Members of Jamat-e-Islami, a Pakistan
religious-political party and
the nation's oldest, rally to blame the CIA for the
in New York by Faisal Shahzad, in Karachi, May 6.
The Frontier Post,
America is Fully Responsible for Terrorism on its Streets
"By highlighting the native roots of terrorist suspects, it conveniently disowns its own responsibility, evading blame that it rightly and squarely deserves. ... the extremism Americans now berate Pakistan for is their own horrible gift to this beleaguered nation. It is they who bred, nurtured and nourished this monstrosity."
the purported claim of responsibility by Hakimullah Mehsud of the
(now defunct) TTP
for the failed Times Square car bombing in New York was creating ripples, in
came news of Pakistani-American Faisal
Shahzad's arrest. Although an American police official derisively dismissed
Hakimullah's bluster, the claim nonetheless intrigued many here at home,
sparking all sorts of speculation. Some perceptive analysts contend that this may
play into the hands of the Americans. The U.S. wants Pakistan to go after
militants in North Waziristan where Hakimullah is believed to be holed up,
while Pakistan's military is reluctant, since its hands are already full fighting
thugs in other parts of the tribal regions. And since the suspect Faisal
Shahzad has reportedly confessed to his American interrogators to
having received training in North Waziristan, American pressure on Pakistan to
act could mount.
Of course this would be a
sovereign decision of Pakistan, depending on the capacity of its security
forces to expand their operations under current conditions there. But there is
too much to criticize about the behavior of the Western community, particularly
on the part of the Americans. By highlighting the native roots or ethnicity of terrorist
suspects, they conveniently disown their own responsibility, blaming others and
evading blame that they rightly and squarely deserve. If one of their nationals,
whether by birth or residence, is found to be involved in a terrorist act, it
is they themselves that are accountable for the evil deed, and by every canon
of logic, they are liable for it and must face the slur that they so
deceitfully pass on to his country of origin.
The perpetrators of the 9/11
holocaust may have been Saudis and Egyptians, but their countries of origin had
nothing to do with their vile deeds. They had all been living in the West. They
had all studied in Western universities. They had plotted their evil strike in
the German city of Hamburg. And they had all trained in American aviation
academies. None other that the German and American authorities should be held
to account for their horrible acts, not the "badlands" straddling Afghanistan
and Pakistan, which their officials and opinion-makers have conveniently
None of the perpetrators was
a Pakistani or an Afghan. None was a pupil of a madrassa of these
"badlands." None had ever even come to these "badlands."
The point is that this recalling of a terrorist suspect's origin or ethnicity may
help the movers and shakers of Western politics escape a difficult situation,
but in the long run it will hurt them irreparably.
After all, if a child born to
immigrant parents grows into a youth with terrorist propensities; or if an
immigrant youth, while living in the West becomes its legal national but in the
end turns terrorist, there is something terribly amiss. Clearly there is something
in such places that for the sake of peace, harmony and tranquility, need immediate
redress. By deflecting the blame onto others, that difficult remedial task gets
clouded and even sent to oblivion if rulers and security officials of these Western
countries take the easy way out.
Indeed, it may be the worst
travesty to pretend that a young person who spent years of his life in a Western
country would turn terrorist after just months visiting his native land. Such
fundamental transformations are inconceivable and quite impossible. The five
young American terrorist suspects in Sargodha police custody, regardless of
their origin, had obtained their terrorist tendencies right in the United
States - not in Pakistan. And they landed here with the intent to commit
terrorism - they didn't acquire such intent here.
It may be convenient for the Western
lords to make a scapegoat of Pakistan, but wit will do nothing to pull their
chestnuts from the fire. Their homegrown terrorism will remain homegrown and unaddressed,
becoming more vicious and lethal in time.
Of course, for their own
security, peace and tranquility, countries like Pakistan must do all they can
to curb extremist tendencies at home and employ all instruments of state power
to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure. But Western communities, Americans
in particular, must also look to their own behavior. It's too polluted and
foul. Indeed, the extremism they now berate Pakistan for is their own horrible
gift to this beleaguered nation. It is they who bred, nurtured and nourished
this monstrosity, in order to further their proxy war against the Soviet
invaders of Afghanistan. They must confess their sins and apologize to this
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