MOTHER of ALL EMBARRASSMENT

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    Opinion
    Mother of all embarrassments
    Ayaz Amir
    Friday, May 06, 2011
    For a country with more than its
    share of misfortunes and sheer
    bad luck, we could have done
    without this warrior of the faith,
    Osama bin Laden, spreading his
    beneficence amongst us. He was
    a headache for us while he lived,
    but nothing short of a
    catastrophe in his death. For his
    killing, and the manner of it,
    have exposed Pakistan and its
    security establishment like
    nothing else.
    To say that our security czars
    and assorted knights have been
    caught with their pants down
    would be the understatement of
    the century. This is the mother of
    all embarrassments, showing us
    either to be incompetent– it
    can’t get any worse than this,
    Osama living in a sprawling
    compound a short walk from
    that nursery school of the army,
    the Pakistan Military Academy
    and, if we are to believe this, our
    ever-vigilant eyes and ears
    knowing nothing about it – or,
    heaven forbid, complicit.
    I would settle for incompetence
    anytime because the implications
    of complicity are too dreadful to
    contemplate.
    And the Americans came,
    swooping over the mountains,
    right into the heart of the
    compound, and after carrying
    out their operation flew away
    into the moonless night without
    our formidable guardians of
    national security knowing
    anything about it. This is to pour
    salt over our wounds. The
    obvious question which even a
    child would raise is that if a
    cantonment crawling with the
    army such as Abbottabad is not
    safe from stealthy assault what
    does it say about the safety of
    our famous nuke capability, the
    mainstay of national pride and
    defence?
    Barely 24 hours before the
    Osama assault General Kayani, at
    a ceremony in General
    Headquarters in remembrance
    of our soldiers killed in our
    Taliban wars, was describing the
    army as the defender of the
    country’s ideological and
    geographical frontiers. For the
    time being, I think, we should
    concentrate on ideology and
    leave geography well alone, the
    Abbottabad assault having made
    a mockery of our geographical
    frontiers.
    Every other country in the world
    is happy if its armed forces can
    defend geography. We are the
    only country in the world which
    waxes lyrical about ideological
    frontiers. To us alone belongs
    the distinction of calling
    ourselves a fortress of Islam.
    In the wake of the Raymond
    Davis affair a certain sternness
    had crept into our tone with the
    Americans, as we told them that
    they would have to curtail their
    footprint in Pakistan. I wonder
    what we tell them now. It is not
    difficult to imagine the smile on
    American lips when we now
    speak of the absolute necessity
    of minimising CIA activities.
    With whom the gods would jest,
    they first make ridiculous. The
    hardest thing to bear in this saga
    is not wounded pride or
    breached sovereignty but our
    exposure to ridicule. Osama
    made us suffer in life and has
    made us look ridiculous after his
    death. Around the tallest
    mountains there is the echo of
    too much laughter at our
    expense.
    Consider also the Foreign Office
    statement of May 3,“As far as
    the target compound is
    concerned, ISI had been sharing
    information with CIA...since
    2009....It is important to highlight
    that taking advantage of much
    superior technological assets, CIA
    exploited intelligence leads given
    by us to identify and reach
    Osama bin Laden.” This is
    hilarious. If we were aware of
    the compound and had
    suspicions about its occupants
    what‘superior technological
    assets’ were required to go in
    and find out?
    But what takes the cake is the
    stern warning attached:“This
    event of unauthorised unilateral
    action cannot be taken as a rule.
    The government of Pakistan
    further affirms that such an
    event shall not serve as a future
    precedent for any state,
    including the US.” We can
    imagine the CIA trembling in its
    shoes. My son burst out laughing
    when he read this. If the
    Americans get a clue to the
    whereabouts of Ayman al-
    Zawahiri or Mullah Omar will
    they ask our permission before
    sending their SEAL teams in?
    The CIA chief, Leon Panetta, has
    rubbed the point in:“It was
    decided that any effort to work
    with the Pakistanis could
    jeopardise the mission. They
    might alert the targets.” That’s
    about the level of trust we seem
    to inspire.
     
