Mullings of a novice – Pakistan
Apart from having visited Pakistan it is true I do not understand it’s politics, so just a little bemused by the headlines. Was thinking Sharif represents a more independent Pakistan, less of a tool of the West, yet it seems, if I am not mistaken he is being labeled as the ‘right’.
The nationalism of Imperialism and colonialism is indeed on the right. But to see a weaker party try to break free is strangely labeled the right.
In an interview with the BBC just prior to Sharif’s return to Pakistan, the interviewer at the end came up with the usual tricky question: ‘would you apply Sharia law?’ To which Sharif reluctantly said I guess not.
Sharif is considered closer to Islamic parties and conservative factions and is not particularly bothered about the US war effort. PressTV
Once a Pakistani man told me that the Sharif family and the Bhutto family each are large landed interests in their respective provinces. And PressTV has raised the spectre of fuedal warring.
Although peace moves are underway now, it’s possible that dismembering Pakistan, even if it is an external plot, will become palatable.
Then what happens to the nukes?
What has Pakistan got to do with Israel?
Ben Gurion on Pakistan, published in Jewish Chronicle, 1967
“The world Zionist movement should not be neglectful of the dangers of Pakistan to it. And Pakistan now should be its first target, for this ideological State is a threat to our existence. And Pakistan, the whole of it, hates the Jews and loves the Arabs.
“This lover of the Arabs is more dangerous to us than the Arabs themselves. For that matter, it is most essential for the world Zionism that it should now take immediate steps against Pakistan.”
Strangely Pakistan and Israel are the two states with the most in common from a Geopolitical backdrop. Both were formed with a mass migration last century for religious/ethnic reasons.