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Iran Begins Large-Scale War Games To Defend Nuclear Sites

November 23, 2009
Iran has begun five days of large-scale war games to simulate attacks on its nuclear sites, officials said, warning it will retaliate if provoked.
The head of Iran’s air defence said the aim of the exercises was to thwart aerial reconnaissance and air attacks.
Another official warned Tehran would retaliate with a missile strike on Tel Aviv, if it was attacked by Israel.
Iran is under intense pressure over its nuclear programme, which critics say is intended to produce nuclear weapons.

The US and Israel have not ruled out the prospect of a military attack to prevent Iran developing nuclear bombs. Tehran insists its programme is peaceful.
IRAN’S NUCLEAR SITES
Map showing Iranian nuclear sites
Iran insists that all its nuclear facilities are for energy, not military purposes
Bushehr: Nuclear power plant
Isfahan: Uranium conversion plant
Natanz: Uranium enrichment plant, 4,592 working centrifuges, with 3,716 more installed
Second enrichment plant: Existence revealed to IAEA in Sept 2009. Separate reports say it is near Qom, and not yet operational
Arak: Heavy water plant
Annihilation warning
The head of Iran’s air defence, Brig Gen Ahmad Mighani, told state media the aim of the war games, which will cover an area of 600,000 sq km (230,000 sq miles), was “to display Iran’s combat readiness and military potentials.
“Due to the threats against our nuclear facilities it is our duty to defend our nation’s vital facilities,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mojhtaba Zolnoor, an aide to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, warned Iran would respond to any Israeli attack.
“If the enemy attacks Iran, our missiles will strike Tel Aviv,” he was quoted as saying by the official Irna news agency.
The commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards’ air force wing said Iran’s air defence forces would “annihilate” Israeli warplanes if they attacked.
“Their [Israeli] F-15 and F-16 fighters will be trapped by our air defence forces and will be annihilated,” Amir Ali Hajizadeh told Iran’s Fars news agency.
“Even if their planes escape and land at the bases from which they took off, their bases will be struck by our destructive surface-to-surface missiles.”
Deal in doubt
The exercises come as the UN Security Council’s permanent members – Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States – plus Germany, urge Tehran to reconsider its rejection of a proposal that would see some of its nuclear material being enriched outside Iran and returned as fuel rods.
The deal – brokered by the UN’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency – envisages Iran sending about 70% of its low-enriched uranium to Russia and France, where it would be processed into fuel rods for a research reactor in Tehran.
Such a process would prevent Iran enriching uranium to the degree necessary to make a bomb, the UN says.
But Iran has rejected a key part of the deal, seeking further guarantees.
The UN Security Council has called on Iran to stop uranium enrichment and has approved three rounds of sanctions – covering trade in nuclear material, as well as financial and travel restrictions.
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have you ever saw the al-aqsa mosque ?

November 22, 2009
Have you ever noticed that every time you mention or type in the name Al Aqsa Mosque, people tell you or you find pictures of the Dome of the Rock ???!!! Well there are many reasons why people are trying to erase the image of the Masjid Al Aqsa from the memory of the Muslims. this picture is a clear evidence and hereby distinct masjid aqsa from masjid al SAKHRA which has dome of the rock but the real al aqsa masjid does not !!!now you see how these Illuminati jew zionists have raced their ancestry against our religion n infiltrated it to the best of their abilities

Another propagandic video of TTP (indian and american agents)

November 21, 2009

All films al-Qaeda and the Taliban in several languages
http://www.jarchive.info/

Attacks that have continued across Pakistani towns and cities are being blamed on Tehreek e-Taliban, Pakistan’s Taliban.

However, the group has issued its first video statement denying involvement in targeting civilians and has blamed external forces for at least two recent blasts.

Azam Tariq, a spokesman of the Tehreek e-Taliban, posted the video statement on YouTube on Monday.

The message refers to a bombing at the Islamic University in Islamabad, which the spokesman said was orchestrated to prepare the ground for a military operation in South Waziristan, a stronghold for Pakistan’s Taliban fighters.

He also said his group had no role in the bomb blast in a Peshawar market that killed at least 100 people as well as an attack in Charsada, a town located in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province.

Tariq said Taliban attacks never aimed to target civilians, but that the explosions were linked to Blackwater activities in the country.

