So, about the news…

August 10, 2006 at 7:44 pm (Islamism, News, Pakistan, Personal, South Asia)

The news today…I am sick to my stomach. My heart has sunk.

I am very glad the plot was thwarted. But I am so fed up of people trying to blow innocent people up. I am so very wary of reading of Muslim terrorists of Pakistani origin, ethnicity, or assistance inflicting harm or trying to inflict harm on innocents. I am really so sick of it now.

I leave on what will be Saturday morning Pakistan time back for the United States. The plane stops in England (although not at Heathrow). I plan to post a little tomorrow (Friday).

If I survive, I should be posting from America soon. If I don’t survive — who knows what other nefarious plans are afoot, and I can no longer trust Pakistani Muslims — I want you all to know that I appreciate you all, for reading, for commenting, for e-mailing. I do hope I survive. I have many long posts to bore you with.

Hopefully I’ll be in a better mood tomorrow.

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9 Comments

  1. Christopher Taylor said,

    Don’t feel too bad, the media is going out of it’s way to avoid noting that these men were all Muslim. Wait I guess that’s not terribly comforting. God be with you, my friend.

  2. Kath said,

    I’ll be traveling to England early next week – not the most exciting venture, once again.
    I’ll be prayin’ for you – have a safe trip!

  3. jayne said,

    Have a good trip, Muslihoon. It was probably disconcerting to be in Pakistan when the news came out. We will all be waiting to hear what the reaction was there. And your opinion about the cease-fire.

  4. Isaac Schrödinger said,

    Don’t worry. Soon, you’ll breath the free air again. And it will feel good.

  5. Michael said,

    Safe trip, Musli. Let us know when you are home.

  6. sandy burger said,

    Airport security probably won’t be very fun. You should probably take as few carry-on items as possible and put everything else in checked luggage. They’ll probably search you a few million times. But other than that, you’ll be fine! Have a nice flight home, Muslihoon.

  7. Wickedpinto said,

    You might not think that Islam is evil, but it is, and with this, maybe the WEST which is made up of secular, open nations, might finaly realize that if Islam is not the religion of the nation then they are heretics and deniers.

    Maybe when their own citizens will act in such a way as to destroy the western lifestyle, then they might realize that Islam is NOT COMPATABLE with modernity.

    I’m an Atheist, but I can tolerate Judaism, and Christianity in all it’s forms, but Islam?

    Islam is a political form FIRST! youa re the accademic in this subject Muslihoon, but I can see quite EASILY, that Islam as it is, and as it was created, and as it is generaly practiced, can NEVER reconcile it’s self with computers, with science, and with anything other than the fundamental oppression of their fellow human, in fact, once the modern era comes to end (assuming Islam wins) they will target the other class of islam that they disagree with, and finaly? they will enslave women to the point of their own extinction, OR! to a much more open slavery of all women.

    Hirsaan Ali has all the links you need to see the failures of islam and the treatment of women is only a START!

  8. Mrs. Peel said,

    Let us know when you get back, Musli.

  9. John E. Carey said,

    On Pakistan: More Questions than Answers
    By John E. Carey
    August 12, 2006

    In the convoluted world of politics, the war on terror, and international intrigue, it is often difficult to determine the truth. We all read and hear whatever is pushed at us, subject to our own filtering systems.

    After last week’s dramatic bagging of suspected airline bombers, one of the subtexts of the story that is still emerging is the key cooperation and involvement of Pakistan’s government and intelligence services.

    Widespread media reporting on Pakistan’s role as super-partner of the U.S. and Britain in the war against terror needs to be taken with a grain of salt.

    The complexities of Pakistan are not well understood in the west. As Sumit Ganguly, author of “Conflict Unending: India-Pakistan Tensions Since 1947,” reported in Foreign Affairs, “Given the signal importance of Pakistan to U.S. foreign policy these days, the lack of informed commentary on the country is striking.”

    Pakistan’s military government is headed by President/General Pervez Musharraf. He took power by military coup and heads a difficult coalition that enforces loyalty to one man and one country.

    But there is no one country. Pakistan has a well known underground of Islamic extremists and terrorists and has long been suspected of harboring Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda.

    Along the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, long a disputed kind of rebel territory the Pakistani Army stayed clear of, most western intelligence experts believe Osama bib Laden and al Qaida, the leadership of the Taliban, and other Islamic terror camps now house terrorists from Uzbekistan and groups from Chechnya to Indonesia.

    These terrorists groups in the secret underground of radicals within Pakistan itself operate in virtually self governed enclaves, much the way Hezbollah has operated within Lebanon for years.

    The “Father of Pakistan’s Nuclear Bomb” is A. Q. Khan. He was sacked from the position unceremoniously in January 2004 during an investigation into allegations that he gave or sold nuclear secrets to nations and groups outside Pakistan. He confessed and apologized.

    Seymour Hersh reported in the New Yorker in March 2004, “His confession was accepted by a stony-faced Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s President, who is a former Army general, and who dressed for the occasion in commando fatigues. The next day, on television again, Musharraf, who claimed to be shocked by Khan’s misdeeds, nonetheless pardoned him, citing his service to Pakistan (he called Khan “my hero”).

    This kind of two-faced action is indicative of Pakistan and its President Musharraf in particular.

    A smooth, urbane man, Musharraf has carefully developed his relationships with the west, including with President Bush, FBI Director Mueller and many others.

    A year after Musharraf’s coup to assume power in Pakistan, the BBC started a report on Pakistan this way: “A year after the coup, the military authorities in Pakistan are under pressure from the international community to speed up the restoration of democracy.”

    The questions are: what happened to Pakistan’s drive toward democracy and what happened to the west’s, particularly the U.S. interest in democracy in Pakistan?

    President Bush has reiterated several times that a key element to the war against terror is the fostering of democracy. Last May in a Chicago press conference, the president summed up his rationale in a few short words: “democracies don’t war with each other.”

    So why has the U.S. ignored Pakistan’s lack of democracy and apparent disregard for nuclear non-proliferation?

    Some of the answers lie in Pakistan’s secret intelligence service, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). Widely reported as one of the heroes in thwarting the London airline pilot plot, the ISI has a record shrouded in secrecy and double dealing. The ISI helps keep Musharraf in power even as he cultivates the west. Many believe the ISI also allows Islamic extremists and Al-Qaeda to operate within Pakistan.

    Just after the terror train bombing in India on July 11, 2006, India’s well respected Hundustan Times reported, “[Indian] Intelligence agencies on Thursday confirmed that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was the ‘mastermind’ of the blasts that killed about 200 people.”

    We also wondered why more experts in Pakistan are not speaking out about the war on terror and Pakistan’s role.

    A Pakistani professor who carefully follows politics and security issues from within Pakistan told us, “The ISI would make things extremely uncomfortable for any critics speaking to the international press. I correct that. Any press.”

    So there are just more questions than answers about Pakistan’s role in the war against terror. We certainly do not entirely swallow the mainstream media’s proclamations this week that Pakistan is a full and reliable partner in the war against terror.

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