Taliban bomb in Pakistan – ‘sowing the seed and reaping the whirlwind’
There is no justification, political or religious, for the terrible bombing in Pakistan which has claimed over 70 lives, including 29 children. But the crocodile tears shed by western leaders should be seen for exactly that.
|Deadly bomb in Lahore targets Christians|
|Girl injured in today's bomb attack by Taliban|
Nearly all the 70 or so Israelis killed in Operation Mass Murder (Protective Edge) were soldiers, contrast that with 2,200 Palestinian civilians. The hypocrisy of the West and its support for ‘Israel’s right to exist’ as a murderous and terrorist entity is unabated.
We only have to recall the chant of the mobs in Israeli streets at the time of Operation Mass Murder ‘Marching Israelis In Tel Aviv Chant 'There's No School In Gaza, There Are No More Kids Left' Huffington Post 29.7.14.
|Timothy Dalton as James Bond in Living Daylights - when the Mujahadeen were our noble friends|
As it says in the King James bible, Hoseah 8:7 ‘For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind’ so it is with the murderous attack by the Pakistani Taliban on the Christian community of Lahore.
|Pakistan Taliban - created by the ISI|
If we were to allocate responsibility there would be a number of actors. ‘Born again’ President George W Bush, who waged war on Afghanistan. Presidents Carter and Reagan who were happy to sponsor the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan, supply them with stinger anti-aircraft missiles and other weaponry and of course the Pakistani military.
General Zia ul Haq was put in power in Pakistan in 1978 by the military and the United States, overthrowing the government of Zulfikar Bhutto and the Pakistani Peoples Party. He promptly introduced what he termed ‘sharia law’ hanging and torturing thousands. The previous civilian President, Bhutto was hanged in 1979 on a trumped up murder charge.
|Taliban - armed by the West|
It was fitting when Zia ul Haq, who had lived by the sword died by the sword. He was mysteriously killed by a bomb in his plane. It was equally fitting that his supporters, represented by the American Ambassador to Pakistan, Arnold Lewis Raphel. as well as various military criminals were also killed in the same plane.
This was the beginning of the introduction of Islamicisation in Pakistan. It coincided with the war in Afghanistan and Zia ul-Haq was instrumental in supporting and arming the Afghan Mujahadeen who later morphed into the Taliban.
The powerful Pakistan intelligence agency the ISI (Inter Service Intelligence agency) was the conduit that funnelled millions of dollars and arms and equipment to the Taliban, the Mujahadeen and what later became Al Qaeda. The ISI has never stopped supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan, as Wikileaks demonstrated. [see Wikileaks: Pakistan accused of helping Taliban in Afghanistan attacks - Pakistan has armed, trainedand coordinated Taliban and al-Qaeda attacks in Afghanistan, according to the military reports. Daily Telegraph 26.7.10.
The 1980’s was a time when the Mujahadeen were talked of as ‘freedom fighters’ in the West. I can remember when I wrote an article for the Student Union newspaper at Brighton Polytechnic, where I was Vice-President. I attacked the backwards Mujahadeen and the then popular campaign (popular in the bourgeois press) against what was a liberal Afghanistan government by the barbarian savages that the West considered ‘freedom fighters’. I received a lot of criticism for an article which was indeed prescient.
Many of you won’t remember a James Bond film, ‘Living Daylights’. Bond films are really a cultural reflection of the latest fashion in cold war and imperialist politics. James Bond is there to sort out all sorts of terrorists and threats to the West. In Living Daylights he was the Lawrence of Arabia figure, helping the noble savages of the Mujahadeen in their mission to reclaim Afghanistan from the terrible Soviets. The Taliban were the heroes.
Of course the policy of sponsoring Islamist groups is now in tatters as the USA and the West suffered blowback. The facts are hardly in dispute. Even Hilary Clinton, that most despicable of Democrat candidates, admits that the US were responsible for creating Al Qaeda. [see Hamid Gul’s Pakistan legacy: Taliban blowback]. Gen. Ehsan-ul-Haq, another retired ISI chief, said publicly in late 2013 that instead of Pakistan enjoying strategic depth in Afghanistan, it was the Taliban who enjoyed strategic depth in Pakistan.