MEMRI and Israel’s war on Pakistan

We have been pointing out that the English press in Pakistan does not reflect the feelings and perceptions of the 170 million Pakistanis, nor does it report the ground realities in as effective way as the Urdu press does.

For example, the research and follow-up done by the Urdu press about the causes and effects of the bloody drama, which Musharraf staged in Lal Masjid to promote his image as a faithful slave, far outweigh the little work done by the English press.

We were feeling the need of media outlets that could present the reality as it is in Pakistan and Afghanistan to the Western public. This is what the outside world crucially misses in the so-called “mainstream” media and Pakistan’s English press.

It is very sad to find out that there are sources, which provide selective translation from the Urdu/Pashtu press in Pakistan to help public and policy makers form a negative opinion about the conditions, circumstances and public feelings in Pakistan.

MEMRI is one such project, which provides selective translation to promote the agenda of war on Pakistan on the grounds that not only it is a homeland of Al-Qaeda but it is also a land of Madrassas, which do nothing but spreading hatred of non-Muslims and all Pakistanis having nothing else to do but hate the United States.

To understand credibility of such sources that promote hatred and war, let us examine credibility of MEMRI. One needs to read a report, “Selective Memri,” by Brian Whitaker in The Guardian.

Brian Whitaker investigates whether the ‘independent’ media institute that translates the Arabic newspapers is quite what it seems. What Whitaker found with the Arabic translation of MEMRI, we see the same pattern repeated with the section, called Urdu-Pashtu Media Project of MEMRI. One person, Tufail Ahmad, picks selected bits and pieces from the Urdu and the almost non-existent Pashtu press, to show there is nothing in Pakistan other than hatred for the United States and love for the Taliban and al-Qaeda.

MEMRI’s project provides us another valuable link. It leads us to the forces that are interested in a US war on Pakistan. And the link is Israel. We have been pointing out that Israel has turned Pakistan into a high value target for the United States. However the agenda and approach is quite different than the one adopted against Iran. Unlike the harsh war of words and never ending threats, under this approach Pakistan is gradually being softened up for a final onslaught.

Accordingly, neutralising its armed forces, using them against Pakistanis and discrediting and humiliating them in the eyes of the nation is a top priority. Regardless of whether Musharraf swallowed the bait or served his handlers, the success of this approach is clearly evident from the record number of Pakistanis soldiers killed at the hands of Pakistanis. No one gives the right causality figure, which was more than three thousand, two years ago. Secret meetings of the New Pakistani chief of Staff, like the recent one on the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln for the so-called “brainstorming session” is an indicator that Pakistan army is fully in the pockets of those who are undermining Pakistan.

The US is serving Israel’s interest, which is an open secret. And MEMRI is an Israeli project by Israelis and Israel sympathisers. According to Whitaker of the Guardian, the following people are behind MEMRI project:

The reason for Memri’s air of secrecy becomes clearer when we look at the people behind it. The co-founder and president of Memri, and the registered owner of its website, is an Israeli called Yigal Carmon.

Mr – or rather, Colonel – Carmon spent 22 years in Israeli military intelligence and later served as counter-terrorism adviser to two Israeli prime ministers, Yitzhak Shamir and Yitzhak Rabin.

Retrieving another now-deleted page from the archives of Memri’s website also throws up a list of its staff. Of the six people named, three – including Col Carmon – are described as having worked for Israeli intelligence.

Among the other three, one served in the Israeli army’s Northern Command Ordnance Corps, one has an academic background, and the sixth is a former stand-up comedian.

Col Carmon’s co-founder at Memri is Meyrav Wurmser, who is also director of the centre for Middle East policy at the Indianapolis-based Hudson Institute, which bills itself as "America’s premier source of applied research on enduring policy challenges".

The ubiquitous Richard Perle, chairman of the Pentagon’s defence policy board, recently joined Hudson’s board of trustees.

Ms Wurmser is the author of an academic paper entitled Can Israel Survive Post-Zionism? in which she argues that leftwing Israeli intellectuals pose "more than a passing threat" to the state of Israel, undermining its soul and reducing its will for self-defence.

In addition, Ms Wurmser is a highly qualified, internationally recognised, inspiring and knowledgeable speaker on the Middle East whose presence would make any "event, radio or television show a unique one" – according to Benador Associates, a public relations company which touts her services.

MEMRI’s selective translations is providing fuel to the propaganda sources which are busy spreading fear and hatred in their bid to promote war on Pakistan. There are several sites, which indefinitely chew on the reports by MEMRI. Furthermore, Israel’s intentions for Pakistan are not hidden at all. The Pakistanis, which the Zionist lobby in the US promote, are not hidden either.

The reason behind all the Al-Qaeda and Taliban propaganda and the so-called war on terrorism is not hidden from Pakistanis. In a recent poll by PressTV, 74% responded that US is wreaking mayhem in Pakistan to pave the way for taking control of its nukes. Period. And whose agenda is that? Israel.

Although, 74% respondents believe that the US is wreaking mayhem in Pakistan to pave the way for taking control of its nukes, yet they hardly realise that all the political and military changes, as well as the movers and shakers at the top, are following a course chalked out by the neo-cons and Zionist warlords –” some public and some in disguise. MEMRI is a Zionist serving institute in disguise. According to Whitaker:

Evidence from Memri’s website also casts doubt on its non-partisan status. Besides supporting liberal democracy, civil society, and the free market, the institute also emphasises "the continuing relevance of Zionism to the Jewish people and to the state of Israel".

That is what its website used to say, but the words about Zionism have now been deleted. The original page, however, can still be found in internet archives.

Pakistan is in for a rough ride. Pakistan will pay an extremely high cost for the price of letting a mercenary dictator rule for 8 years and then allowing unelected chess pieces put in place by Musharraf, such as Rehman Malik, to keep working on the Zionist plan for Pakistan.