Rumours about Osama bin Laden (The Canadian Press) – Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf (left) doubts that Osama bin Laden was hiding in Pakistan for years and is challenging the United States to prove it. Speaking to business leaders in Montreal today, the retired general says the U.S. must kill the conspiracy theories by releasing evidence the world's most wanted man was holed up in a compound in Pakistan for years … Musharraf says the two countries must fix their lack of trust for each other … Musharraf is expected to re-enter politics after his return. – The Canadian Press
Dominant Social Theme: It's all a big understanding. More communication is needed. Musharraf is da' man!
Free-Market Analysis: The Anglo-American elite in our view is increasingly desperate over Afghanistan. It is losing the war against the stiff-necked Taliban for the second or third time in the past 100 years and along with the loss, so far as we can tell, go plans, hopes and dreams for a fully realized world empire. It was inevitable that these banking elites (that never give up easily) would launch a counterstrike. That counterstrike is apparently to be embodied in Pervez Musharraf.
Who Is Musharraf? A long article appearing today at CNN Opinion (and written by Musharraf) provides us the following biographical data. "Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf came to power in a bloodless military coup in 1999 when he was chief of Pakistan's army. He held power until the 2008 elections, after which he resigned; since then he has lived in self-imposed exile in London. In late 2010 he launched the All Pakistan Muslim League party with a view to running for office in 2013."
In simpler terms, Musharraf may be, all by himself, a power elite counter offensive. By re-launching Musharraf, if that is what's being done, the Anglo-American elite has made him a most important person, a global VIP. Is he to march back into Pakistan, win the upcoming presidential election and usher Pakistan into the dawn of a new day? This seems a possibility – a dream, at least a hope!
The Internet, as always, provides information that may lead to potential conclusions. From what we can tell, Musharraf was NOT someone who had an overwhelming amount of contact with the West early in his career. He did, however, come from a prominent government family and was apparently from a young age extremely ambitious.
Reading between the lines, one can see Musharraf "seizing the moment" as regards his blossoming career, which featured a prominent military element. Though not ever a Rhodes Scholarship candidate, he does seem to fit Cecil Rhodes' description of the kind of person that was to be awarded such scholarships – one whose character exhibited "smugness, brutality, unctuous rectitude, and tact."
Musharraf would eventually take over as Pakistan's president in a coup. Presumably, he had the blessing of Pakistan's powerful Punjabi families to do so. What does seem clear is that there came a turning point in Musharraf's career, at which time he was drawn further into the West's ambit. Here is the description of how it happened, from Wikipedia:
During a 24 September 2006 interview with Steve Kroft on 60 Minutes, Musharraf said that then-U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage had called Musharraf's intelligence director shortly following the 9/11 attacks and threatened military action if Pakistan did not support the U.S.-led "war on terror". According to Musharraf, Armitage warned: "Be prepared to be bombed. Be prepared to go back to the Stone Age." Furthermore, during an interview with Jon Stewart of The Daily Show on 26 September 2006, Musharraf stated that then-Secretary of State Colin Powell also contacted him with a similar message: "You are with us or against us." Musharraf refused to elaborate further.
It seems to us that this came as a shock, or at least a revelation. Pakistan, important to the West, had just been elevated to lynchpin status. We hypothesize that after 2011, Musharraf began to grasp the significance of what the Anglo-American elites were after. He may have realized suddenly that he had been catapulted into a situation from which he might be able to extract considerable leverage. We also think he may have overplayed his hand. Here is a description of what occurred, from Wikipedia:
On 3 November 2007 Musharraf declared emergency rule across Pakistan. He suspended the Constitution, imposed State of Emergency, and fired the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court again. While addressing the nation on State Television, Musharraf declared that the state of emergency was imposed in the country. In Islamabad, troops entered the Supreme Court building, arrested the judges and kept them under detention in their homes. Troops were deployed inside state-run TV and radio stations, while independent channels went off air. Public protests mounted against Musharraf …
On 7 August 2008, the Pakistan Peoples Party and the Pakistan Muslim League (N) agreed to force Musharraf to step down and begin his impeachment. Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif announced sending a formal request or joint charge sheet that he step down, and impeach him through parliamentary process upon refusal. Musharraf refused to step down. A charge-sheet had been drafted, and was to be presented to parliament. It included Mr Musharraf's first seizure of power in 1999—at the expense of Nawaz Sharif, the PML(N)'s leader, whom Mr Musharraf imprisoned and exiled—and his second last November, when he declared an emergency as a means to get re-elected president … On 18 August 2008, Musharraf resigned. On 19 August, he defended his nine-year rule in an hour-long speech.
