Thoughts on a fragile area of the world. The impact of Palestine & the Middle East on world peace gets much attention, yet the situation in Kashmir is a far more deadly sore spot for Muslims than Palestine, even though Kashmir, Pakistan & India get relatively little news coverage in America. Muslim suicide bombers were active in February, 2015 in Pakistan, for instance on the 13th blowing up a mosque during Friday prayers and killing 24 & wounding 50 people. I mention this as the tip of the iceberg of the diversity & complexity of the people of Pakistan & India. There are thousands of tribes, religions, and groups in each country with clashing goals. The job of governing such national diversity is a challenge to any Indian or Pakistani govt., not to mention the fact that India & Pakistan have numerous issues (water scarcity, energy, territorial disputes, trade, noncooperation in fighting crime/ terrorism) that could erupt into another war. The person(s) who can solve these issues, can solve issues anywhere.
WATER SCARCITY. The U.N. projects 14% of the global population in 2025 will lack drinking water. Both the Indian & Pakistani govt.s have a hard time keeping their own people from revolting due to lack of potable water, not to mention going to war over the Indus River water. In Jan., Pakistan just opened Asia’s largest solar desalination plant at Mithi. They have been installing hundreds of solar desalination plants in villages. But all this is a drop in the bucket from what they need. Likewise, India has 2 very large water desalination plants in the Chennai area, one producing 36.5 million cubic meters and another, the Minjur plant, 100 million liters of water per day. While it may seem inexpensive to desalinate water, for instance 100 gallons of water that an average America uses may cost only 29 cents to desalinate, the overall costs to build and operate these plants are huge. The law of physics requires a minimum of 1 kWh/meter cubed of water and currently the better plants are using 3 kWh/meter cubed. It is too bad that the free energy/perpetual motion machines and Tesla technology for free energy—which have already been demonstrated— are not used to eliminate energy desalination costs. This is mankind’s price for technology being suppressed.
AMERICA’S ROLE. The activities of the U.S. govt. are involved with both India & Pakistan. It reminds me of the first war between Pakistan & India in 1947. Because both nations had just gained independence, the generals leading the militaries of both nations in the war were British! Yes, British-led fighting British- led. Cameron Munter (NSC, NATO) resigned his position as ambassador to Pakistan in protest to the U.S. using drones to kill people in Pakistan. America’s Ambassadors to India have tended to be more heavy weights compared to who we send to Pakistan, our ally. For instance we sent as Ambassadors to India: Frank G. Wisner II (a Bilderberg mbr., & CFR) and John Kenneth Galbraith (advisor to 5 pres., Kennedy family friend, Century Club mbr., and “the most famous economy thinker of his day”). Nancy Jo Powell, a National Intelligence Officer served as an ambassador to both India & Pakistan, as well as Nepal.
Two other ambassadors to Pakistan that caught my eye was John Moors Cabot of the elite Mass. Cabot family, and Eugene M. Locke (Yale, an oilman & lawyer). The CFR via the State Dept. makes a lot of the policy that our ambassadors push. Henry Seigman (CFR) has been very active in the Middle East. The U.S. govt. gave Pakistan $20 million between 2001-2012 to pay them for their help on combatting terrorism. Pakistan has been double minded when it comes to that subject; for instance, they supported the Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Punjab-based militia they initially helped create in hopes it would attack India. Both nations are repeatedly accusing each other of supporting extremist attacks. The armed services of both nations gain power & importance because of the tensions between the countries. In Kashmir, all kinds of atrocities are committed (rapes, disappearing people, etc.), and India routinely shoots school boys dead for throwing rocks at their tanks. These things don’t get into American press.
POSITIVES. There are people in various nations who are trying to rise above all the mess of the area. The Khudi movement in Pakistan is a youth-run intellectual group that is trying to teach values of peace, democracy, and non-extremist answers to problems. I notice that they have a couple of facebook pages incl. the “Khudi cause”…and a web page… http://www.khudipakistan.com/ They are using the Internet to bring together a network of global activists to work on issues. Maajid Nawaz was one of the founders and he works internationally. What is interesting is that the leadership of the Khudi movement realize it will take decades of work to turn things around. But they have seen success in some places in turning people away from hate. They advocate Pakistan help their economy by increasing trade rather than aid. Trade with India was greatly cut off after the two areas were partitioned into two hostile nations. Yet, both nations could gain from normal trade, for instance, Pakistan has dates & nuts and India has green tea that could be sold to the other nation.
INTERVIEW QUOTES FROM KHUDI LEADER IMRAN KHAN. His message in the interview to people fighting extremism was: “Extremism is a destructive and divisive force, no matter what form it takes or wherever it rears its ugly head. More and more we see extremists taking advantage of globalization to spread their messages of hate. It has thus become crucial for those who wish to fight this menace to also join hands.”
WEAK LINKS. When it comes to one’s health, one needs to focus attention on one’s weakest link. The human body is complex, and the failure of just one component can spell death. Likewise, the health of the world is complex, and the weak links…like Fukushima and the messes in Pakistan-India area…should really get more serious attention.