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Editorial — FROM THE ABYSS



While the people of Pakistan are hard put to make both ends meet in their daily struggle for survival, the media is engaged in staging discussions and publishing erudite articles to identify the macro and micro causes of the ills that ail our society and to discover a solution to them. How productive are these exercises remains to be seen, because the present government seems oblivious to all advice except that received from Washington via the bureaucratic channels. Those who have read the Wikileaks documents related to Pakistan will have a fair idea about nature of the advice dispensed by Ms. Ann Patterson to the needy Pakistani big wigs. Speaking of solutions, we will try here to briefly outline our views on the question, not as an advice to the government of Pakistan, but to clarify our own perceptions and those of the people of Pakistan in particular.

The strength or weakness of a society and the possibility of a positive or a negative change, depends on the internal structural factors of the society. External factors merely provide the conditions for change, and are secondary in nature. The all encompassing disintegration we see in our society and all its institutions is the result of the stresses and strains within the social matrix, which is unable withstand the changing conditions of the world around us.

Ours is a semi colonial semi feudal society, caught in the death grip of U.S. Imperialism and forced to serve the economic, political and military interests of Imperialism. Therefore the first condition for a positive change is Emancipation of the people from the hegemony of U.S. Imperialism.

Given the present International situation, many people would be inclined to consider the objective of emancipation from the U.S. hegemony as an impractical political statement meant to gain political capital. It is not so. A study of history shows us that nowhere in the world has any country or people achieved freedom, democracy and social justice by subservience to any Imperialist power.  Those countries that did achieve a measure of freedom, democracy and social justice, did so through long and arduous struggle against Imperialism. In these struggles, the primary source of strength was the internal organization. Correct program, honest and dedicated leadership and mass mobilization were the key to their success. External help always played a secondary role and supplemented the force of the internal movement.

History cannot be replicated. While there may be many similarities between the various struggles in the different parts of the world, every struggle is also unique in the sense that there are many subjective and objective factors which are specific to it alone and there is no model and historical precedent to be emulated or copied. This is the true test of a movement and its leadership—the creative application of basic theory to the concrete conditions prevailing at the time.

Whether we consider the goal of Emancipation from Imperialism to be a Utopian proposition or a Historical Necessity, it is a fact that it is the biggest  problem confronting the people of Pakistan. Without solving this problem, all our problems will remain unsolved. So, the choice is between a better life for the future or a further decline into the abyss of poverty, ignorance and disease where we exist today. Status Quo cannot be maintained, as it is not nature’s way.


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