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Date Posted: 06:13:20 01/23/05 Sun
Author: SHAHNAZ
Subject: IRAQ - WAR

By Shanaz - August 2003

Mirza Aman is an Arab columnist, one can say another Ardeshire Cosawje of Arabs. His column is very long but I wish to produce hereunder sentences from here and there from his column which are thought provoking;-

Quote:

“Give us peace, we will give you water and electricity is an interesting important and significant motto and proposal”. He says this is not his proposal nor fabricated by US enemies. He said it is a motto painted on a US military tank patrolling Sulaimaniyah northern Iraq and thousands of people saw it during television newscasts. Aman says this shows that peace and security was not only an Iraqi demand but was also demanded by the occupation forces in Iraq. Since they declared themselves as occupiers they are loosing blood, weapons and military equipment and most of all the respect of the Iraqi people on daily basis. The army which 90 days ago was welcomed by the majority of the Iraqi people has become to many Iraqis the enemy number one {this week a photograph appeared showing an old aged Iraqi slapping a damaged US tank with his shoe]. The tanks which two months ago were welcomed on streets of Iraq and Iraqi children used to rush to take pictures with American soldiers and their tanks, those tanks have now become targets for militia rockets and children’s stones.

The other fact is that those occupying forces consist of military people and not peace makers or peace corps. They are trained on how to defeat an enemy and not on how to rebuild what they destroyed during the wars. Yes they may be good in copping with some natural disasters but definitely not with military destructions. So why the Americans are making that offer? It is the need and becoming helpless which make people beg help and offer promises just to get out of miserable situation. I do not remember seeing or reading about US forces being humiliated as they are now. Even when they were in Somalia we did not see them begging peace and security. And of course they should not be blamed for begging. They are not trained to install internal security, patrol streets and arrest thieves. They are not trained in rebuild the infrastructure. Their duty after finishing military campaign should be patrolling Iraqi borders. Internal security should be assigned to people and troops who are trained and specialised in carrying out such tasks. What happened to the US Military Corps of Engineers who are normally deployed to help re-building infrastructure of countries after wars? Why the US does not send these people to work in Iraq? I remember immediately after cease-fire US Corps of Engineers were the first to arrive in Kuwait in 1990 war.

As to helping Iraqis rebuild their institutions this should be left to the US Peace Corps which are sent to the countries of the world to help countries build/rebuild their education, health and community services systems. This 40 years old organisation founded by President Kennedy in October 1960 is providing such services to over 60 countries. Why not including Iraq? US has the means and sources for cleaning the situation if it really wants to. This great country and nation is full with volunteers, peace-makers and good noble people/organisations. In fact US was the first country in the world to institutionalize volunteerism”.

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Sending Pakistani troops to Iraq on demand of US under umbrella of UN being a common citizen I cannot comment on it. My full backing is what President General Musharraf finally decides because I believe his is on the seat and he knows well what was in the interest of the country and what not, what are circumstances, intricacies, compulsions, future strategies. Being a common citizen on street I can not have vision to that. General Musharraf is sincere to the country from inside his heart. If he is insisting wearing uniform, there definitely must be some reason and being a true Pakistani citizen whose religion has taught “obey the ruler of the time” I am fully with him.

But as a common man having lived long in middle east something is in my mind. Why US wants Pakistani army personnel in Iraq? Is it because every week one or two of its soldiers are being killed in Iraq? Does it want to make soldiers of these “black Asian” third world countries as escape goat. I do remember after 1990 Gulf war rebuilding what share Pakistan was given “clearing of mines”. Does anyone knows how many Pakistani (soldiers) died (I have seen the dead injured). Leave Arab Governments aside which have never ever been independent. I know the sentiments of Arab people. Arab people (I am talking of Arab people and not a few hundreds of Arab governments) today do not respect Pakistan after its joining hands and helping attacks on Afghanistan. These people unfortunately in fact do no know in what condition Pakistan had to join hands with US and that our General Musharraf made a timely very right decision.

When I was working in Pakistan there was one colleague with me Major ® Aziz. He was with me in a civilian government office. On some official work he was sent to Somalia in 1978. When he came back he was so happy telling us hospitality and affection of Somali people towards Pakistanis and how Major ® Aziz was treated as guest by each and every Somali he met. Then I also remember when mid 90s Pakistan sent its token Force as part of International Force in Somalia where (perhaps) two three Somalis died due to firing of Pakistani soldiers in Magudashuo. In fact these Pakistan soldiers fired in protection (if my memories are not misguiding me they fired to protect some group of American soldiers who had been encircles by Somalis). Then I saw photographs in international press Somali women crying and shouting “Pakistani murders”.

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