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Afghans/Pakistanis Considered America Friend: Had no Fight-Back Plan
Understanding the Popularity of Conspiracy theories about 9/11
New Trend has completed a near month-long visit to Pakistan. Our
report is based on interviews, discussions study of the views of people
numerous walks of life, ranging from the poor to the middle class and
rich, from the dedicated religious ones to the marginally Islamic to
ONE IMPORTANT ISSUE NEW TREND WAS INTERESTED IN WAS THE
RESPONSE TO 9/11 and THE U.S. BOMBING OF AFGHANISTAN. Here are the
features of the New Trend eyewitness report:
1. The Afghans and the Pakistanis had one point in common: They did not
expect the ferocity of the U.S. bombing campaign. They were shocked by
ruthlessness and by the use of B-52s and bombs the size of 'daisy
2. The idea of fighting America is not yet part of the Islamic psyche.
Afghans and the Pakistanis had ABSOLUTELY NO PROGRAM or plan to fight
3. Pakistanis think that America's anti-Muslim actions emanate from the
Jewish control of U.S. policy making.
3a. Thus Pakistanis oppose U.S. Zionists but not the U.S. power
4. Pakistanis think that America is a moral power and is amenable to
pressure. This was part of the reason for the numerous demonstrations
the U.S. The mistake here was three-fold. The Muslims thought the U.S.
take note of the demonstrations, Musharref would give pause or withdraw
EVEN the United Nations might take notice! The U.S. saw the demos as
4a. Hence the demonstrations remained peaceful. No attempt was made to
overthrow the government. In fact there was NO VIOLENCE even in cities
50,000 people demonstrated.
4b. No attempt was made and no program was produced to shut down
economic ventures in Pakistan. One KFC was burned down in the sole
incident of the protest movement but other KFCs, McDonalds, Dunkin
flourish. Coca Cola and Pepsi are common as are American cigarettes.
4c. Muslim hospitality to Americans, including women (such as Ashley
Banfield), continued though these women were doing dirt on Pakistan and
in their vicious broadcasts from Pakistan on a daily basis.
5. Within that context, try to understand the Pakistani acceptance of
conspiracy theories about 9/11. In general Pakistanis believe that the
attacks could not possibly have been carried out by Muslims and were
of Jews (4000 of whom are widely believed to have not turned up on
at the WTC). Why did the Jews do it? Because they wanted the U.S. to
their side and hunt the Muslims. (Pakistanis have just begun to realize
the attacks were powerful enough to destabilize America's entire
5a. Pakistanis are correct when they say that the U.S. has not been
produce any evidence against Osama Bin Laden. (New Trend would add that
taped messages of Osama do not constitute evidence which can be used in
court. If Osama says that he knew of the attacks or that he approved of
or even that he signalled them, that still does not constitute guilt
doubt that he ORGANIZED the attacks. Also, tapes can always be
any case, it is the task of the U.S. to produce its evidence: not
task to prove himself guilty through smuggled tapes.)
5b. Pakistanis have not considered the possibility that Muhammad Atta
18 with him might have been an autnomous Islamic unit taking revenge
genocide of the Palestinians or for the slow death of one million
children or for the slaughter of 10,000 Somalis. (Gradually this
is sinking in.)
6. The acceptance of conspiracy theories (even by Islamic leaders like
Israr and Prof. Khurshid) was an indirect way of saying: we mean
harm. We as Muslims could not possibly have attacked America when we
America our friend. (We only want to fight the Zionists.) Most upper
and middle class Pakistanis have friends and relatives in the U.S. and
and are horrified about being seen as suspects by the U.S.
7. At the back of their minds, Pakistanis know that Israel ("that
little country" in the French ambassador's words) exists owing to U.S.
support and owing to funds, weapons and veto power exercised by the
behalf of Israel. But Pakistanis have not been able to face the fact
U.S. power structure could well be hostile to Islam and be using Israel
as one of its many tools. Pakistanis (like many Arabs) think that if
can convince the U.S. of the immorality and evil of the Jewish state,
U.S. would cut back on its blatant support for Israel.
8. Afghans of course had very little idea of what was going to happen
but the Afghan RESPONSE WAS MUCH FASTER THAN THAT OF PAKISTANIS. The
quickly realized that the U.S. would obliterate Afghanistan if they
The U.S. saw the Taliban as the "fish in the water" (the guerrilla in
civilian population in maoist termiology) and hence wanted to drain the
through bombing. The Taliban were otherworldly enough to sacrifice
government to save the masses from bombing. Hence their rapid and
withdrawal when they had suffered no significant casualties.
9. The Pakistanis did not realize the ruthlessness of the U.S. bombing
campaign. They crossed by the thousands into Afghanistan with
military training and suffered more casualties than the Taliban
Taliban had told them that manpower was not needed).
10. WITH THE BOMBING CAMPAIGN and the gradual realization that the U.S.
force has killed tens of thousands of civilians (estimated at 60,000
deep anger and numbing pain has settled into the Pakistani psyche.
the U.S. has started to become a reality among millions of Pakistanis.
11. It is quite probable that if the U.S. does not withdraw from its
bomber and Great White Father, the Pakistanis will begin fighting back.
Afghans and the Pakistanis are re-evaluating the entire situation and
to mentally cast the U.S. as the enemy, a position they had given only
India. It's a difficult change of psyche but it is happening.
Hence New Trend's evaluation is that Afghans, Pakistanis and Muslims in
general have not even started to fight the U.S.
1. Pakistanis say:if the U.S. is fighting terrorism, it must take the
of law and prove its contention that Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda were
involved. It could go to the World Court with its evidence, if it has
2. If the U.S. is actually fighting Islam under the guise of fighting
terrorism, the chances of the U.S. winning are very slim. Islam is
a worldwide and irreversible resurgance which is powerful enough to
nearly a billion people in the next decade. If the U.S. does not soon
withdraw from the Arabian peninsula, "saudi" Arabia might once again
the Arabia of the Prophet (pbuh). Any danger from U.S. power to the
cities of Makka and Madina would unite the entire Muslim world against
3. There is no question of the recognition of Israel by the worldwide
community. The Jews will have to go back to where they came from. The
the U.S. tries to use the Israeli pawn, the more it will backfire.
totally westernized, cynically anti-mullah Pakistanis feel personally
insulted if you accuse them of supporting Israel.}
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