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WikiLeaks Reveals 'America's Dark Face' to the World


"The way American diplomats have disparagingly portrayed and labeled world leaders in their cables speak of a disdainful hubris and racism. … But what is most important to Pakistanis is what the published cables say about us. And that is very discomforting and troubling."




November 30, 2010


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Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari says U.S. diplomatic cables that reveal the Saudi king calling him 'rotten' are an attempt to create 'misperceptions.'


BBC NEWS VIDEO: Nations around the world criticize WikiLeaks for release of U.S. diplomatic cables, Nov. 29, 00:02:55RealVideo

The U.S. internal diplomatic correspondence put out by whistleblower WikiLeaks, while quite revealing, were not as explosive as once projected. Perhaps that's because its own site was hacked and that it released the cables to a group of selected newspapers.


And these publications apparently picked out what was in line with their own preferences, fixations and choices. It is perhaps for this selectivity that the fuller extent of American diplomatic machinations and exploits has yet to come to the fore. Not even the State Department’s not-infrequent attempts to fan dissent and subversion in certain countries - as it is now doing in Iran with the complete backing of Congress - have come to light.


Nevertheless, whatever they've put out so far may create a certain amount of diplomatic difficulty for America and exacerbate deeply-held animosities, say, between Iranians and Arabs - Saudis in particular. The information nonetheless shows America’s dark face to the world.


Assessing a host country’s leaders and domestic affairs is certainly a universally-recognized part of diplomatic activity. Internal diplomatic correspondence is usually very frank, outspoken, candid, and at times, harsh in tone and tenor. But the way American diplomats have disparagingly portrayed and labeled world leaders in their cables speaks of a disdainful hubris and racism. And, although it is rarely discussed, spying on host countries is also a widely practiced diplomatic norm. And it isn't only diplomats that report any valuable information they come across to their bosses back home: diplomatic missions harbor undercover officials who specifically indulge in espionage and, in some cases, especially in America’s, subversion and tasks that fan dissent.


But tasking American diplomats to snitch on senior U.N. officials it is quite appalling, particularly given that the world body was long ago turned into a diplomatic arm of America. Indeed, Saddam Hussein once charged that U.N. weapons inspectors sent to monitor Iraq's nuclear facilities practically acted as U.S. agents, spying on his military and assets. So he expelled them. The Americans protested vehemently and shot back that this was a ploy to obstruct U.N. inspections of his nuclear and chemical weapons stockpiles. Years later, however, a U.N. inspector - an American citizen - confessed that the inspectors were indeed told to spy on Iraq's military. He now lives in exile - in Switzerland.


That said, what is most important to Pakistanis is what the published cables say about us. And that is very discomforting and troubling. What Saudi King Abdullah had said about President Asif Zardari is sure to annoy his party loyalists. But given Zardari's utter failure to live up to expectations and even remotely attend to the nagging distresses and woes of the people, the public at large is unlikely to care.



[Editor's Note: Saudi King Abdullah reportedly asserted Mr. Zardari was an obstacle to Pakistan’s progress, saying, "When the head is rotten, it affects the whole body.”]


However, the people are sure to respond with anger and outrage to America's vile attempts to wrench enriched uranium away from a Pakistani research reactor. Such attempts only serve to corroborate the popular perception that Americans are in fact after our nuclear assets and determined to deprive us of that which is critical to our national security. Such attempts also corroborate another popular perception: while the Americans and their Western cohorts are hell-bent to denuclearize us, they are going all-out to strengthen nuclear India. For example, agreeing to nuclear sales deals despite India being the region's original nuclear proliferator and a non-signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.





Kayhan, Iran: WikiLeaks Revelations a 'U.S. Intelligence Operation': Ahmadinejad

Novosti, Russia: 'Russia Will be Guided by Actions, Not Leaked Secrets'

Guardian, U.K.: Job of Media is Not to Protect Powerful from Embarrassment

ANSA, Italy: Wikileaks: 'No Wild Parties' Says Berlusconi

Guardian, U.K.: Saudi Arabia Urges U.S. Attack on Iran


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[Editor's Note: The New York Times reported yesterday that the U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks revealed a dangerous standoff with Pakistan over nuclear fuel: Since 2007, the United States has mounted a highly secret effort, so far unsuccessful, to remove from a Pakistani research reactor highly enriched uranium that American officials fear could be diverted for use in an illicit nuclear device. In May 2009, Ambassador Anne W. Patterson reported that Pakistan was refusing to schedule a visit by American technical experts because, as a Pakistani official said, “if the local media got word of the fuel removal, ‘they certainly would portray it as the United States taking Pakistan’s nuclear weapons,’ he argued.”]


And not many will be pleased with our leaders for rejecting America's demand to remove enriched uranium from a research reactor with the silly plea, “if the local media got word of the fuel removal, they certainly would portray it as the United States taking Pakistan’s nuclear weapons.”   



Why indeed did our leadership speak in such unworthy, lowly and alien terms? Aren't these our leading officials? Why was their refusal so subservient and servile? Couldn’t they have refused boldly, telling the uncouth Americans to get out or have their tongues pulled out from the roots if they utter such words again? Haven’t we acquired our nuclear prowess in the face of stiff resistance and the vile conspiracies of Americans and their Western cohorts? Who are they to tell us what to do with regard to our nuclear assets? One hopes our officials will be very harsh and very hard if Americans come up with such an obscene demand ever again.


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