Thursday, May 7, 2009

NUCLEAR, not Diplomatic, 'Disconnect' between US and Pak

My published NYT comment #83.
May 07, 2009 5:13 pm


May 07, 2009 3:53 pm
US-Pak NUCLEAR not Diplomatic 'Disconnect'

What we have is not merely a diplomatic disconnect. That's small potatoes, talk is cheap.

What the entire world is faced with is a NUCLEAR 'disconnect' in which the US and NATO have not so far reassured and convinced the world that Pak's warheads are 100% secure. Nothing less that a 100% guarantee will do. This is extremely serious. Everything else pales into insignificance.

Why is the IAEA silent? Why is el-Baradei dumbstruck on this issue? Why does the world not have a guarantee from the IAEA that Pakistan's warheads are fully secured and under continuous IAEA surveillance?

The US will never act in the best interests of the Pakistani people. The US will never act in the best interests of the Afghan people. Afghans and Pakistanis, Indians and Sri Lankans, Bangladeshis and Nepalis and Maldivians know this in their hearts.
Pakistanis especially are being humiliated (even as they are bribed) by the US in this 50 year master-stooge relationship. Pakistan has not thrived under a half-century of US domination and manipulation.

The diverse peoples of South Asia are related by blood and history. It is up to us South Asians, despite centuries of Brit divide and rule colonial strategy, to work together in fellowship and cooperation. Pakistanis have to vomit the hate propaganda they have been fed by their feudal elites to keep them servile, hungry, poor and with no prospects for employment except as suicide bombers and terrorists. And India must help and respect Pakistan in the spirit of sisterhood for the sake of every woman, child and man in our South Asia region.

Pakistanis, Indians and Afghans are closer to each other than they can ever be to Saudi Arabia, Iran, Russia, China or the US. That's a fact.

Chithra Karunakaran
Ethical Democracy As Lived Practice
NYTimes copyright
On the White House: In Diplomacy, a Pakistan Disconnect
As American and Pakistani diplomats met, there was a gap between the sentiments expressed in public and those voiced in private.

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