Art by Yousef Amairi

Art by Yousef Amairi
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August 10, 2009

A Glance at Pakistan and the history US imperial Maintenance, Andrew Taylor, Aug 10, 09

In a review of Tariq Ali's book, The Duel: Pakistan on the Flight Path of American Power, Bruce Riedel, an ex-CIA man and current senior foreign policy fellow at the Brookings Institution admits Tariq Ali's claim that the US has had a significant role in the militarism, instability and US mandated war that Pakistan faces today. Riedel states:

"Ali rightly notes that the United States has consistently chosen to back Pakistan's military dictators when they seized power from elected governments. Eisenhower and Kennedy backed the first dictator, Ayub Khan; JFK even gave him a state dinner at Mount Vernon and took him to Newport, R.I. Nixon famously tilted toward Yahya Khan during Pakistan's brutal attempt to crush Bangladesh. Carter and Reagan backed Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq to help defeat the Soviets in Afghanistan, inadvertently giving birth to the modern jihadist movement. And George W. Bush backed Pervez Musharraf in return for help fighting al-Qaeda, even through the general perverted election after election to stay in power. Blind U.S. support for these military strongmen has eroded Pakistan's civil institutions and rule of law, along with America's claim to support freedom and democracy in the Islamic world."

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