Framing Pakistan

How the Pro-Israel Media Enables India’s Surrogate Warfare

In its bitter rivalry with India, Pakistan is at a fatal disadvantage. Unlike its South Asian neighbour, Islamabad lacks an ally with considerable influence over American mainstream media.

The latest example of US media complicity with the Indo-Israeli alliance came in the aftermath of the much-hyped Times Square “car-bomb” incident. Typical of the media orgy of Pakistan-bashing that followed the discovery of an SUV packed with 250 pounds of non-explosive fertilizer was a piece written by Newsweek’s Indian-born editor, Fareed Zakaria, in which he brands Pakistan as “a terrorist hothouse.”

“For a wannabe terrorist shopping for help, Pakistan is a supermarket,” writes Zakaria. “There are dozens of jihadi organizations: Jaish-e-Muhammad, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Al Qaeda, Jalaluddin and Siraj Haqqani’s network, Tehrik-e-Taliban, and the list goes on. Some of the major ones, like the Kashmiri separatist group Lashkar-e-Taiba, operate openly via front groups throughout the country. But none seem to have any difficulty getting money and weapons.”

Zakaria is in no doubt about who’s to blame.

“From its founding, the Pakistani government has supported and encouraged jihadi groups, creating an atmosphere that has allowed them to flourish,” claims the CNN pundit.

To back up his assertions, Zakaria cites no less an authority that Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States. In Pakistan: Between Mosque and Military, which Zakaria considers a “brilliant history,” Husain Haqqani claims that support for jihad has been “a consistent policy of the state.”

Case closed for the prosecution? Perhaps not.

The Pakistani diplomat’s credibility as an objective critic of jihadism is undermined somewhat by his intimate ties to the Israel-centric neoconservative network. A former fellow at the Likudnik Hudson Institute, Haqqani co-chaired Hudson’s Project on Islam and Democracy. Its director, Hillel Fradkin, was a Project for a New American Century signatory to a 2002 letter to George W. Bush equating Yasser Arafat with Osama Bin Laden in an effort to convince the White House that “Israel’s fight against terrorism is our fight.”

Haqqani also collaborated with another neocon, Stephen Schwartz, on the Institute for Islamic Progress and Peace. A project of the notorious Islamophobe Daniel Pipes, it is widely suspected to be an attempt to “divide and conquer” the American Muslim community. In short, if Tel Aviv had handpicked Pakistan’s ambassador to Washington, they could hardly have found a more suitable candidate than Haqqani.

Also advancing “the Pakistan Connection” to the Times Square plot is Haqqani’s onetime collaborator Stephen Schwartz. Writing in Rupert Murdoch’s staunchly pro-Israel Weekly Standard, Schwartz pushes “the Pakistani Taliban did it” storyline. Faisal Shahzad’s arrest, he writes, “lends credibility to the claim by Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the branch of the Afghan terrorist movement operating there, that they planted the unsuccessful car-bomb.”

Like Zakaria, Schwartz holds Pakistani authorities responsible.

“Pakistani reality cannot be evaded,” he writes. “The jihadist domination seen in the Pakistani army and intelligence services (ISI) is visible everywhere South Asian Muslims congregate. It explains the reluctance of the Pakistani government to fulfill its commitment to fighting the Taliban. And it equally accounts for conspiracies like that foiled in Times Square.”

The one evading “Pakistani reality,” however, is Schwartz. If any government is to be held responsible for terrorism carried out by Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), it is not in Islamabad but in Tel Aviv or New Delhi.

As Gordon Duff, senior editor of Veterans Today, revealed in a recent interview: “We have very little doubt that the Indians and the Israelis, that are all over Afghanistan with German passports pretending to be military contractors, are operating 17 camps along the Taliban regions training and arming terrorists.”

According to Duff, “The Pakistani Taliban is in close cooperation with, supplied, financed, armed and trained by Israel and India to attack Pakistan.”

Duff’s claims are based on a February 2010 fact-finding tour of Pakistan, where he was briefed by the highest levels of the country’s military and intelligence establishment, including Lieutenant General Hamid Gul, former director general of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Admiral Iftikhar Ahmed Sirohey, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and General Mirza Aslam Beg, former Chief of Army Staff.

Fearful of offending their Israel-conscious paymasters in Washington, the Pakistani military and intelligence services have been forced into the humiliating position of leaking their side of the story through the Veterans Today website.

According to the ISI leak, the Times Square terror plot was a “false flag operation to implicate the Pakistani Taliban and then threaten and force Pakistan to ‘do more’ in North Waziristan.” This was followed by “a massive media disinformation war” to induce the belief that “all global terrorism is emerging from the Pakistani tribal pocket of North Waziristan, and that the ISI/army is either hands and gloves with the Taliban or not willing to do more.”

Clearly, Israel and India share a common geostrategic interest in the destabilization of the nuclear-armed Muslim nation. As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stated, “Our ties with India don’t have any limitation….”

Israel, however, has proven itself a rather dubious ally—as a growing number of Americans are beginning to realize. Perhaps one day policymakers in New Delhi will have a similar awakening. But for the time being, the media component of its alliance with Tel Aviv affords India a powerful weapon to wage surrogate warfare against Pakistan.

Maidhc Ó Cathail writes extensively on U.S. foreign policy and the Middle East. Read other articles by Maidhc, or visit Maidhc's website.

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  1. MichaelKenny said on May 26th, 2010 at 8:30am #

    A small aside and without disagreeing with the author: if the mainstream media is so lacking in credibility in regard to Pakistan, why was it only recently a fountainhead of reliability in regard to the Pope? Both propositions can’t be true!

  2. bozh said on May 26th, 2010 at 9:23am #

    So, it seems, indian and pak’ns fascist are not uniting like egyptian, saudi, kuwaiti, iraqi, jordanian are.

    It is strange to see nowdays fascists fighting fascists. American and european fascists have united at least since ’48. And to the degree that their soldiers are fighting pashtuns and against their seven ‘terrorists’.
    OK, at one time there may have 7k or 700k ‘terrorists’, but as measured in-US-made measurue; much peppered and salted.

    A diet n. americans like very much; which makes them much eliptical, apolitical, and nescient-misoneistic. [misoneism= fear of knowledge-change]

    One caveat! They are not like that geneticly; they are as much made as many germans had been made in germany ’33-43 period.
    World made me! And believe me , i cried and swore ever since. In short, i, too, am a basket case just like 99.99%+ of us!
    So, cheer up! No one was left behind! Is it any surprise that 12 apostles + 12 pols can rule one bn basket cases and even use wmd? tnx

  3. Rehmat said on May 27th, 2010 at 3:48am #

    Pakistan has been a target of Zionists’ war on Islam even before the plantation of Zionist entity in the heartland of Islam – the Middle East. Ben Gurion always considered Pakistan as sovereign state and its nuclear program as grave threat to the very existance of Israel. Israel is suspected of being involved in the assassinations of Pakistan’s first prime minister Liaquat Ali Khan, Pakistan’s military dictator Gen. Zia-ul-Haq and former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. Israel also played the part in Mumbai and several other false flag terrorist operations which were pinned on Pakistan. Pakistan Army found conclusive proof of US-Israel-India training and arming the Al-Qaeda insurgents in Swat Valley.

    With the help of Zionist-controlled mainstream media – Israel had been able to blame its false-flag operations on its enemies especially the Muslims around the world. However, lately, the deceptive behaviour of the West’s “poor little Israel surrounded by enemies” is being exposed – suprisingly by the western intellectuals. The recent two terrorist activities on American soil – the Christmas Eve bomber and the Times Square bomb – are the latest acts of Israeli terrorism against the very nation which has financed the Zionist entity with more than US$3000 billion since 1970s. While the Christmas Eve bomber gave Senator Joe Lieberman to ask Barack Obama to invade Yemen – the Times Square bomb was pinned on Taliban in Pakistan by two so-called ‘intelligence sources’ – S.I.T.E. and IntelCenter, both made in Israel. S.I.T.E. co-founder and director, Rita Katz, is an Iraqi-born Jewess whose father was executed by Iraqi government for being member of Israeli Mossad. She graduated from Tel Aviv University and speaks both Hebrew and Arabic fluently. She emigrated to the US in 1997. She has admitted receiving US$130,000 from FBI as a ‘consultant’. IntelCenter, which supplies Bin Laden tapes to US government – is owned and run by a Zionist Jew by the name Ben Venzke and the group is an offshoot of INDEFENSE which was staffed by senior PSYOP officer Jim Meinick who worked for Donald Rumsfeld. The group allegedly receives the Jihad video directly from Mossad HQ in Herzilya (Israel).

  4. hayate said on May 27th, 2010 at 3:51am #

    “How the Pro-Israel Media Enables India’s Surrogate Warfare”

    The ziowackies need to be removed from their positions of control and be given something to do instead better suited to their mentality – like washing dishes or making lisence plates at san quentin.

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  6. Deadbeat said on May 28th, 2010 at 2:01am #

    The hegemonic influence of Zionist-Israeli forces over America’s foreign policy, particularly Middle East policy, is a phenomenon without historical precedent. While right-wing radicals, with their focus on patriotism and constitutional values, set off early alarms about this perceived foreign domination, the Left pretty much slept through its insidious ascent to power.


  7. Rehmat said on May 28th, 2010 at 7:35am #

    Thanks dan e for finding my blog useful…..

    According to Gordon Duff chief editor ‘Veteran Tody, Jewish lobby groups maybe planning to assassinate president Barack Obama to pave the way for the invasion of Islamic Republic of Iran….