protest rocket attacks that have killed dozens of people
border with Pakistan. Pakistan says that while battling
into Pakistan, fire may have hit Afghan civilians.
The Frontier Post,
Media Will Always Blame Pakistan
conformist media of theirs is in no small way responsible for the irretrievable
quandary they are experiencing in Afghanistan. … Had the U.S. media been
truthful and independent rather than compromised, as it has essentially been,
it would have reported realities rather than producing fictions."
The word is out on ISI chief Pasha's confabulations with his U.S.
interlocutors in Washington. Among other things, the Americans have agreed to
avoid using media to pressure Pakistan. But will they? They must be kidding!
For them, media is not only to deceive their own people and mislead the global
community - but is a battalion of war that the spirit of Joseph Goebbels, acts
conspiratorially to project victories where none exists and muffle defeats that
are legion. And unarguably, this conformist media of theirs is in no small way
responsible for the irretrievable quandary they are experiencing in Afghanistan.
Had the U.S. media been truthful
and independent rather than compromised, as it has essentially been, it would
have reported realities rather than producing fictions. Very early on after the
invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, this may have brought home to the
American people and their Western allies that instead of fighting, their
warriors were cooped up in cages - ISAF contingents in Kabul and the American
expeditionary force in Bagram. Public chagrin may well have shamed them into
showing a bit of soldiering.
But as they kept continued
sitting on their protected haunches munching on pistachios and hamburgers, for
five long years American media kept its guns trained on Pakistan. The upshot of
their fictional tales was that Pakistan's security forces weren't fighting and were
allowing the fleeing Taliban and al-Qaeda rumps to sneak into their territory.
Never have they paused or given their global audiences a break from their
fictional barrage to consider whether Afghanistan's invaders had an equal responsibility
- if not a bigger one - to prevent the Taliban and al-Qaeda's fleeing remnants
from crossing into Pakistan.
Of course, when he had no
reason to retreat - and eager to court America's blessing for his illegitimate
usurpation of power, Dictator Pervez Musharraf took this barrage lying down - loathsomely,
sheepishly and defensively. Culpable as always, the invaders, because of their
sheer spinelessness and blatant cowardice, spectacularly failed in their
essential task. But Musharraf kept quiet. Even when the Taliban launched attacks
on targets hundreds of miles from Pakistan, and the conformist U.S. media misled
their audience by shouting that the invaders had come from Pakistan - he kept
his mouth shut.
But as this embedded and compromised
media was obsessed by denigrating and demonizing Pakistan and its military, a larger
reality was about to become an albatross around the necks of the invaders. The
fleeing Taliban, who had returned to their homes, their families and their
tribes, were regrouping, reorganizing and rearming to take on the invaders. And
somewhere in 2006, when the invaders left their Kabul and Bagram forts, the
whole of Afghanistan's east and south was under the sway of Taliban and other
insurgent groups, with large chunks under their total administrative control.
The invaders now, failingly, are endeavoring to reclaim the south and east. Yet
American media are continuing its old game, talking of victories that are more
fantasy than reality.
Nevertheless, the realities
on the ground mock invader claims of having subdued the south. And the recent statements
of their outgoing commander, General David Petraeus, that coalition forces
would now move into the east is a clear confession that this vast territory has
never been under invader control. Indeed, they are finding it hard to confess
that they've lost the Afghan War and concede defeat. So they will continue
using their conformist media to put the entire burden of their collapse on
Pakistan. U.S. media will undoubtedly keep it up as spiritedly as has until now.
Therefore, from this media,
at the behest of the invaders, their commanders and their political bosses, Pakistan
is destined to get all the blame. It's as simple as that. Their deal with the
ISI chief will be just that - an agreement on paper, only for show.