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    Anyway, trust Prime Minister
    Gilani to put it best, that the
    failure to find Osama for so long
    was not just Pakistan’s failure but
    that of intelligence agencies
    around the world. This is really
    cool, absolving ourselves of all
    responsibility even when Osama
    is discovered within walking
    distance of PMA Kakul.
    We have some funny notions of
    sovereignty and national honour.
    The CIA spreading itself wide in
    Pakistan is a breach of national
    sovereignty, and rightly so. And
    American boots on the ground,
    as in Abbottabad, are totally
    unacceptable. But when it comes
    to Al Qaeda using Pakistan as a
    base, Sirajuddin Haqqani and the
    rest of the Taliban holed up in
    North Waziristan and Taliban
    elements in Quetta, we somehow
    can’t work up the same outrage.
    We already had a tough job on
    our hands convincing the world
    of our bona fides. After the
    Osama operation it gets that
    much tougher.
    In an ideal world this should be
    a wakeup call for Pakistan, an
    opportunity for some honest
    introspection and a hard look at
    some of the bizarre notions
    underpinning our theories of
    national security. Must we spend
    so much on defence? Is the
    world engaged in a conspiracy to
    undermine our foundations?
    Aren’t our nuclear weapons
    enough to give us a sense of
    security? Hasn’t the time come to
    curb some of our zest for
    nurturing and sustaining jihadi
    militias? And isn’t it time we
    stopped fretting so much about
    Afghanistan and made internal
    order and prosperity the
    principal focus of our
    endeavours?
    But we do not live in an ideal
    world and our capacity for self-
    deception should not be under-
    estimated. Shaken as we may be
    by the Osama operation, we can
    safely assume that we won’t take
    this as a wakeup call. As the
    Foreign Office statement vividly
    shows, we’ll hunt for lame
    excuses and hide behind false
    explanations, convinced of our
    ability to fool the world when
    the only thing fooled will be
    ourselves.
    So we will keep talking about
    strategic assets and good and
    bad Taliban, and about
    protecting our interests in
    Afghanistan, and we’ll keep
    subscribing to theories of Indian
    hostility and encirclement,
    because these are the
    foundations on which stands the
    peculiar national security state
    we have constructed, forever
    threatened and insecure.
    If the separation of East Pakistan
    was not a wakeup call, if
    Musharraf’s adventure in Kargil
    wasn’t that either, it is too much
    to expect that Pakistan’s
    comprehensive exposure in this
    saga, the Islamic Republic
    without its clothes, will lead to
    any radical departures in
    national outlook.
    Our ruling establishment is too
    set in its ways and, sadly, the
    roots of national stupidity run
    too deep.
    And perish the thought of
    anyone taking responsibility and
    throwing in his papers. That’s just
    not the Pakistani way.
    But there should be no escaping
    the fact that from now on we
    will have to be more careful. All
    the signs suggest that this may
    prove to be a milestone of sorts,
    a dangerous turning point, in
    that our friends, let alone our
    enemies, become more sceptical
    of our pronouncements and
    increasingly less willing to put up
    with our hidden and double
    games.
    We will be asked some tough
    questions and the time for
    bluster or a show of righteous
    indignation may have passed.
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    Hahahah pak army and ISI was stripped and raped by USA.
     
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    World best inteligence ISI my foot. World strong army my foot. They did't know for 120 min, that 3 helis entered there air space and f.u.c.k.e.d. them and went away.

    They came, they saw pak army a.s.s and they f.u.c.k.e.d. :becky::becky::becky::lca::agni::arjun::brahmos:
     
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    Mother of all embarrassments

    Here you go bud!

    Mother of all embarrassments


    Ayaz Amir
    Friday, May 06, 2011
    The News


    For a country with more than its share of misfortunes and sheer bad luck, we could have done without this warrior of the faith, Osama bin Laden, spreading his beneficence amongst us. He was a headache for us while he lived, but nothing short of a catastrophe in his death. For his killing, and the manner of it, have exposed Pakistan and its security establishment like nothing else.

    To say that our security czars and assorted knights have been caught with their pants down would be the understatement of the century. This is the mother of all embarrassments, showing us either to be incompetent – it can’t get any worse than this, Osama living in a sprawling compound a short walk from that nursery school of the army, the Pakistan Military Academy and, if we are to believe this, our ever-vigilant eyes and ears knowing nothing about it – or, heaven forbid, complicit.

    I would settle for incompetence anytime because the implications of complicity are too dreadful to contemplate.

    And the Americans came, swooping over the mountains, right into the heart of the compound, and after carrying out their operation flew away into the moonless night without our formidable guardians of national security knowing anything about it. This is to pour salt over our wounds. The obvious question which even a child would raise is that if a cantonment crawling with the army such as Abbottabad is not safe from stealthy assault what does it say about the safety of our famous nuke capability, the mainstay of national pride and defence?

    Barely 24 hours before the Osama assault General Kayani, at a ceremony in General Headquarters in remembrance of our soldiers killed in our Taliban wars, was describing the army as the defender of the country’s ideological and geographical frontiers. For the time being, I think, we should concentrate on ideology and leave geography well alone, the Abbottabad assault having made a mockery of our geographical frontiers.

