|A tale of two allies -
USA and Pakistan
This is how many Pakistanis perceive Musharraf's fair weather
friendship with President Bush.
Very few realize that we need the Saudis as allies till we get Iran under control. After that our policy towards the Saudis will take a 180 degree turn, the way our policy of backing the Mujahideen did after the Soviet retreat from Afghanistan and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Same holds for our alliance with Pakistan. We have designated Pakistan to be MNNA (Major Non-NATO Ally) and pamper it by referring to Musharraf and Pakistan as our Strategic ally in the fight against terror. Any guesses why we do not refer to Pakistan as our "Natural" Ally in this fight? Here is why:
Reasons Why Pakistan is our Strategic Ally, but not our Natural Ally
- America is a functioning democracy, while Pakistan is an effective military dictatorship and has been so for most of the past half a century
- The American psyche is against theocratic and military dictatorships, while most Pakistanis favor theocracy, as is evident from the election of the fundamentalist parties, like the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) in the NWFP
- Americans have attitudes favoring the growth of secular democracy and free enterprise. There are no hang-ups, towards the growth of a liberal globally-integrated economy. A majority of Pakistanis support orthodox Islamic attitudes opposed to modern banking and finance on theological grounds of preventing the levying of commercial banking interest on business loans and advances.
- A majority of us Americans are for liberal modern fun-loving easygoing lifestyles, while many Pakistanis support the outlook of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) that calls for a ban on dancing, singing, watching movies on pubs, wines and spirits, and also on watching television!
- Despite free debates here, the American psyche supports for scientific progress epitomized by Information Technology and Stem Cell research. Unlike this Pakistanis support the usage of technology only for warfare like nuclear technology which they have copied, stolen bought on the black market from across the globe and have dispersed it across the Islamic world.
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