Hitchens on “Why does Pakistan Hate the US”

Christopher “god is not great” Hitchens on why Pakis hate the Americans.

About the US and Pakistan, Hitchens writes

This is, and always was, a sick relationship, and it is now becoming dangerously diseased. It’s not possible to found a working, trusting, fighting alliance on such a basis. Under communism, the factory workers of Eastern Europe had a joke: “We pretend to work, and they pretend to pay us.” In this instance, the Pakistanis don’t even pretend that their main military thrust is directed against the common foe, but we do continue to pay them. If we only knew it, the true humiliation and indignity is ours, not theirs.

This will continue to get nastier and more corrupt and degrading until we recognize that our long-term ally in Asia is not Pakistan but India. And India is not a country sizzling with self-pity and self-loathing, because it was never one of our colonies or clients. We don’t have to send New Delhi 15 different envoys a month, partly to placate and partly to hector, because the relationship with India isn’t based on hysteria and envy. Alas, though, we send hardly any envoys at all to the world’s largest secular and multicultural democracy, and the country itself gets mentioned only as an afterthought. Nothing will change until this changes.

The core problem of Pakistan, dear Mr Hitchens, was identified by Huntington. That nation was founded on Islam and as Huntington wrote, “Islam [is] a different civilisation whose people are convinced of the superiority of their culture and are obsessed with the inferiority of their power.” It is this cognitive dissonance that lies at the core of the Pakistani schizophrenia that simultaneously hates the Americans and knows perfectly well that it cannot survive without American dole.

Author: Atanu Dey


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