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Which Side Is Pakistan On In The Fight Against Terrorism?

Posted in Afghanistan, Al Quada, America, Britain, England, Obama, Taliban, Terrorism, UK, USA with tags , , , on 24/05/2012 by floroy1942

For years Pakistan has said it is against al Quada and the Taliban, and ‘aided’ the US and NATO nations in their joint assault on these terrorist groups, but there has continually been a suspicion of doubt as to which side they are really on. I think we now have the answer!

Dr. Shakil Afridi – Traitor or Patriot?

It has been reported that the Pakistani doctor who helped find bin Laden has received a 33 year prison sentence and fine of $3,500 for treason! That to me says it all! For the good doctor to assist the CIA in finding the most hated terrorist of all time would not in my book be treason, but calls for a medal. The Pakistan government however obviously thinks differently, which must mean to my mind, that their loyalty to the western cause of defeating terrorism is somewhat lacking. The latest reports indicate there is concern that several people who assisted the Navy S.E.A.L.s in their operation have also been arrested.

There are many unanswered questions surrounding bin Laden’s ability to live successfully for years within a stone’s throw of a Pakistani military facility and remain untouched and unseen. Under normal circumstances this would seem impossible.

Bin Laden’s Hideout

The American’s did not inform the Pakistani government of its intention to send in S.E.A.L.S to get him, for the simple reason they suspected someone, particularly in the intelligence community, would tell the al Quada chief of the impending raid. After all that’s happened, I am pretty sure that if the government had been told, the bird would have long flown by the time they came knocking at his door.

In this particular case I am in full agreement with President Obama and his military chiefs, in that it was a chance too good to miss and certainly worth the political fallout afterwards.

World’s Most Wanted Terrorist

I have to admit to considerable scepticism on Pakistan’s commitment to the fight against terrorism, especially since they called off the military campaign against the Taliban strongholds in the North-Western Provinces a couple of years ago before it was completed. Stopping the cleansing operation when only half completed was I believe a sop to the USA and other NATO countries, but was not done with any real intent of wiping out the al Quada and Taliban bases on their side of the border.

It cannot be denied the Pakistan government has had to deal with a long list of cock-ups perpetrated by the American Military, such as the killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers at a border outpost during a drone strike and the killing of innocent civilians by the same method, but to be honest, that is all water under the bridge, for now we have more evidence of the reluctance among government circles to come to grips in a positive way with terrorism.

However, to me the last straw must surely be the sentence handed down to Shakil Afridi, the Pakistani doctor at the heart of the story. He did what he thought was right, and probably for an extremely large cash payout from the CIA, and it lands him in jail for the rest of his life. No matter the motive, the fact that he was of help in handing over bin Laden should earn him the gratitude of the whole world in my view.

Roy.

bin Laden – When You Find A Rat, You Shoot It!

Posted in Afghanistan, Al Quada, Arab, Insurgents, Islamic Revolution, Muslim, Terrorism, Terrorists, USA with tags , , on 04/05/2011 by floroy1942

Much is currently being written about the number one topic of the moment, i.e. the death of Osama bin Laden, so I guess I might as well add my ten cents worth.

Yesterday, within hours the news flashed around the world that the most wanted man in history, Osama bin Laden, had finally been killed in a compound in Pakistan where he had been hiding. The report has caused controversy among both western and arab nations as the details are slowly made public.

bin Laden Courier Leads the way: http://youtu.be/R-OFzI0XWiw

A Less Gory Image Of bin Laden Dead

Todays newspapers are criticising the fact that bin Laden was unarmed and could have been taken prisoner, but was shot dead instead. In my opinion, if you find a rat you shoot it immediately, for why should such an evil man be given mercy?

Osama bin Laden may have been a source of information like no other, but the down-side of keeping him alive would be to invite attempts to free him by his co-conspirators, plus igniting the fury of Muslims across the globe. The plain fact is, the world is better off with him dead! 

CBS Report: http://youtu.be/X96LXweqaYE

That he was buried at sea will at least prevent creating a martyr for his followers, and a shrine at which he could be worshipped. In my opinion, that fact alone will ensure the memory of bin Laden does not endure long in most people’s minds, even Muslims. Pretty soon he will be consigned to a footnote in history.

There is little doubt this whole episode is far from over however, for there are bound to be recriminations over the American action, and for sure, revenge attacks in the near future.

Part of Osama's Legacy - Madrid 2004

The big question is, who will be the target of these attacks? It is certain that great efforts will be made to make some form of attack on the United States, and of course Pakistan. European nations may also find themselves on the receiving end of insurgent wrath and its anyone’s guess as to what form the attacks will take. It seems highly unlikely that we will see a repeat of 9/11, for that required meticulous planning and much time to prepare, so it is more likely we could have a spate of un-coordinated bombings.

