I felt the problem with Tumblr is that the posts – well, at least mine — are typically so short where there is a risk that people will miss subtle meanings in your posts. (Laughing) My mind was changed about that after I saw someone clip my already short post in half and repost it in a way that totally misses my unspoken point.
So allow me a moment to be very direct — anyone who believes that we live in a geopolitical world where the polarities are neatly divided into good and bad acts is dreaming. America, in its effort to fight terrorists in Pakistan has bombed more civilian weddings, funerals and other family get-togethers than what any typical American will see in the mass media. On the other hand, portraying Pakistan as a pure friend of the US without at least wondering if there are any branches of the Pakistani government that support the Taliban or other terrorist groups is also dreaming.
With that said, let’s offer additional speculation why America, with all the money it has spent so far in this war, gave a confusing apology and over $1 billion to Pakistan to reopen the Pakistani roads to NATO supply trucks as opposed to using the Northern Distribution Network: fiscal worries and Iran.
First, Pakistan has a jacked-up budget where not only more than half of it will be spent on military, debt and pensions, but inflation will not be particularly nice to the country down the road. Pakistan needs more money for economic development or its fiscal problems will soon turn into political problems, which is something you don’t want for a nuclear-armed nation that is arguably the world leader in number of jihadists per capita. One billion bucks from Uncle Sam – which I admit is funny in a strange kind of way given America’s own financial challenges – will be a Godsend.
Second, It’s no longer a secret that Afghanistan has a sizable amount of metals, minerals, and oil in the ground that can help the country establish a strong economic foundation, and there are three principal ways to get those resources to the market with Iran’s roads representing an option with an intriguing mix of cost efficiency and reliability.
Therefore, the US would rather make peace with Pakistan and by extension help support a smooth transition to a larger commerce arrangement involving Afghanistan down the road.
Geopolitics is always gray…
Song currently stuck in my head: “jazz death?” – lester bowie