Duplicitous Pakistan – “Official” support for the Taliban?

What is the “official” position of Pakistan recognizing the Taliban? They can’t quite make up their mind yet. Mustang then gives us some thoughts on the matter. First:

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Chains of slavery broken’ after Taliban takeover says Pakistan PM Imran Khan | Afghanistan | World

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan appears to be endorsing the Taliban as they take control of Afghanistan. According to Imran Khan, Afghans have “broken the chains of slavery in the country”.

But yesterday this is posted:

Perfidious Pakistan

 

By Mustang

 

Not long ago, two retired U. S. Army general officers waxed eloquent about US-Pakistan relations.  Both now serve as fellows at the Middle East Institute — a think tank.  Well, a tank anyway.  Both generals agree that the US and Pakistan have had a love-hate relationship since 1947; both agree that the “hate” has worsened over the past 20 years.  And both wonder if it is time for a mutually beneficial and strategically sustainable relationship between the US and Pakistan.  Of course, one common denominator between love and hate is that it’s a two-way street.

 

Why should Americans want or need a mutually beneficial and strategically sustainable relationship with Pakistan?  According to these two generals, Pakistan is a nuclear state — that’s why.  Never mind that Pakistan is a nuclear state because (a) it stole US nuclear technology, (b) it diverted American foreign aid intended to feed people to help pay for nuclear bombs, (c) it obligated a substantial percentage of the national GDP to pay for nuclear weapons development, and (d) it funneled stolen US technology to the Chinese.  This probably explains how the Chinese mysteriously developed a near copy of America’s most advanced stealth aircraft.

 

Both generals “worry” about Pakistan’s staunchest allies: Saudi Arabia and Turkey — both of which foment Wahhabi radicalism where and whenever they can.  Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence Agency (ISI) is that country’s premier intelligence organization.  It is responsible for gathering, processing, and analyzing information relevant to Pakistan’s national security goals.  It is a thoroughly radicalized organization whose involvement with Afghanistan’s Mujahideen dates back to the 1980s.  While “cooperating” with the CIA and British SIS, it concurrently works against the interests of both the United States and Great Britain in radical Islamism and funneling money from Saudi Arabia to the Afghan Taliban.  ISI also played a significant role in the kidnapping and murder by decapitation of Jewish-American journalist Daniel Pearle.

 

Both generals want us to know that Pakistan is a global provider of doctors and scientists.  Most physicians one consults with in the UK are Pakistani; they are about the only individuals willing to work as medical doctors for low wages.  Pakistani doctors are among the most incompetent in the entire medical profession. Still, more than that, they behave toward their captive patients (owing to the British National Health Care System) with insufferable arrogance and disrespect.  Their ability to provide adequate medical treatment is also negatively affected by their limited ability to speak English.  They make no effort to improve their language skills.

 

Both generals want us to know that despite how deeply Pakistanis hate Americans and ignoring their dishonesty in ripping off the American taxpayer to help fund nuclear weapons and global terrorism, that living without Pakistan would be far more difficult for the United States than having them slit our throats — literally or figuratively.

 

How can the United States achieve a better relationship?  Both generals think we Americans should provide even more money to help impoverished Pakistanis, even though the Pakistan government has diverted money from the poor to build their nuclear arsenal.  Both generals believe we should cooperate with the Pakistanis in such areas as counterterrorism.  We should ignore the fact that the Pakistanis are a primary source of global terrorism.  Still, both generals think that international working groups might solve this problem.

 

Maybe marriage counseling will help fix the trust issues, but frankly, not even that would allow me to turn a blind eye to Pakistan’s duplicity.

 

You can read these retired general’s opinions at The Cipher Brief.

 

Mustang also blogs at Fix Bayonets and Thoughts From Afar

 

Our Saudi and Paki Friends

Our Saudi and Paki Friends

 

Some Facts

by Mustang

International relations theory holds that national policies always follow national interests — as do interests in forming and maintaining foreign alliances.  Before 2001, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia were the primary supporters of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (also known as the Taliban).  If international relations theory holds, then Pakistan and Saudi Arabia presumably supported the Taliban because doing so served the interests of all three governments.

