September tragedies

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  1. kaykay

    kaykay FULL MEMBER

    Guys found this interesting article...hope you enjoy.

    In the early 1960s, a truly entertaining Hollywood movie called "Come September" was released. In the US and Europe, September is still the month wherein spring peaks before the advent of autumn. But now September reminds everyone of some sad events.

    Until 1965, Pakistanis recalled just one sad event in September - the demise of Jinnah. Death is a reality, and he too had to go but the fact that he died worrying about the future of Pakistan, given the calibre of its upcoming political leadership, was the real tragedy.

    His reference to "fake coins" in his pocket - the political leadership that was to govern Pakistan - was the tragedy because, instead of vision and national aspirations, by and large, the leadership - Sardars and Nawabs - was displaying its petty-mindedness.

    What Jinnah feared turned into ever-harsher reality over time; our legislatures are now dominated by these classes and what they made of the country in pursuit of their selfish aims is before you. Today, Pakistan is one of the worst governed states on this planet.

    The other, in fact defining tragedy was the full-scale Indian attack on our eastern borders on September 6, 1965. Pakistan's armed forces put up a fight that reminded many of WW-II. In just the Chawinda battle, the number of tanks involved exceeded the Russian and German tanks deployed in the battle for Leningrad.

    The sacrifices of our forces made us proud because every soldier and officer fought without caring for anything except the defence and glory of Pakistan. But this 17-day war was a disaster of incalculable proportions in both military and economic terms because resources for development had to be spent on repairing the war losses. It was the turning point in Pakistan's history under whose dark shadow we continue to live, though a slide in other aspects of our polity aggravated our woes. During 1958-65, Pakistan devised a sound infrastructure for financial services, its hallmark being the Banking Companies Ordinance, 1962.

    Following the establishment of commercial banks with countrywide reach, and purpose-oriented development finance institutions, by June 1965, banks became self-sufficient in all fields including commercial lending, foreign trade, forex risk management, as well as project financing.

    But the post-war economic slowdown manifested itself in a variety of ways. An example thereof was that gross fixed capital formation that exceeded 21 percent of the GNP during 1959-65, dropped to 14 percent in the following five years and has never been anywhere close to 21 percent.

    That war triggered a multifaceted crisis that continues to hurt Pakistan economically and politically because, thereafter, the focus shifted from building the economy on sound footing to confront a world that was becoming recklessly competitive; politicking took the better of our senses.

    Simmering dissent rooted in a steady economic slide led to the exit of Ayub Khan and then the break-up of Pakistan in 1971 after another war with India. Thereafter, Pakistan's economy became a laboratory for experimenting with the centralisation of the economy, reckless nationalisation of its industrial base and then its suspicious privatisation.

    During the 1960s, Pakistan had become the second fastest growing Asian economy after Japan. But by 2001, bad governance pushed Pakistan to the bottom of this list. However, what made September 2001, an historic tragedy for Pakistan was 9/11 - the tragedy that befell our "strategic ally".

    Destruction of New York's Trade Towers was a turning point in global history because it triggered the "war-on-terror" that has gone on ever since; while the whole world is paying its cost, trillions of dollars of unfunded cost of the wars the US waged thereafter plagues the US economy without an end in sight. According to Bob Woodward, George Bush liked to "shake things up. That was the key to going into Iraq." It is hard to envisage the Iraq war without 9/11 as the "shaker" of everything including civil liberties of America's citizens. But America's pre-occupation thereafter with invasions eroded its economic clout irreparably.

    Doubts about the perpetrators of 9/11 also arise out of the fact that, on 9/11, some 3,000 Jewish Americans working in various offices located in New York's Trade Towers were absent. Perhaps, they were told what was to happen on September 11, and who else, but the perpetrators of the tragedy could do so.

    Many US analysts believe that the identity of those who perpetrated the 9/11 tragedy remains unclear although official US investigations into the tragedy accuse the multi-national terror brigades that the US had created in Afghanistan beginning 1980 to "help" the Afghans defend their country against the Soviet invasion.

    As for "helping" the Afghans fight the Russians, its truth was laid bare by the fact that soon after the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan that left it at the mercy of its US-backed warlords, the US too withdrew its "help" to gain a foothold in the Soviet republics that became independent after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

    Besides, the aim of the US help to the Afghans was not to defend Afghanistan but to give the Soviet Union "it's Vietnam". That's how the then Secretary of State Zbigniew Brzezinski explained the logic of US "help" to the erstwhile US President Ronald Reagan.

    The post-9/11 labelling of Iraq, Iran and North Korea as "axis of evil", that followed the invasion of Afghanistan was used to justify the "rendition" of "bad guys" as part of the "war-on-terror"; this was disclosed recently in a court in New York. Besides "rendition", now drone attacks are being used to kill the "bad guys".

    The 9/11 tragedy and US response thereto remain unexplained. What the US won't answer are questions about its sincerity in helping Afghanistan defend itself against the Soviets and the sudden US exit from Afghanistan in 1989 leaving it virtually destroyed. Nor does the US explain how its aerial surveillance failed to prevent 9/11.

    The ongoing tragedy is that the US refuses to accept that rising economic disparities in the underdeveloped economies produce millions of frustrated youth that keep terrorism alive. After the recession, that finally hit the globe in 2008 both US and Europe now confront this problem.

    But for now, they are resorting to invasions - the latest on Libya - as the remedy. Visibly, more than anything else, they now believe in the gun as the problem-solver, not rationality, sharing, fairness and mutual respect; that re-colonisation will fail as before hasn't occurred to them. God alone knows what future Septembers have in store for us all.
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  2. Kronus


    Not surprising it is a Pakistani viewpoint, otherwise who will quote that Pakistani soldiers PUT UP A GOOD FIGHT WHEN THE INDIANS ATTACKED:woot:. YOU MUST BE JOKING MAN!:close_tema:
    BTW can you reveal the source!
  3. Kronus


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  4. kaykay

    kaykay FULL MEMBER

    I have listed the post below..........
  5. kaykay

    kaykay FULL MEMBER

    ha ha that was funny man.......are they serious?
  6. Optimist

    Optimist SENIOR MEMBER


    Yeah they could have blown up that hijacked passenger plane with their ABM shield/surface2air missiles/fighter planes :sarcastic:

    Btw this can be a good bedtime read:lol:
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  7. kaykay

    kaykay FULL MEMBER

    yeah man its a Pakistanti source.....
  8. DrSomnath999

    DrSomnath999 RESEARCHER

  9. Mike


    Both interesting and funny!! This guy who wrote the article needs to some homework first! :to_pick_ones_nose:


    different history is taught to pakistani public.
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