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President Obama, stop scapegoating Pakistan – Part 1

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Dear President Obama,

I am writing to you in three brief installments as an American and as one who also loves his country.

And I write from Des Moines, Iowa, a place that you know well and fondly, I believe.

But today I am going to do something intentionally unusual and address you from this forum of Pakistan Times.

Why?

Three years ago I knew nothing and cared less about Pakistan. I couldn’t even spell Cashmear. Okay maybe I still can’t. But I lived as an industrially minded expatriate (in Japan) for seven years and came away from that experience with at least a micron of confidence and common sense for sizing up international situations. And in sizing up US policy on Pakistan today, things look ineffective in the short run, and disastrous in the long. A sure sign of not understanding the situation in hand and not healthy for the future of our own country.

Most telling of this? Two weeks ago, there occurred in Lahore, Pakistan an action of democracy as powerful and as meaningful as the world has seen in decades.

And this democratic action manifested not out of the machinations of Pakistani politicians, not from the intimidation of the Pakistan army, and not by the urgent folly of mindless patriotism, but by the people of Pakistan.

And they made it happen in democratically massive numbers. Peacefully and without the formality of the voting booth.

The people of Pakistan stood up and spoke out against injustice in their own country. They demanded something better from their elected leaders. And it worked. It was pure democracy in action, an astonishing event, one that any lover of democracy, such as our own country, might have applauded and congratulated and celebrated.

Did we? No. With an irony that has not yet hit us considering the trillion dollar cost of our own failed efforts to build democracies in Iraq and Afghanistan, we were too wrapped up in our anger over bonuses paid to AIG executives on Wall Street to give it much notice, much less the honor the people of Pakistan deserved for their democratic achievement.

What is going on?

In a word (and this is no simplification and certainly no mere generalized criticism), what is happening on our part is the scapegoating of Pakistan. And this — scapegoating — this historically ubiquitous human tendency, of persons and of peoples, for unwitting and unintended self-destruction, we’ll examine in the second part of this letter.

Respectfully,

Tommy Schmitz
Des Moines, Iowa

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Tommy Schmitz is a writer in Des Moines, Iowa. He Grew up in Cincinnati's west side, spent nine years in the corporate world, then seventeen years running his own consultancy, mostly to automobile machinery makers in Japan, China and the US. He lived in Tokyo from 1992 to 1999. Besides serving auto industry clients (Toyota, Honda, Denso, Robert Bosch, Mitsubishi) he was the first non-Japanese accepted by the government as a paid advisor to Japanese small and medium sized companies. (Chushokigyochou, Division of JETRO and MITI).
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27 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you so much Tommy!
    for speaking our language..
    At least there are few who are not watching things from the glasses of media..

    Pakistan is a peaceful lace and we along with every other person want to see this world peaceful..

    but why can Obama administration think of it?

    I am anxiously waiting for second Part

  2. Even me waiting.. since we need to raise voices and spread words regarding this unjust strategy by Obama Administration of including Pakistan In its Afghan Policy..

    Lets all together raise voice and be visible to all word and record our condemnation to these drones in Pakistan..

    Pull your socks up Guys..

  3. Nice to read about it. I am also pleased to know that American like tommy schmitz are much awared about Pakistan’s Affairs. As Rubab said that we should stand up and raise our voice and record our protest.

    Waiting for next part.

    Keep it up

    Regards

  4. You definitely spoke your mind truthfully and if I can add to your message:

    President Obama needs to read the history of our region, no country has ever enslaved Afghanistan for centuries. You can definitely buy some corrupt politicians but you can’t buy Afghani and Pakistani nations. Only a few decades ago, Pakistan played a major role in defeating USSR(your old rival super power) by training Afgan civilian to fight on your behalf then. Don’t let it be your turn this time and stay as United Sates of America.

  5. It looks like Obama is no different than his predecessors.
    Nice read, good to see an American raising voice against the continuous barbarism of the American government. And especially from Pakistan platform.
    Desperately waiting for the next part…

    • Kamran!
      wish we had this courage to tell them by ourselves that see we can see int ur eyes..
      but hats off to us we and our rulers commit mistakes and do not have courage to admit it..
      we remain ashamed and embarrassed on our rulers GREATEST deeds..

      Tommy would come with something really inspiring stuff..

  6. In order to make a diffence to the world and peoples thinking, President Obama needs to be bold and strong in saying and delivering things that gives peoples around tyhe world some hope, as they had expected from him before the elections. Otherwise the world will be more disillusioned than from the Bush era.

