Friday, March 27, 2009

Obama the Philanthropist

At a time when the American economy is reeling under the worst crisis of the century its newly elected President Obama has made a rare act of Philanthrophy by declaring a largesse of $1.5 billion per year for a period of 5 years to Pakistan to disrupt, dismantle and defeat terrorist Groups in Pakistan. Although some cosmetic conditions have been attached to this benevolent grant, past history is a witness to Pakistan's record of observing the guidelines attached to grants. In fact U.S.A. has been pouring money and military materials in Pakistan with the same purpose and it is no secret that Pakistan has been diverting the same to the terror groups with the twin object of seizing control of Afghanistan and confronting India. This fact is not unknown to the American people and Government. One wonders,therfore, about the real intentions of the U.S. Government.

2. The real source of supplies both financial and arms to Al qaeda and Taiban has never been revealed. These groups have no air capability like LTTE and hence either they are being provided by Pakistan directly or a passage is being provided by it for third country imports. In any given situation the involvement of Pakistan is established beyond doubt. The U.S. tried the carrot and stick policy with General Parvez Musharif and failed and should not dream of succeeding with the present unstable regime. If it is really serious to combat the scourge of terror it should strike at the appropriate places which are not unknown to its intelligence agencies and use this $1.5 billion to stimulate its economy.

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