Jingoism and xenophobia do not help

By Kamran Shafi

Jingoism and xenophobia have never helped in solving anything at all, let alone repairing, maintaining and growing relations between countries. Yet the shrillness coming out of the mouths of various anchors i.e. loudmouths these days, is mind-numbing. Indeed, the fact that most of those indulging in this jingoism are considered close to the Establishment is mystifying to say the least.

For what could the motives of the powers be? Is encouraging xenophobia against other countries, specially those with which they have had a symbiotic relationship, going back decades, good for either party? Is it bravado that makes them do what they do? Indeed, let the anchors alone, just look at what the army chief himself has said just two days ago while briefing certain parliamentarians herded to GHQ: “We are not Iraq or Afghanistan”. Meaning what? That they didn’t have bums but we do?

As I asked last week, what pray will we do with our nuclear bombs? Even if America were to, say, attack the Haqqanis in North Waziristan? Bomb Bagram airbase? Far better, isn’t it, to say if you must say anything at all: ‘If the US brings boots on the ground we will fight back, as will our people’. There is no need to say even this because it is understood that if you attack a country you should expect resistance. What is the point in flaunting nuclear ability to a country that has the same a thousand-fold? ….

Read more » The Express Tribune

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