    • did we ever think why we are always blamed?
      lets develop some propositions and answer these.. new Obama Strategy says we are being attacked and Pak-Afghan Boarder is the most Dangerous place of the world.. ha poor we..

      And what are the failures America has faced in Iraq and Afghanistan in the name of pre-emtive measure..

  7. I woud lyk to thank Mr Tommy schmitz for supporting the muslim world against American barbarism..If Obama is thinkin to buy afghanis iraqis pakistanis nd etc so in ma opinion it wd b his biggest mistake , bcoz he can only buy our fukin’ leaders not us…..

    watin for ur 2nd part

    • Ahmed!
      We need to pay heed that all five fingers are not same and similarly all Americans do not view things from the lenses of media..
      I firmly believe! even you all are with me in this.. No Human Beings wants the disruption of peace and kill others..
      these are the beasts who kill people..

  8. Instead of saying things to the others to make our country and environment good, we should strive to make our country GREAT place to live peacefully. We should be raising not only the voice but should not leave any stone unturned to make our country a beauty and GREAT. Once our country becomes GREAT no body is going to do any harm to it.

    However, its a nice platform set by Rubab Saleem.

    A nice article. I am waiting for next part anxiously.

    • Umer!
      Thanks for suggestion this is whole new generation that can stand up.. we Pakistanis have the highest population of youth..
      we can change the fate and also can force the Powers to let us be POWER the “real Power”

      thanks for liking Pakistan Times

  9. It’s astonishing and nice to see an American speaking our language , when more voices should be raised within ourselves . But folks shouldn’t we keep an eye on these american views . Since when they start worrying about the hardships of the people living far away from them who meant no threat to them or to the world . I should say The greatest nation of the present era ( PAKISTAN ) , who itself came into being in the name ALLAH , cannot be a threat to anyone . Infact all the other so called powers started threatening PAKISTAN , i should say without any valid reason . We as a muslims are no threat to anyone because we as a followers of ISLAM who doesn’t teaches extremism and who’s meaning ( peace ) explains everything , how can be a dangerous religion but for only those who doesn’t know and don’t want to know .
    We should not doubt anyone but Pakistan as a brave nation should have its own voice , the voice of people , the voice of an ordinary man not only the elite class .
    It’s nice to see Pakistanis coming out on the streets for one noble cause showing the world their worth but as long as illegitimate powers keep on striking within our boundries , they should be prepared for another one and another .
    Drone or any other kind of attacks are not the solution they are looking for , infact they are taking themselves deep inside the spider’s web . It should be stopped right away because the ( all super power’s ) remaining credibility if there is any , i doubt about it , will suffer . They themselves created enemies and now they are suffering and their is no cure for them and they are not looking for it either .
    On other hand i think these attacks done us favour because we have been sleeping for so many years and now they have awaken us and once the lion awakes it is difficult to control .
    We as a muslims all around the world are suffering for our own deeds , no one to blame . We have left the path of ALLAH and the teachings of HIS messenger . As quickly as we follow the teachings the better it is . Please brothers and sisters try it , the time is running short for us . Whole of the world coming around us and looking for us like a hungry beast . We should stay together , mend our differences and start having complete faith in ALLAH . This is the only solution for us .

    May GOD have mercy on all muslims.

    • Irfan!
      Allah Bhala kaay app ka.. believe me every Pakistani wants to say the same thing..
      and even Americans have realized this thing … I am grateful to Tommy my friend! for sharing the pains of Pakistanis .. and even showing mirror to Americans in this way..

  10. Mr. Schmitz,

    It’s refreshing to witness someone seeing beyond the smokescreen, especially in your part of the world where the propoganda machine of the media has a near monopoly, against which no dissent stands a chance. Bad times for democratic rights.

    It never fails to surprise me however, that noone has yet realized a fundamental problem here. Terrorism in Pakistan, yet supposedly a matter for the US? WRONG!
    Problems inside Pakistan are are a matter for Pakistan. How is it the business of the US?

    The only link I see between terrorism in Pakistan and the US is that the terrorism began BECAUSE of the US. There wasn’t a single suicide bombing till about 2003. So you see, the US is the problem, not the solution.

    There then began militancy in the Northern Areas, and it is important to distinguish this particular incidence of militancy with terrorism. The militancy was the locals rebelling against army intervention in the area, both in the NWFO and Balochistan.

    Terrorism was something completely different, which came about as a result of Pakistan’s coerced participation in the US’s war on terror (I wouldn’t call it international because noone besides the US had any issues till the US dragged the whole world into it). Half our population went missing and ended up in Guantanamo and secret CIA detention centres worldwide.

