and full spectrum redressing takes more than just ineffectively banning these terrorist organizations (which has been tried halfheartedly in lip-service to the Hegelian Dialectic), or ineffectively curtailing their antediluvian “Islamization of Pakistan” programs (which is bandied about by their presumed antagonists, the so called secular humanists who are the second line of useful idiots of empire, the first being our leaders, those who are not outright mercenaries that is). The Path Forward ( is to astutely engage with Qur'anic Political Science examined in: Case Study Why is the Holy Qur’an so easy to Hijack? (PDF), in order to neutralize the dispersive power of these rapidly evolving killer viruses with efficacy, making the native Muslim soil permanently infertile for their incubation.

TWO: Don't vote in the upcoming elections thinking it will make things better

Only when the ubiquitous existence of perspective-pollution (see definition in “The Art and Science of Co-option”) is recognized as epistemological (see definition in “Some Problems in Epistemology”), and its effects even marginally overcome, does it become obvious what is really going on in Pakistan behind the many public puppetshows.
Almost miraculously, with the fog lifted, it becomes straightforward to see through the election illusion foisted upon the nation. The public mind liberated from the shackles of crippled epistemology and self-serving partisanship, perceptively sees, by the weight of empirical evidence, that faux-democracy is merely the continuation of colonial rule, only disguised!
After the Musharraf era military dictatorship had run out of steam to aid and abet massa's imperial mobilization under its propaganda cover of waging World War IV against “militant Islam” – the perpetual “global war on terror” – a change of attire became necessary. So we got ten years of neoliberal democracy after almost a decade of neoliberal military rule; Dr. Zardari and company followed by followed by Dr. Nawaz Sharif and company, once again not only vying to surpass each other in wealth accumulation and pecuniary graft scandals that are still on going, but also in their continuation of support of Musharraf era America's World War IV and Musharraf introduced "enlightened moderation" to undo the traditional mores and values of the Muslim society. Some betterment! Fed up with choosing between democratic crook and democratic crooked? No problem. Now we can have a return to military rule as the savior of the nation from the graft scandals. They now look a lot better don't they; at least patriotic soldiers who don't fear laying down their lives on the LOC, and not patriotic soldiers of fortune who don't fear plundering the wealth of the nation, will be in charge of important matters of the state which they already are anyway.
Oh, but we are also fed-up with that cycle that's been run just too often and there is no change in the life of the common man except for the worse? No worries. We can now choose from among the many flavors of nizam-e-mustafa and Dr. Imran Khan & company, or some new revolutionary get-up amenable to the current crop of Pakistani genius, all of whom shall worry about the common man and leave incomprehensible matters of state to the military. But what about the noble man in uniform? Isn't he genuinely patriotic - so what's wrong with that? Yes indeed, and his high command meets up with the Western high command to get his overarching marching orders! It is all out in the open --- the Americans have paid countless billions of dollars for the services of their proxy army, of which only the public numbers have been variously reported as $33 billion since 9/11. It is likely a lot more than that --- for who is auditing the secretive accounts of all the different modes of American aid to Pakistan and America's payments for the rental state's services (euphemism for state for hire)?
It isn't a state secret that we offer the state's services and land and airspace to anyone who can pay: from land bases and logistics support to the American military for their criminal adventures in poverty-stricken fourth-world Afghanistan, freedom for its drone attacks on Pakistani citizens on Pakistani soil, protection and immunity from prosecution for crimes committed in Pakistan by the American soldiers of fortune in the rare case that they are caught (Raymond Davis), giving free rein to American intelligence apparatus to operate in Pakistan as their own back yard, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera; to Saudi Arabia which appears to own us outright as proxy agent of the Americans; to the Arab rulers of the Gulf states who love to privately hunt rare and protected migratory birds over our territories in lieu of what form of payment and favors only the state knows; to God only knows what state assets we have hawked to China and what debts incurred for posterity in a secret deal for CPEC whose details the state insists shall remain classified and need to know.
We have indeed been reduced to a status far lower than a vassal state. Our social fabric has been torn asunder, our dignity and self-respect made as rare as the migratory birds, and hunted just as fervently to root it out completely. Don't know what polite and PR-correct name to give to what Pakistan has been turned into, except “slave state”. What is sadder is that the rank and file don't know what to do about their own destiny, and they are more than 90 percent of Pakistan. Many are hungrily waiting for Allah to bring salvation. Others clutch at every straw thrown our way. They lap up the sales pitch of every used car salesman who can command our airways, our streets, and fifteen seconds of our attention. The elites could be the least bothered; they continue to live like the Parisian aristocrats, kings and princes, before the storming of the Bastille.
