By: Fatima Rizvi
The name of the game is doing everything and anything to gain an advantage. Blame others, cheat, scandalize, accuse, lie, fabricate-so long as you do in someone and get ahead. This is driving media debates, news, court cases, investigations and gossip. Ambassador Holbrooke, on his last visit commented on Musharaff by saying that ‘he had as much chance as Gorbachev of coming back’ and that ‘if he had done what he had promised to the US he would have been still around’. The sycophants who surround the former President swung into action – they said that this (Holbrooke’s statement) was proof that Musharraf had refused to do what the US wanted him to do and that he had put Pakistan’s interests first. Also that he had distanced himself from US when he found out that their policy was at odds with Pakistan’s.
No one believed any of this, but why pass up a chance to outwit someone – even if it is your benefactor!