Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Madmen Are Amongst Us - And Getting Shot and Blown Up for Your Troubles - II

An infusion of real political courage in Pakistan is needed. One where people in Pakistan can publically identify that the real local enemy is the district strongman (in Karachi's case, the multiple ethnically linked mafias, whose tendrils at one point end, and those of the MQM & ANP begin), that the national enemy is an overweaning military that may control the present, but has no right to control the future. And internationally, "friends" which perpetuate these local authoritarians in Pakistan, such as the Saudis, the US and China.

In observance of the multiple long wars of Karachi, ethnic, institutional, crminal-based, ethno-linguistic, ethno-political, ethno-criminal, sectarian and a few others I may have missed, I present Cyril Almeida's take on the break up of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi into multiple factions, each with a separate extremist agenda. Some people say that "Lashkar-e-Jhangvi" is who is blamed when a sectarian act of terror happens, if a member of Sipah-e-Sahaba decides to act on their hate filled words. To me, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi is the answer to the question "What is Pakistan's KKK?". Here is Mr Cyril Almeida sahab:

New Strands of Militancy Descend on Karachi

Anyway, the second post I would like to re-plug here, is Mr Nadeem Farooq Paracha's analysis of Pakistan's conspiracy minded (or blame the Indians/Jews) related mindset. This (prevalently) bourgeois attitude is seen as cowardly, as it doesn't acknowledge the bullying state that we live in, and the violence it engenders amongst its own citizens to keep it's own hold on the levers of ultimate power. Anyway, he does mention the states role in this national confusion towards the end, but reinforces throughout, the problem of people allowing terror (and I use it in it's old sense, of simply being scared) to rule who they will criticise, and who they won't. Basically the problem of getting shot or blown up for your troubles.

Here is Mr Nadeem Farooq Paracha's "Manly Cowards".

Finally, I would like to add that after two more Karachi related posts, I'll put up one mega-post on a certain anti-secrecy website. No not the obvious one. One related to it through adversarial relations.

No comments: