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Why almost all Pakistanis hate U.S. policies?
Friday, 28 August 2009 07:47
by Ansar Abbasi, Islamibad, Pakistan

Ansar Abbasi (Urdu: انصار عباسی) is an investigative editor for one of the leading newspapers from Pakistan, The News International. He is known for his investigative journalism, exposing various elites for corruption, top government institutions for mismanagement and misconduct. Ansar has received death threats from different quarters, including those associated with the ruling coalition after he exposed the wrongdoings of the government.

Judith A. McHale's "excellent" work and the New York Times' "exclusive" story of Helene Cooper might have made the day for the two, but I am set to be declared at any time as an 'al-CIA-da' member and then killed inhumanly without being given the chance to defend myself.

The NY Times' August 20th story, "U.S. Officials Get a Taste of Pakistanis' Anger at America", reflects how smartly Washington and the U.S. media make villains. I never had any doubt about their bias [hate] towards us - the Muslims and Pakistanis - but I never thought one day I myself would taste the magic of their lethal combination.

In my "one-on-one" recent meeting with Ms. McHale, the Obama Administration's new Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, in Islamabad, I did not say that "we hate you" - rather went on to the extent of telling her that "you" are callous, inhuman and cruel, and that "you" have no respect for human lives. All this was said in a particular context and had a special reference, but the [dishonest] way McHale quoted me in the New York Times [wrongly] suggests as if Ansar Abbasi hates McHale and that we, the Pakistanis, hate all Americans.

First, I believe that the U.S. Under Secretary was unfair to have picked up only me and my selected, but mutilated "quotes", from our 30-40 minutes long interaction, even though she met other 16 Pakistani journalists and eight officials too. There is no explanation as to why I was treated so "specially". Secondly, to my reckoning this "one-on- one" meeting - which was also attended by Gonzalo Gallegos, Consular for Public Affairs in the U.S. Embassy [an American military base] in Islamabad, and Joe Mellot, McHale's special assistant - was a background interaction, but it turned out to be an opportunity to portray me as a villain in the U.S. media.

I don't have any problem to say in public what I uttered in the conference room of the Islamabad hotel with McHale, but I was never expecting that the apparently polite lady would turn out to be so impolite. At least, an old lesson stands reiterated - never trust the Americans.

In respect of Helene Cooper of the world's most 'renowned' [infamous] and one of the most influential [distrusted] newspapers, the New York Times, one can only wonder if the media ethics in the U.S. allow a journalist there to quote someone while quoting some third party and that too to the former's disadvantage without bothering to check the facts from the person, whose name and words are used to make the story.

It is true that McHale gave her initial polite presentation about building bridges between America and the Muslim World. She said she was in Pakistan to hear what [the Pakistani] people here think about the U.S. and its policies.

I definitely thanked her politely for inviting me for an interview but never said that I hate her. Rather, I started by saying that I would be very candid, frank and honest in my views, and to reflect what is in the minds and hearts of the majority of the people of Pakistan. I told McHale that most of our leaders would be sharing the same feelings, but they would not tell you in your face: "We (the Pakistanis) hate you (American administration and [Zionist- American] policy-makers)". There was no point that I, being Ansar Abbasi, should hate another individual Judith A. McHale.

I was reflecting what to my reckoning is the majority view of Pakistanis and Muslims. I never said that we hate all Americans but did point out that we hate the American Government, because of different reasons that were explained to her. I discussed how Washington promotes democrazy and civil rights in its own country, but supported [corrupt] dictators like [General (R) Pervez] Musharraf in Pakistan. I told her that they have no tolerance for corruption in their society, but still imposed on us those "wanted" in corruption cases through the NRO.


The post-9/11 Washington's policy on the war of terror was my focus of criticism. I told the U.S. Under Secretary that the war of terror, in majority Muslims’ view, is a war against Islam and a war against Muslims. I told her that in the pretext of never-found WMDs, the U.S. invaded Iraq and killed hundreds of thousands [millions] of innocents there including women and children — I told her that the war of terror was to target Osama bin Laden, who is still untraceable, but in the meantime the US-led allied forces [NATO-ISAF] killed hundreds of thousands [millions] of innocent people in Afghanistan and the killing is still continuing there. I told the U.S. Under Secretary that those fighting against the invading forces in Iraq and Afghanistan are considered "terrorists" and "militants" [by the real terrorists and evil imperialists]. "If tomorrow the U.S. is invaded by the enemy forces, would you call your countrymen fighting against them as terrorists and militants", I asked her but all the three sitting in the conference room, including McHale, were speechless most of the time.

I told her that how deeply the U.S. [illegal] drone attacks hurt us, because they only kill innocents mostly, but also violate our sovereignty. I told her that how badly Washington's policies have divided us internally, caused suicide bombings and much serious waves of terrorism, produced 'terrorists' and promoted 'extremism'. "This all has made us to hate you [the U.S. Evil Imperialism]", she was told.

The newly-appointed U.S. Under Secretary was also reminded of how the U.S. is leading a negative propaganda campaign against Pakistan's nuclear programme and trying to malign the [Pakistan Army's] ISI. While we are expected to behave like a good boy, she was also told to ponder as who pampers the anti-Pakistan Brahamdagh Bugti in Kabul, and provide him money, arms and ammunition to carry out terrorist activities in Pakistan. She was also asked to ponder as to who provided money and supplied U.S. weapons to the 'terrorists' and 'militants' fighting against the Pakistani security forces in Swat.

These are enough reasons to understand why most Pakistanis and majority of Muslims hate American Imperialism (U.S. administration and its policy-makers). I also tried to explain to her the root-causes of terrorism, but she and her two assistants did not give any hint of understanding our frustration. Two days later, what the New York Times reported proved that perhaps I was just banging my head against the [imperialistic] wall.

Footnotes

(1) Right-Wing Mad Scientist and His Mindless Murdering Drones - http://lauraflanders.firedoglake.com/2009/08/25/the-f-word-3 - http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/08/26-3
(2) The U.S. War Against Iraq - The Destruction of a Civilization- http://petras.lahaine.org
(3) The Demonic Cabal of the USA and the Terrorist Mafia Regime of Israel http://www.hermes-press.com/cabal_index.htm The Evils of New U.S.-British Oil Imperialism http://www.hermes-press.com/impintro1.htm USA has Become a Military Dictatorship http://www.hermes-press.com/militarismindex.htm War Crimes and War Profiteering in the U.S. War of Terror http://www.hermes-press.com/profiteering.htm
(4) Like Bush, Obama will also Continue to illegally Kidnap and Torture Innocent Humans to Destroy American Democrazy http://www.wsws.org/articles/2009/aug2009/pers-a26.shtml U.S. Fears Mount Over Afghan Election Travesty http://www.wsws.org/articles/2009/aug2009/afgh-a26.shtml U.S. Helicopters Violate Airspaces of 10 War Criminals of Pakistan: Asif Zardari, Yusuf Gilani, Shah Qureshi, Ahmad Mukhtar, Rehman Malik, Babar Awan, Fauzia Wahab, Ashfaq Kayani, Ahmed Pasha and Rao Suleman http://www.presstv.com/detail.aspx?id=104412&sectionid=351020401
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