Saturday, March 24, 2007

Wilson John's Article on Key Players in the Pakistani Elections

Wilson John has a recent write up on the upcoming Pakistani elections. I think it is worth a read.

I would like to start a group of people here that distills the Pakistan News and Discussions thread on the disreputable forum into a meaty news summary. Please reply to this post with a contact email if you would like to be a part of this.

7 Comments:

At 4:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maverick,

Could you expound a bit more on what exactly you are looking for when you say you want to distill that thread into a news summary? i.e. what level of detail, what sort of time commitment, how the logistics of this thing will work etc.

 
At 9:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi m,
you know i have been part of your blogspot since you first started it.Can you expand a bit more on the purpose of the project. Posting meaty news item from disreputable forum will be of no problem!!

 
At 6:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi m,
one more thing(from the last thread concerning abid ullah jan) will world ever pay attention to what Abid Ullah Jan is saying?What are its consequences?

 
At 6:40 AM, Blogger maverick said...

Hi Anonymous,

I am looking for someone to read the threads on a weekly basis and submit a 1000 word summary of key news events in Pakistan to me by email.

It should not require more than an hour or so of work.

If you are interested, I can email you a template for the summary at an email of your choice.

 
At 6:57 AM, Blogger maverick said...

Hi Anonymous,

Abidullah Jan is suggesting that Pakistan never does anything bad unless someone in the US tells it to do so.

This view point has already been put out by conspiracy buffs in the US. This idea does not instantly appeal to most Americans who believe in that their government will not do such a thing.

However most Americans generally also have an open mind on things. Most Americans believe that their nation is immensely strong and powerful and they have a very hard time explaining how a lapse such as 9/11 can occur. They are all looking for answers and the 9/11 commission has failed to give any. At the risk of sounding like a Reaganite, it is impossible to read the 9/11 commission report and then come away with a positive feeling and that is what the US needs - positive feeling - a sense of closure. There is simply none - so people are still searching for the answers.

With the growth of the internet and with younger people increasingly turning to the internet for information, the reach of conspiracy theories has grown. Even if people do not believe conspiracy theories in their entireity, suspicions abound and grow; and a dark cloud albeit small presently follows the leaders of the government.

The Pakistanis know this. They are masters of the art of talking out of both ends of their mouth. Notice Abidullah Jan is carefully connecting all the strands of his ideas with established conspiracy genre work on 9/11. They are seeking to expand that dark cloud and contrary to what anyone may believe, perception cannot solely be controlled by twisting the media. There is no knob on the TV or the internet that can be turned to make the cloud go away.

This is a deliberate act on part of the Pakistanis. We are likely to see more of this narrative emerge if people in the US attempt to blame the Pakistan Army for terrorism in the world.

The consequences of that are pretty obvious. There is already a considerable erosion of global confidence in American leadership. If it looks like they are somehow pulling the strings on acts of terror from Pakistan, the residual confidence will evaporate and a global confrontation will develop between the US and the every other nation in the world.

Whether America wants to be feared/loathed or loved by all the other nations of the world, is quite frankly none of India's business but if the global perception of America changes, India should not have to bear the economic costs of that.

You see, at my heart, I am a humble but cunning bania and the mere suspicion of risk makes my dhoti flutter in the wind.

 
At 8:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi m,
1)2&3 posts are by me. anyway reading the threads are okay with me. May be one can give you the URL of those links posted on BR. But writing 1000 word summary.... cannot commit myself. let me see
2)""You see, at my heart, I am a humble but cunning bania and the mere suspicion of risk makes my dhoti flutter in the wind. ""
i am missing your thought. you mean at the mere suspicion we are going to tighten ourselves.
lastly you know my emailid

 
At 4:45 AM, Anonymous Balakrishnan said...

Hi Maverick,

I recently stumbled on your blog and sort of getting addicted to it. I surf now and then for info on international politics. Maverick is a word suggesting the meaning 'Nonconformist' among other things, but I would like to call myself 'eccentric'. There are plenty of websites each giving their own version of how the future is going to shape up. I would very much appreciate if you could give me your email. I have certain questions to ask and I do not want to put them on the web. My email is b5k8@rediffmail.com

 

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