After his resignation, Musharraf went for an expected pilgrimage to Mecca. He then went on a lucrative speaking tour through the Middle East, Europe, and United States. Chicago-based Embark LLC was one of the international public-relations firms trying to land Musharraf as a highly paid keynote speaker. According to Embark President David B. Wheeler, the speaking fee for Musharraf would be in the $150,000–200,000 range for a day plus jet and other V.I.P. arrangements on the ground …
Since quitting politics in 2008, Musharraf has been residing in London, the U.K in a self-imposed exile. In late September 2010, speaking at a debate, Musharraf confirmed that he would be launching a new political party in October to contest the upcoming elections in Pakistan in 2013. On Piers Morgan Tonight, Musharraf announced his plans to return to Pakistan on March 23, 2012 in order to seek the Presidency in 2013. He also warned of a new military coup and said the military must play a bigger role in order to gain stability in Pakistan.
Power Elite involvement? "Lucrative" speaking engagements? It is a way of washing money in our view. Those who have provided an extraordinary level of service are tapped on the shoulder by the Queen, provided with book contracts and then sent off on lucrative speaking tours.
The press doesn't ask too many questions of course. One they could have asked was how could it be that a man who came to power in coup, and who basically fled his country to avoid prosecution (still pending!), was in such demand in the US as to receive US$200,000 per DAY plus a private jet for giving hour-long speeches. Does that make sense?
Where did Pervez Musharraf go once he stopped providing his valuable advice? Why he went to Britain. Just where Julian Assange ran off to when HE got into trouble. Britain is somehow seen by such people as a beacon of freedom, a place of tremendous liberty, apparently. It is amazing, by the way, how many Middle Eastern and African thugs keep residences in London.
Anyway, now three years later, Musharraf wants to be president of Pakistan again. He's giving interviews and setting out proposals on how to resolve the war in Afghanistan and ensure that the West's interests are preserved. It's interesting, isn't it? Who's he speaking to?
Political matters have certainly been smoothed over. "The PML Nawaz have tried to get Pervez Musharraf to stand trial in an article 6 trial for treason in relation to the emergency on November 3, 2007 … [But] Saudi Arabia have agreements in place to stop any article 6 trial in Pakistan in relation to Pervez Musharraf according to the newspapers due to Saudi Arabia's long standing friendship with all of the political parties in Pakistan. [The Parliament] is under tremendous pressure from Saudi Arabia to shun his demand for Musharraf's trial under the Article Six of the Constitution!"
How the heck does Saudi Arabia get involved in Pakistan's affairs at the highest level? Incredible in't? As regards Musharraf himself, he has a brand new party (launched from Britain) and a five-point plan to implement when he returns to Pakistan. The CNN article (mentioned above), wherein the plan is contained, is entitled "Pakistan: A reality check amid the terror and chaos." Here are the points:
1. Stop misuse of madrasahs and mosques from preaching militancy of any form.
2. Stop printing/publishing and selling/distributing any material spreading violence and militancy.
3. Ban militant religious organizations and deny their reemergence under different names.
4. Keep the religious syllabus and curriculum in schools under constant review to prevent any teaching of controversial issues, which could lead to religious rigidity, extremism and intolerance.
5. Implement a madrasah strategy to mainstream Taliban into the social fabric of the nation.
And here are the CNN story highlights:
• Pakistan is a victim of terrorism and is certainly not the perpetrator, says Musharraf
• Musharraf: Strategic shift of U.S. policy towards India cost U.S.-Pakistan relations very dearly
• There is an acute deficit of trust between the U.S. and Pakistan at all levels of government
• Musharraf: The earlier we mend fences, the better for Pakistan, the U.S and the world
These are Musharraf's marching orders in our view. He is perhaps returning to Pakistan with the backing of Britain's powerful banking families. He is apparently to effect rein in the Taliban while effecting a rapprochement with both the US and India. Good luck, Musharraf!
Musharraf is a walking, talking "intervention" and he knows it. In the middle of the CNN article, he makes sure to position himself as a Osama bin Laden skeptic. (See article excerpt at the beginning of this story, reported by The Canadian Press from the CNN posting.) Not too much of one. He doesn't question whether bin Laden is DEAD or not. He is merely skeptical that bin Laden could have lived undetected in Pakistan for so long.
He hopes to come across to the angry people of Pakistan as an unbeliever, someone who does not fully accept the Western narrative. So clever! He also steps forward as someone who is rehabilitating the army's image, battered in the wake of bin Laden's alleged death. (Of course we are on record as being extremely skeptical of this death; bin Laden had Marfan's Syndrome, needed dialysis and may have died in 2001.)
The reinjection of Musharraf into Pakistan (as Lenin was injected by Germany into Russia to win the Revolutionary War?) is seemingly a documented elite pattern. No doubt, a plan of attack has been worked out. Musharraf will likely thunder against the West, even as immense power elite pressure is applied on Pakistan's elites to support him.
Notice, please, that the pressure being applied on Pakistan is coming from Saudi Arabia. Western elites don't seem to have a lot of "inside" influence. Pakistan's Street, meanwhile, is in a tumult and bringing Musharraf back will do little to calm the anger of the common man.
Is Musharraf the best the Anglo-American elites can muster? There is a good deal more we could say! We will sit back now and watch and wait. There will be signs. We will see … as the Internet Reformation marches on.