Balochistan separatists, called terrorists in Iran and Pakistan:

Is the U.S., along with Britain and Israel, backing their efforts?



The Frontier Post, Pakistan

America's Secret War Against Iran in Balochistan


"The CIA has been long preparing a sordid plan to recognize Balochistan as an independent state. … This is not because Pakistani leaders pose a threat to America's hegemonic transgressions, but because Iran is a bogeyman that poses a major threat to the U.S. and Israel. Tehran is being singled out for defying Washington."


By Ghulam Asghar Khan


August 11, 2011


Pakistan - The Frontier Post - Home Page (English)

Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Peters: Few military journal articles have triggered the kind of global debate that his 2006 work 'Blood Borders' has.


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One after the other, U.S. ambassadors in Islamabad have quite suspiciously shown concern about developments in Balochistan. In his visit to Quetta last Thursday, incumbent U.S. Ambassador Cameron Munter tried to pressure the Balochistan government to facilitate opening a U.S. consulate in the province.


Just to show how important Balochistan is to the United States, his predecessor Anne Patterson also visited on such a mission. These persistent attempts to establish a foothold in Balochistan are fraught with danger. That isn't because Washington has any particular dislike for the local population, but because the creation of a “Greater Balochistan” has long been a dream of U.S. strategists. Up to now, America's sinister plan has been opposed by the Pakistan Foreign Office and intelligence services. But how long can Islamabad's frail rulers hold out against U.S. pressure?


That’s the “billion dollar” question. Can Islamabad contain Washington's behavior within Balochistan and ensure that it conforms to Pakistan’s constitution, sovereignty and international legal guarantees?


The CIA has been long preparing a sordid plan to recognize Balochistan as an independent state. This is illustrated by the U.S. immigration form for non-U.S. nationals, which assigns a separate checklist for Balochistan under the “Country of Citizenship” column. This is just one of several measures the U.S. administration has taken to help realize its designs for a so-called free Balochistan. The plan had been highlighted in an article entitled Blood Borders written by a U.S. military officer some years ago. [See before and after maps from Ralph Peter's article Blood Borders below. Click on maps for larger versions. Note the creation of a "free Balochistan on the bottom map].


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Asia Times journalist Saleem Shezad, a Pakistani, had exposed the CIA's suspicious underground activities across the country, for which he had to pay a very heavy price. CIA-sponsored mercenaries in Pakistan kidnapped and murdered him - even if leaving no trail. All along, Washington has favored creating a “Greater Balochistan” that would integrate Baloch areas of Pakistan with those of Iran and perhaps the southern tip of Afghanistan - ultimately resulting in political fracturing for both Iran and Pakistan. This is not because Pakistani leaders pose a threat to America's hegemonic transgressions, but because Iran is a bogeyman that poses a major threat to the U.S. and Israel. Tehran is being singled out for defying Washington.


The last decade was witness to an unremitting clash between the West and Iran over Tehran’s nuclear program. The West has consistently accused Iran of trying to build a nuclear arsenal. Tehran has just as consistently denied this - and solid ground. In the June 2006 issue of the Armed Forces Journal, Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Peters suggested in no uncertain terms that Pakistan should be broken up, leading to the formation of Greater or Free Balochistan, which would incorporate Baloch provinces in both Pakistani and Iranian into a single political entity. And Colonel Peters went one step further, suggesting, because of linguistic and ethnic affinities, the incorporation of Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province - presently Khyber Pakhtunkhawa - into Afghanistan. This proposed fragmentation, which broadly reflects U.S. official policy, would reduce Pakistan to approximately half of its present size, and would deny it a large section of its coastline along the Arabian Sea. Before his retirement, Peters' last post was the office of Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence. He is one of Pentagon’s most widely-read authors, writing many essays on strategy for military and foreign policy journals. And there are very plausible indications that the Baloch insurgency is being backed and abetted by Britain and the United States.


The Balochistan separatist movement is in the process of being hijacked by foreign powers. In June 2006, the Pakistan Senate Committee on Defence accused British intelligence of aiding the Balochistan insurgency with CIA and Mossad support. Behind these nefarious moves is America's mission to topple Iran's sovereign government and facilitate Tel Aviv’s supremacy over the Muslim world.


The hoax of Iran's nuclear program has been deliberately turned into a controversy - even though Iran's nuclear program has as little to do with nuclear proliferation as the Iraq invasion had to do with WMDs and al-Qaeda. Isn’t it a fact that once, when the country was ruled by the Shah, Washington supported Tehran’s nuclear program?


And isn't it strange that while Tehran is a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, as many as four other countries are not NPT signatories (such as Israel), and yet no one in the international community pressures them to halt their nuclear programs? And isn’t it odd that neither the IAEA or Washington have even investigated their nuclear arsenals?


Despite the fact that in 2007, America’s own intelligence agencies assessed that Tehran had no active nuclear weapons program, the threats against Iran persist. In an updated report published in The New Yorker, the 2011 National Intelligence Estimate reiterated that judgment. Yet despite facts to the contrary, Iran has been singled out because it defies Washington.    




Israel is the only country in the region that actually possesses nuclear weapons. Unlike Iran, it isn't a signatory to the NPT. The jaundiced Western media constantly trumpet that Tehran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons is a threat to the region, because it would spark a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. But, for some inexplicable reason, there is no concern that Tel Aviv’s large nuclear arsenal might spark a nuclear arms race.


The U.N. Charter explicitly forbids member nations, including both the U.S. and Israel, from not only the use of force, but the threat of using force in international relations. Under international law, there are very narrow circumstances under which force can be legitimately resorted to. The first is in self-defense. The second is if the U.N. Security Council provides an unequivocal mandate. In other words, every time the United States or Israel threatens Iran with a military attack, it violates the U.N. Charter.


Allowing a U.S. Consular office in Quetta would amount to providing a safe haven for the CIA and its mercenary employees to extend their sabotage activities into Iran from Pakistani soil. This is a serious threat and not be taken lightly by Islamabad. This might be what is behind U.S. and Israeli posturing, as both nations have repeatedly shown a willingness to reject diplomacy and use military force in pursuit of their respective policies.


Setting aside the questions of legality and morality, there are plenty of reasons for the U.S. and Israel not to launch an invasion against Iran like those in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is more likely that they intend to use Balochistan as a mercenary base to destabilize Iran. And there is no shortage of such mercenaries in the CIA. Right now, secret U.S. commandos are carrying out raids in 70 countries. By the end of the year, the number will probably be closer to 120.


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