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Musharraf - a friend or foe?

We lionize General Pervez Musharraf as a sterling fighter against Terrorism, our frontline ally whom the Islamofascists have tried to assassinate, more than once. But do we ever see this fight inside Pakistan as that between the shrewd Jihadis (led by Musharraf and elements of the Pakistani Military) and the brazen Jihadis (led by the MMA, the LeT, Al Qaeda and the rump of the Taliban). The shrewd Jihadis are those who operate like friends of America and enemies of terrorism during the day; while they help selected terrorist outfits during the night. These shrewd Jihadis are pitted against those who want an all out open Jihad and are venting their spleen on the streets of Pakistan against the shrewd Jihadis and shout "Death to America and Musharraf". But it is the Shrewd Jihadis who are practicing Taqqiya or the art of deception against the West and are more dangerous like the proverbial snake in the grass.


Is there a similarity in the fights of Charlie Chaplin and those of General Musharraf?

Many readers may say 'what a nonsensical question is this'. How can you compare the two. One was a comedian and the other is a leader of the frontline state in the War on Terror. But hang on. Do you remember the fights, which Charlie indulged in to the delight of the audience? In those fights Charlie and his opponent hit out with aplomb at each other. The audience's delight came not from the fight itself, but from the fact that both Charlie and his opponent ducked in the nick of time so that the blow went and hit an unsuspecting yokel who was standing by the side. Just recollect these mock fights of Charlie Chaplin in his soundless movies. Charlie Chaplin was acting in these mock fights, and in fact even the unsuspecting yokel in his film who got hit unwittingly was not really hit. There was only an action of a mock hit, and the actor who was hit, pretended that he was hit - much to the delight of the audience.

Extending the similarity further to the situation today, are the blows with which General Musharraf is hitting the Jihadi organizations, also as mockingly unreal as those of Chaplin's? Thatís anybody's guess.

Photo credits: BBC News

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Many of us who are applauding President Musharraf today for cracking down on terrorists have missed the fine print in his speeches where he has said; "Pakistan is the bastion of Islam." And "If we want to strengthen Islam, then we will have to strengthen Pakistan." and "In the last few year we have converted more Muslims into Kafirs (non-Muslims) and less Kafirs into Muslims." All these phrases are extracted from the President's addresses. The entire International media has missed the impact of these statements that are hidden in a mass of messages that otherwise seem to be calling for a Muslim Reformation.

But we can ignore the implications of these thoughts of President Musharraf, only at our peril. Had President Bush said that; "America is the bastion of Christianity." And "If we want to strengthen Christianity, then we ought to strengthen America." And further that "In the last few years we have converted more Christians into pagans and less pagans into Christians." If President had said something like this in an address to the American nation, then how would the global media would have reacted. Their reaction to his singular use of the word "Crusade" is one example of the kind of reaction we could have expected. Even a more direct statement by the Italian Prime Minister that Christian civilization is superior to the Islamic one drew sharp retorts from the media. Then how is it that the media is totally silent now?

And is it that President Musharraf wants to strengthen Islam in due course? This is what Osama Bin Laden also wants! What has been the track record of Islam in the last 14 centuries and what could be the implication of strengthening Islam for the future? Why does President Musharraf have to refer to non-Muslims using the derogatory term "Kafir" (Infidel)? And does he want more non-Muslims to be converted to being Muslims? Why does he look upon Pakistan to be the bastion of Islam and why does he want to strengthen Islam by strengthening Pakistan? All this is very disturbing for the future, if President Musharraf is allowed to realize his dream, since it does not seem far removed from Osama's world view! The hidden message in President Musharraf 's speech deserves to be taken note of.

He also compared Pakistan's alliance with America as similar to the Treaty of Hudaibiya signed by the prophet of Islam with the non-Muslim Arabs, whom he was to trick later with the terms of the treaty. This also gives us a telling insight into the mind of "His Excellency" General President Pervez Musharraf.

A logical reversal of President Musharraf's message

If we do a logical reversal of President Musharraf's message then his message would read as follows: If we have to counter Islam then we have to counter Pakistan, "the bastion of Islam"

If the aim of the international Coalition against Terror is to counter Islamic Terrorism, then by extension we have to counter Islam and Pakistan - which is the bastion of Islam, in President Musharraf's words. This bastion was the birthplace of the Taliban, Al Qaeda, Jaish, Lashkar, Ummah-Tamir-e-Nau and many other expressions of contemporary Islamic Terrorism.

Over the last few decades, Pakistan's closest and most consistent ally has been China. With Pakistan today facing international pressure to crack down on terrorists, it is the Chinese who have supplied fighter planes to Pakistan. We need to take note of the possibility that in a future scenario where the Islamic world gets polarized militarily against the West; then Pakistan could be the conduit through which China could ally itself with the Islamic world against the West. This possibility today would appear remote, but is a distinct one given the distrust which the Chinese have for the West, and the fair-weather friendship that they have demonstrated with Pakistan.

While China itself has to fear from the Muslim terrorist movement in Xinjiang, if that movement is held back by pressure from Pakistan, then the Chinese could be swung against the West. Even during his visits to China, President Musharraf was asked by the Chinese to help them to overcome unrest in Xinjiang - a province which the Muslims refer to as Eastern Turkestan. And significantly President Musharraf used the same term 'Eastern Turkestan' to refer to that disturbed province. But this fact seems to have escaped the attention of the Chinese, as has the message in President Musharraf's speech, for strengthening Islam by strengthening Pakistan, seems to have escaped the notice of the Chinese, the West and the international community. Does President Musharraf realy wants the Jihadis to lose out, does he really want to destroy them, or is all his rhetoric an eyewash?

Is there a similarity in the fights of Charlie Chaplin and those of General Musharraf?

Many readers may say 'what a nonsensical question is this'. How can you compare the two. One was a comedian and the other is a leader of the frontline state in the War on Terror. But hang on. Do you remember the fights which Charlie indulged in to the delight of the audience? In those fights Charlie and his opponent hit out with aplomb at each other. The audience's delight came not from the fight itself, but from the fact that both Charlie and his opponent ducked in the nick of time so that the blow went and hit an unsuspecting yokel who was standing by the side. Just recollect these mock fights of Charlie Chaplin in his soundless movies. Charlie Chaplin was acting in these mock fights, and in fact even the unsuspecting yokel in his film who got hit unwittingly was not really hit. There was only an action of a mock hit, and the actor who was hit, pretended that he was hit - much to the delight of the audience.

Extending the similarity further to the situation today, are the blows with which General Musharraf is hitting the Jihadi organizations, also as mockingly unreal as those of Chaplin's? Thatís anybody's guess.

Story Credits: Waronjihad Team

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