Zahir Ebrahim, Project Humanbeingsfirst.org, United States of America
Letter To Editor, March 25, 2009
I cannot but help completely agree with the greatest Pakistani physicist Pervez Hoodbhoy whose unsurpassed political brilliance routinely penetrates all that ails Pakistan. He is once again quoted in the foreign press, in this instance, this morning's New York Times in their Mighty Wurlitzer's neurolinguistic programming piece “U.S. Weighs Sharif as Possible Partner”, March 25, 2009, astutely observing:
'“Nawaz Sharif is a reflection of Pakistani society,” said Pervez Hoodbhoy, a physicist and a critic of current government policies. “He is silent on what matters most: the insurgency. What we need is a leader.”'
The three fantastic points of agreements I have with prodigy scientist Pervez Hoodbhoy are entirely captured in that one short passage. It is quite an honor for me to have such a distinguished Pakistani physicist reflect my own humble contentions which no instrument of the patricians will otherwise ever bother to quote or cite, for a lowly plebeian can seldom find a place-setting at their high Tea Parties:
1: “Nawaz Sharif is a reflection of Pakistani society,”
Undoubtedly, the Pakistani society was galvanized by Nawaz Sharif's catalyzing chutzpah to finally overcome their years of apathy to courageously assert: I have had it up to my neck and am not going to take it anymore. Felicitations to the Pakistani society were noted in the Open Letter to Aitzaz Ahsan of March 16, 2009 ( http://tinyurl.com/dcovnf ).
2: “He is silent on what matters most: the insurgency.”
Indubitably, “Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth. By simply not mentioning certain subjects... totalitarian propagandists have influenced opinion much more effectively than they could have by the most eloquent denunciations.”
Pervez Hoodbhoy's insightful lament on silence about “what matters most” I am sure, principally stems only from his idealistic concerns of its propagandistic impact on social discourse as expressed by Aldous Huxley above, and therefore, must also include all pertinent omissions of crucial significance, including those noted in the OPEN LETTER TO NAWAZ SHARIF – THE ROAD AHEAD March 17, 2009 ( http://tinyurl.com/c5vpfu ):
a) never asserting that stopping the drone attacks from Pakistani territories is your mandate;
b) never asserting that Pakistan military's job is to defend the nation and its peoples from external threats and not to wage war upon its own innocent peoples, men, women, and children, at the behest of, and payment from, those threatening the country's very existence;
c) never asserting that the 'war on terror' is a manufactured fiction that is sinking Pakistan into oblivion;
d) never asserting that 911 was a false-flag operation to create the pretext for a “New Pearl Harbor” to enable pre-planned “imperial mobilization” enroute to 'one-world' government;
e) and most importantly, never unequivocally asserting that this is NOT PAKISTAN'S WAR and that we must DISENGAGE NOW!
3. “What we need is a leader.”
Agreeing with Pervez Hoodbhoy once again in what is palpably a universal truth, the dire urgency for un co-opted national leadership before the existential question of “To be or not to be” is unequivocally answered by the hectoring hegemons on their terms, is un-apologetically spelled out in The Day After – American Agenda for Pakistan March 21, 2009 ( http://tinyurl.com/ctdbps ).
The fact that these remarkable three points of agreement are not insignificant for the future of Pakistan, is demonstrated by the same New York Times article which further elaborated on how Machiavelli is to be employed by the native-informants to harness the public's sentiments in order to credibly foster the American Agenda:
'Maleeha Lodhi, a former Pakistani ambassador to the United States, said Washington’s suspicions of Mr. Sharif might actually be helpful. “He is sufficiently distanced from the United States to be a credible partner in the eyes of Pakistanis,” she said.'
Not to have the emerging leader be outshined by a mere former ambassador, the New York Times also cites Mr. Nawaz Sharif as voluntarily being part of the American equation provided all his buttons are pressed in the right order:
'Mr. Sharif, in a recent interview, emphasized the similarities between the approach he would take toward militancy and that currently being discussed in Washington, including separating the Taliban, whose members can be talked to, from Al Qaeda, whose adherents cannot.'
And to doubly ensure that any newly installed legal maestro wouldn't be an impediment to the American Agenda in Pakistan, the New York Times further notes what those right buttons might be:
'Aitzaz Ahsan, the leader of the lawyers’ movement, said it would not be difficult for the United States to work with Mr. Sharif. On March 15, the Sunday of the protest, Mr. Ahsan accompanied Mr. Sharif in a two-and-a-half-ton, bulletproof Land Cruiser, as the men were swamped by crowds.
Their time together, Mr. Ahsan said, revealed an important characteristic about Mr. Sharif that Washington should know. “He’s about personal relationships,” he said. “If you befriend him, you can get him to move mountains.” '
Indeed, “If you befriend him, you can get him to move mountains” to foster the American Agenda.
The author, an ordinary researcher and writer on contemporary geopolitics, a minor justice activist, grew up in Pakistan, studied EECS at MIT, engineered for a while in high-tech Silicon Valley (patents here), and retired early to pursue other responsible interests. His maiden 2003 book was rejected by six publishers and can be read on the web at http://PrisonersoftheCave.org. He may be reached at http://Humanbeingsfirst.org. Verbatim reproduction license at http://www.humanbeingsfirst.org#Copyright.
Three Points of Agreement with the Distinguished Physicist Pervez Hoodbhoy March 25, 2009