War on Terror

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Nation Magazine: Kidnaping, Assassination Planning in Pakisatan Outsourced by U.S. Government to Private Firm Blackwater

WTF!!!!

I know it's one story and it's denied and I'm not supposed to be surprised by anything anymore even if it turns out true, but seriously, wtf!?  Doesn't this enrage you?  How did my government get to this point?!

Update - corrected head - apparently they don't kill people for the U.S. government - just for the Pakistani government.  They do planning of killing people for the U.S. government, according to the article. 

Thousands flee life made 'worse than hell' by violence in Pakistan

Article Date: 
25 May 2009

Young and old, poor and prosperous, sick and healthy -- residents of Pakistan's Swat Valley continue to flee the violence that has erupted there as the military clashes with the Taliban.

Those who have fled tell of the whole valley being turned into a battlefield as citizens run away, many of them with no shoes and some elderly. They fall ill from sun and heat exposure -- particularly infants and those already weak and sick -- as they flee.

Article Author: 
Ingrid Formanek and Zeeshan Ali
Article Source: 
CNN

What is the difference between a civilian and terrorist in the subcontinent?

Now we know the civilian death toll in Sri lanka since Jan 2009 of over 7000 dead is bigger than wars this year in Iraq, Pakistan, Gaza and Afghanistan combined.  Will Pakistan outperform this feat?

According to Sri Lanka's Human Rights minister Mahinda Samarasinghe in a live press statement

Arundhati Roy:We are neither with you nor with the terrorists

Two-part video of Arundhati Roy’s closing keynote at the Women’s Action Forum organized an evening of resistance at Karachi Press Club, on 8th May 2009.

Main points

1. Never Surrender our complications (Edit: in the main body...important to listen to whole speech...I did over simplify!...She said, do not oversimply what is complicated or make complicated what is simple).

2. Never pick and choose injustices

3. Never make that choice of either you are with us or with the terrorists

Pakistan's clear message to the West

Article Date: 
21 Mar 2009

Not surprisingly, when lawyers and ordinary citizens took to the streets in 2007, there was mostly collective silence from Pakistan's key Western allies. Former President George W. Bush went so far as to describe Musharraf as "a solid friend" who deserved the United States' continued support. Although the U.S. spoke of spreading democracy to the Muslim world, it did nothing publicly to help this most democratic of peoples' movements.

Article Author: 
Mustafa Qadri
Article Source: 
Los Angeles Times

State of Emergency: Washington's Role

By: on 4 Nov 2007

A state of emergency has been declared in Pakistan, with General Musharraf finally wearing his true hat, that of a Martial Law Administrator. This declaration puts the democracy movement back a long way.

But what kind of democracy movement is it anyway? The national opposition to Musharraf and military control is in fact opposition to the Pakistani Army’s actions against militants in the Northern Areas, which has led to the destruction of villages and thousands of civilian casualties, retaliation against government and military installations: a civil war by any other name. The opposition to these actions comes in two forms: political and civil society calls for the restoration of democracy and attacks on government installations.

It goes almost without saying that the conflict spreading through the Northern Areas is pushed ahead by the United States’ expectations of Pakistan’s role in the War on Terror. These expectations are not shared by most Pakistanis. Therein lies the problem.

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