Its an old post which was saved in the drafts. I got a chance to post it after forgetting about it for a couple of years. Please read and give your valuable feedback.
If we were to read the book of John Perkins “Confessions of an economic hitman”, he has talked about Saudi Arabia. How the country got modernized after he (Perkins) was sent as an Economic Hit man. That plan was paired with Bretton Woods doctrine (selling oil only in US Dollars). The plan was that all that money will be paid to American corporations in exchange for oil. Further R & D on those projects must also be done by the same companies. They’d be paid in US Dollars rather than Saudi Riyals (which would’ve benefited Saudi Arabia). The profit from that oil would be kept in American banks. The interest earned from that money will be used to send US troops to defend and save the Al Saud family in the event their country falls into chaos.
The creation of this coalition comes when US military is already overwhelmed with conflicts with both Afghanistan and Iraq. The troops are also stationed in Qatar as well as Okinawa, Japan and South Korea to prepare for a possible conflict with North Korea. There are talks about about military intervention in Venezuela via Colombia, as Maduro is losing grip on the country. As a result, there is a resentment in US DOD about sending more troops overseas. The 2 conflicts mentioned above have already taken a toll on the US economy. No reasoning will convince the citizens or DOD to send more troops on the cost of cutting school education, urban housing and health programs.
Obvious pretext used for this alliance is fighting terrorism. But the irony is that Iran is not in it. That is a clear indication that Saudi Arabia wants to use it to defend its territory and hegemony. More than 35 percent of Saudi military has Yemenis in it and they have refused to participate in the conflict with Yemen for obvious reasons. Pakistan has been dragged into it unnecessarily. To me, the reasons are quite obvious. For one, Pakistan is being punished for its refusal to send its troops to Iraq in 2003, Syria in 2013 and Yemen in 2015. By sending its troops, the defense of the country would be jeopardized, something all Chief of Army Staffs as well as the ISI realized before all of us could ever do. Second is that Pakistan does not want to be a party between the Saudi-Iran war of turf and influential politics. Hence, this coalition will be used to put the words of Perkins in action, i.e, defend Saudi Royal family rather than combating terrorism which may be a huge set back and an embarrassment for the image of Pakistan on global scale.
Under General Raheel’s leadership, we achieved peace after years of blood shed, hence returning to past is not desired by the populace but international powers are expressing their desire to steer events in that direction and the creation of this coalition is one of many shining proofs. What adds fuel to the fire is our weak and apologetic foreign policy. We know the goals to achieve but lack the voice to get it across. We have spineless leaders who have a record of criticizing their own country to boost their rankings in the eyes of the enemy. This is certainly not in our favor. They have thrown us under the bus so if anything goes wrong, they’ll know who to blame. We can’t rely on Army for everything as they’re the only ones who show courage during time of crisis. They can only do so much in the face of all conflicts. Our population is more than 200 million. People with a backbone of steel could be found. They can help us taking command of our country.
This puzzle must be solved before its too late. Yes, there is no force that can undo Pakistan but sitting idle certainly will not help either; for the Word clearly says that “Allah doesnt change the condition of the people until they change whats in themselves. And when Allah intends ill for a people, then none can avert it. Nor there is a defender besides Him”. (Al Quran 13:11)
Only if we could understand.