Three idea picks for senior Pakistan army officers.
Listen to the whispers and you won’t have to hear the screams. ~Cherokee saying
Some formations of the Pakistan army, along with the poorly-paid and ill-equipped Frontier Corps, are engaged in counterinsurgency and counter-terrorist operations in northern areas of Pakistan. In a conversation with The Acorn, an intriguing idea came about. How would a Pakistani brigade commander or division commander exhort his junior officers or soldiers to fight the Taliban? Here are three options as to what a senior Pakistani commander’s rationalisation for such action to his officers and soldiers could be.
Option #1 — These jehadis have nothing to do with Islam. They are a part of the Christian-Hindu-Zionist conspiracy and a front for the enemies of Pakistan: India, US and Israel. So, don’t look at them as your religious brethren but only as an extension and mirror image of our arch-enemies. Thus, act against the jehadis as if you attacking an Indian from across the border.
Option #2 – We are a poor country– due to certain geographical and historical circumstances — as we have been victimised by the world for a long time. We need economic help from the West, especially the US, and thus we need to show that we are acting against the jehadis. We have nothing against the jehadis but we have to depict some action anyhow. So, you will have to portray some hard action against the jehadis.
Option #3 — There is a contradiction between the idea of Pakistan and the belief of the jehadis. The idea of Pakistan as a homeland for Muslims of South Asia is being threatened by the conception of a medieval Islamic empire that these jehadis aspire for. If we have to save the idea of Pakistan from being strangulated and destroyed by these jehadis, we must take them on with all our might — military and ideological — and eradicate them for ever.
The US wants the Pakistan military commanders to use the third option to effect a turn around in this war against the jehadis. But realistically the best course that the US can hope for is the first option. However, the soldiers would soon see through the false premise expounded by their commanders once they come across jehadis — attired in a traditional way and ostensibly living as per the hardcore version of Islam — that have nothing to do with India or Israel. Thus, some of the commanders might have already moved across to exercising the second option and those who are on the first option would also have to eventually move over to the second option.
This conclusively points to only one thing. Eventually, there is a single entity that the US (and India) have to confront in Pakistan: the military-intelligence-jehadi complex.