Daily Archives: November 9, 2009

Short Open Letter to Anwar al-Awlaki

In response to his blog posting “Nidal Hassan Did the Right Thing.”  I would post this letter as a “comment” on that blog entry, but I do not trust that that blog is legitimately his.  Some of the blog postings are so shortsighted and simplistic that I do not expect that they are from Anwar al-Awlaki or any scholar in his/her right mind.  Compare the loose accusations in the Nidal Hassan entry with the careful comments in this National Geographic interview. Continue reading


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Defending the Arsenal

In an unstable Pakistan, can nuclear warheads be kept safe?

by Seymour M. Hersh, The New Yorker, November 16, 2009

America’s dealings with Pakistan may be increasing the risk of radicalization.

Taliban In the tumultuous days leading up to the Pakistan Army’s ground offensive in the tribal area of South Waziristan, which began on October 17th, the Pakistani Taliban attacked what should have been some of the country’s best-guarded targets. In the most brazen strike, ten gunmen penetrated the Army’s main headquarters, in Rawalpindi, instigating a twenty-two-hour standoff that left twenty-three dead and the military thoroughly embarrassed. The terrorists had been dressed in Army uniforms. There were also attacks on police installations in Peshawar and Lahore, and, once the offensive began, an Army general was shot dead by gunmen on motorcycles on the streets of Islamabad, the capital. The assassins clearly had advance knowledge of the general’s route, indicating that they had contacts and allies inside the security forces. Continue reading


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The demons of Major Nidal Malik Hasan

This is a New York Times story that gives first glimpses of the internal demons haunting Major Nidal Malik Hasan, and the time line of events leading up to wanton murders at Fort Hood. All text is copied from New York Times website, all rights reserved with New York Times Company (AZW) 

Fort Hood Gunman Gave Signals Before His Rampage

Copyright 2009 The New York Times Company

By James C. McKinley Jr. and James Dao

Nov. 9 (New York Times) — KILLEEN, Tex. — It was still dark on Thursday when Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan left his aging apartment complex to attend 6 a.m. prayers at the brick mosque near Fort Hood. Afterward, he said goodbye to his friends there and asked forgiveness from one man for any past offenses.

 “I’m going traveling,” he told a fellow worshiper, giving him a hug. “I won’t be here tomorrow.”

Continue reading


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“Where Have All the Friendships Gone…”

Uri Avnery writing for Outlook India

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According to a Chinese saying, if someone in the street tells you that you are drunk, you can laugh. If a second person tells you that you are drunk, start to think about it. If a third one tells you the same, go home and sleep it off.

Our political and military leadership has already encountered the third, fourth and fifth person. All of them say that they must investigate what happened in the “Molten Lead” operation. Continue reading

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Your Prayers/Positive Thoughts Are Needed For Imran Khan



The great Imran Khan is in the hospital- the same hospital he made for this nation.    There is so much he is needed for.   Let us join together in sending him positive thoughts and prayers.   Apparently he is suffering from collitis.    Some of us may not agree with what he has to say politically,  but to most of us he is the most enduring image of Pakistan’s finest hour.     So let us join together and pray for him in our own different ways whatever those might be.


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Happy Birthday Allama Iqbal

Today is the birthday of Pakistan’s National Poet/Philosopher Dr. Muhammad Iqbal’s Birthday.    This above is a beautiful song that he wrote so many years ago and which has become the anthem of Pakistan’s children.



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