Monday, May 25, 2009
Why not reinstate the Wali of Swat and support him?
Pakistani Troops Fight Taliban in Main Swat Town
Merger of Swat State with Pakistan - Page 1, VALLEY SWAT
The Wali of Swat mourns his lost land
Pakistani troops retake 'bloody intersection'
I must admit that after learning about the Wali of Swat and reading much of the history of the region I have to agree with him. I know it was an Autocracy but they controlled the Taliban. As he said, in those days the Taliban was not an issue and three years ago could be controlled by two policemen. The Wali controlled the Swat and that seems to have been the problem for Pakistan.
There were no problems! There was no Sharia or Pakistani law. Only fair law dispensed fairly, quickly, and evenly, by the Wali. The more I learned about it the better it seemed and I could not understand why it was a threat to anyone. They believed in educating women, built schools and hospitals, and health care was free.
The country of Pakistan took over in 1969 and therein lies the problem for what was once an idyllic paradise known as the Switzerland of Pakistan! The Taliban only gained a foothold there because they promised money to the poor. They gained control over the region only because of Pakistan who it seems let them thrive to get US money and power behind Pakistan.
The Taliban will now be driven out and Pakistan will have control over the region and its people that has eluded them and compliments of the west. I really do not understand why such a beautiful idyllic region as the Swat valley came to this. It was run from what I can see quite well prior to Pakistan wanting to take it over.
I do not understand why the Wali could not have kept control of his area in conjunction with a Democratic Pakistan? It seems to me that the only problem was with Islamabad. A lot of lives could have been saved and 2 million displaced people could have been saved the anguish. Pakistan's military has been valiant here but along with our brave military I am really starting to question their misuse for a Governments personal agenda and it is not what the people are led to believe it is.
When all is said and done I now think Pakistan will be okay but it is us I wonder about as Afghanistan does not seem to want success by our measure. Are we wasting our time money and American lives? For what? oil rights, passages,other energies again? Were we used by Pakistan? Or are we using Pakistan?