Musharraf – Bhutto Deal
By Javed I. Chaudry
31 August, 2007
the last several months, Musharraf – Bhutto deal has been in the
air with all kinds of speculations to explain what it means and how
would it impact Pakistan. Apparently all charges against the exiled
ex. Prime Minister of Pakistan are being dropped. Also, it seems that
General Musharraf is ready to give up the uniform and the control of
the armed forces. Now this is a big change and one wonders who or what
is behind this grand plan?
Obviously, the US has managed
to persuade the General to go through another set of hoops to keep things
moving the way the US would like to see them going. In case the US is
behind all this manipulation, the big question is what exactly is the
American interest in this? It would be only natural to assume that Ms.
Bhutto must have promised to deliver some thing in return for the power
what Musharraf did not or could not deliver. In the new world disorder,
it is not important what is good for any country or its people. What
is really important is what is good for the US to keep its monopoly
of the control of the globe to support its geo-political plans and to
extend its supremacy for another day.
The only thing that America
could be interested to achieve through Ms. Bhutto is to de-Nuke Pakistan
of its nuclear bombs as well its nuclear technology. At this point this
is just a speculation, but time will tell what Ms. Bhutto can or will
deliver to the Lord of the globe. In case Gen. Musharraf will no longer
be the army commander, then who will be replacing him. It goes without
saying that his replacement will be some one whom the American administration
approve and some one who will be loyal to Ms. Bhutto, in case she does
get elected as the new Prime Minister. With a little help from CIA’s
Mighty Wurlitzer, it should not be a difficult feat to accomplish.
One can see that many senior
armed officers will soon be sent to the pasture to make room for the
juniors, inexperienced and eager to please the new regime to be created
on the Pakistani chessboard. This is exactly what Ms. Bhutto’s
father Zulifqar Bhutto did. He superseded a junior General Zia over
many senior Generals to ensure loyalty. Alas, it did not work for him.
Would it work for Ms. Bhutto especially if comes to unloading the nuclear
technology and the related hardware? If I am a good judge of the Pakistani
character, I would be willing to bet my bottom dollar that it is not
going to work, one more time, it is going to back fire. A Pakistani
military officer is not going to compromise country’s security
to please the Prime Minister no matter how close he or she is to the
American administration or CIA.
By the time, the election
takes place and the dust settles, it would be mid 2008 and the Americans
in Iraq and Afghanistan would be even more tired and demoralized. Bush
administration would have accumulated additional negative points with
more disappointments both at home and abroad. The NATO forces would
be equally tired and close to seeing the reality of diminishing returns
of the game they had been playing as the American controlled pawns.
The American debt burden would have reached to new heights, the American
dollar would be ready to be devalued to pay off some of the debts.
The American plans to raid
Iran is still up in the air. In case they do attack, that will be another
big disappointment added to the Commander Bush’s hegemony Log.
Knowing how hard at work are some of the Christian Zionists, such as
John Hagee, it seems inevitable that the Bush administration would most
certainly have a go at Iran as its last hurrah before vacating the White
House. After all, why all those American aircraft carriers are anchored
in the seas around Iran?
One way or the other, the
American influence is declining at the same rate at which its debt is
escalating, indicating serious economical troubles ahead. With all this
commotion going on, the senior military officers of the Pakistani military
need to watch the game plan and be ready to pounce upon whoever would
make a move to compromise Pakistan’s security. It is of paramount
importance for the ISI to keep an eye open for the CIA and its covert
agents, especially within the officer ranks of the army without falling
a prey themselves. It is about time that the countries start taking
control of their own destiny by taking steps to neutralize the external
A civilian democratic government
would be highly desirable for Pakistan or any other country for that
matter, but it is going to work only when the people at large have attained
a political maturity to give rise to a suitable political and intellectual
culture. Any thing short of it will not be able to sustain a civilian
government, especially when it is propped up by external and very unreliable
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