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Thirteen days before the Saudi attack against the United States, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia dispatched a letter to U. S. President George W. Bush, stating, “A time comes when peoples and nations part.  We are at a crossroads.  It is time for the United States and Saudi Arabia to look at their separate interests.  Those governments that don’t feel the pulse of their people and respond to it will suffer the fate of the Shah of Iran” [Note 1].  For more than a year after 9-11, Saudi Arabia’s interior minister insisted that the attackers were “dupes in a Zionist plot.”  In December 2002, the Saudi government claimed that America’s ire concerning the 9-11 attacks resulted from the intolerance of the American people and their hatred of Arab peoples.

In 2003, the Saudis directed additional Islamist attacks against several US compounds in Saudi Arabia.  Since 2001, the British people have suffered 21 separate Saudi-inspired attacks [Note 2].  According to the US State Department, Saudi Arabia has been (and continues to be) the most significant source of terrorist funding in the entire world.  Moreover, agents of Saudi Wahhabism initiated and continue to operate as the primary source of civil strife in Syria.

Despite these facts, the US State Department claims, “The United States and Saudi Arabia have a common interest in preserving the stability, security, and prosperity of the Gulf region and consult closely on a wide range of regional and global issues.  Saudi Arabia plays an important role in working toward a peaceful and prosperous future for the region and is a strong partner in security and counterterrorism efforts, in military, diplomatic, and financial cooperation” [Note 3].  Additionally, Saudi Arabia is the United States’ most significant customer of foreign military sales.

After the Islamist attacks against the United States on 9-11-2001, Pakistan suddenly became one of America’s “key allies” in the war on terror — pressured to do so by President George W. Bush.  It wasn’t that Pakistan was much interested in helping the US in its so-called war on terror, but rather that Bush agreed to pay bounties for the capture and execution of known Pakistani terrorists.  President Bush “forgave” a $1 billion debt owed to the United States to sweeten the deal further.  In 2005, additional taxpayer-funded millions went to “rebuild” Kashmir following an earthquake there.

Again, according to the US State Department, the United States has been one of Pakistan’s largest foreign investors, with concentrations in consumer goods, chemicals, energy, agriculture, “business process outsourcing” [Note 4], transportation, and communications.  In essence, Pakistan has become part of the American welfare system.

Ranked immediately behind Nigeria in purchasing power parity (gross domestic product) is the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, ranked 25th globally.  Pakistan’s primary resource is exploitable minerals, but its ore deposits are generally poor, with only two regions of the country noted for high-grade ore.  Irrespective of its poor material wealth, most of Pakistan’s exports are sent to the United States, while its primary source of imports is China.

At the heart of diplomatic alliances is the balance of power among nations, and what must always determine the formation of a partnership is perceived national interest.  Since 1947, the United States has provided Pakistan with close to $100 billion in foreign aid and assistance, most of it in military equipment assistance.  Given that the United States provides arms and equipment to Pakistan — and Pakistan turns around and supplies the Taliban with financing, arms, equipment, and manpower, what are the United States’ national interests in supporting a grossly failed regime such as Pakistan?

Note also that since 2001, 2,312 US military personnel have died in Afghanistan; 20,066 American men and women received debilitating wounds.  In this same period, an estimated 40,000 Afghani civilians have been killed due to military operations.  The cost of the Afghan War to the American taxpayer is roughly $842 billion. The fact is that despite this massive economic burden paid for by the American taxpayer, Pakistan is the primary source of funding, recruiting, and arming the so-called Taliban insurgencies in Afghanistan.

Conclusion

Experts have observed that (in their opinion), the Saudi royal family hangs on to its power by a thread.  Whether true, which I find doubtful given that 85% of the Saudi people are Sunni Moslems, it benefits the Kingdom of Saud to domestically support and export one of the most radical forms of Islam: Wahhabism.  The Wahhabi sect of Islam is akin to puritanism.  Its adherents prefer the term Salafi.  The house of Saud supports Wahhabism because, in doing so, it satisfies the radical-most segment of Saudi society.  Once more, from the mouth of the Saudi Interior Minister, “… governments that don’t feel the pulse of their people and respond to it will suffer the fate of the Shah of Iran.”  It’s a survival thing.  I understand “survival.”  I do not know why the United States seeks to maintain a “national interest” in a nation that seeks to destroy all Christian and/or secular societies.  Shall we bare our throats to a dangerous enemy by calling him “friend?”

