John Pilger coined the chilling term “unpeople” more than a decade ago and regrettably, it is true even today. “Unpeople” refers to millions of people belonging to poor marginalized countries whose interests do not align with western interests. On June 25, 2021, despite the successful implementation of 26 out of 27 points Financial Action Task Force (FATF) decided to keep Pakistan on the grey list. Accordingly, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi questioned FATF’s decision, he asked “whether FATF is a technical forum or a political one and if the forum was being used to serve political motives,” said, emphasizing that there is no justification for the move. He also said that Pakistan will continue to take anti-terrorism and anti-money laundering measures as “these are in Pakistan’s interest.” Question is, what is that other justification that enables FATF to do what it did? Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn; in this event, we receive the opportunity to learn.
When we read the History of events and understand the reasons and linkages behind the facts, then we find the true meaning of the justifications which reside quietly beneath the surface. History tells us that Western Colonialism and Neo-Colonialism are responsible for nearly 55 million deaths since World War II. This happens to be the greatest massacre in human history, and it was done in the name of majestic slogans such as freedom and democracy. Slogans are often misleading. Furthermore, we observe that the only purpose of Colonial takeover was to advance Western interests motivated by the belief that any means are justified to achieve the desired ends. Unfortunately, the motivation remains unchanged.
Today these countries are known as the G7, the members of FATF. Even though FATF was founded to combat money laundering and terror financing its actions are different from the claims. Consequently, when the “unpeople” cross a margin of development, the Economic control tools are triggered to take them down. It is because breaking the chains is impermissible and unacceptable.
Noam Chomsky says that there is a difference in the way doctrines apply to the rich countries and poor countries; in plain words, it is the hypocrisy that creates a trust deficit. In 1965 when Pakistan was a U.S ally, Pakistan was at war with India. The U.S. imposed an arms embargo on Pakistan when it was dependent on its supplies. Naturally, Pakistan felt disappointed by the U.S. which should have extended help as per the assurances given at the signing of the South-East Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO) and Central Treaty Organization (CENTO). To avoid relying on a single supplier Pakistan reached out to China from where it secured not only Chou-en-Lai’s assurances of support to Pakistan in the event of Indian aggression but also military supplies.
Pakistan becoming independent became a concern in Washington and so the US lifted the arms embargo partially in 1967. Notice how Pakistan becoming independent is a concern even today and causes a stir in U.S. policy. This is why relying solely on FATF which is the G7 colonizers in a newer packaging would be a serious mistake. As we see from the example of the 1965 arms embargo betrayal, Pakistan needs to reach out gradually towards alternative economies whose interests are in line with Pakistan’s National interests.
As John Perkins says in his book Confessions of an Economic Hitman “Fear and debt. The two most powerful tools of empire… It is not about changing the mechanics of economics. It is about changing the ideas, the dogmas that have driven economics for centuries: debt and fear, insufficiency, divide and conquer”. Today we do not have The East India company invading us, but we do have organizations of Economic control, people in local and international media, and social media who want to damage the case of Pakistan. The powerful have always tried to consolidate their control over the world and not much stands in their way except a few determined countries and individuals, but history teaches us that this is sufficient.
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