This is the success of the next generation style of modern warfare, which the American think-tanks call Fourth-gen warfare (and now into its Fifth-gen version which evidently attacks the moral fabric of society): to demoralize and destroy a nation from within, without dropping a single atomic bomb! The advantage over Third-gen warfare is that the conquered nation becomes a permanent slave state without the need of reconstruction expense which also tends to put people back into their natural stride. This has been witnessed in both Japan and Germany after their reconstruction from the devastation of Third-gen World War II, and also from the reconstruction of Iraq after its Third-gen destruction. The Iraqis have now regained at least their own dignity and self-respect by its indigenously grown Hashd-al-Shabi people's military force resolutely defeating the American proxy brigade that had come wrapped in the “militant Islam” flag and infected both Iraq and Syria in the form of ISIS and Daesh. This defeated virus was saved from complete extinction by its allies and covetously airlifted to Afghanistan to target both Iran and Pakistan.
Change of attire makes no difference to Pakistan's prescribed role on the Grand Chessboard.
None of the fundamentals are permitted to change for a vassal state / slave state unless the massa wants it changed to suit its imperial enterprise!
The exercise of colonial rule in post colonial era requires a continuous supply of a house nigger class, a mercenary class, and a useful idiot class as the local apparatchik of the massa. Pakistan is rich in these classes for some strange reason, and new generations are born into them almost every day in both civilian and military attire. Their common overarching mission: to make the public mind to accept the prescribed rule so that the servants can continue doing the massa's bidding while making a pretty penny for themselves. It makes no difference whether it is military dictatorship or faux-democracy; the public mind is made to support, or at least acquiesce to, whatever rule is being foisted upon the nation for the massa's overarching agenda to be exercised during that period. The judiciary, in its feigned nod to justice and morality, gives legal cover to any rule and ruler in the name of political expediency on the one hand, and puts to the gallows an elected prime minister and anyone else they are instructed to on the other, in compliance with the massa's will. The errand boys and girls as the local apparatchik only get to see a tunnel vision of the massa's directives, and usually it is made to appear to be in their own narrow self-interest (or the nation's self-interest if a particularly patriotic useful idiot is being brought to power; mercenaries and godfathers of course don't really care). When the rule's times-up, whether by the clock, or by public discontent, the attire is simply changed.
All this is now obvious as daylight to many people in Pakistan, but perhaps not to everyone. High time the nation, its rank and file, the wretched of the earth, and the white-collar cats in their comfy offices, all took off their dark glasses and stopped being simpletons.
Boycott the forthcoming Pakistani elections (and all future elections in Pakistan so long as Pakistan remains a geopolitical pawn and vassal-state ruled by house niggers, useful idiots and mercenaries).
Not participating in the ballot is a resounding NO vote to reject the entire corrupt system. Do not participate in a fabricated system designed ab initio to continue its servility to massa; all waters run only Westward, even if wearing the turban, the beard, clean-shaved, in uniform, in awami-libas, in duppatta, in burqa – and that includes Imran Khan, the favorite savior of the young generation.
Imran Khan is some part of the right-wing Difa-e-Pakistan Council (Defence of Pakistan Council – DPC) group of “militant Islam” formerly known by different acronyms some officially banned: SSP1, LeT2, LeJ3, JeM4, ASWJ5, JuD6, TNSM7, etc., (I lost track), who are state-sponsored, and even openly supported by the Punjab government (PML-N’s Chief Minister in Punjab Shahbaz Sharif et. al.), and by right-wing elements of the intelligence and military apparatus as the state's proxy agents out of uniform. And of course, Imran Khan also occasionally flirts with the “moderate Islam” of Tahir-ul-Qadri. Both the (Hegelian Dialectic of) “Islams” are domestically sponsored, principally under the hierarchical sirparesti (aiding and abetting), of different factions from within the Pakistan military, which in turn is paid from the Western tax-payers hard earned monies to become the coveted Military Inc. of Pakistan with the Western powers' great blessings. This praetorian guard, a rising newer “feudal class” in Pakistan, is now fully invested in staying America's proxy army in Pakistan! This is how power actually flows in Pakistan behind the veneers and puppetshows put up before the public – be it the elected Parliament, or the many variants of “Islam”. Without the military's minimally tacit approval, not a fly can buzz in Pakistan. It would be found riddled with bullet holes the very next day, if found at all after its disappearance.
