By Habib R. Sulemani
What I had been saying, people didn't believe them. But the WikiLeaks, discovery of Osama bin Laden and some other recent incidents have opened the eyes of the common people in Pakistan. Now, for the first time since independence in 1947, they've realized who the real public enemy is. I or they?
The people are amazed that the United States is neither the enemy of Islam nor Pakistan. Rather Islam is spreading fast, and there are estimated 7 million Muslims and 70,000 mosques/Islamic centers in the United States. The internet and social media has broken the tyranny of the mainstream media, which is being used as a lethal weapon by the military establishment. Thus, the secret agencies are now trying to control the social media through nasty tactics.
Those generals who bow before American leaders, military and civilian officers inside meeting rooms—when they come out in our tribal society, they act like despot rulers of the gone days... they take revenge of their assumed honor, not incapability, by spreading hatred against America in the terrorized society. They blame America and other western countries even for their personal failures.
For the hate crimes, the secret agencies use religious and political groups besides the media—in this way they create conflict and then cash it. The Taliban and al-Qaeda are ATM cards for our generals. They can do anything to keep the cash coming out of the machine smoothly! They even kill their own people to cash the dead bodies. There is no law for the military officers in Pakistan. They consider themselves above the Constitution and laws! The recent killing of five armless foreigners (including three women) in Quetta and a teenager in Karachi are just few example.
Military might is not guarantee of success in a 21st century war. The world needs intellectual might to win the global war on terrorism!
In a time, when global governance and economy are facing challenges, the leaked documents have provided an opportunity of serious discussions for improvement of the global crises. Now even a Third World country, like Pakistan, is changing fast. About 15 months ago, I was the only person addressing security issues, especially the rule of military and secret agencies, in Pakistan. Now people have started openly talking about the rule of the army and ISI. They're no more taboo subjects.
Freedom of thought, freedom of expression and access to information are the basic needs of our times. If I were an adviser to the American President, I would have said: Mr. President! Make Wikileaks your strength not weakness!
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