Aug 1, 2007

The Road To Pakistan

"...And we will pursue nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism. Every nation in every region now has a decision to make: Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists ... From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime."
That Thursday evening back in 2001 when President Bush addressed a joint session of Congress we had the hope that this current wave of recrudescent Islamic fascism was about to come to a screeching halt. It didn't. Shortly thereafter, our nation's leadership would begin to lose it's resolve.

For reasons that many of us know in our hearts and yet are reluctant to ever admit, our nation's leadership would choose to give Pakistan and Saudi Arabia a pass for their involvement in the September 11th attacks. Years from now we will come to see that that it was at that time that our leaders chose to sacrifice our freedom for security. A line had been drawn in the sand and we chose not to cross it out of fear, fear of offending and angering the peaceful adherents of an ideology that calls for our slavery.

You and I are continuously told that a brutal military dictator and nuclear-armed extortionist in South Asia by the name of General Pervez Musharraf is our trusted friend and ally. Pervez Musharraf is not our friend and no amount of public relations campaigning by the media or the Whitehouse is ever going to change the fact that General Pervez Musharraf is and has always been nothing more than a brutal military dictator.

Despite the fact that since 2001, General Pervez Musharraf has had the audacity to dupe the United States out of over 12 billion dollars all the while professing his commitment to eradicating the current surge of Islamic extremism and the very "culture of jihad" that his nation created.

Pervez Musharraf's supposed commitment to eradicating the extremists has and continues to be wrought with nothing more than contradictions and half-measures. Listen below and hear how their intention is not to eradicate terrorism but rather to control it and use our money to win the hearts and minds of those who hate us. I for one resent the fact that our nation is paying money to the very people and nation who gave birth to the Taliban.

You and I are now told by Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri that we are not to make Pakistan angry or dare to question their commitment to the war on terror. Khurshid Kasuri does not elaborate on his veiled threat, but the message is quite clear. Offend them and we risk another 9/11.

We are not dealing with a viable friendly nation here, but rather with a power-crazed group of nuclear-armed extortionists and terrorist sympathizers wearing business suits and masquerading as a legitimate government. You and I are now told that we must resign ourselves to the fact that our nation's security and the our children's future is dependent on our continued payment of this "protection money".

So desirous of peace at any price, our government has actually fooled themselves into taking Musharraf and his military junta at their word that they are eventually committed to installing a genuine democracy in Pakistan. How stupid have we become not to learn from our own history?

History is replete with the misguided and often tragic appeasement of dictators, from Neville Chamberlain's appeasement of Adolf Hitler to Jimmy Carter's appeasement of North Korea's Kim Jong-il. Accommodation and appeasement is not, nor will it ever be the path to victory.

The United States has a choice to make, we can place our nation's safety and security in the hands of Pakistan's military dictatorship and pray that our appeasement prevents another attack on our nation or we can do that what we must and ensure that those of us who gave their life for freedom did not die in vain.

The message to Pervez Musharraf should be loud and clear. Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way.

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