Blackwater is a private military and security company founded in the United States.

Propaganda war

Kamal Hyder, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Islamabad, said: “Even when those bomb blasts did happen, the Taliban denied they had anything to do it.”

He said: “It was surprising to see that it [the video message] came up on the al-Sahab video. That is the Al-Qaeda wing of media publicity.”

Blackwater has denied having any contracts in Pakistan.

Hyder added: “There is a growing anger among Pakistanis. If one looks at the type of attacks that have been taking place – indiscriminate attacks the first thing that came out, even reported by local media, was the blaming of Blackwater and other American agencies.

“The public opinion has turned against the Americans. The video that has appeared today would be trying to capitalise on that.”

The US Army Document That Proves the US is the World’s Number One Sponsor of World Terrorism

November 21, 2009

In a ‘manual’ which is officially to be released only to ‘students from foreign countries on a case-by-case basis only’, the US Army outlines a program of what it now calls ‘irregular warfare’, in fact US state sponsored terrorism, insurgency, and PSYOPS.

1-21. Waging protracted IW depends on building global capability and capacity. IW will not be won by the United States alone but rather through combined efforts with multinational partners. Combined IW [Irregular Warfare, euphemism for TERRORISM] will require the joint force to establish a long-term sustained presence in numerous countries to build partner capability and capacity. This capability and capacity extends U.S. operational reach, multiplies forces available, and provides increased options for defeating adversaries. The constituent activities of IW are:

  • Insurgency.
  • COIN.
  • UW.
  • Terrorism
  • CT.
  • FID.
  • Stability, security, transition, and reconstruction (SSTR) operations.
  • Strategic communication (SC).
  • PSYOP.
  • Civil-military operations (CMO).
  • Information operations (IO).
  • Intelligence and counterintelligence (CI) activities.
  • Transnational criminal activities, including narco-trafficking, illicit arms dealing, and illegal financial transactions that support or sustain IW.
  • Law enforcement activities focused on countering irregular adversaries.

1-22. The above list of operations and activities can be conducted within IW;…–Headquarters, Department of the Army, Army Special Operations Forces Unconventional Warfare, September 2008[PDF]

Ignoring 1) the mountainous body of evidence that US policy and the CIA, specifically, is the root-cause of the vast majority of the what is commonly called ‘world terrorism’; and 2) the equally impressive body of hard evidence that 911 was an inside job, the Army cites 911 as the pretext by which the US should embark above the policy as outlined above.[See: Terrorism is Worse Under GOP Regimes ]

1-18. The 9/11 terrorist attack on the United States highlighted the increased danger of warfare conducted by other-than-state enemies. Recognizing that such irregular threats by nonstate actors would be a likely and even dominant pattern throughout the 21st century, national policy makers dictated that planners must analyze and prepare for such irregular threats. It was clear that previous assumptions about the terms “conventional,” “traditional,” or “regular” warfare, and reliance solely on a “regular” or “conventional warfare” doctrine were inadequate. IW was a significant theme in the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review Report. In April 2006, the Pentagon drafted the execution roadmap for IW as a means of combating this growing threat from actions beyond conventional state-to-state military conflict.–Headquarters, Department of the Army, Army Special Operations Forces Unconventional Warfare, September 2008 [PDF]

Elsewhere, the document cites the threat posed to the US by “WMD—such as nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons. But I have yet to find a single word, phrase, sentence or paragraph in which the manual mentioned the threat posed the rest of the world by some forty years or more of US meddling, threats, covert operations, US sponsored assassinations, and overt threats of bombing and/or war and invasion. Instead, we get platitudes that are made absolutely meaningless by the remainder of this arrogant, imperialistic document.

A-64. Democracy and the protection of fundamental liberties were the basis for the creation of the United States more than 200 years ago. Since then, a central goal of U.S. foreign policy has been to promote respect for democracy and human rights throughout the world. The DOS— .. Promotes democracy as a way to achieve security, stability, and prosperity for the entire world. .. Helps establish and assist newly formed democracies. op cit

It is odd that as the US is said to be ‘defending’ Democracy, it is subverting it. It is said that the United States must be concerned about the possibility that terrorists may acquire WMD, ignoring the fact that the US leads the world in the manufacture, sale and distribution of WMD. Let’s put this another way: the US military spending is greater than that spent by the rest of the world’s nations combined.If terrorists should ever obtain WMD, the chances are good that they will get them from the US, perhaps with monies raised selling cocaine to the one of the largest drug dealers on the planet Earth: the CIA!