The fact that so much is made of going after the militant groups for example, by display-bombing their foot soldiers and those among whom they live, meaning, unarmed innocent civilians who become “collateral damage” of either being dead or IDP (see Swat Operation where the civilian displacement was headlined “In Pakistan, an exodus that is beyond biblical”, photo), and doing absolutely nothing to the white collar “respectable” peoples and institutions who are fathering them, both in the civilian and military state apparatus, speaks volumes in its own language of omission. It explains why these groups cannot be rooted out completely despite all the military operations against them over the years by both the United States and Pakistan militaries, and which has, in fact, only succeeded in creating newer crops of recruits to harvest from for future patsy services. See my September 2009 report “The Decapitation of Pakistan by its own Military!” for the detailed forensic scrutiny of Pakistan's role in manufacturing the organic motivation for recruits of “militant Islam” under American foreign policy imperatives and payments.
The combined output of all these variants of “Islam” sprouting in the ever fertile soil of Pakistan and their open and secret benefactors, is to fertilize the groundwork for the creation of “revolutionary Islam”, whether or not they each realize it. We are, after all, looking at a lifetime of World War IV. Many teams have to play their part, and it seems to me that “revolutionary Islam” has been gestating in the oven too long. I am sure General Hamid Gul (late) understood this better than the brainless posterboy of modernity, Imran Khan, his foolish rapidly aging protégé who has been dying to become president (or prime minister) of Pakistan at all cost. A good donkey to ride on for the ubermensch.
But then again, perhaps not, After all, inter alia, it was this traitor Pakistani General, the so called grand spymaster of Pakistan, who in his own intellectual brilliance and great military wisdom, enabled the United States to give “to the USSR its Vietnam War” on Afghan Muslim soil next door, while purveying the fiction of “strategic depth” to string the Pakistan army along. The presence of unity of command in Pakistan under a military general's rule has been absolutely essential for all of America's imperial mobilizations. That is just an empirical observation. The military chain of command is conditioned to obey orders without question, and ours obviously excel at it without any moral calculus. All it takes is one man in uniform at the top – and we have had more than our share in the hierarchy of command who have proudly carried the white man's burden and still died holily in bed. Facts sting? Kill the messenger of course.
I once had a long conversation with a former director of ISI the day after his daughter's wedding at which I was an unofficial (hobbyist) photographer. When I presented the bride and groom with a beautiful photo album of their wedding pictures that I instantly had processed the same day, the father of the bride invited me to join them for lunch, which I did. In the conversation he disclosed that he was a former director of ISI, and when I explained to him where he got his specious “strategic depth” from to fck Pakistan, he simply couldn't believe nor refute the commonsense of my straightforward observations. I held him to rapt attention for the entire time and all he could murmur was: why did it not occur to us? None of these brave Generals are known for their commonsense. Groomed at Westpoint and Sandhurst, they reach their positions of power in Pakistan's military hierarchy only after being vetted by the white man to be psychologically able to carry the white man's burden on Pakistan's back without complaint. As I noted in 2008 (
'In 2007, while the 'Army Act 2007' was still in effect, I offered two Pakistani military men, recently retired 3-star generals, whom I had occasion to partake a meal with in Islamabad, that I could craft any terrorist to their specification for them for a mere $15000 – a number that I conjured up out of thin air thinking it was suitably low to impress upon them how easy it was to harvest the surviving victims whose parents, wives, daughters, sons, had been bombed to smithereens, who had nothing to look forward to in life except the abyss of hunger, deprivation, and alienation, and especially from among those holding the 'Pakhtoonwali' tradition. I was trying to rationally talk them out of bombing our own peoples in the tribal belt in this fictional 'war on terror' by explaining to them how Machiavellian political science works. I had held their attention for over 3-1/2 hours. And I was rather stunned when one of the 3-star generals of Pakistan's Army, and let me hasten to add (Retired), responded to my 'jihadi manufacturing challenge' with “Zahir you are asking too much, I could do it for $2000”!'
Imran Khan may prove to be the worst Trojan horse of them all – why? Because he is presented as “Mr. Clean”. He can therefore do even more harm as a patriotic useful idiot which is what he appears to be. Because, unlike the mercenaries we have already experienced in Pakistan who always look out for their own self-interests first, the useful idiot actually believes in his cause and will willingly die for it, taking everyone else down with him as well. Ever hear of the suicide bomber? That's an extreme example of a useful idiot for sure, but to carry the abstract thought experiment just a little further, imagine now the useful idiot as the head of a nuclear weapons state? Suitably controlled and motivated useful idiots can be deadlier than mercenaries working for pecuniary gain, and that's just a self-evident fact.
