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NY BOOK LAUNCH AT CFR: "NO EXIT FROM PAKISTAN: AMERICA'S TORTURED RELATIONSHIP WITH ISLAMABAD"
By CHANDRAKANT PANCHOLI
Originally Published On Oct 13, 2014


Tags: No Edit from Pakistan, An Old Indian Story of a Monk, Prime Minister of India, Narendra Damodardas Modi, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Daniel S.Markey, James M.Lindsay, Maurice R.Greenberg,United States, cold war era, South American countries, Spain, Vietnam, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, September 11 terrorist attack, India, intelligence wing, ISI, military aid, U.S.Army, Drones, terrorism, Kashmir,

NY BOOK LAUNCH AT CFR: "NO EXIT FROM PAKISTAN: AMERICA'S TORTURED RELATIONSHIP WITH ISLAMABAD"

*NO EXIT FROM PAKISTAN, REALLY? AN OLD INDIAN STORY OF A MONK AND A VILLAGER


Editor's Note: This article was filed but not published, as it was delayed due to a winter vacation last year, but as the new Prime Minister of India--Narendra Damodardas Modi-- is toughening his stand towards Pakistan, and a drastic policy change is in the offing, it was thought appropriate to publish it, even now. Better late, than never!

NEWS AND ANALYSIS


On October 21st 2013, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) had a Daniel S.Markey's book launch event "NO EXIT FROM PAKISTAN; AMERICA'S TORTURED RELATIONSHIP WITH ISLAMABAD" (In Paperback for $23.21 at Amazon).




James M. Lindsay, Senior Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair, Council on Foreign Relations, presided.

There is an old story of a villager going to a temple to complain about the miseries of his family life.

After a long discussion, the monk advises him to leave the family and become a monk.But the villager keeps protesting that the family life is holding him and it does not allow him to leave.

So, when he was leaving, the monk gets up, hugs and tightly holds a pillar of the temple and tells the villager to help his release.



The villager starts pulling him but as the monk keeps holding the pillar more tightly, the villager exclaims, "Reverend Guru, pillar is not holding you, you are holding the pillar.So how can I help you? Just take your hands off the pillar!"

"Do you see the point?" said the monk.



Well, United States cannot leave Pakistan!!

Daniel S.Markey, a Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, Council on Foreign Relations, is one of the best--if not the best--analyst you will find on this subject.

In the video appended below (Curtsy CFR), you can see that the cold war era thinking still persists--how to just stay in Pakistan giving military and other aids, so that it will be a thorn into India's foot, and make--believe that there is no exit (every entry is connected with a voluntary or forced exit, if you look at the United States' adventures of a century--from South American countries, to Spain, Vietnam, Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan, etc).

But the recommendations continue as to how to prop up aid to Pakistan by whatever means possible--at one point, in answering a question, he states that after September 11 terrorist attack and later other acts by Pakistan, it is difficult to get any aid package passed through Congress and suggests that one creative way is to join the package with aid to India!

This embedded thinking persists and promoted even when Pakistan, its military and its intelligence wing, ISI--augmented by more than half a century of military aid by the U.S.A., has hurt American interests continuously, even if you just look at how, very recently, Pakistan not only worked to undermine United States in Afghanistan, but released trained terrorists from its territory to attack and kill U.S.soldiers.

Here is the video,, the presentation and Q&A from CFR members worth watching, and almost at the end, you will see this correspondent posing a question about Drones, terrorism, Kashmir, as well as why can't we exit?

In reply, Mr.Markey tells this correspondent to read his book for the remaining questions and picks up the question about drones;

My humorous reply 'I forgot my wallet!' is inaudible because of the absence of the microphone.(if you just want to look at that, please place the cursor on the lower left hand where a dot appears.

Hold it with a right click and move the dot to the right till you see passed time at 43.23,,then, release it and let it run its course).

Video Curtsy, CFR:


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