What do we know about Pakistan?  First, it is on the verge of being a failed state — as most Islamic states are.  There is nothing about an Islamic state that is compatible with the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  Nothing.  In Pakistan, the government also hangs on by a thread.  In a nation of well over 180-million people, 90% of whom embrace radical Islam, the government’s only chance of hanging on to power is to accede to the demands of its predominantly Sunni Salafi Moslem population.  The only word to describe Pakistan is “chaos.”  With that as an easily observable fact, why is the United States government paying Pakistan billions of dollars to make war on the United States in Afghanistan?  Perhaps it has something to do with the additional fact that Pakistan possesses more than 100 nuclear warheads.  The thousands of dysfunctional morons running the government of the United States have no concept of such terms as “national interests” or “integrity.”

United States foreign policy with respect to Pakistan has funneled billions of dollars into that country, first to help fight the Soviets in Afghanistan, and completely ignored the fact that Pakistan spends a large amount of that money toward the acquisition of weapons of mass destruction.  The fantastic part of this is that ANYONE in the United States has even an iota of confidence in the United States government.  In exchange for its promise to keep its nuclear weapons secure, the United States has turned a blind eye to Pakistan’s direct support of radical Islamic terrorism.  Who is running Pakistan today?  No, not the orthodontist who serves as president.  The power in Pakistan is the Inter-Service Intelligence agency (ISI).  The ISI is a divided house: moderate and radical Sunni Moslems.  Pakistan’s government could be the most unstable of all US “allies.”  But — we keep pumping in American tax dollars to prop them up.

China may be the least of our problems, but not by much. In this hazardous environment, the American people continue to elect such unbelievable imbeciles as George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Joe Biden. Granted, Biden’s corrupt relationship with China should at least demand impeachment … but while China confines itself to killing our people through bio-warfare, Saudi Arabia is content to murder our innocent citizens as they make their way to work in the morning, and Pakistan has its finger on a nuclear trigger.

What could possibly go wrong with our traditionally inept foreign policies?  By the way, Democrats … when you send you children off the school in the morning, will that be the last time you ever see them?

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Notes:

[1] Reported in the Wall Street Journal on 1 October 2001.

[2] The Saudi government continues to claim that terrorist attacks are individually sponsored incidents with no tie to the Saudi government — except that factually, the majority of money supporting terrorists’ attacks comes directly from members of the royal family.

[3] Some 37,000 Saudi students’ study at US colleges and universities each academic year.

[4] Business process out-sourcing is a method used to subcontract various business operations to third party vendors.  By business process out-sources, one might assume that the US State Department means telephone help lines that hardly anyone in the United States can understand.  One can understand why a major US company would out-source certain business practices to the IRP once they realize how cheap labor is in Pakistan and the tax benefits from sending US jobs to overseas locations.  At the present time, the top US companies who engage Pakistan (and other third world countries) to handle their call centers are Capital One, JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Citi Group, Hewlett Packard, Sykes Enterprises, Convergys, T-Mobile, and Prudential Financial.  The first five of these companies “went off shore” after receiving taxpayer-funded federal bailouts; Hewlett Packard, Sykes, and Convergys are able to use off-shore call centers because of multi-million dollar federal contracts, and T-Mobile and Prudential Financial receive federal subsidies to operate off-shore call centers.

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Meet the New South Asian Threat in America

 

Hmmm

by Mustang

Our man on the beat in the UK

Before you send Helping Hand for Relief and Development money, you should probably know that this group is but one of several branches of Jamaat-e-Islami, a terrorist organization founded in British India in 1941, responsible for the slaughter of thousands around the world and is today well hidden within the Moslem Council of Britain and the Islamic Circle of North America.  (Think about that last title for just a moment).

Jamaat-e-Islami Founder Syed Abul Ala Maududi

Helping Hand for Relief and Development (HHRD) claims to be a world leader in empowering lives, creating opportunities, and strengthening the bond of humanity—and, according to their website, they respond to human suffering in emergency and disaster situations around the world … offering their helping hand regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, class, location, religion, color, cultural diversity, or social background.

HHRD is partnered with another charitable organization called ICNA Relief which offers a “helping hand” inside the United States.

Sound good?

Now, about these charities—they raise tens of millions of dollars each year, and I’ll bet you’ll never guess where all that money goes.

 

Here’s a hint: Hamas.  They also funded the Al Khidmat and Lashkar-e-Taiba organizations, which were responsible for the murders of 166 people in Mumbai in 2008.  But don’t fry your brain trying to figure out all of these organizations; there are too many of them—no small network, trust me, and besides that, they’re way too hard to pronounce.  You can read up on them here (background) and here (an update).

But here’s the best part: your tax dollars are (and have been) funding international terror.  Ha!  Bet you never saw that coming!  Clever, these Islamists.  What no one in the House of Representatives understands (apparently) is that if you feed the proxy, you feed the central organization.

Republican Jim Banks wants to end our government’s funding, and he wants a criminal investigation into the links between the charity and Pakistan’s terrorist movements.  Sadly, Banks is in the minority party, so I don’t look for much happening in this quarter.

But at least now YOU know about this scam, and you can tell your friends, and they can tell their friends, and … you get the picture.

Beside the fact that the government never asked me if I would like to contribute a percentage of my taxes to this or any other charity, our government’s funding of terror is but one reason I have no confidence in “government sponsored” charities.

The way I’m looking at this is that the US government has forced me and you to become accessories to murder and mayhem.  And it does make one wonder about how many other terrorist organizations our government is sponsoring.  Perhaps an email to your congressional representative would help Mr. Banks cut off funding to this and all other terrorist organizations (including Planned Parenthood, whose murder of innocents runs into the tens of millions).

Just a thought …

 

For more

Check out Middle East Forum   “A South Asian Threat in America”

Background wikipedia

 Jamaat-e-Islami

Islamic Circle of North America

According to ICNA, its goal “shall be to seek the pleasure of Allah through the struggle of Iqamat-ud-Deen establishment of the Islamic system of life as spelled out in the Qur’an and the Sunnah of Muhammad.”

ICNA seeks to promote Islam and the Islamic way of life in the United States.[11] They are active on the issues of War in Afghanistan and the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. Initially ICNA was composed of Muslim Americans of Indo-Pakistani descent who had split from ISNA.[12]

Mustang has other great reads over at his two blogs – Thoughts from Afar

with Old West Tales and Fix Bayonets

How many in Congress are being blackmailed by IT Imran Awan?

Back in May, I posted many of these questions. Knowing what we know now, the questions seem even more pertinent. Are congress members being blackmailed by IT breach?

We learn that Schultz kept this fine fellow on the payroll up until the day after he was arrested this week. For some reason, this is not going to end well for a couple of Congressmen.

Then we had this:

Debbie Wasserman Schultz threaten’s Police Chief over hacking scandal, wants evidence returned to her 

Congressional technology aides are baffled that data-theft allegations against four former House IT workers — who were banned from the congressional network — have largely been ignored, and they fear the integrity of sensitive high-level information.

Five Capitol Hill technology aides told The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group that members of Congress have displayed an inexplicable and intense loyalty towards the suspects who police say victimized them. The baffled aides wonder if the suspects are blackmailing representatives based on the contents of their emails and files, to which they had full access.

“I don’t know what they have, but they have something on someone. It’s been months at this point” with no arrests, said Pat Sowers, who has managed IT for several House offices for 12 years. “Something is rotten in Denmark.

“There’s no question about it: If I was accused of a tenth of what these guys are accused of, they’d take me out in handcuffs that same day, and I’d never work again,” he said.

A House IT employee who requested anonymity said tech workers who have taken over some of those offices found that computers in some — but not all — offices were “thin clients” that sent all data to an offsite server in violation of House policies. Additionally, staffers’ iPhones were all linked to a single non-government iTunes account.

The investigation goes far beyond the theft of millions of dollars. The employees could read all emails dozens of members of Congress sent and received, as well as access any files members and their staff stored. Court records show the brothers ran a side business that owed $100,000 to an Iranian fugitive who has been tied to Hezbollah, and their stepmother says they often send money to Pakistan.

Read More Daily Caller

Debbie Wasserman Schultz threaten’s Police Chief over hacking scandal, wants evidence returned to her

Americas Watchtower Debbie Wasserman Schultz threatens Police Chief with ‘consequences’ if her computer being held as evidence in a hacking scandal is not returned gives us an update to a story I did a few days ago. Are congress members being blackmailed by IT breach? – a refresher follows update:

As part of the investigation Debbie Wasserman Schulz’s laptop was taken as evidence. Needless to say, she is not happy and she wants her computer back. So much so that she made a veiled threat to the Capitol Police Chief which was caught on video. Here is said video, the relevant part starts at the 2:43 mark:

Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s computer was not in her possession when it was taken, it was supposedly lost but more likely it was stolen. She claims that because she is not under investigation the computer should be returned to her but the police chief says there are extenuating circumstances, in other words it is possible there is evidence on the computer related to the three brothers who hacked into the system and shared the information on another server. It makes you wonder what she is afraid of.

By the way,it is reported that the brothers have fled back to Pakistan. Here is the refresher:

Are congress members being blackmailed by IT breach? 

Five Capitol Hill technology aides told The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group that members of Congress have displayed an inexplicable and intense loyalty towards the suspects who police say victimized them. The baffled aides wonder if the suspects are blackmailing representatives based on the contents of their emails and files, to which they had full access.

The investigation goes far beyond the theft of millions of dollars. The employees could read all emails dozens of members of Congress sent and received, as well as access any files members and their staff stored. Court records show the brothers ran a side business that owed $100,000 to an Iranian fugitive who has been tied to Hezbollah, and their stepmother says they often send money to Pakistan.

Wasserman Schultz, the victim of a disastrous hack while she was chairman of the Democratic National Committee, renamed Awan an “advisor” to circumvent the Capitol Police’s computer network ban on the brothers. Ohio Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge’s office told Politico a month after the ban that she had not fired Imran either.

Another Democratic IT contractor said members “are saying don’t say anything, this will all blow over if we all don’t say anything.” The Awans “had [members] in their pocket,” and “there are a lot of members who could go down over this.”

Read More Daily Caller

India celebrates Holi: The Festival of Colors, 2011

Thanks to The Atlantic Monthly for Photographs that take us to another time and place.  It is wonderful to have an opportunity to glimpse into these lives filled with joy.

Holi is all about masti and merriment

 

KANPUR: Holi was celebrated with fun and merriment on Sunday. The festive mood started from Saturday when the people got an opportunity to get engrossed in `Chhoti Holi’. The faces painted in blue, red, green, yellow displayed the magnitude of the celebrations.  More atTimes of India

Around the world, Hindus celebrated Holi last weekend. Called the Festival of Colors, Holi is a popular springtime festival observed on the last full moon of the lunar month. Participants traditionally throw bright, vibrant powders at friends and strangers alike, celebrating the arrival of Spring, commemorating Krishna’s pranks, and allowing everyone a momentary freedom — a chance to drop their inhibitions and simply play and dance. Gathered here are images from this year’s Holi celebrations across India and several other countries. [36 photos

Terrific photos from India and Pakistan.  Here are some stunning photography that you will enjoy. H/T: The Agitator for a glimpse into a very different world.

Pakistan’s Christian Cabinet member killed, left farewell messge

Not much room for Christians in much of the world today. The penalty is death. I hope we are catching on…this is a war till the death of the infidels.

Assailants purportedly sent by al-Qaida and the Taliban killed the only Christian member of Pakistan’s federal Cabinet Wednesday, spraying his car with bullets outside his mother’s driveway. It was the second assassination in two months of a high-profile opponent of blasphemy laws that impose the death penalty for insulting Islam.

