Wellwellwell It shouldnt come as any surprise to learn that the 'Great Satan is possibly, and quite probably, slap bang behind our ongoing problems vis--vis the devastating floods and their accompanying economic fallout. No. I have not lost my marbles, but have just had my eyes openedwide I must addto the existence of a mind-boggling Weapon of Mass Destruction designed, built, owned and operated by America and which, amongst other horrendous tasks, has the capability to trigger droughts, hurricanes, earthquakes and, it goes without sayingfloods. This weapon, based in Gokoma, Alaska, has been many years in the making and is known as the High-Frequency Active Aural Research Programme HAARP for short. Managed jointly by the US air force and navy, this WMD (Weapon of Mass Destruction the like of which Saddam Hussain never dreamt of), is just one member of a new generation of weapons developed under the umbrella of the US Strategic Defence Initiative (SDI) and represents just a tiny, yet incredible component of a move towards a New World Order American style. To quote Professor Michel Chossudovsky, University of Ottawa: From military command points in the US, entire national economies could potentially be destabilised through climatic manipulations. More importantly, the latter could be implemented without the knowledge of the enemy, at minimal cost and without engaging military personnel and equipment as in a conventional war. Responding to US economic and strategic interests, it could be used to selectively modify climate in different parts of the world resulting in the destabilisation of agricultural and ecological systems. Described by scientist Dr Nicholas Begich, who is actively campaigning against HAARP, as a super-powerful radiowave-beaming technology that lifts areas of the ionosphere (upper layer of the atmosphere) by focusing a beam and heating those areas. Electromagnetic waves then bounce back on to earth and penetrate everything - living and dead, which is pretty hair-raising, stuff The ability to manipulate weather and seismic events had, until very recently, been the megalomaniac domain of 'baddies in science fiction or fantasy novels and films but, as with many other previously impossible inventions, America has gone countless steps further towards planetary destruction by, it is claimed by scientists in the know, associating HAARP with space laboratory construction of a deliberate military nature. The global implications of HAARP/Spa-celab/Rocket combination, presented to a bewildered public as a space shield against incoming weapons or, as has been facetiously reported elsewhere, as a device for repairing the ozone layer is completely beyond belief so, for the moment, let us return to the climate manipulations and Pakistan. Repeatedly being told to expect serious consequences from global warming and associated climate change, Pakistan, which actually produces very little greenhouse gas as compared to the so-called 'developed nations, has, particularly since the American invasion of Afghanistan and the launching of the ridiculously named 'war on terror, undergone a series of 'natural catastrophes: earthquakes, drought, heat waves, floods all of which have impacted the economy, adversely affected agriculture, created social unrest and severely dented law and order. America, in the role of global bully, repeatedly attempts to force us to operate as nothing more than a slave nation, calling in its buddies the UN, the World Bank, the International Monetary Organisation et al if we shown any sign - and we often do - of not dancing in step to its nefarious tune and then bang Just when we think, rightly or wrongly as the case may be, that we are actually doing something sensible for us, not for them, then something climate or 'earth related leaps up to slap us right back down and grind us in the dust of our own futility. Could it be that when Big Brother gets miffed, orders pass down the chain of command and HAARP gets on with the job of concocting something extremely nasty to target us with, something which can, of course, be explained away as being the adverse impact of global warming and climate change when it is actually nothing of the sort? It just, quite conceivably, could be Conspiracy theorists, around the world not just here in Pakistan, are blaming America and HAARP for the massive earthquake of October 2005 in Pakistan, the Asian Tsunami, the Haiti earthquake, flooding and landslides in China, terrible drought/heat waves/forest fires in Russia and both drought and flood here in Pakistan to name but a few disastrous events so highlighted and, whether or not there is any truth in the claims, they certainly provide an awful lot of food for intelligent thought. It should, at this juncture, be pointed out that there is currently no concrete evidence of HAARP having been used to trigger these devastating events, but scientific findings do indicate that this satanic WMD is fully operational so could, potentially be used by the US military to selectively modify the climate of a country it is not too happy withPakistan currently being at the top of this list. The very existence of HAARP also calls into question the International Convention ratified by the UN General Assembly in 1997, which bans military or other hostile uses of environmental modification techniques having widespread, long-lasting or severe effects and to which America was a signatory. This convention further defines, environmental modification techniques as any technique for changing - through deliberate manipulation of natural processes - the dynamics, composition or structure of the earth, including its biota, lithos-phere, hydrosphere and atmosphere or of outer space. As we all know and to our cost, however, America does not abide by the laws it expects other countries to follow - it only makes them, which also brings into focus the now questionable reality of global warming and climate change as, maybe, just maybe, these do not really exist, but are simply part and parcel of HAARP. The writer is a Murree-based freelance columnist.