As an intelligence and Western asset, groomed by Gen. Hamid Gul et. al., Imran Khan may yet deliver the worst nightmare to simpleton Pakistanis, far beyond the measure of personal pecuniary gain and fiscal mal feasance that occupied the labors of his predecessors. Some of his plans, or rather strawman ideas (expressed for the 2013 elections), are outright scams that would only feed the fresh crop of plunderers on his team from the gravy-train of state treasury. His energy plan or his socialized education plan for instance? After HEC under Atta-ur-Rahman and Sohail Naqvi for a decade squandered billions in hare-brained crappy projects, Imran Khan is proposing to spend trillions, 2.5 trillion in fact, to replace one crap with another crap. He wants to make English compulsory and the principal medium of instruction after 8th grade in Urdu medium and public schools, to bring them at parity with English medium schools; and teach everyone in Pakistan the same standardized curriculum. Everyone will now be equally mediocre! What is that mother? Even India which is ahead of us in all metrics of mass education, does not have such an insane policy. Yet they have IITs which surpass the best IVYs in America in terms of competition to get in. The son of Infosys president couldn't get into IIT so he went to Cornell – as a safety school!
We don't have one decent university in Pakistan where I would love to send my own children and this moron now wants to spend 2.5 trillion rupees in another boondoggle? Increasing literacy rate is great goal for any nation – it cannot be carried out in a slave state with no economy to absorb them. You take people away from their natural habitat, and you provide them no ability to survive in the new habitat, and you only end up raising a generation of mal contents.
The development of a nation cannot happen overnight – only its rape and theft in the name of doing speciously sounding great things can happen overnight. It took the West hundreds of years. Lee Kuan Yew, the late Prime Minister of Singapore who governed that tiny nation of industrious Chinese, Malay, and people of Indian origin, for over thirty years, said he did not have 200 years like the West to develop his country, and succeeded in uniquely bettering that recipe. As did South Korea. Pakistan however is a nation of 211 million plus mostly illiterate peoples the majority of whom are unemployed, or employed in menial jobs, and in agriculture sector as serfs to a handful of landlords. Copying other nations blindly with good intentions is like a moron transplanting a foreign tree in a local soil that cannot sustain it. Just like Atta-ur-Rahman did, and no one could challenge that mother for his hare-brained schemes that turned Pakistan's higher education universities into diploma mills for third-rate and often plagiarized work (see my report: Masterpiece of Plagiarism in Pakistan, , sent to the Supreme Court of Pakistan inviting their suo moto action on the scale of the systemic problem—but also ignored by them). I shed tears of anger every time I think about what well-intentioned fools have done to us, often as child's putty in the hands of Machiavelli.
As for Imran Khan's energy policy? You think anyone in Pakistan has the balls to go against the WB-IMF tag team which has neo-liberalized, i.e., privatized, our economy under enormous debt burden? See what Thomas Friedman says about protecting and recovering American investments and values abroad: “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.” (A Manifesto For a Fast World, Thomas L. Friedman, March 28, 1999, New York Times)
Imran Khan is just offering more scams and only fools and simpletons will go for them---that is our Pakistani genius. The jury is still out however whether he is only an overzealous useful idiot or something more pernicious. Watch him and his confrere, the flag-bearer of “moderate Islam”, Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri, partake at the massa's table in the 2011 World Economic Forum. Invited there to ensure that the brown-nosing horses run in the future electoral races will all be compliant to the white man's burden! These two-bit house niggers, groomed into power in Pakistan the same way Benazir Bhutto was, have the balls to stand up to the massa? With what? The Pakistan military works for the same massa, are paid from the same coffers, as does the entire bureaucracy, the media, public and private institutions, and what is now almost a fashion to be considered avant-garde, to call oneself a think-tank, and all echo the same core axioms of the massa, live off of its largesse of aid, and occasionally play controlled dissent as WWF (
Caption Pakistani house niggers at the elite's World Economic Forum annual meeting, Januray 27, 2011, seated next to the massa. What are they doing there? Being rewarded for selling "moderate Islam" and Fatwa on Terrorism while echoing the core axioms of massa.
Caption Pakistani house niggers, Imran Khan and Tahir ul Qadri, seated on the massa's table at the Western super financial elite's World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, January 27, 2011. (Photograph source: a reader submission) How did these two political “no-ops” of least significance get invited to world economic forum for the white man's recognition in 2011? They are neither financiers, nor industrialists, and nor do they hold any economic or financial ministerial position within the government of Pakistan. Yes, as Western intelligence assets managed by their local counterpart, both are being rewarded for selling the massa's pitch on “moderate Islam” (even in their occasional controlled dissent with the Pakistani establishment which is most dutifully towing the massa's full line on “militant Islam”). And Tahir ul Qadri specifically for his “600 page Fatwa on Terrorism”. Both house niggers artfully retain the core axioms of massa on “militant Islam” to continually push the envelope of the Hegelian Dialectic forward as a self-fulfilling prophecy!
I say, enough of being fcking simpletons!
Zahir Ebrahim

[1] Sipah-i-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP)
[2] Lashkre-e-Taayba (LeT)
[3] Lashker-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) or (LJ)
[4] Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM)
[5] Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat Pakistan (ASWJ).
[6] Jammat-u-Dawa (JuD)
[7] Tehreek-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi (TNSM)

Based on Full Report: Pakistan - Surviving 'Divine State' (PDF)
Published Monday, January 22, 2018 | Last updated Thursday, January 25, 2018 05:00 am 5128

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Epilogue: Pakistan on the chopping block in 2018?

Pakistan on the chopping block in 2018?

Friday, December 29, 2017 | Last updated Sunday, January 14, 2018 10:00 pm

Epilogue: 10th Anniversary of Benazir Bhutto's Assassination

The long running 'strategy of tension' coming to fruition in Pakistan

“it is folly to be America's enemy, it can be fatal to be its friend.” --- Henry Kissinger

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Caption Making the Public Mind:  Report on the Mighty Wurlitzer - Architecture of Modern Propaganda for Psychological Warfare
'The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.'
If you actually read this far, you are surely the curious type who'd also like to understand in much greater depth the mechanics of how the 'strategy of tension' interplays with propaganda warfare and psychological operations, the necessity of manufacturing the boogeyman of Bin Laden and Al-qaeeda, loose nukes et. al. in its latest variants, alongside the manufactured terror, the bomb blasts, the assassinations, the frequent dharnas, the rising debt burden, the looming economic collapse, the hard crisis upon hard crisis with the concomitant perception management that cunningly installs desired beliefs which make the public mind to accept preplanned policies as solutions to these crises, in Report on Mighty Wurlitzer (
If you can perceptively understand that modus operandi, then no news media, no learned pundit who graces your television screen 24x7, no politician, no academic, no philosopher, no propagandist, no molvi, no ayatollah, no president and no prime minister can make your mind as easily as they do today as vassals and stooges of the Mighty Wurlitzer, to get you to react in the aggregate to manufactured crises as predicted by game theory, the cornerstone of modern mass behavior control.
Even after ten years of Benazir Bhutto's assassination, not just Pakistan's news media, but the world's news media, continues to play variations on the same tunes of the Mighty Wurlitzer.
Under president Trump's administration, the United States of America appears to be taking all the antagonistic steps against both Iran and Pakistan to make the Wakeup call of 2007 even more pertinent as the world enters 2018. Unfortunately, neither nation can still make an effective self-defense (despite all their bravado that is more reminiscent of Sadaam Hussein before the first Tomahawk cruise missiles hit the ancient land of Mesopotamia). The establishment leaders, intellectuals, politicians and opinion-makers in both nations, alongside the rest of the world, still continue to “United We Stand” with the base fiction of “War on Terror” of the United States. Neither has the courage to publicly recognize and call this fiction for what it is, albeit, most wise people in both nations well understand the calculus of hegemony and primacy which underwrites it.
Well, as in love, timeliness in war can make the difference between win and lose. Perhaps it is already too late to throw the tea overboard for Pakistan! The nation has been completely destroyed from within over the past two decades of alternately raining American made military dictatorship and American made mercenary democracy upon it, before the first American missiles and American boots will ever land on its sacred soil to “save” it from the “terrorists”.
But then, just as Patrick Henry tried to rile up the elites of the distant American colonies with his now famous clarion call to free them from the imperial jackboot stamped upon their face, perhaps the same holds true for all who are vigilant, active, brave, in any nation:
“Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.” --- Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775
As Muslims, our belief in God helping us when we help ourselves is much stronger – or so we like to tell each other. Our tragedy however, is that we are overrun with great belief without the courage of our convictions! And we also don't have Patrick Henrys to lead us into battle.
