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P4  –  PAKISTAN LINK – DECEMBER  22, 2017                                                                                             OPINION
         Pakistan Link                  n By Mowahid Hussain Shah                         Fighting for Pakistan

                                           he unilateral move by Trump
                   President               to recognize Jerusalem as the
               Arif Zaff ar Mansuri    Tcapital of Israel exposes the
     collective failure of Muslim elites to
                                                  forge unity of pur-
                    Editor                        pose.  It augments
            Akhtar Mahmud Faruqui                 a gen d a-dr i ven
               orchestration  of
                                                  hostility  toward
          Editor Urdu Link & Bureau Chief (Pakistan)  Muslims.  Th  is ac-
                Shabbir Ghori                     celerating climate
                                                  of rancor spills
               Resident Editor Urdu Link   over into US-Pakistan relations,
              & Director Video Operations  wherein Washington is showing an
                Anwar Khawaja         increasing propensity to view Paki-
      stan through Indian lenses.
                                          Th  e question then centers on
             Manager  Sales  &  Advertising    what can be done to counteract these
                 Sana Shaikh          challenges.    More  specifi cally,  is  it
       through subcontracting and sublet-
                                      ting the task to a high-priced lob-
                  Advisory Board      bying fi rm – essentially overpaid
               Dr Sohail Masood       mercenaries who have little passion,
                                      pride, or stake in Pakistan and whose
                  Regional Offi  ces  principal motivating factor is when
                                      to collect the next fat paycheck – or
                    YKKB              self-reliance through self-empower-
                                          Dependency on hired guns and
                  Sacramento, CA      borrowed brains may provide a stop-  ing big strategic picture.  one  of the  most  decorated  ships  in   fully register that there are no short-
     gap band-aid, but is hardly a durable   (5) Terror.  From the US stand-  US  naval  history,  the  USS  Liberty,   cuts and no easy route to self-respect
                                      panacea.  It hasn’t worked before and   point, Pakistan allegedly has failed   was relentlessly and deliberately at-  and empowerment.
              San Fransisco/Bay Area, CA
    it is unlikely to work now.  You are   to rein in terrorism.  Washington’s   tacked by Israeli aircraft .  Th  e mas-  America under Trump has
                                      always prone to being outgunned.  blind spots about the blowback con-  sacre of US naval servicemen was   squandered considerable respect and
                  New York, NY            Lest it be forgotten, the Kerry-  sequences of its own original sin of   covered up and is now the subject   leverage at home and abroad.  Moral
      Lugar-Berman bill was draft ed under   launching and embracing groups,   of a new book, “Erasing the Liberty”   defi cit has shrunk the infl uence of
                                      the aegis of highly paid lobbyists for   which now form a pernicious cloud   by Phillip Tourney, which details the   the self-proclaimed “sole superpow-
                   Houston, TX        Pakistan, under the Zardari regime.    hovering over the region and else-  extent of the atrocity, followed by the   er” in the 21st century.  Th  erefore,
                                      Ostensibly, the bill was to assist Paki-  where, cripple the ability to have an   unfathomable travesty of justice in   to look to America for intellectual
                   Phoenix, AZ        stan, but it came loaded with intru-  honest meeting of minds.  the cover-up by Washington.    direction shows poor awareness of
      sive sovereignty-breaching condi-  Meanwhile, the pro-Israeli Lob-  Th  e prime inspiring and teach-  the current tide.  In this connection,
                                      tionalities.                  by is working hand-in-glove with the   able example is that of Muhammad   is a new well-received book (“Notes
                  Ontario, Canada
      Five  important  issues  come  to   Indian Lobby, which has successfully              on a Foreign Country: An American
                                      mind in the context of US-Pakistan   infi ltrated  policymaking  organs  of   Th  e US-based Pakistani   Abroad in a Post-American World”)
                                      relations:                    US state and society, and whose sub-                        by Suzy Hansen, who moved to Is-
             Letters to the Editor            (1) Nukes.  Here Pakistani   tle animus operates as a slow poison.  community in   tanbul and gained an eye-opening
          Readers are welcome to express their opinion   policymakers fumbled, when in re-  Fright has depleted fi ght.   A   particular, and the larger   perspective of America’s toxic role in
          in these columns. Please keep your letters   sponse to the illicit US-India deal of   major hurdle has been a timid mind-  the Mideast as well as a realization of
          brief and to the point.  Letters without full                                             Muslim community in
          name, complete address, and a daytime   2005, they beseechingly asked for the   set.   Self-doubt and low self-esteem   its domestic limitations.
          phone  number  will  not  be  published.   same deal, tantamount to validating   (Iqbal’s Khudi) have contributed to a    Trump’s Jerusalem move is a
          Also, copies of letters sent to other news-                                               general, despite jolting
          papers are not encouraged. Letters can be   it.           posture of self-indoctrinated defeat-                       humiliating insult to Muslims world-
          mailed, faxed or e-mailed to the Editor at                                                reminders, have yet to      wide, by desecrating what they hold
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          letter  or  any  other  material.  In  case  of   growing Pak-China ties through the   their lifestyle.  And the once-formi-  ring but outside it as well and today is   unavoidable task is to take up the
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          amount paid for the advertisement to the   lenses.        of Church and society, now stand   lete in American history” (vide Joyce   and politically sound.  Inaction is not
          Advertisements in Pakistan Link are    (4) Islamophobia.  State-  thoroughly tamed.  Th  e lesson here   Carol Oates, reviewing ‘Ali: A Life’   an option.  Fighting for Pakistan re-
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          responsible nor endorses the contents of   sponsored Islamophobia under the   is that politicians think twice before   by Jonathan Eig, in New York Times,   quires one quintessential ingredient:
          any advertisement. In case of a frivolous   Trump administration reinforces the   tackling someone who bites back.    December 3, 2017).    a fi ghting spirit.
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          of the suit, including but not limited to the   existing negative perception of Paki-  Passivity encourages bullying   Th  e US-based Pakistani com-  “Let it not be said that we didn’t
            Link’s costs and the attorney’s fees.  stan in Washington circles.  Without   and escalating attacks.  Instructive   munity in particular, and the larger   prove equal to the task” was Quaid’s
                                      comprehending and acknowledging   here is a suppressed saga of the US   Muslim community in general, de-  admonition to his nation.  It remains
                                      this, it is diffi  cult to grasp the evolv-  Navy.  50 years ago, on June 8, 1967,   spite jolting reminders, have yet to   pertinent today as ever.
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