Welcome to Denialistan
Welcome to Denialistan. Leave your brain at the door, and hand rational thought over to the bouncer, and have a drink of that delightful forgetfulness-serum that’s being handed out.
That, dear readers of this blog and those who come here via strange Google searches, seems to be the correct name for the place I currently inhabit. The state of denial that seems to have gripped the country I live in has become ridiculous, even for those used to the inanity exhibited here on a daily basis.
Several people – particularly XYZ at Cafe Pyala and Naveen Naqvi – have blogged about the state of denial in Pakistan recently. And I’ve had several encounters in the past few days that have left me put off news channels and politics altogether. The denial really is about who is to blame for Pakistan’s current state. As exemplified by several opinion surveys, the rather ridiculous statements given by Pakistani musicians and by the various conversations I’ve had and overheard over the past few weeks; no one really wants to accept that the Taliban – or any other militant group – are our problem. That they are to blame. That despite the fact that there exists evidence of their involvement and that they proudly take responsibility for bombing everything – from schools and hotels to military and intelligence facilities – a large majority of Pakistanis are ready to blame anyone else. Blackwater, DynCorp, India, US, Israel, CIA, RAW, Mossad – anyone but us, our mistakes, our decades of involvement in other countries, our military training, our intelligence, our public support, our governments, our funding.
Welcome to Denialistan.