Sadly, instead, “her shaaq per ulloo bhaitha hai” (an owl is perched on every branch --- the nation is overrun with fools and useful idiots in all corridors of power, when they are not outright mercenaries that is).
Will the existential crisis facing Pakistan in 2018 and beyond, thanks only partly to being America's best friend all these years, the rest is surely our own misery, motivate a transformation away from that ugly Zeitgeist of always being a pliant vassal state of great powers du jour?
The foundational question for Pakistan from which all good and evil naturally follow is really this: will its leaders, its politicians, its intellectuals, and its establishment ever find the courage to stop being house niggers of the massa?
That revolution of the mind I see is slowly already in the making! It is being driven bottom up by the clergy class, being led primarily by the revolutionary Iran trained Shia Muslim clergy on the one hand who wish to emulate the Islamic revolution in Iran, and a new Sunni Barelvi revolutionary movement called “Labaik Ya Rasool-Allah” on the other which is being led by a most unusual cleric on wheelchair who wishes to bring back the glory days of thirteen centuries of Sunni Muslim rule. Both groups claim to want to enact the original teachings of the Prophet of Islam, as they each perceive it through their respective sectarian epistemology, and both have started very dynamic national movements to influence the masses. The Iran trained revolutionary Shia leadership however has refrained from entering the political theatre and instead chosen to concentrate on mass education and raising social awareness; to raise a new generation of Shia madrassa-trained Muslim men and women who shall become the backbone of the future Shia revolution in Pakistan to usher in Iranian style “nizam-e-vilayat” as a dominion of the global “valih-e-faqih”. There are several other groups as well but not worth mentioning, including militant antediluvian groups turned “respectable”, and dogmatic religious factions among both Shia and Sunni that have long been politically active and almost always self-servingly aligned with the status quo, whose rather lack lustre clergy profess the same ambitions but thus far have commanded little traction nationally; quite unlike the first two revolutionary movements whose rise to national prominence is a recent phenomenon. These new crop of revolutionary Shia and Barelvi religious leaders display an uncannily high level of learnedness of ancient texts of Islam, the Holy Qur'an, and intriguingly, also obscure verses in Persian language of “Sir” Allama Muhammad Iqbal (the national poet laureate and intellectual father of Pakistan), all of which they deploy liberally in their rhetoric for social transformation of Pakistan back to “real Islam”, alongside claims of throwing the tea overboard the moment they come to power.
However, there appears to be no indication of any awakening from the plague of occidentosis (Westoxification) among the so called liberal class, the educated class, the professional class, the business class, the praetorian guard class which includes feudals of all shades, and the rank and file class. Among the latter class, the vast majority of the indigent public in both urban and rural areas, largely because of deprivation, lack of opportunity, daily struggle for subsistence existence, and occupying marginalized stratas of society, appear to be increasingly attracted to the new revolutionary clergy class as the ones possessing the panacea for ending the servitude and misery forced upon them by the ruling class.
How long will the metanoia take to trickle up to the actual ruling class who run the country?
This ruling class of ours, nay, the ruling class in virtually all Muslim dominant nations (with the exception of Iran), willingly carry the white man's burden as the obedient Uncle and Aunty Thomases, are amply rewarded for their servitude with permission to loot and plunder the public exchequer in line with the overarching objectives of the massa, will simply have to be replaced forcibly.... and that cannot happen without an actual physical organic revolution in Pakistan. Of this, there are no signs whatsoever as of this writing in 2018. Indeed, there can be no 19th and 20th century style revolutions in Pakistan, not even like revolutionary Iran, because Pakistan is not a homogeneous nation. The seeds of division are too deep and too broad spectrum, and the public mind is too indolent. The