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Non-state Actors, Miskeen, Education, Economy and Chalta Hain


Pakistan is like an imperfectly crafted cubic zirconia diamond. It is the nation born (1947) based on religion. On global stage in last four decades it has evolved as an epicenter of too many things vile including terrorism. Its additional imperfections include a complex political reality. Politically it is managed as fiefdom of the army, the DPC (Defense of Pakistan Coalition) and elected but weak politicians. DPC is a coalition of many non-state actors cultivated by the army. Want-to-be Arabs and non-Arabs are characterized as Miskeen (poor). Given poorly educated population incapable of generating above average to high economic growth rates and preoccupation with a regional power status using non-state actors the national economy is on a slippery slope and poverty is on increase. Wide spread public cynicism is at … Read entire article »

Filed under: America, Economy, Islam, Pakistan, Politics, World

Special Ops Military Strategies


A star (*) after a sentence means references and notes should be consulted for additional info on the subject. The blog covers following topics. Introduction Contractors for and Goals of the US and Pakistan Armies Co-dependencies of Pakistan and the US Women Scorned The US Special Ops and the Obama Plans Concluding Remarks References and notes   Introduction   The blog focuses on special ops military strategies of two nations in last 50 years. A primal instinct is to dominate and for ambitious rulers and nations to dominate the world. A goal of warfare is to achieve dominance over enemy at minimum possible costs. The US special ops forces in the Af-Pak war (2008 to present) use highly skilled soldiers to conduct low cost high tech warfare to hunt down and decapitate leadership of the al Qaeda and its co-linked … Read entire article »

Filed under: America, Islam, Pakistan, Politics, World

The US: A decade after 2001


A star (*) indicates more information is available in the references and notes. President Obama in his latest State of the Union Address reported to the US Congress that after nine years of war the withdrawal of all US troops from Iraqis completed and in more than two decades Osama bin Laden (OBL) is not around to threaten the US security. President has in three years resolved major issues related to theUS security except that associated with the Af-Pak area terrorist Taliban and intransigent warlords of Pakistan. President has asked theUS and NATO generals to set up by 2014 a 350,000 strong Afghan army capable of neutralizing threats to its sovereignty from its neighbors. The US is committed to providing necessary military and economic aid to the Afghanistan to defend and sustain … Read entire article »

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US, Pakistan & Afghan: Asymmetric Political and Military Relationships


As a graduate student my term paper for an application of nuclear technology to elucidate mechanisms of chemical reactions – on the secondary isotope effects – earned a grade of A++. There is an asymmetry of 10 to 1 or higher in importance of the primary to secondary isotope effects. In trying to explain new data related to the primary isotope effect my inexperience as a budding scientist was exposed when I tried to link it to the secondary isotope effects. I learned an important lesson from my adviser, who pointed out that the primary isotope effects dominate the secondary isotope effects by a factor of more than 10. Some do and others don’t learn important life lessons through mistakes related to the importance of asymmetric relationships. The blog cites couple … Read entire article »

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Pennywise Pound Foolish: Afghanistan Imbroglio and Impacts of Terrorism


Dedication: The blog is in memory of those who needlessly died in the 21st century’s “loose-loose” war that has lasted longer than Vietnam War. The 21st century’s first ideological war is a result of conflict between great power hegemony and strategies recorded in the Green Books of Pakistan army. The war was instigated by jihad terrorist co-linked to ISI, the Pakistan intelligence services. According to the Green Book the intent may be to provoke America with an attack comparable to the Pearl Harbor (December 7, 1941) attack. The response to the 2001 attacks on America was swift. The coalition forces responded by attackingAfghanistan. In ten years (October 7, 2001 – October 7, 2011) in addition to tens of thousands of wounded the Afghan War casualties included about 14,000 coalition members, about 38,000 … Read entire article »

Filed under: America, Islam, Pakistan

American Wars: Remembering the Victims of 9/11


Introduction  Over more than 1,500 years the modus operandi of imperialism in the Christians dominated West has evolved but not in the lands where Islam has spread through extraterritorial expansions. Before Industrial Revolutions both Roman Catholics and Caliphate brand imperialisms in occupied lands were coupled with proselytization. After the industrial revolution, Europeans occupied Americas and Australia, eliminated its Indian and aboriginal populations and inhabited it to spread European settlers. In other parts Europeans imperialism resulted in colonization to extract valuable commodities and exploit human resources. Two examples of Muslim imperialism in recent times were the Ottoman  Empire inMiddle East and Mughal Empire in India. After WWII European colonization ended in most parts of globe. In South Asia in 1947 Pakistan appeared in two parts. In 1971 it disintegrated and was reincarnated into Pakistan … Read entire article »

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Pakistan Economy and Wars


Introduction Pakistan is afflicted with psychology of dangerous illusions related to fear and image and also of delusion for extraterritorial expansions associated with its strategic depth driven foreign policy. It is responsible for the jihad, the Koranic Concepts of Wars in South Asia, Afghanistan, the US and Europe over past three decades, mostly with aids from the US, Arabs and China. The ruling BACWAS (bureaucrats, army, clerics, warlords and scholars) establishment works very hard to project an image of national unity. However, to suppress potential image damage to its reputation, the army’s ISI is reportedly responsible for murder of 37 investigative journalists during last decade. Pakistan has neglected economic development by empowering its nearly 180 million population with educational skills needed to generate wealth. Economically Pakistan rank is 47th in the world and … Read entire article »

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The Queen Of Kukatpally


“He who cannot change the very fabric of his thought will never be able to change reality, and will never, therefore, make any progress” —Anwar Sadat “Disappointment to a noble soul is what cold water is to burning metal; it strengthens, tempers, intensifies, but never destroys it.” —Eliza Tabor   (Swans – April 20, 2009)   Don’t drink the tap water! Don’t eat outside! Put on a mask when going out and don’t touch anything! You don’t want Pepto-Bismol to be half of your diet! Paranoia paralyzes many a traveler from the west going to the far-east, but is it really that bad? I seem to get sick more frequently from exotic strains of viruses brought home by the boys from schools here in the States than I did on the continents of Africa and Asia, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Economy, Feature, Featured, General, India, Media, World

The Innate Nature Of Conflict


“I loathe all armies and any kind of violence; yet I am firmly convinced that at present these hateful weapons offer the only effective protection.” —Albert Einstein (1879-1955) “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” —Edmund Burke (1729-1797)   (Swans – June 1, 2009)   Last week I sat on the fifty-yard line and ingested some passionate war and peace polemics erupting internally amongst the contributors of Swans. I cannot presume to enter the arena with my skimpy armor and offer these erudite armadillos my two cents. However, I did not have to look far for inspiration on my next subject; it was there in front of me, in a vociferous repartee. Why not explore the pathology of war and peace and pacifism, and discuss if either of these … Read entire article »

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Tribal Pakistan


Synopsis As we enter second decade of 21st century a burden that disrupted global peace (2001-10) with spread of terrorism from the Af-Pak region is still with us. The tribal region is home for nuclear assets of Pakistan. The army controls the nuclear assets of Pakistan and the ISI – intelligence services of the army – has elements with proven links to terrorist including al Qaeda and Taliban leaders. A potential for nuclear terrorism exists as the army so far has not contained the insurgency raging in the tribal Pakistan nor has it eliminated terrorist attacks on allied force in Afghanistan from safe heavens of Pakistan. The blog draws attention to a parallel between tribal war of Europe and the Af-Pak region. It also suggests that as a major participant in … Read entire article »

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