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Sunday, 4 December 2011

Assesment of U.S-PAK Relationship: Master-Slave Recognition? (At The Intellect Debate by Mohammad bin Iftikhar)

AS MASTERS

America has been an ally of Pakistan since 20th October 1947. The relationship between the two has always been based on give-and-take. That is economic and military assistance in terms of AID has unfortunately never reached the general public but has been diverted to the Swiss accounts of our corrupt leaders and feudal landlord politicians. PPP, PML(n)(to name a few) every leader has had a fair share of this blood money other than the general public.

AS ALLIES

After the September 11 attacks in 2001 in the United States, Pakistan became a key ally in the war on terror with the United States. During this decade-long anti-terrorism campaign, Pakistan has killed and arrested more than 400 Al Qaeda affiliates, including Khalid Sheikh Muhammad, suspected of being the mastermind behind the September 11 attacks, and has lost more than approx. 40,000 lives. The direct and indirect economic losses in the recent 10 years from anti-terrorism total $100 billion, far more than the $20 billion economic aid given by the US during the same period.

PAK-PUBLIC OPINION: A STAB IN THE BACK AS ALLIES AS IT IS AGAINST THE DEFINED RULES OF ENGAGEMENT. RESPONSE.  U.S- PUBLIC OPINION: ITS OUR RIGHT AS A  MASTER

Despite the defined "RULES OF ENGAGEMENT" between NATO/ISAF/U.S and PAKISTAN, on november 26th 2011, NATO fighters killed 24 Pakistani military personnel. The public in Pakistan are viewing the u.s as back stabbers after this event and the other view is of a "double game' being played by them, as the conspiracy theorists believe that this was an attempt to allow afghan taliban (insurgents trained by the cia and indian raw) to cross over into Pakistan in order conduct their terrorist activities.

The western media for the likes of bbc, cnn or washington post instead of condoning this event, is busy in the defilement of Pakistan's sacrifice. As they believe that a master has the right to kill them because American tax payer's money is involved a quote usually used in the Obama campaign.

MY ASSESMENT:

The problem in this "roller coaster"  relationship is simply due to the fact that it is based on master-slave recognition.As per Hegel in a master-slave relationship, the recognition of the master by the slave is usually jeopardized.Recognition is what the mind is mainly about. Its application in the objective basis for social life and history opens a new horizon for understanding of the historicity of human existence. But the complication, which arises here is that since recognition is reciprocal then it may render an impossible reality.Pakistan no doubt has paid a heavy social and political price for its involvement in the war on terrorism.Society is in disorder, the security situation is deteriorating and many people have lost their homes from drone and terrorist bombings. Recognizing the sacrifice would eventually put this relationship into jeopardy.

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