Last week's events should make our leadership wiser regarding the US and the hypocritical games of death and destruction it plays on the world stage, all in the name of peace and freedom. To begin with, on top of a well-baked cake of accusations directed at its battered ally Pakistan, the superpower bully put a dangerous icing. The ISI was named by top US military and government officials for orchestrating the attack on the US Embassy in Kabul, and several other terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, through the Haqqani network that has been declared a veritable arm of the ISI. If this was not a declaration of war, the US is certainly warming up to it. Meanwhile, by putting its full weight against the Palestinian bid for statehood, the US was exposed at the UN as a veto-wielding proxy for the menace called the State of Israel. What kind of world does the US want? And how does the stumbling superpower want to rule it? Take the case of Palestine. Nowhere is the US doublespeak more obvious than in the case of Palestine that has been consistently and increasingly colonised by Israel, since the State was created. The Palestinian people have been marginalised and repressed in their homeland, their settlements barricaded and bombed, killing innocent civilians and their land forcibly occupied. After 20 years of peace negotiations led by the US, the cruel colonisation and murder of Palestinians at the hands of a belligerent Israel continues. For any non-partisan observer, it is clear as daylight that the failure of the peace process rests squarely on Israel's shoulder, and for the peace negotiations to bear any fruit, Israel will have to abide by agreements reached in the process. But instead of using its superpower weight to persuade Israel to change its racist and colonialist policies and fulfil its commitments, the US has decided to threaten the Palestinians. When tired of the meaningless peace process and a biased mediator, the Palestinians decided to knock at the UN door and the conscience of the contemporary human civilisation, the US showed its true colours by doing all it could to block the Palestinian efforts. It is putting diplomatic pressure on members of the Security Council to vote against the Palestinian request for full UN membership and has threatened to veto it if it comes to that. This is not the first time that the US would use its veto power to shield Israel. The unprincipled superpower has used it on 40 previous occasions to protect the illegal and criminal acts of its ally from international censure and action. The message to the Palestinians is that instead of approaching the UN that was created to sort out such situations, they should continue talking to Israel. It doesn't seem to matter that Israel is obviously deaf and 20 years of negotiations have got them nowhere. Of course, Palestine is just one example of how the US policies have nothing to do with principles or fairplay. Take any principle that it espouses to put sanctions on, attack and occupy other countries, and you'd find it flouting the same principle and looking the other way where it suits its hegemonic agenda. Recently in Libya, it went in to save the civilians from a draconian dictator and ended up killing more civilians than the worst dictator could have imagined. It wants the world to punish Iran because it fears the country is making nuclear weapons, and at the same time it would like to reward India with all kinds of nuclear goodies for actually making them and announcing it to the world. It doesn't seem to matter that its claims about Saddam having weapons of mass destruction that it used to declare war on Iraq were not only false, but also patently manufactured to justify the war. The list goes on and on and on. So how credible is the US when it says something? Is the world not justified to think that whatever the badmash superpower says is actually intended to serve its hegemonic designs on the world? Even when it speaks the truth, it speaks only part of it, selecting parts that could further its imperialistic and violent agenda. Take the case of ISI, the recent target of US wrath. The much-maligned intelligence agency has many skeletons in its cupboard and has been routinely criticised by the Pakistan media, and for good reason. On the domestic front, the most serious charge against the agency has been its involvement in politics and engineering elections to get pre-determined results. There is sufficient reason to believe that the agency does not perform this unconstitutional role anymore. The other burden that the ISI carries is its patronage of militant groups since the days of the CIA-sponsored Afghan jihad that the US says is still continuing. While who in ISI supports which faction in what way is a long debate, and definitely one that must take place after the US leaves Afghanistan, for now it is important to view the US onslaught against the agency in the context of the decade-long US involvement in the region and what it wants to achieve through it. The ISI, and the Pakistan military, has been the thorn in the side of the US imperialistic AfPak agenda. While the elected leadership has been too weak and dependent on the US to say no to anything the superpower bully wants, the military and ISI have resisted its desire to be given a freehand in the country to do what it wishes. It is no longer a secret what our superpower ally was wishing to do here. Perhaps, the biggest eye-opener was when, in the aftermath of the Raymond Davis affair and the Abbottabad operation, it was decided to scale down the CIA presence in the country, the US openly declared that it had created a local intelligence network in the country and did not need its own spies to do what was required. Now, frustrated at its failure to push the Pakistan army into North Waziristan in line with its destabilising strategy, it has obviously decided to target the only serious impediment in its game plan. The seriousness of this latest charge is not lost on anyone but, unfortunately, the response from the Pakistan government gives the impression that there is still room for cooperation between the two countries. It took a long time for Pakistan's security and intelligence apparatus to see through the devious and unreliable ways of the US. Hopefully, our elected leaders would also gather the courage to break the useless bond of slavery to a two-faced master. 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