General Mirza Aslam Beg The WikiLeaks revelations confirm the obvious, more than what it informs us about the darker corners of US diplomacy, cloaked in securitocracy. In fact, it is a cyber war, in the new game of psychological warfare (PSYWAR), targeting individuals and countries to cover up the shame of defeat of the war in Afghanistan and Iraq, and also the 2006 Israeli war on Lebanon. A cyber war has been launched, impacting public opinion globally, and focusing on three objectives: One, to cause defamation of the countries that had a role - direct or indirect - in the defeat of the US and its allies in Iraq, Lebanon and Afghanistan, and thus to create mistrust amongst them, so that they are not able to challenge Washingtons future plans in the region. Two, to create conditions for a civil war in Afghanistan, and through this reduce Pakistan and Iran to subservience - something they have not been able to achieve since the last 30 years. Three, to establish Indian hegemony over South Asia, including Afghanistan, in order to protect USAs strategic interests in the region. The technique used in making these revelations is typical of psy operations approach, of mixing truth with lies in a manner that the truth gets submerged under the lies, as is in the case of the leaked documents. The report has not said a word about Israel, nor does it give any disadvantage to the US in the implementation of its policies in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and other Muslim countries, which have been particularly targeted. WikiLeaks betrays the role of a country with resources to break the secret code of the US diplomatic order, because it is not possible for an individual like Julian Assange - the fugitive - to accomplish such high profile task. The disclosures, no doubt, have created ripples around the world, but will subside as it is looked into with a deeper perspective, about its source, intent and purpose. The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, expressed concern over the WikiLeaks revelations and resolved to prevent such happenings in the future. But the question is, did she not know what the WikiLeaks were up to, and why could they not be stopped in time and the website blocked? It could be checked, but if the US government so wanted, however, did not because they are part of the game. Over the period, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia have drawn closer to each other; Turkey is also looking east and a kind of strategic consensus is emerging. Then the multibillion dollar gas pipeline agreement has been signed with Iran, although Pakistan does not have enough funds for the project; in addition, China is also willing to support its time-tested friend in the project. Furthermore, Irans generous support for the flood affectees has been gratefully acknowledged by the people of Pakistan. Also, the Iranian President visited Riyadh early this year, and established a new level of understanding with the Saudis. Having had the bitter experience of a civil war in Afghanistan - induced by the US after the Soviet withdrawal in 1989 Tehran is now opposed to any such design by the occupation forces. WikiLeaks, thus is a crude attempt to create distrust between Pakistan, Iran and Saudi Arabia, particularly at this time when the occupation forces face the dilemma of exiting from Afghanistan without reaching an understanding with the Taliban. So, a sinister plan is emerging to divide Afghanistan in three ethnic zones, and hence deny an overall control to the Taliban. The plan to divide Afghanistan, nevertheless, was designed in Brussels by the International Crisis Group. Some of its main features are: One, a few months time has been given to Karzai to negotiate peace, and evolve a plan with the Taliban and Northern Alliance. Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Iran are expected to fully support such negotiations. Two, if the peace negotiations fail, the alternative is to divide Afghanistan. Thus, the constitutional framework is being prepared for the new government, envisaging the judicial system and the political structure based on consensus of the federating units. Three, Afghanistan is to be divided into three ethnic zones. The provinces of Badakhshan, Samangan and Saraipul will be handed over to the Tajik and Uzbek warlords, who are already in control of these areas. Provinces in the east and southeast will be given under the control of the Taliban and other tribal leaders. Kabul, Parwan, Wardak and Lugar provinces will be retained by the Americans, and supported by about 10,000 American troops operating from four air bases in this region. Apparently, it is a vicious plan to once again plunge Afghanistan into a civil war, and the consequential fallout on the neighbouring countries. Thus, the US and its allies - India and Russia in particular - will have a field day stoking the fire of death and destruction in Afghanistan. It was the fallout of a 30-year senseless bloodletting in Afghanistan that countries like Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Palestine and Kashmir are so radicalised. Many more countries will now be affected in the region and beyond. It is unfortunate that the conscience of the global community is rusted, and is not moved by the death of over six million innocent Muslims killed in Chechnya, Palestine, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Somalia and Kashmir, during the last 30 years, as a result of state aggression against the Muslim countries. And now the global peace-brokers want more bloodshed through state terrorism by the civilised world. When President Barack Obama took over the reins of government some two years ago, it was easy for him to demonstrate courage and launch himself in pursuit of the change he had dreamt for the American people. He said: President Bush, you have won the war in Afghanistan, and it is my job now to withdraw forces and leave the people there to establish peace in the country. That would have been a very kind gesture of deeper human sensibility, particularly for the Muslims, who will now suffer under the shadows of WikiLeaks and the vicious plan of deceit and division of Afghanistan and the consequential chaos, confusion and disorder. The road to peace in Afghanistan passes through Washington, where the decision-makers will have to follow the rules of the game, which is engage with the winner - the Taliban - to lay down the conditions for peace. History is a witness to the 'rule of the game; some 2336 years ago, when Porus, the ruler of the Pak-Afghan border region, was produced before Alexander who asked him: What treatment should be given to you? Porus replied: You know the rule of the game - treat the way a king treats another king, who is defeated. Alexander was so impressed that he handed over the territory he had won to Porus, and from this territory the Maurias rose to establish an empire under the Trimurti Seal, which now is the state emblem of India. Indeed, Washington must follow the rule of the game for the sake of enduring peace in Afghanistan. Truth must be faced, as Albert Schweitzer, the French philosopher said: Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now - always. The writer is a former chief of army staff, Pakistan. Email: