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Is The U.S. Creating A New Iran With Pakistan?

With the U.S. paying over $100 million a month in support and aid to the military dictatorship government in Pakistan since 9/11, combined with the new crackdown on political opposition, the big question is whether the U.S. is supporting the same conditions and same sort of unpopular cruel dictatorship that fueled the 1979 revolution in Iran.

In 1941, the allied states first brought Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi into power to funnel support to stop Nazi aggression. Later during the Cold War with the former Soviet Union, the U.S. continued to strongly support the heavy-handed dictatorship of the Shah in Iran, ignoring international human rights concerns about his oppression and cruelty at home. All of this only helped to fuel the 1979 revolution in Iran, and the continued hatred of the U.S. today.

Mr. Bush may timidly ask for general elections to be held on schedule in Pakistan and other almost window dressing requests that really fall far short of what should be expected from a nation like the U.S. that continues to prop up the Pakistani military dictatorship with massive amounts of cash only because they are somewhat helpful on the issue of international terrorism. But even that Pakistani help on the terrorism issue is very limited, with the military government of Pakistan actually making a recent "truce" with Taliban elements near the Afghanistan border which no doubt contain many Al Qaeda fighters or even Osama Bin Laden himself.

The military government of Pakistan may be setting itself up for it's own ruination and ultimate revolution due to it's own heavy-handed treatment of any political opposition and the jailing of as much as 1/3 of all lawyers in the nation. And the U.S. itself could well be identified as the main entity keeping this terrible government in power, and like the case of Iran, become an object of wrath for the new government once this revolution happens. And oh yes, there's the issue of the nuclear weapons in Pakistan as well.

In the high stakes game of international politics, backing the wrong government that is losing public support can mean trouble for years and years afterward.

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Comments (2)

Steve Crickmore[TypeKey Profile Page]:

"The problem of creating Frankensteins, whether an Osama or a Saddam or a Musharraf, is that these creatures are often known to rise and turn on their creators." This might even be a problem for Hillary..Dare Obama bring it up?

Steve Crickmore[TypeKey Profile Page]:

This is an excellent if depressing ( because Bush and his followers won't listen) article.I am not sure where I got it from, but it expresses the dilemma of the country, Pakistan, where opinion polls show that Osama is more popular than Bush or Mush. A "made in Washington" settlement in Afghanistan -- the heart of the problem -- is not going to work...ditto for the whole region, but tell that to those in the administration bunker in Washington.

In this sense bin Laden is winning. The region will only calm down following a withdrawal of U.S. forces from its confrontation with "Islam" and the development of a regional approach to the Afghan issue.. one that acknowledges the deep interests of the main regional players who also seek stability in the region: Pakistan, Iran, Russia, China and India. Yet this reality is anathema to the hegemonic global strategy of the Bush administration.


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