During the 40s and 50s, most of the public was unaware of what the CIA was doing. Those who knew thought they were fighting the good fight against communism, like James Bond. However, they could not keep their actions secret forever, and by the 60s and 70s, Americans began learning about the agency’s crimes and atrocities. (3) It turns out the CIA has:

  • Corrupted democratic elections in Greece, Italy and dozens of other nations;
  • Been involved to varying degrees in at least 35 assassination plots against foreign heads of state or prominent political leaders. Successful assassinations include democratically elected leaders like Salvador Allende (Chile) and Patrice Lumumba (Belgian Congo); also CIA-created dictators like Rafael Trujillo (Dominican Republic) and Ngo Dinh Diem (South Vietnam); and popular political leaders like Che Guevara. Unsuccessful attempts range from Fidel Castro to Charles De Gaulle.
  • Helped launch military coups that toppled democratic governments, replacing them with brutal dictatorships or juntas. The list of overthrown democratic leaders includes Mossadegh (Iran, 1953), Arbenz (Guatemala, 1954), Velasco and Arosemena (Ecuador, 1961, 1963), Bosch (Dominican Republic, 1963), Goulart (Brazil, 1964), Sukarno (Indonesia, 1965), Papandreou (Greece, 1965-67), Allende (Chile, 1973), and dozens of others.
  • Undermined the governments of Australia, Guyana, Cambodia, Jamaica and more;
  • Supported murderous dictators like General Pinochet (Chile), the Shah of Iran, Ferdinand Marcos (Phillipines), “Papa Doc” and “Baby Doc” Duvalier (Haiti), General Noriega (Panama), Mobutu Sese Seko (Ziare), the “reign of the colonels” (Greece), and more;
  • Created, trained and supported death squads and secret police forces that tortured and murdered hundreds of thousands of civilians, leftists and political opponents, in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Haiti, Bolivia, Cuba, Mexico, Uruguay, Brazil, Chile, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Iran, Turkey, Angola and others;
  • Helped run the “School of the Americas” at Fort Benning, Georgia, which trains Latin American military officers how to overthrow democratic governments. Subjects include the use of torture, interrogation and murder;
  • Used Michigan State “professors” to train Diem’s secret police in torture;
  • Conducted economic sabotage, including ruining crops, disrupting industry, sinking ships and creating food shortages;
  • Paved the way for the massacre of 200,000 in East Timor, 500,000 in Indonesia and one to two million in Cambodia;
  • Launched secret or illegal military actions or wars in Nicaragua, Angola, Cuba, Laos and Indochina;
  • Planted false stories in the local media;
  • Framed political opponents for crimes, atrocities, political statements and embarrassments that they did not commit;
  • Spied on thousands of American citizens, in defiance of Congressional law;
  • Smuggled Nazi war criminals and weapon scientists into the U.S., unpunished, for their use in the Cold War;
  • Created organizations like the World Anti-Communist League, which became filled with ex-Nazis, Nazi sympathizers, Italian terrorists, Japanese fascists, racist Afrikaaners, Latin American death squad leaders, CIA agents and other extreme right-wing militants;
  • Conducted Operation MK-ULTRA, a mind-control experiment that gave LSD and other drugs to Americans against their will or without their knowledge, causing some to commit suicide;
  • Penetrated and disrupted student antiwar organizations;
  • Kept friendly and extensive working relations with the Mafia;
  • Actively traded in drugs around the world since the 1950s to fund its operations. The Contra/crack scandal is only the tip of the iceberg –- other notorious examples include Southeast Asia’s Golden Triangle and Noreiga’s Panama.
  • Had their fingerprints all over the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcom X. Even if the CIA is not responsible for these killings, the sheer amount of CIA involvement in these cases demands answers; [editor’s note, see: Evidence That the CIA Murdered RFK]
  • And then routinely lied to Congress about all of the above.

The Association for Responsible Dissent estimates that by 1987, 6 million people had died as a result of CIA covert operations. (4) Former State Department official William Blum correctly calls this an “American Holocaust.”–Steve Kangas: The Origins of the Overclass

The US Army document, cited above, is an arrogant, imperialistic and ill-considered response to a growing ‘threat’ –but a threat that is posed only to US monopolists and death merchants, i.e., the Military/Industrial Complex, a fancy name for Murder, Inc. The US has, in fact, squandered the limitless goodwill that had been extended our nation at the end of World War II. The US has failed to make positive use of the world support for allied efforts to codify war crimes, to hold Nazi War Criminals responsibility for heinous crimes. But now –we have a recent US military document that the US Army would prefer to keep secret no doubt because it reveals to the world that those principles espoused at Nuremberg are either no longer operative or they were a fraud, the US didn’t really mean it. Or perhaps they forgot to tell the world that the laws applied to everyone but themselves. The Army has now revealed to the world that no nation is safe from US terrorism, US attack, US subversion of indigenous cultures and governments, US bullying or the US use of WMD against them. That is because the US believes itself to be a world-wide empire, in fact, a single nation that presumes to rule the world.

The well-informed countries –western Europe –know perfectly well what our game is. General de Gaulle took France out of NATO because he suspected that we were in the empire–building business, and he didn’t want to go along with it yet, simultaneously, France remained an ally in case there was a major war with the Soviets. I don’t think we should take too seriously those eastern European countries. In due course, they will wake up, as Turkey did, that we are dangerous.–Gore Vidal, The Erosion of the American Dream

I have repeatedly stated that the US regime of George W. Bush was not legitimate. How can I make it any clearer? “Illegitimate” means that the regime of George W. Bush was no more legitimate than the crooked regimes of tin horn dictators in banana republics. The Bush regime differed little in terms of competence or statesmanship. Now, in a cynical document that the US Army had never intended be disseminated publicly, we have confirmation that the position of the US vis a vis the rest of the world is based not upon Democracy or legitimacy. It is, rather based entirely upon force, aggression and US terrorism.Addendum:

Is the United States going to put dictatorship into effect under the guise of the anti-terrorist struggle? What may trigger another major transformation in 2009? The answer is obvious: another 9/11 in the USA.

Terrible and bloody events are in store for the world in the beginning of 2009. Most likely, the world will witness a reality show with a nuclear blast, which will be used as a reason for the US administration to change the world order again and leave the new Great Depression behind. There is every reason to believe that the Russian Federation may suffer as a result of this possible initiative too.

Joe Biden made a sensational statement on October 19, 2008. He said that Barack Obama would have to undergo an ordeal during the first six months of his stay in the White House. It will be the time of a very serious international crisis, when Obama would have to make tough and possibly unpopular decisions both in home and foreign politics.

Biden said that there were four or five scenarios for the development of the international crisis. Afghanistan, North Korea or the Russian Federation may become the source of one of them.

When Obama learned of Biden’s speech, he tried to explain everything with rhetorical exaggerations. However, Biden’s remarks gave food for thought, taking into consideration the fact that former secretary of state Madeleine Albright described his remarks as statement of fact. —USA needs nuclear explosion to turn the world into dictatorship

Addendum:A comment amond several found on Buzzflash re this article:

But we already knew the US under sociopathic Bush is a terrorist nation..Bush,Rumsfeld,Rice,Hannity,Limbaugh,Cheney,Bolton,et al are all implicators in this world terrorism by threatening Iraq and Iran.It is certainly a terror to the Iraqui/Iranian people by the US.

My response is that it will be argued in ‘defense’ of the GOP that Bush, Rice et al were just an ‘aberration’. But the SIGNIFICANCE of the Army document is that they were NOT an aberration. It’s the MIC S.O.P.

As I have said numerous times: the Bush administration is illegitimate. Secondly, the MIC is a polite euphemism for a Murder Inc on an international, industrial scale. Death and destruction are the US’s chief exports. Our currency is all but worthless and, like Rome when it invaded Dacia for its gold, the US invades other nations for its resources, primarily oil. At last, The US resembles Rome in that Rome subverted ‘fair wages’ with ‘slavery’, in effect, putting working people out of work for good! It became a permanent ‘underclass’. The US has accomplished the same thing by enriching ONLY the uppper one percent of the population –a disparity of both wealth and income that clearly parallels that of Rome in its last throes. Additional resources:

Taliban chief Mullah Omar in Karachi: US

November 20, 2009
Washington: Mullah Mohammed Omar, the one-eyed leader of the Taliban, is living in Karachi with the help of Pakistan’s intelligence service, The Washington Times said on Friday.
Mullah Omar, who hosted Osama bin Laden and other al-Qaeda leaders when they plotted the 9/11 attacks, had been residing in Quetta, where the Afghan Taliban shura – or council – had moved from Kandahar after the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.
Two senior US intelligence officials and one former senior CIA officer told The Washington Times that Mullah Omar travelled to Karachi last month after the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
He inaugurated a new senior leadership council in Karachi, a city that so far has escaped US and Pakistani counter-terrorism campaigns, the officials said.
Pakistani officials said they were perplexed by the US reports, the newspaper reported.
The US officials, two of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) helped Taliban leaders move from Quetta, where they were exposed to attacks by US drones.
The development reinforces suspicions that the ISI, which helped create the Taliban in the 1990s to expand Pakistani influence in Afghanistan, is working against US interests as the Obama administration prepares to send more US troops to that country, the newspaper said.
Bruce Riedel, a CIA veteran and analyst on Al Qaeda and the Taliban, confirmed that Mullah Omar had been spotted in Karachi recently.
“Some sources claim the ISI decided to move him further from the battlefield to keep him safe” from US drone attacks, said Riedel, who headed the Obama administration’s review of policy for Afghanistan and Pakistan.
“There are huge madrassas in Karachi where Mullah Omar could easily be kept.”
A US counter-terrorism official said: “There are indications of some kind of bleed-out of Taliban types from Quetta to Karachi, but no one should assume at this point that the entire Afghan Taliban leadership has packed up its bags and headed for another Pakistani city.”
A second senior intelligence officer who specialises in monitoring al-Qaeda said US intelligence had confirmed Mullah Omar’s move through both electronic and human sources as well as intelligence from an unnamed allied service.
The official said that neither Osama bin Laden nor al-Qaeda No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri has been spotted in Karachi.
The official said the top two Al Qaeda figures are still thought to be in the tribal region of Pakistan near Afghanistan’s border.
But, the official said, other mid-level al-Qaeda operatives who facilitate the travel and training of foreign fighters had moved to the Karachi metropolitan area, which with 18 million people is Pakistan’s most populous city.
Al-Qaeda has had a presence in Karachi since at least 2001.

Indian Air Force Vice Chief: We don’t even match up with Pakistan as far as defence goes

November 20, 2009

Two days after he said women could be recruited as fighter pilots only if they did not become mothers till a certain age, Vice Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal P K Barbora on Thursday took a swipe at the political class, saying politics over defence purchases impinged “very badly” on the country’s military requirements.
“As far as defence goes, we don’t even match up with Pakistan,” Barbora, while referring to Defence exports, told an aerospace seminar organised in New Delhi by the CII.
“The internal politics over the years is such that whatever defence requirements are cleared by the government, they are opposed by the opposition parties and the same happens when roles change and the opposition sits in government. That impinges very badly on our defence requirements.”
He asked the private defence industry to take note of the China example on reverse engineering of defence technologies. “Forget about ethics. China has done reverse engineering. Has anyone ever had the courage to ask China why are you doing it? No one cares a hoot. If you can’t do it yourself, you should know how to do reverse engineering.” 

He took on the defence PSU sector, especially in the aviation industry, saying India does not even contribute to one percent of the global industry. He said Indian PSUs have remained happy manufacturing doors of Airbus aircraft while China has gone ahead and started mass producing commercial jets.

Video: BrassTacks Spiritual- Naimatullah Shah Wali’s Predictions Eps3 & 4

November 20, 2009
Brasstacks has released third episode of Hazrat Naimatullah Shah Wali on spiritual predictions that relate to Pakistan.
In third episode is furtherance to discussion in second episode about emergence of an Islamic state from the region, its division and expansion. In latest fourth episode, Zaid Hamid sheds some light on events after the creation of Pakistan.
Here’s a link for the full text of ‘Qaseeda Naimatullah Shah Wali

Episode 3

Episode 4

 


Zardari about to be dumped?

November 20, 2009
Pamela Constable’s article ‘For Pakistani president, goodbye to goodwill’ by the pro-Israel daily The Washington Post (November 16, 2009) suggests that the US-Zardari romance seems to be over – while blaming the “extremists” for all the current mess in the country.
zardari-caricature
According to Pamela, “military officials are unhappy over Zardari’s compliant relationship with Washington – while the poor and working-class Pakistanis blame government for protracted shortage of gas, electricity and staple food. They also feel increasingly unprotected, as suicide bombing has killed more than 350 people in the last two months.”
However, Pamela shy away from mentioning the close relations Benazir Bhutto, Asif Ali Zardari and his interior minister Rehman Malik and Pakistan’s ambassador Haqqani has with the Jewish Lobby in the US.
The Pamela repeated the same old ‘democracy crap’, which has proved to be a sham after how Washington handled the democratic process in occupied Palestine, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Iran, Egypt, etc. “Zardari’s deepening unpopularity has put Washington in a bind because of its avowed commitment to bolster democratic in Pakistan after a decade of military rule. If he is forced from power, either on old corruption charges or through a collapse of the ruling coalition, analyst (belonging to CFR, S.I.T.E., or Daniel Pipes, etc.) said, Washington might have to deal with new leaders who are less friendly and no better able to solve Pakistan’s problems,” – which are created by Washington on the behest of Israel in the first place.
Pamela can be excused for not knowing that Pakistan’s all four military rulers (Ayub Khan, Zia-ul-Haq, Yahya Khan, and Pervez Musharraf) were supported and protected by Washington. She, like CNN and CFR dude, Fareed Zakaria, and Pakistan’s ambassador to Washington (known as US ambassador in Washington), Husain Haqqani, is an ‘Islamophobe’. Haqqani in his book ‘Pakistan Between Mosque and Military’, wrote: “From the point view of Islamists and their backers in ISI, Jihad is on hold but not yet over. Pakistan still have an agenda in Afghanistan and Kashmir.” I wonder why Haqqani forgot to mention India and Israel from his list? According to some government insiders, Haqqani is about to be replaced by (princess) Dr. Maleeha Lodhi, the former ambassador to Washington.
Fareed Zakria in an article for the Jewish Newsweek (May 2, 2009), titled ‘Change We Can’t Believe In’ (frankly, most Pakistanis would give a damn what the anti-Islam Zionist dude believe), had advised Washington: “If Washington hopes to change Pakistan’s world-view (through the eyes of Israel Lobby), it will have to take much tougher line with the military while supporting the country’s civilian leaders (Zardari aka Mr. 10%, and other corrupt secularist politicians), whose vision of Pakistan’s national interests(???) is broader and less paranoid, and envisioned more cooperation with its neighbors.” I hope Zakaria count Pakistan’s friendly Islamic Iran as Pakistan’s neighbor too!
With no leader of Dr. Ahmadinejad’s calibre, Pakistanis have no hope to be governed by some honest and nationalist leader. The people who make the list of future ‘USrael puppets’ to replace Asif Zardari include Gen. Kayani, Nawaz Sharif, and Gen. Musharraf or Washington might decide to send some US-Pakistan technocrat to become the third such prime minister of Pakistan.

In the Middle of Difficulty Lies Opportunity. Pakistan, ‘Please Rise’

November 20, 2009
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rise PakistanWe are in the middle of difficulties. These difficulties are of a gargantuan nature. Never has Pakistan experienced so acutely, a vacuum of leadership with an all encompassing lack of credibility and trust deficit. Never have the masses had such complete lack of faith in its leaders because of their scant respect for values. What was wrong yesterday has become correct today and worse, that which, until now was wrong is defended by those, who are expected to set examples for the future.
This is not just about Terrorism and religious intolerance. It is about the hypocrisy of the leaders, the peak of which seems nowhere in sight. It is about the lack of political will to do the ‘One Right Thing’. What is lacking is the will to do what is accepted to be the norm in civilized countries; democracies or dictatorships alike.
All of this is, unfortunately happening at the same time. What we are facing now is unprecedented. ‘Are we a failed state? Is, on the mind of every ordinary person.
Some one said, ‘In the Middle of difficulty lies opportunity’. Can this be true? Can it be made possible? Can Pakistan rebound from the depth of the moral and institutional decay? These are questions which should be on the mind of every thinking person and the leadership in particular. Are they?
But what is on the mind of the leadership 24 seven? Power distribution and power sharing. What do the discussions revolve around? Pick up any newspaper or tune in to any channel and the answer is self evident.
Is there any effort to lift the nation out of its economic and social depression? Is there any effort to motivate a budding young generation towards constructive nation building? Is there any effort to enforce the rule of law? Are there any efforts to provide social and legal justice except to a few elite?
Why has our nation not come out of this circular game of musical chairs in which one power holder bequeaths to another; not institutions or moral foundations of a healthy society but downward spiraling decadence?
It is important to understand Pakistan’s current dilemma? This is a dilemma of deep contradictions. Does democracy come first or does governance come first? Some of these contradictions relate to values being sacrificed so as to save a democracy which has never existed. This democracy will never come into existence until we raise the bar of our moral standards and learn to do, the ‘One Right Thing’.
While expounding and propagating the slogan ‘Save democracy’ we have compromised values and imperceptibly, but surely, set standards, the bar of which has gone down. It has dropped to the level of those who are at the lowest rung of ethical and moral standards. What is sad , this is being accepted by our civil society.
It should never be so, if we aim to come out of this morass. The civil society and the nation must rise and say ‘NO’. A Big NO’ to everything which violates the fundamentals of what our religion lays down for high moral standards. We should do the right thing in circumstances favorable or not so congenial. Expediency has to be subordinated for upholding higher values even if it is at the cost of party or individual interest.
What is happening is quite the contrary. The leaders ‘Claim endlessly that the worst democracy is better than the best dictatorship’. Unfortunately, the price being paid to uphold this slogan and the sacrifices that they have to make to prove this acceptable to the people, seems to be of no concern to them. One compromise after the other is the norm of the day. This is a cloak which has been worn for years; to cover and protect corrupt governance.
The truth is that there can be no democracy unless there is good governance. Bad governance implies; back to any other form of Government which provides good governance. Rule of law and governance must address the needs of the people not just a few..
No nation or individual can develop unless there is a self analysis and a corrective mechanism to set things right. Where does our nation stand today? Our nation did not raise a voice when it elected a President via the NRO route? It claimed democracy was strengthened.
1. Is it now, not a pity, that ‘Two years down the road it looks back and realizes NRO sets the moral clock back. Let us move the clock fast forward and get rid of the NRO’. Why was it not thought of in the first place asks a bewildered nation.
2. Is it not a Pity for our nation that its leaders negotiate a NRO in which corruption of the elite is condoned?
3. Is it not a pity for our nation that its leaders accept the NRO, so as to be pardoned under the NRO, knowing fully well, it would be honorable to be acquitted by the Courts. Notwithstanding the fact that the NRO, is rejected in totality by the Nation, they boast, they have accepted the NRO for democracy.
4. Is it not a pity that the Government stoutly defends Kerry Lugar Bill in which there are highly objectionable clauses. Coincidentally the same clauses are identical to a page in the book written by the nation’s Ambassador himself a beneficiary. Although this bill humiliates the people, the Government says ‘democracy will be strengthened’.
5. Is it not a Pity for the nation that the judiciary allows a General to make amendments to the Constitution and stay on as President in uniform?
6. Is it not a pity that they take oath on the PCO. When a reference is sent against ‘One’; the judiciary suddenly realizes there is no justice in the country, forgets about the reference and turns its back on the same President. Promises are made on oath about quick justice to the litigants ‘many of whom have died waiting’ for these “Golden Words’.
7. Pity the nation in which the ‘Big PCO kings’ issue contempt notices to ‘Small PCO princes’ who took oath on another PCO. It is now ‘PCO 1 versus PCO 2’.The battle of the powerful versus the powerless rages while the country fights a war on terror.
8. Is it not a pity that the nation fights a war on terror and extremism but many of its Madrassahs, spit hatred against other sects. The religious parties and the Government looks the other way.
9. Is it not a pity for our nation that its billionaire former PM’s/Presidents declare that they have taken loans from their family members to make a living. The people who have visited the palaces of these poor billionaires, are aghast.
10. Is it not a pity that the media asks Hillary Clinton to tell them if their ISI chief should be a civilian or from the Army. This media then seeks people’s votes on the ISI chief selection, through SMS.
11. Is it not a pity for our nation that the leaders who are now pursuing a war in Swat and Waziristan, were calling the same war a U Turn, when they were in opposition. They trumpeted fighting the extremists and Murderous Taliban, a U Turn but now they clarify, this is ‘To save Democracy and their way of life’.
Is it not a pity for our nation that the media which demands action against terrorists and Lal Masjid operatives declares them innocent after the action and condemn the action.
12.Some so called popular leaders and the media idolize the extremists for a very long time. The leaders/courts release the arrested ring leaders from jail. They take a U turn when their own lives and property are attacked and Sufi Mohd, their erstwhile hero, attacks the Constitution, civil liberties and democracy. He is arrested and promptly released.
13. Is it not a pity that the leaders are unable to make basic commodities and utilities available but refrain from changing the lifestyles and do not visibly make any cuts in expenditures.
14. Is it not a pity those accused by Air Marshal Asghar Khan, in a corruption scandal case popularly known as the IJI scandal are not tried and the case remains pending and buried. He runs from pillar to post to get the case heard in the Supreme Court but to no avail.”
15. Is it not a pity that the nation re-elects the ruling elite which created the conditions, exploited by  and other hostile forces, to create Bangladesh.
16. Is it not a pity that the nation does not stand up’ even when, ‘ Ninety-eight per cent of the population is in a state of despair, frustration and has lost hope. The wealthy 2 per cent, armed with foreign passports and visas with huge wealth stashed abroad, are ready to leave the country any time’.
17. And as says ,Khalil Gibran
18.“Pity the nation that welcomes its new ruler with trumpeting, and farewells him with hooting, only to welcome another with trumpeting again
19.Pity the nation whose sages are dumb with years and whose strong men are yet in the cradle.
Pity the nation divided into fragments, each fragment deeming itself a nation.
By Shams Abbas

5 Points That Destroy India’s Latest Fairytale

November 19, 2009

WWW.AHMEDQURAISHI.COM

PESHAWAR, Pakistan—In 1988, Indian Navy and commandos took only 24 hours to storm Mamoon Abdul Quyum’s palace in the Maldives when it was taken over by rebels and eliminated the rebels within another 24 hours.
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But in Mumbai, it India 60 hours to eliminate ten terrorists equipped only with KKs. The entire drama seems to be well scripted like Bollywood/Hollywood movies. On one side they blame ISI for planning, executing the whole episode and on the other hand they blame ISI for committing silly mistakes and leaving behind incriminating evidence to be picked up by the Indian intelligence so it could find easy links to Karachi/Pakistan.

Some other India lies include:

  1. Indians failed to detect movement of the alleged merchant ship from Karachi and then its off loading of passengers at high sea.
  1. These 10 daredevils traveled in rubber dinghies up to Bombay shores unnoticed. Was the Indian coastal defense system asleep?
  2. The terrorists waded through the marshes of Bombay coastline, reached the road network, hijacked police vehicles, divided themselves in three groups and then headed for their targets in the posh localities of Bombay, and EVERYTHING GOES UNNOTICED.
  3. Like precision guided missiles these terrorists reach their targets and take over heavily guarded two 5-star hotels, dodging the security system of the entire city of Bombay and the internal security system of these 5-star hotels and the Jewish center also.
  4. They fight it out with Indian commandos for 3 days and all but one is killed. The Indians claim that he is ISI sponsored. If we believe the Indian storyline, it defies logic. How can a professional spy agency like ISI commit the following mistakes:
    1. Sailing the terrorist off from Karachi. Why not Dubai, Chittagong or Eden for better deception?
    2. Credit cards of Pakistani origin in their pockets. Do the suicide bombers carry the IDs in their pockets?
    3. Their Pakistani Punjabi ascent. The first lesson given to intelligence operators is to adapt to local environments. If such an operation was planned by Pakistan and ISI, the operatives would have known that they would have to communicate/ negotiate with the hostages and others and hence would have concealed this giveaway sign.


I leave to the readers to decide if Indian lies are white or black.

I also leave to you to decide whether this is a RAW/Mossad staged drama or that of Lashkar-e-Tayyeba and ISI?

And how much credible are CNN and BBC anyway?

Mr. Marvat is a Pakistani commentator. He can be reached at Lion.of.khyberATgmail.com