Letter to Editor
February 15, 2014
“The only way to end this chaos is to put forward a clear vision of what we want.” concludes author Kamila Hyat in a Pakistani English language newspaper. When the vision itself is distorted, when the prime-mover enemy is misidentified, wittingly or unwittingly, through ignorance or as uncle toms and auntie thomasses of empire, and when the public mind and its stewards refuse to understand manufactured terror, the mayhem in Pakistan will continue.
Manufactured and Self-inflicted terror underlies the entire specious narrative appearing in The News, February 13, 2014, “The mainstreaming of Deobandi militancy in Pakistan”, but remains unexamined in the article by writer Kamila Hyat. This is only by way of an example, as all English language dailies of Pakistan, without exception, carry variations on this same theme of rising “Islamic militancy” and its uncontrollable “radical insurgency” by non-state actors. They carry on the narrative in cahoots with the state of how best to deal with this deadly weed as if it was something organic and most natural to the soil of Pakistan which can merely be eradicated by the judicious sprinkling of “Roundup” (a weed killer).
It is as if there is no other reality past the puppetshow of these wild dogs eating human flesh. That they have no owners, feeders, and manipulators. Which is why this narrative, and its copious brethren from the lauded pens of analysts, commentators, civilian politicians and military spokespersons, are promoted in the presses.
The core narrative of the antediluvian “militant Islam” also called “radical Islam” forged in the Western think-tanks, in all its variations including the “Talibanization of Pakistan”, the “loose nukes”, the “Terror Central”, and in its latest incarnation: "Deobandi militancy", all manufacture consent for empire's principal agenda of continually justifying its perpetual global war on terror. As Zbigniew Brzezinski explained it in his book The Grand Chessboard: “That exercise requires a high degree of doctrinal motivation, intellectual commitment, and patriotic gratification.”
Those participating in building, and aiding and abetting in that narrative, everywhere, on the internet, in print, on television, and in the academe, are either crooks and mercenaries, or fools and ignorant dupes. The excuse “I didn't know” was both anticipated, and forcefully rebutted, at Nuremberg when Justice Robert Jackson clove that pretext of ignorance asunder with these momentous words: “The plans of Adolf Hitler for aggression were just as secret as Mein Kampf, of which over six million copies were published in Germany.” If these modern writers who get so much space in the mainstream presses claim ignorance, what can be expected from the poor confused masses who are subjected to these presses 24x7?
What is manufactured terror and how is it used for political purposes on the grand chessboard?
Disgusted at the obvious deceit, the lying by omission, to keep the people of Pakistan perpetually chasing red herrings.
February 15, 2014
California, United States of America
The News Article URL: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-9-232298-The-mainstreaming-of-militancy
Source URL: http://print-humanbeingsfirst.blogspot.com/2014/02/response-to-mainstreaming-of-deobandi.html
Letter to Editor: Zahir Ebrahim's Response to 'The mainstreaming of Deobandi militancy in Pakistan'