Friday, April 1, 2011

Former CIA Agent Says Pakistan a US Colony

Robert Anderson, a CIA operative who operated in Vietnam some 60 years back, recently wrote an article on CounterPunch on what the undercover work CIA did back then and the similarities with CIA now in terms of running operative like Raymond Davis working in Pakistan.

Robert Anderson teaches economics and political science at a U.S. community college. He served in the U.S. Air Force (like Bruce Gagnon) and saw combat during the 1967-68 Tet Offensive in Vietnam. Later, he helped form the Vietnam Veterans Against the War. He traveled to Wounded Knee, South Dakota, in 1973 to support the indigenous struggles for sovereignty. In 2006 he was arrested and banned from the University of New Mexico for pointing out it was wrong for the university to be supporting the Reliable Replacement Warhead (RRW) without public comment. He is now co-director of Stop the War Machine which has organized major demonstrations opposing Star Wars and the Iraqi war. Bob can be called the Raymond Davis of 60s – Raymond Davis to us Pakistanis is synonymous to CIA Killer Machine.His recent article in Counterpunch titled “I Had Ray Davis’s Job, in Laos 30 Years Ago; Same Cover, Same Lies” led us contact him for an interview for Karachi based newspaper. He sent us his reaction over Raymond Davis release. Please read on:

The release of Davis in my opinion is just a green light for more killings and assassinations by the US government and the CIA in your country. The pillage and slaughter of Pakistani will increase most likely in the quest of the US for imperial power over your country and region.

The question of justice has been replaced by money. This is the typical way the US works, kill and buy people off.

Pakistan, in my opinion, missed a historic opportunity with Ray Davis to affirm its sovereignty and now has basically returned to its former colonial status, only under the U.S. rather than the British.

From here.


George Patsourakos said...

The United States provides Pakistan with about one billion dollars in foreign aid each year.

This huge amount of foreign aid is not given to Pakistan because the U.S. feels sorry for the poor people in that nation. Rather, it is provided because Pakistan, in return, allows the U.S. to use its seaports, airfields, and land that borders Afghanistan, in an effort to help the defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan.

The U.S. foreign aid also encourages a closer relationship between Pakistan and the U.S., and discourages the Pakistani government from supporting acts of terrorism.

Nonetheless, many Pakistanis -- especially Muslim extremists -- remain anti-American and anti-Christian, as has been clearly conveyed by the recent terrorist acts of these Pakistani Muslims.

Consequently, Pakistan is not "a U.S. colony," but the billion dollars in U.S. foreign aid to Pakistan each year certainly has a significant impact in influencing Pakistan to support American goals in its geographical area.

Alice C. Linsley said...

The cynicism and brashness of this man take my breath away.

He should be ashamed.