Safar\Rabi-Ul-Awwal 1424 H
Volume 16-05 No : 197
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The US diplomat who directs the US policies in Iraq and Afghanistan was the strongest advocate for the ouster of Saddam Hussein
Washington: The man who today guides the US policies in Iraq and Afghanistan is 52-year old Zalmay Khalilzad, Pashtu-speaking Afghan-American who was appointed as the “special envoy and ambassador at large for free Iraqis”. Khalilzad has prepared the strategy for the post-war Iraq for the United States. He was also behind the installation of the US stooge Hamid Karzai, former Unocal Oil company employee in Kabul as president. He had been appointed as the special envoy to Kabul in December 2001. A year later, he is in Baghdad. He was the strongest advocate for the ouster of Saddam Hussein. He has thus emerged as the chief votary of the neo-conservative caucus in and around the war-mongering President, George W. Bush. According to circles who know him from close quarters, he thinks “military solutions as the first not the last policy option”, according to the generally well-informed Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, published from Washington.
He is a product of Ghazi Lycee School in Kabul and American University in Beirut. His father was advisor to former King Zahir Shah. His ideological mentor was Albert Wohlstetter, a University of Chicago mathematician who prepared the Pentagon’s blueprint during the cold war. Khalilzad did his Ph.D. under him in 1979 and later taught global political science at Columbia University. He was one of the key advisors in the State Department when Carter administration decided to support the Afghan mujahideen against the Soviet incursion. He then passed under the patronship of Paul Wolfowitz, the Jew who is now the Deputy Secretary of Defense.
During Clinton’s tenure he served in the RAND corporation which prepares the policy studies for the US military. At RAND, he founded the Center for Greater Middle East Studies.
In 1998, he signed an open letter to President Clinton calling for the ouster of Saddam Hussein. Among others who signed the letter were other non-conversative hawks Wolfowitz, Defense Secretary Donal Rumsfeld, Douglas Feith, Dov Zakheim, and Peter Rodman.
Like current Deputy Secretary of state Richar Armitage, Khalilzad’s oil credentials are impeccable. Khalilzad was a paid advisor of Unocal Corp, a US oil company which was negotiating for Taliban approval for laying a $2 billion gas and oil pipeline across Afghanistan. Then being a part of the oil lobby, Khalilzad had advised a softer line towards Talibans by the Clinton Administration. He had defended the Taliban in a piece in The Washington Post in 1996: “The Taliban do not practise the anti-US fundamentalism like Iran.”
However, when the Taliban were found to have indulged in anti-American attacks, he change his tune altogether. He co-authored “Afghanistan: Consolidation of a rogue State”.
He was later appointed as a special assistant to the President George Bush and the National Security Council headed by Condoleeza Rice, another key oil lobby activist. His forte however lies in working in relative obscurity.
He has allied closely with Israeli interests in Washington and has been the architect of “American forces being the liberators and not conquerors of Iraq”.
His flip flop stances on Talibans have however not endeared him to the serious- minded diplomats in the State department and could be an obstacle to his ascension further up in the hierarchy dominated by Jews and neo-cons.
Muhammad ibn Abdullah ibn Sallam (may Allah be pleased with him) came to the Prophet (peace be upon him) and said, “My neighbour is disturbing me.” He said, “Have patience.” He came back a second time and said, “My neighbour is disturbing me,” and the Prophet again said “Have patience.” He came back a third time and said “My neighbour is disturbing me.” The Prophet told him: , “Go back and put all your good and chattels out in the street. If anyone comes along and asks you, tell him, ‘My neightbour is disturbing me.’ Then he will truly incur curses. Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him honour his neighbour...”
An important aspect of the teachings of Islam is not to repay a bad neighbour with bad deeds, but to bear his disturbance with patience, in so far as he is able, hoping that the one who is doing wrong may stop his bad behaviour when he sees that his neighbour is not responding in kind. This is one of the noblest characteristics and one of the most effective ways of uprooting the evil that exists in some souls.
Source: “The Ideal Muslims” - Dr Muhammad Ali Al Hashimi’s.