    Also, you say that the US should have celebrated the Long March, yet did nothing. Wrong again.
    They bombed us.

  11. Thank you all for your comments. You are making this a wonderful discussion. Will post Part 2 in about 24 hours. – Tommy

  12. Dear Tommy.
    Thank you for the sentiments showed here & I on behalf of the whole of the Pakistani nation commend you on realizing the truth & then going one step ahead & standing up against what is surely wrong.

    We need to make the Obama Administration take a 360 U-Turn in order to stop this madness which was started by his predecessor who saw every nation which had wealth & resources as a terrorist/rogue/Axis of Evil – state aiding & abetting terrorists & were bombarded.

    Pakistan is a peaceful democratic country where industrialized nations are trying to destabilize this country & take away everything including the identity of its people.

    Thank You Tommy & I am waiting for the next parts of your letter to President Obama. I hope that President Obama learns from his predecessors mistakes and makes some drastic changes to the United States foreign policy otherwise we will be seeing Uncle Tom doing what the white man asks of him.

    Pakistan & every citizen of Pakistan will never let this beautiful country go down in history as a failed/terrorist state … We will fight & defend our nation against what ever is thrown at it.

    Waiting eagerly for the other parts of your letter Tommy, May God Bless you.

    Fua’ad

  13. Dear Tommy,
    May God bless you & may we get rid of all the terrorists created by Obama’s predecessor – May God give Obama the strength to listen to his brain & not his heart & do the things which are going to bring the humanity together instead of bringing this world to the brink of catastrophe … May God make Obama the man he claimed to be during his election campaigns instead of making him an enslaved Uncle Tom to the white white man … without the shackles … Amen …

    Waiting for your remaining parts … Thank you so much for standing up for what is the truth …

    Fua’ad Alawi

  14. Being a citizen of Swat, I have myself experienced that our army is playing double game in this “War on Terror” to prolong it so that they could keep on milking the West financially . And finally goofs in Washington and London have realized that they are feeding up the snake. of intruding into our territory . We Pakistanis, have to understand that you can’t make people fool all the time. This menace has to be tackled with sincerity otherwise outsiders will find a golden opportunity to get the job done that we could have easily wrapped it up. Our Generals’ double game and honeymoon is about to end.

  15. 1. Being a citizen of Swat, I have myself experienced that our army is playing double game in this “War on Terror” to prolong it so that they could keep on milking the West financially . And finally goofs in Washington and London have realized that they are feeding the snake. This menace has to be tackled with all sincerity otherwise outsiders will find a golden opportunity of intruding into our territory to get the job done that we could have easily wrapped up. Our Generals’ double game and honeymoon is about to end.We Pakistanis, have to understand that you can’t make people fool all the time. Just stop blaming Obama for being impatient with us. As a nation, we have this tendency that we just don’t get straight unless outsiders twist our hands.

  16. Funally a sane post by Mr.Zulfiqar Gul. People turning a blind eye to your facts will not wish them away, nor blameing INDIA help you in any way. mend your path or you will be distroyed period

  17. America!!!…a great player…playing with the sentiments of the Muslims all around the world!There have been lot of instances that can be shown about its bloody politics towards Muslim world.Its nice to see Tommy writing in favor of Pakistan…although i am an Indian …but still injustice cannot be tolerated…..Another strange nation is Israel..:)

    America is not only against the Islamic world but it is dead against Communism.A country that defines Communist as “Dirty Communists”. I ask Mr. President what the hell u know about communism?…

    Thanks Tommy …..i am waiting for your next issue….and sorry if i am little harsh…

  18. Thank you David for appreciating my comment! But it’s a burning reality that our military establishment is not sincere tackling this menace of religious fanaticism. Former President Musharraf was master of systematically spraying Talibanization across the NWFP to blackmail the West. We, the people of NWFP, being pushed into stone age just for the sake of few Generals’ pocket health. Obama Administration most stop gifting our military establishment with a blind cheque…….the money is falling into wrong hands. I know people of Punjab has great foundness for Army but it will vanish once they visit NWFP to see it themselves.

  19. Thank you David for appreciating my comment! But it’s a burning reality that our military establishment is not sincere tackling this menace of religious fanaticism. Former President Musharraf was master of systematically spraying Talibanization across the NWFP to blackmail the West. We, the people of NWFP, being pushed into stone age just for the sake of few Generals’ pocket health. Obama Administration must stop gifting our military establishment with a blind cheque…….the money is falling into wrong hands. I know people of Punjab has great foundness for Army but it will get vanished once they visit NWFP to see it themselves.

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