The Last Drop of Blood
Vol: 8 Issue: 28 Tuesday, May 28, 2002
Pakistan s President Musharraf gave a televised speech to his country with a few comments for the world in general that probably was intended to be conciliatory — but wasn t.
The closest one could get to finding a conciliatory note in the entire speech was a promise not to strike first. Musharraf said Pakistan would not fire the first shot, ”but if war is thrust upon us, every Muslim is bound to respond in kind” and would ”fight to the last drop of blood.” That is pretty much what it would come to — the last drop of blood.
Pushing the Envelope
At almost the same time that Musharraf was promising no first strike, Pakistan conducted yet a third missile test. On Saturday, they tested their long-range Ghauri, capable of penetrating a thousand miles into India.
Sunday s fireworks display included the Ghaznavi, a missile capable of delivering warheads accurately about 200 miles.
On Monday, as he promised no first strike, Musharraf tested a third missile, the Abdali. This one, a short range surface to surface missile, was one they developed and built themselves. All three are capable of delivering a nuclear payload.
All three Pakistani missiles are named after Muslim conquerors of Hindus on the subcontinent over the past nine centuries.
The conclusion of the test coincided with a visit to Islamabad by British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, attempting to reduce tension in the region.
India s Options Narrowing
India’s defense minister has said that following the missile tests and ‘harsh words from Pakistan’ India’s options are narrowing.
“This is highly irresponsible behavior and displays the political and military brinkmanship of the Pakistani leadership,” a spokesman told CNN.
Nirupama Rao, an Indian Foreign Affairs spokeswoman, said her government “heard the speech carefully” and it “needs to be analyzed fully” in the context of Musharraf’s recent statements.
Global Nervous Breakdown
Musharraf s speech did nothing to soothe the rattled nerves of the leaders of other nations in the region. Australia’s Foreign Minister Alexander said Tuesday Australia remained deeply concerned about the security situation.
He called Musharraf s pledge not to strike first reassuring , but said, “We need to see more signs of progress than just one speech from the president.
Japanese Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi is running back and forth between New Delhi and Islamabad, urging both nations to restrain themselves.
There s a lot of hand-wringing going on, but not much of substance taking place.
Where s the United Nations?
One would expect that the United Nations would be buzzing around everywhere, with UN envoys in Islamabad making speeches, UN envoys in Kashmir making speeches, more envoys making speeches from New Delhi. . . but the UN is nowhere to be found.
Even Kofi Annan, the Grand Poobah of the global body that was formed expressly to prevent nuclear war, has been strangely silent.
Odd, considering the circumstances.
When it comes to the Middle East, you can t get them to shut up.
But the United Nations seems content to allow a sixth of the planet to vaporize itself in a nuclear holocaust without comment.
The war over Kashmir, like the Middle East conflict, has been simmering since 1948, boiling over occasionally into open war. Although as dangerous as the Middle East, it doesn t get nearly as much attention. Few people in the West really know what it s all about. There is much about both conflicts that are similar.
Religion and Politics
First and foremost, there s the spiritual element; it s about Islam and the Other Guys. In this case, Islam vs. the Hindus, mostly, then Christians, Buddhists, etc.
Add to that the fact that Pakistan is an Islamic dictatorship, whereas India is a representative democracy. So the Islamic nature of the conflict means it will only be solved with the conversion of 1.2 billion Indians to Islam. Or their annihilation.
On the political level, the United Nations tried to solve the conflict back in 1948 the same way it tried to solve it in the Middle East. It issued a series of mandates [all of which favored Islamic Pakistan] that India ignored then and ignores still.
Pakistan was created out of the Muslim majority of East Bengal in what had been colonial India. Its founding father was Mohammad Ali Jinnah who authored a two-state theory that all the Muslim-majority states of imperial India belonged in Pakistan.
Kashmir, as the Muslims see it, was stolen from them by India.
Kashmir is the Pakistani nation’s righteous cause; the “poor Kashmiris” are the Muslims who must be rescued from the tyranny of the Hindu infidel.
During the past 50 years, Kashmir has been the one cause that has brought Pakistanis together. And Pakistani leaders forsake the cause at their peril.
President Bill Clinton pressured Nawaz Sharif, the Prime Minister, into ordering Pakistani troops back from Kashmir in the summer of 1999 to defuse the Kargil crisis.
From then on, Sharif was a marked man. His government lasted until October, when Musharraf took power in a military coup.
Musharraf has tried to be tough on sectarian terrorism, and had few qualms about ditching the Taliban. But the Kashmir struggle is his badge of honor.
Musharraf is himself an immigrant to Pakistan from India, his patriotism is open to doubt; loyalty to Kashmir is the infallible way to demonstrate it.
Reading backwards through the politics, we find ourselves where we started, with Islam.
If Musharraf backs down from India, he loses power. Musharraf heads an Islamic state and there are only two kinds of Islamic leaders. Those in power — and the dead ones.
If he goes the distance, the worst that can happen to him personally is he ll die gloriously in an Islamic jihad.
Even if he takes millions of his countrymen with him, he won t be any deader than he would be if he retires from office.
The possibility of a global holocaust increases on a daily basis.
If it isn t the Islamic/Hindu conflict in South Asia, it s the Islamic jihad against America and the American declaration of war against Islamic terror.
If global war doesn t break out as a consequence of the inevitable US attacks on Islamic terrorist states like Iraq, Iran, or Syria, it might break out over the Islamic jihad against Israel.
America and Israel have little in common with India, apart from a representative democratic political system, and virtually nothing in common spiritually, but all share a common enemy in Islam.
At this moment in history, Islam represents the single greatest threat to the continued survival of the planet the world has ever seen.
In the West, nobody seems to have grabbed hold of that reality yet, almost as if they had blinders on.
As we approach the end of the age, the spiritual war that has been going on all around us has begun to spill over into the here-and-now in preparation for the Last Battle. All the signs continue to point in that direction.
And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.