An Indian Civilizational Perspective

The threat of Taliban and why the next few weeks are critical

There are a lot of nut cases in the world. Taliban and fundamentalist Sunnis of the Wahabi/Salafi strain of Islam are firmly in that category. The others are those, who feel appalled when you point at such people and ask the world to wake up (example is this guy who keeps posting nonsense in the comments here without the guts to reveal his name and identity!). The ease with which Taliban entered and then became the rulers of Swat and Buner was astonishing and amazing – UNTIL Hillary Clinton pulled Pakistan up in her hearing and the US Government PUSHED Pakistan to do something against it. Watch this video to see the kind of executions being held in Pakistan as of now. I also have a video – which I could hardly watch where a live man is beheaded in front of the camera, with blood dripping on the shouts of “Allahu-Akbar” and certainly cannot publish.. it is so disgusting!

In many countries, the country has an Army, but in Pakistan, the Army has a country. ~ Ahmed Rashid

What has surprised me is not that these TTP – the Pakistani Taliban has gained so much ground in Pakistan.. but how QUICKLY it has done that! A year from now it was just a rag-tag bunch of goons. To fight the Pakistan Army, to move in and take over one city, then another… AND set up an administrative machinery, which knows its agenda – afterall the Taliban guys were quick to go and shut the Dargah of Peer Baba up and turn off the followers in the very first week of its entry in Swat – is what I find ASTONISHING. Try and ask an Army General, as to how easy it is to build a battalion with the rules and regulations in place and organize a fighting machine to engage a regular Army. That, this group has been able to do that within a year is astonishing!

This fact alone should make one think. It would seem that some regular Army folks have been giving them serious advise. I personally would not rule out the possibility of some fundamentalist and some Pashtuns within Pakistan’s Regular Army or retired officers doing this. After all, as has been documented on Drishtikone itself, and has recently corroborated even in Ahmed Rashid’s well researched book “Descent into Chaos” – on how Pakistani officers (upto the rank of Brigadiers) were helping and fighting along with Taliban (and getting them ready) in the run up to the US invasion in Afghanistan after 9-11. I would doubt that such a partnership would have broken off in a hurry.

But why would these officers do it to their own country? Well, if you are an Army officer who has been brought up on Zia-esque Army training with Islamic mindset then it would be a major goal to see the country move in that direction. To see the likes of Sharif and Zardari and Benazir “compromise” on the “national interest” as many in that circle truly believe (watch any video of Zaid Hamid or Hamid Gul), then you would want to take it over.. but not taken over by the likes of Musharraf, who could “play around” with the US.. but someone who “stands up” to that country.

Religious Utopia is a big motivator. And if an entire generation of Army was built on that, then the missions that it is being forced to undertake at present by Zardari, may end up revolting at some point. THAT, is the critical point which General Petraeus has referred to in that news item.

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2 Comments
  1. Anonymous says

    I don’t know on what basis you have claimed that your so-called predictions have stood the test of time over the past so many years. So far, most of the things that I have read on this blog (admittedly, only in the past 6 months or so) has been baseless exaggeration and factually selective, conveniently distorted bullshit.

    Of course I am not surprised you are now refusing to respond since most of your previous responses have been mis-directed. You, on your own, impose some views on me and then criticize them, often totally avoiding my real questions. Here is an example:

    In my last comment, I made it very clear that I am not asking you to be silent… even a 5 year old can understand that, given my very basic English skills. You however ignored that and spend half your response in bullshitting about how being silent at this time would be wrong. Hulloooooooo… CAN YOU READ?? OR did your esteemed English school only teach you to blabber and write bullshit????????

    Here’s another example: In your last comment, you respond as if I am trying to defend Taliban! In none of my several comments on this blog have I, even tangentially, done that. I have maintained that while Taliban deserves all the hatred it gets, people who equate Pakistan with Taliban and REFUSE to see the difference between the two ARE PLAIN STUPID. And You Mr. Desh are the leader of that pack!

    However, in your response to my last post (as well as on this very post), you again chose to ignore this fact and went on and on about how bad Taliban is and how you are doing such a great job educating the naive world about their crimes.

    Give me a break dude… if you don’t have answers to my questions, quit writing back but if you do, do honestly try to answer them and if you cannot, re-think about the stupid position you have chosen to take.

    Oh but wait, you CANNOT do that, can you…? You are so pig-headed that you will simply refuse to accept any viewpoint other than your own. I don’t understand why people like you Blog… why share your views with the world when you cannot accept someone who has a different viewpoint? I think you should start writing a personal diary instead…

    Dear diary, today some idiot was quoted as saying what I also said a month ago… now that two idiots have reportedly said it, IT MUST BE TRUE!! Oh even if he had not said it, I still believed it to be true… it was DESHVANI afterall, how could it be wrong. I am so great, am I not? Tell me, tell me??

    Thank God diaries don’t speak back… LOL

  2. Anonymous says

    I don’t know on what basis you have claimed that your so-called predictions have stood the test of time over the past so many years. So far, most of the things that I have read on this blog (admittedly, only in the past 6 months or so) has been baseless exaggeration and factually selective, conveniently distorted bullshit.

    Of course I am not surprised you are now refusing to respond since most of your previous responses have been mis-directed. You, on your own, impose some views on me and then criticize them, often totally avoiding my real questions. Here is an example:

    In my last comment, I made it very clear that I am not asking you to be silent… even a 5 year old can understand that, given my very basic English skills. You however ignored that and spend half your response in bullshitting about how being silent at this time would be wrong. Hulloooooooo… CAN YOU READ?? OR did your esteemed English school only teach you to blabber and write bullshit????????

    Here’s another example: In your last comment, you respond as if I am trying to defend Taliban! In none of my several comments on this blog have I, even tangentially, done that. I have maintained that while Taliban deserves all the hatred it gets, people who equate Pakistan with Taliban and REFUSE to see the difference between the two ARE PLAIN STUPID. And You Mr. Desh are the leader of that pack!

    However, in your response to my last post (as well as on this very post), you again chose to ignore this fact and went on and on about how bad Taliban is and how you are doing such a great job educating the naive world about their crimes.

    Give me a break dude… if you don’t have answers to my questions, quit writing back but if you do, do honestly try to answer them and if you cannot, re-think about the stupid position you have chosen to take.

    Oh but wait, you CANNOT do that, can you…? You are so pig-headed that you will simply refuse to accept any viewpoint other than your own. I don’t understand why people like you Blog… why share your views with the world when you cannot accept someone who has a different viewpoint? I think you should start writing a personal diary instead…

    Dear diary, today some idiot was quoted as saying what I also said a month ago… now that two idiots have reportedly said it, IT MUST BE TRUE!! Oh even if he had not said it, I still believed it to be true… it was DESHVANI afterall, how could it be wrong. I am so great, am I not? Tell me, tell me??

    Thank God diaries don’t speak back… LOL

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