Pakistan’s minorities gripped by fear and despair

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but private Pakistani TV channels showed pamphlets at the scene of the killing that were attributed to the Pakistani Taliban warning of the same fate for anyone opposing the blasphemy laws. MSNBC 

In the farewell statement, Bhatti said he was threatened by the Taliban and al-Qaida, but that this would not deter him from speaking for “oppressed and marginalized persecuted Christians and other minorities” in Pakistan. “I will die to defend their rights,” he said on the tape. “These threats and these warnings cannot change my opinions and principles.”

More at The Blaze

FDA: Toxic Waste Nuclear Sludge is not safe to eat

Headline of the day!
 
Talk about a marketing strategy!
Talk about appeal! Who would have thought that we had imports from Pakistan with this creative talent?
 
The U.S. Government says candy imported from Pakistan called Toxic Waste Nuclear Sludge is not safe to eat. Who would have guessed?

The candies were manufactured in Pakistan. Indianapolis-based Candy Dynamics said it would stop selling all Nuclear Sludge candy in the U.S. The candy is wrapped in bright yellow caution-like tape, and the company’s website features the screech of a blaring warning horn. The bars were distributed in stores throughout the U.S. and Canada.

“Our product’s tongue-in-cheek brand name in no way reflects the vigilant approach the company takes toward product integrity,” the company said in a statement.

“Nuclear Sludge did have a fan base, but our other products have been more popular,” said Laura King, Candy Dynamic’s Vice President

The Food and Drug Administration announced the U.S. distributor of Nuclear Sludge Chew Bars is recalling the candy because of lead contamination. No one has been sickened, but the FDA said elevated lead content could be harmful to small children, infants and pregnant women. Star Advertiser

Pakistan’s floods ‘the result of Allah’s wrath’

So the Taliban tells these wretched souls, not to accept Aid from the Infidels. Christian Aid workers killed, but our MSM does not report, no doubt because it is considered to be “islamaphobic”… well have at it. You want to go back to the stone age? Knock yourself out. Our earlier story, Starving women barred from accepting Aid  Here

The message from the country’s most conservative imams – that the floods were God’s punishment for the secularisation of the state – is taking hold in this long-suffering region.

As two US helicopters laden with relief supplies rattled overhead on their way to remote mountain towns cut off by the floods, the recently widowed mother of six told The Australian the floods were God’s punishment for the recent sins of Swat people.

“It’s all our own doing. At the (recent army-organised) Kalam festival everyone was dancing, there was a lot of obscenity. We’re all sinners. That’s why this is happening so I am not complaining,” she said as she pointed out a gaping hole where three rooms of her house were washed away by a bloated Swat River.

“When the Taliban came they controlled the obscenity and the wrongdoing of the people. All the women were keeping their modesty. That was a positive.”

A local Swat NGO worker said many locals still lived in fear of a Taliban return because the leadership was still at large.

“Eighty Taliban militants were given safe passage last year before the army came in,” he said.

Several Christian news websites at the weekend reported three foreign aid workers were killed last week by militants in the main Swat town of Mingora, but their deaths kept quiet to prevent panic within an aid community already spooked by recent Taliban threats to target foreign relief workers.

The Australian news

Starving Women In Pakistan Barred By Muslim Tenets From Accepting Aid From Male Relief Workers

This about says it all.  12th century, no can do. It is a heart breaker.

In Pakistan, religious prohibitions are increasing the death rate among women and children. Eighty-five percent of homeless individuals after the flooding are women and children. However, Muslim tenets prohibit women from receiving aid from males — leaving them in some cases to choose between starvation if they avoid the aid or possible beatings if they are seen accepting the aid from male aid workers.

More than 2,000 persons have already died and 20 million are displaced or in economic peril.

Relief workers are reporting an increase in rapes and abuse of homeless women. The relief is being scooped up by men, particularly when women are warned not to interact with male relief workers. This leaves it up to the children to try to grab the food. The article below quotes 12-year-old Shahid Muhammed saying, “When food is distributed the strongest young men grab it for their own families and push us children aside.” Read more from Jonathan Turley and you wonder why we find this islamic bit so offensive

Source: Salon

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