Ukraine is the new Pakistan
If Pakistan looks into a mirror, there is a fine chance it might see Ukraine staring back at it. Both Pakistan and Ukraine are classic examples of countries that have turned into dystopian nightmares because of western meddling.
Both countries are stark examples of western hypocrisy. Since the US declared the sham “War on Terror” after 9/11, Washington and its allies have pumped over $30 billion in aid to the country despite the Pakistanis playing them for all they are worth.
Pakistan is not only a state sponsor of terror – its fingerprints are found at almost every terror scene across the world – it also operated a nuclear black market which supplied atomic weapons building components and consultancy to North Korea and Libya. And yet the Western elites not only looked the other way but actively encouraged the export of terror. After all, in American eyes Pakistan was “our SOB”.
But when Russia supports the people of east Ukraine against the neo-Nazi leadership in Kiev, the same set of actors in the West accuses the Russians of armed aggression. President Vladimir Putin has questioned this line of logic in which US aid convoys to Kosovo and Syria are considered humanitarian aid but Russian aid to Russians in Ukraine is considered aggression.
In a speech before the Duma on March 18, Putin said that for the West to claim that Kosovo and Crimea are different “is not even double standards; this is amazing, primitive, blunt cynicism. One should not try so crudely to make everything suit their interests, calling the same thing white today and black tomorrow”.
Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s ambassador to the UN, used a similar line of argument as the aid convoy rolled into east Ukraine. On August 22, Churkin said at a media briefing that the Security Council in July had passed a resolution allowing for humanitarian aid to be delivered to rebel-controlled parts of Syria without the Syrian government’s consent. “We cooperated with that,” Churkin said. “So I don’t see how with a straight face they can argue against this move of Russia.”
Like Pakistan, Ukraine too is an artificial country that shouldn’t exist at all. If Pakistan’s Indus Valley is the cradle of India’s Vedic civilisation, then Ukraine is the fountainhead of Russian civilisation. But both countries today have the dubious honour of having becoming the West’s vassals.
In the 1950s the west co-opted Pakistan into the western military system through a series of pacts such as SEATO and CENTO. In exchange, the US, France and Britain among others poured military aid into the dirt poor country, knowing full well that the weapons would only be used against India.
Today, Ukraine is the new Pakistan. It was the rain of dollars that perverted the Pakistani establishment and created the enduring nexus between Americans and the Pakistan Army that overthrew the democratically elected leadership. Similarly, billions of dollars in aid have been given to the illegitimate Ukrainian government that literally came to power in a coup. The parallels are too uncanny to be missed.
What irks Moscow is that the US is creating flashpoints in and around Russia’s sphere of influence. Since the voluntary dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, the US has been doing pretty much what it pleases. It has effectively destroyed Iraq (a former Russian client) as a nation, bombed Serbia (an Orthodox Slav nation having deep ties with the Russian people), carved out Kosovo, and has destabilised Afghanistan, which was once firmly under Moscow's thumb. Also, going against all precepts of detente, Washington has encroached upon Russia’s front yard and brought NATO jet fighters minutes from Russian borders.
From Russia’s point of view, the tipping point was reached when hawks likes John McCain and Victoria Nuland and the clearly brain dead Hilary Clinton swooped upon Ukraine earlier this year, distributing biscuits to rioters in central Kiev, virtually encouraging genocide against Russians. Indeed, Ukraine is being turned into a nation of Russia haters. This is happening despite the fact that half the population of Ukraine has Russian and Ukrainian family members.
Lessons from a plan gone wrong
Sometime in the early 1980s when the Soviet Union installed a proxy regime in Afghanistan, Britain entered into a Faustian bargain with the Islamists. The deal was this – as long as the Islamists killed Soviets it was fine. “Just don’t do anything in England,” they were told.
British Muslims, especially those who had migrated from Pakistan, went into a frenzy of fund gathering. Their goal was simple – buy weapons, travel to Afghanistan, kill communists. Frothing-at-the-mouth demagogues spewed hate speech from street corners in Birmingham and London.
The British with their vast experience in dealing with these people certainly knew they were playing it dangerously. But their hatred for Russia was so much, they kept it under wraps.
Islamic jehad even became a fashionable catchword in Britain, with pop singer Cat Stevens becoming its most visible votary.
Encouraged by Britain’s green light for international jehad, Pakistani and pro-Pakistani shops in London's Muslim-dominated neighbourhoods now started displaying posters exhorting customers and passers-by to contribute money for killing Hindus in Kashmir. When an Indian friend of mine saw this, he promptly informed a British bobby about the offensive posters.
The bobby did nothing, so the friend took the matter up with his superiors. Incredibly, the British police told him this was a South Asian matter and they didn't think it was necessary to clamp down on such banal activities.
But like all Faustian bargains, there always comes a time to pay up. Today Pakistanis, Arabs and Chechens based in Britain are hitting the world’s trouble spots. The beheading of American reporter James Foley by a British Muslim rapper turned Islamic State terrorist is an inevitable result of the Thatcherite policy of allying with jehadi elements of the Islamic world.
The dogs of war that the West unleashed against Russia are now returning to haunt the West. Americans are now marked men in a huge swath of land extending from Turkey to Pakistan. But going by the continued backing for Ukrainian terrorists, the West has clearly not learned its lesson.