There can be no doubt the death of bin Laden will be a heavy blow to al Quada, but there are many who can step into his shoes. His death may also provide the catalyst for recruitment by terror groups through radical Imams, who will use this event to fog the minds of young Muslims and fill them with hatred for anything western. The sight of many Muslims openly mourning his passing is ample evidence of this.

National  Geographic Report on al Quada: http://youtu.be/zUUUS_wRKLo 

Much is being written about the possible involvement of Pakistani officials and intelligence personnel in hiding the fact he was present in Abbottabad for so many years. It would seem incredible that no-one in Pakistan knew of his whereabouts, but this will be impossible to prove. I can agree with the American decision not to inform Pakistani authorities of the raid, for to do so could well have meant he would slip the net.

Salman Bashir, a Pakistani official, claimed that their intelligence network had informed the Americans about the “suspicious” compound as early as 2009 but for some reason the report was not acted upon. I imagine this, and many other reports will be clarified in the weeks to come.

Osama's Hideaway

As to his hiding place being within a few hundred yards of the top military academy, they always say ‘the best place to hide is in plain sight’. The one thing that did surprise me was the lack of armed men at the villa where he was hiding. But it would seem he has been there for so many years without any problems he got complacent. We can just be thankful that it was all so easy and no-one in the assault force was hurt.

Now, all we can do is wait for the backlash of this action, but wouldn’t it be nice if within a few short weeks we could rid the world of Osama’s second-in command Ayman al-Zawahiri, who will surely move to the top of the ‘Most Wanted List’. The only problem with an organization like al Quada is that if you ‘chop of the head of the snake’, it just grows another. For this reason, the fight against this terror group is far from over, and may never be.

Roy.

Update: Watch Pat Condell’s irreverent video on the death of bin Laden:

http://youtu.be/JzD-rnmeiH8

France and the Muslim Veil

Posted in Afghanistan, Arab, Britain, England, Gaza and Hamas, Human Rights, Immigrants, Insurgents, Muslim, Taliban, Terrorism, UK with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 04/02/2010 by floroy1942

No or Yes?

So finally a European country is starting to take a stand against the Muslim veil, and its about time! This week France refused citizenship to a Muslim male because he forced his wife to wear the Islamic Burka which covers a woman from head to toe, including the eyes. The French Immigration Authorities refused the man because his wife did not have the right to appear in public with her face uncovered. Three cheers for France! So when is Harriet Harman, the Labour Women and Equality Minister going to get stuck in?

She has been extremely vocal on all things to do with women’s rights, and I don’t blame her for that, but this is something she has been silent about ever since she got the post. So why is that? The obvious reason that comes to mind is the current UK watchword; Don’t upset the Muslims!!!

It is a contentious subject because of its supposed religious overtones, but that is no answer for ignoring it. The Koran does not require women to cover themselves from head to foot, and no Muslim will find a passage that backs ups this bizarre practice.

If we examine the reasons for such draconian measures within Islam, we must come to the conclusion that it is something enforced by men for the sole purpose of subjugating women. In the Islamic world, women are second class citizens, and most Muslim men probably value their goats above their women.

I have a suspicion that it also has a lot to do with jealousy on the part of men, who do not want their women looked at by others. That woman should be forced to submit to this degradation in the name of religion in this day and age is nothing short of scandalous. It is totally alien to the western culture but has become accepted because of the influx of immigrants from Islamic countries.

Should we be forced to accept it on so-called religious grounds? I think not! With the increasing threat of terrorism from Muslim extremists, we are actively engaged in taking measures with our own people to ensure positive identification, but allow  Muslim women to walk among us covered from head to foot and not even knowing if the person under the garment is male or female.

We presume someone in a Burka is female, but for all we know, Osama Bin Laden could be living in downtown Bradford wearing a Burka in public.

Gotcha

The leader of Hamas was caught some months ago at the Egyptian border trying to enter the country in a Burka, and who knows how many other ‘Wanted’ individuals use the same trick to travel freely? Something else that should cause concern, and a good reason for banning the Burka, is the number of women suicide bombers that have shown up recently in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. Under the current regulations there is nothing anyone can do to identify a woman bomber is there? Do we have to wait for a Muslim woman to step into a crowded place and blow herself up before the government takes action on this subject?

Immigration Authorities and the Police are in a sticky position when trying to determine if the person in front of them is who they say they are. If an Islamic woman refuses to lower her veil for religious reasons what do you do? Force them, or arrest them, and cause a possible international incident or religious outcry?

The Right to Choose?

It is time the rest of Europe followed the French lead and placed a blanket ban (sorry! Pun intended) on the Burka in all European countries. It serves no real purpose other than to satisfy the ego of Muslims males, and although many older Muslim women, who have never known anything different, will object, I am sure many of the younger ones will hail their new-found freedom. It comes down to this; if you live here, you respect our way of life. If you cannot do that, then go home!

So come on Harriet, how about it? Either do your job for all women, or don’t do it at all.

As-salamu Alaykum

Roy.

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