    Every other country in the world is happy if its armed forces can defend geography. We are the only country in the world which waxes lyrical about ideological frontiers. To us alone belongs the distinction of calling ourselves a fortress of Islam.

    In the wake of the Raymond Davis affair a certain sternness had crept into our tone with the Americans, as we told them that they would have to curtail their footprint in Pakistan. I wonder what we tell them now. It is not difficult to imagine the smile on American lips when we now speak of the absolute necessity of minimising CIA activities.

    With whom the gods would jest, they first make ridiculous. The hardest thing to bear in this saga is not wounded pride or breached sovereignty but our exposure to ridicule. Osama made us suffer in life and has made us look ridiculous after his death. Around the tallest mountains there is the echo of too much laughter at our expense.

    Consider also the Foreign Office statement of May 3, “As far as the target compound is concerned, ISI had been sharing information with CIA...since 2009....It is important to highlight that taking advantage of much superior technological assets, CIA exploited intelligence leads given by us to identify and reach Osama bin Laden.” This is hilarious. If we were aware of the compound and had suspicions about its occupants what ‘superior technological assets’ were required to go in and find out?

    But what takes the cake is the stern warning attached: “This event of unauthorised unilateral action cannot be taken as a rule. The government of Pakistan further affirms that such an event shall not serve as a future precedent for any state, including the US.” We can imagine the CIA trembling in its shoes. My son burst out laughing when he read this. If the Americans get a clue to the whereabouts of Ayman al-Zawahiri or Mullah Omar will they ask our permission before sending their SEAL teams in?

    The CIA chief, Leon Panetta, has rubbed the point in: “It was decided that any effort to work with the Pakistanis could jeopardise the mission. They might alert the targets.” That’s about the level of trust we seem to inspire.

    Anyway, trust Prime Minister Gilani to put it best, that the failure to find Osama for so long was not just Pakistan’s failure but that of intelligence agencies around the world. This is really cool, absolving ourselves of all responsibility even when Osama is discovered within walking distance of PMA Kakul.

    We have some funny notions of sovereignty and national honour. The CIA spreading itself wide in Pakistan is a breach of national sovereignty, and rightly so. And American boots on the ground, as in Abbottabad, are totally unacceptable. But when it comes to Al Qaeda using Pakistan as a base, Sirajuddin Haqqani and the rest of the Taliban holed up in North Waziristan and Taliban elements in Quetta, we somehow can’t work up the same outrage.

    We already had a tough job on our hands convincing the world of our bona fides. After the Osama operation it gets that much tougher.

    In an ideal world this should be a wakeup call for Pakistan, an opportunity for some honest introspection and a hard look at some of the bizarre notions underpinning our theories of national security. Must we spend so much on defence? Is the world engaged in a conspiracy to undermine our foundations? Aren’t our nuclear weapons enough to give us a sense of security? Hasn’t the time come to curb some of our zest for nurturing and sustaining jihadi militias? And isn’t it time we stopped fretting so much about Afghanistan and made internal order and prosperity the principal focus of our endeavours?

    But we do not live in an ideal world and our capacity for self-deception should not be under-estimated. Shaken as we may be by the Osama operation, we can safely assume that we won’t take this as a wakeup call. As the Foreign Office statement vividly shows, we’ll hunt for lame excuses and hide behind false explanations, convinced of our ability to fool the world when the only thing fooled will be ourselves.

    So we will keep talking about strategic assets and good and bad Taliban, and about protecting our interests in Afghanistan, and we’ll keep subscribing to theories of Indian hostility and encirclement, because these are the foundations on which stands the peculiar national security state we have constructed, forever threatened and insecure.

    If the separation of East Pakistan was not a wakeup call, if Musharraf’s adventure in Kargil wasn’t that either, it is too much to expect that Pakistan’s comprehensive exposure in this saga, the Islamic Republic without its clothes, will lead to any radical departures in national outlook.

    Our ruling establishment is too set in its ways and, sadly, the roots of national stupidity run too deep.

    And perish the thought of anyone taking responsibility and throwing in his papers. That’s just not the Pakistani way.

    But there should be no escaping the fact that from now on we will have to be more careful. All the signs suggest that this may prove to be a milestone of sorts, a dangerous turning point, in that our friends, let alone our enemies, become more sceptical of our pronouncements and increasingly less willing to put up with our hidden and double games.

    We will be asked some tough questions and the time for bluster or a show of righteous indignation may have passed.

    Source: http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=45440&Cat=9
     
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