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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Deconstructing Ahmed Rashid - Tariq Ali

Ahmed Rashid (Descent into Chaos) is to what MIBC (military-industry-bureaucracy-complex) today what Rockerfeller's "import" Henry Kissinger was in an earlier era.

He is being used as much as he uses them. Here is a view point on the process and more in this short excerpt by Tariq Ali:

After breakfast, I read Gideon Rachman’s often revealing blog on the Financial Times website. Today there was some very good news. Ahmed Rashid, a leading adviser to the US hawks on Afghanistan, is depressed. Deconstructing Rachman on this occasion might be useful for CounterPunch readers:

“…Jon Snow of Channel 4 News, allowed me to gatecrash a breakfast he was having
with Ahmed Rashid. In theory, Ahmed is just a journalist like us. But his views
on Afghanistan and Pakistan are now so widely sought that he has really become a
player. He seems to be consulted by everybody - and I mean, everybody.”

This last is a slight exaggeration. The main people who consult Rashid, apart from Robert Silvers at the New York Review of Books, are US policy-makers in favor of a continuous occupation of Afghanistan. Rashid provides them with many a spurious argument to send more troops and wipe out the Pashtuns opposing the occupation. Within Afghanistan, Rashid’s principal backer and friend is Hamid Karzai who has now managed to antagonize even the tamest US liberals such as Peter Galbraith, recently sacked as a UN honcho in Kabul because he suggested that Karzai had rigged the elections. Rashid the journalist has no time for people who suggest that Karzai is a corrupt rogue, whose family is now the richest in the country, or that he manipulates US public opinion with the aid of PR companies, friends in Washington and, of course, Ahmed Rashid himself.

[thanks RZ for the link]


Blogger Tao Dao Man said...

Thanks, I do read Juan Cole. Is there a prominent Pakistani, or Afghan that counters Rashid? There should be more writers from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India available to the american public. I fear that once more the drums of war are being heard, without a voice from the opposition. All roads lead to Tel Aviv. Why are we not hearing voices from the Muslim, and Hindu world. These are the voices that must be heard in order to bring about world peace. The american MSM is infected.

October 18, 2009 1:23 PM  

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