rising new Sunni Barelvi leadership wearing the revolutionary mantle, different from the revolutionary Shia leadership, is attempting to rather Pollyannaishly, peaceably replace the ruling class with themselves through the ballot box of 2018. If this new revolutionary clergy class comes to significant parliamentary power, at least they promise to strive to dump the tea overboard. However, what will happen to the already fractious Pakistani society under their dogmatic sectarian stewardship is anybody's guess. Thus far, they have defined themselves mainly in terms of their foreign and domestic enemies, including corruption of the Pakistani elites and other Muslim sects they do not approve of. They have not mentioned at all how they plan to address the very real domestic challenges facing Pakistan's population after they have wiped out all their enemies from the face of the planet.
Neither the Shia nor the Sunni revolutionary thinking on display in Pakistan by their respective clergy class appear to have any solutions for living in modernity except to bring back antiquity. Perhaps they haven't had the time to develop their post-antiquity ideology, think of manifestos and constitutions for a country like Pakistan with its deep divisions and fracture lines, by which their plan for Pakistan can be adjudicated beyond their pious claims against their enemies.
The vacuum in integrity and honesty in the corridors of power has opened the leadership doors wide open for alternatives to step in, including the clergy class. Since Pakistani clergy class has never tasted unfettered political power or national responsibility, nor experienced developmental and population challenges at a national scale, nor do they brook any familiarity with the actual mechanics of modern statecraft and its relation to international institutions and global politics, their competency to run a modern nation-state beyond their recitation of ancient Prophetic wisdoms and Caliphatic history of conquests, would only be determined on the job. If the Iranian clergy can learn on the job to run a theological state and continue to survive American sanctions and American-sponsored wars, the Pakistani clergy surely may have rational claims to a modern precedent, except that Pakistan is not Iran, and Pakistanis are not Persian! But Pakistan is also a nuclear state. There will always be greater urgency to confront Pakistan and de-nuke it if any revolutionary clergy class of Pakistan, Shia and Sunni, ever comes to power. In its calculus of primacy and hegemony, the white man's burden simply cannot tolerate any Muslim nation possessing real nuclear weapons (as opposed to tolerating the illusion of possession). The massa class well understands all that they have destroyed and stolen of the Muslims in the centuries past and cannot risk losing Western hegemony and its vassal states to a revival of “revolutionary Islam” with teeth. This means that when military-style injection of its forces is not being staged, even more strangulating sanctions and psychological warfare can be expected than weathered by revolutionary Iran before it was forced to give up (or roll back) its nuclear program under the 2015 JCPOA agreement with world powers for the promise of economic relief.
Where Pakistanis have survived American-sponsored military dictatorships, American-sponsored political graftmanships, American-sponsored inept leadership, and American-sponsored enlightened moderation, the divine state will surely survive the clerics as well, American-sponsored and not.
There is evidently a deep secret to the very existence of Pakistan --- and anyone given to even a modicum of metaphysical reflection can easily believe that this secret hasn't been revealed (or uncovered) as yet.
I support anyone and any system that can a) deliver the nation from servitude; and b) give justice and fairness to its public. The rest we can do ourselves. We are a hard working industrious people, we don't need foreign hand-outs, and we don't need big-brother hand-holding. Let us live in dignity and self-respect among nations, give us fairness and justice domestically, stop the elite from looting the exchequer and living their privilege at the expense of the public, and we shall show the world what it means to throw tea overboard once again.
And that, as the cynic would say, is the greatest of all platitudes!
Thank you.

Epilogue published as standalone essay on Sunday, January 7, 2018 06:00 am | Last updated Sunday, January 14, 2018 10:00 pm 2245

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