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Terror In Pakistan, Bin Lade Wives, Root Causes Of Terrorism

Taliban terrorists kills 80 on military base.

They are upset about bin Laden’s death. We blame the Pakistani military for enabling his stay in Pakistan, and they apparently blame the military for outing him.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility Friday for suicide attacks on a military training facility in the nation’s northwest, saying they were in retaliation for the killing of terror leader Osama bin Laden.

The twin suicide bombings killed at least 80 people, nearly all of them military recruits who had just completed their training, said Bashir Ahmad Bilour, a senior provincial minister. About 140 others were injured.

“Pakistani and the U.S. forces should be ready for more attacks,” said Ihsan Ullah Ihsan, a spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, who accused the Pakistani military of telling the United States where bin Laden was.

“Osama was our great leader and the killers of Osama will have to pay its price,” he said.

Meanwhile, bin Laden’s wives are (surprise!) hostile:

Three of Osama bin Laden’s widows have been interviewed by U.S. intelligence officers under the supervision of Pakistani’s intelligence service, according to sources in both governments.

The women — who were all interviewed together this week — were “hostile” toward the Americans, according to a senior Pakistani government official with direct knowledge of the post-bin Laden investigation and two senior U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the matter. The eldest of the three widows spoke for the group.

Members of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence were in the room along with the U.S. intelligence officers, the officials said. The Americans had wanted to question the women separately to figure out inconsistencies in their stories.

Let’s all take a moment this morning to thank our Creator. We were not born in Pakistan, and what a gift that is. If we are female, we need to spend a bit longer thanking the Lord that we were not born female in Pakistan.

Time for one more? Let’s blame America for terrorism!!!

As the death of Osama bin Laden reverberates around the world, the root causes of extremism are apparently largely being ignored.

But the goals that need to be achieved in Pakistan and Afghanistan in order to turn people away from the lure of al Qaeda extremism will take time.

“The U.S. presence is acting as a rallying cry for these people,” said political analyst Aasiya Riaz. “You’ll talk to many people who say things will not change in the region until the United States picks up and leaves.”

Riaz, a member of the Pakistan Institute for Political Development and Transparency — an Islamabad-based think tank — said violent jihad has also been injected into this region’s culture and is viewed as an effective strategy against oppression.

Ironically, it was the U.S. that paid for and supported extremist militants during the 1980s Afghan jihad against the Soviet invasion.

The U.S. now rejects those extremists, but many suspect Pakistan’s spy agencies still maintain links to Islamist militants and plan to use those links to hold sway in Afghanistan once U.S. troops pull out.

Pakistan denies this, but skeptics say Islamabad’s deeds do not match its words.

Tahira Abdullah, a human rights activist in Islamabad, said extremist ideology in Pakistan and Afghanistan is made possible by the crushing poverty, and governments which have failed to provide the most basic human needs, like shelter, security and a basic education.

“It’s the lack of democracy,” Abdullah said. “It’s the lack of development. It’s the lack of opportunities.”

Studies by the United Nations’ aid agencies show nearly half of the adult population in Pakistan is illiterate and earns less than $2 a day.


Terrorism experts and sociologists have long rejected poverty and bad governance as the sole prerequisites to religious extremism.

They cite countries like Malaysia, Indonesia and Bangladesh as examples of developing Muslim countries that are not facing widespread religious extremism.

So what makes Pakistan and Afghanistan different?

Analysts say in Pakistan and Afghanistan there is also the powerful perception that the U.S. is waging war with Islam. The perception is intensified by almost 10 years of U.S.-led military occupation in Afghanistan, where thousands of civilians — who had little to do with al Qaeda or the Taliban — have been killed.

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- Aggie

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In Need of Re-Education

Not really sure about the timing of this—it was published on Thanksgiving Day—but it’s so damn good:

Well, Americans usually get the government they deserve, and I urge you all to get ready for this 21st century version of amateur hour. It’s going to be an embarrassing and dangerous time for America and American ideals. There won’t be much, I’m afraid, to be thankful for.

Bill Kristol, writing in The Weekly Standard, reminded me that every 16 years we get a Democrat president with no experience in national security or international affairs who’s elected after Republican presidents have made and kept America safe: After Eisenhower, we got Kennedy; after Nixon/Ford, we got Carter; after Reagan/Bush, we got Clinton. And after Bush II, we get Barack Obama.

That’s not to say that Obama’s election doesn’t come with a couple of interesting side effects. For example, henceforth no black man in America may be called unqualified for any job that he might seek, no matter his prior education or experience level. Want to be a nuclear scientist but lack a Ph.D. in physics? If the applicant is a black man, it’s no problem. Just offer hope to the profession and promise change from all those stuffy theorems that have given the discipline its structure over the years, and you’re in.

That’s on a par with throwing out the fact that tax cuts lead to more investment, job creation and increasing government revenues, just because the black man, that transcendent agent of change, says it’s OK.

He can’t say that, can he? That’s racist!

Sure he can:

Another side effect has been white people contacting me to say that I should be proud to see a black man become president. Could there be a comment that is more condescending, more insulting, than that? If I believed that in America a black man could not be president, then I would be proud to see any black man elected president. But because I always have believed that nothing in America prevents a black man from becoming president or anything else he wants to be, I can be embarrassed, not proud, to see someone as unqualified and inexperienced as Obama become president.

Jackie Robinson, the first black man in modern-day major league baseball, illustrates my point. He was the right man with the right combination of talent, temperament and character at the right time to be successful for that important “first.” Obama? An empty suit who will fail.

I’m not as convinced as this guy that Obama will fail spectacularly. And even if he does, it will be a team effort. The Democrats in Congress (and more than a few Republicans) will carry him across the Failure Finish Line, fighting among themselves to touch his holy flesh and bear his sacred weight. The decision to turn America into a quasi- (or is that queasy) European socialist state will have been made by the majority of our elected officials—and 53% of the electorate.

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BOW-Wow Effect

BOW: Bradley-Obama-Wilder.

This writer takes a bit longer to get to the point than I have—that people who say they support a black candidate, but don’t vote for him in the end, do so not out of racism, but rather its opposite: PC consideration—but he does get there:

As opposed to answering questions about preference in the manner of conservatives — “Of course I’m not voting for Barack Obama. He’s a leftist!” — they will consider superfluous factors like confidence level, speaking style, appearance, and what others think of their choice. The latter is key in this context. The perceptions of others fuel what we term the PC effect. It’s politically correct to back Barack so many vow to do so, but ultimately they may reconsider.

Exactly.

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