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War on Terror

Did We Lack Doctrinal Depth Going Into Afghanistan Regarding The Rules Governing Jihad
Tammy Swofford

It is pleasant to consider that the Pentagon remembers the lessons of the past, those learned in Vietnam. It is where the US military first put a ‘win hearts and minds’ paradigm into play. Vietnam was the initial military laboratory for a two-pronged foreign engagement for a regional conflict that sought to beat back communism whilst also making our policies palatable within a distinct cultural setting.

 

Between ‘Tight Screw’ And A Hard Place
Praveen Swami
From the point of view of Pakistan’s military strategists, the case for an all-out war against its jihadist adversaries isn’t as simple as it appears for one big reason: India. Prolonged internal conflict in Pakistan has meant that resources have been drained from the military capacities until recently directed at the historic eastern adversary. India’s economic growth has allowed it to enter a phase of relatively rapid military modernisation, offering it not only overwhelming superiority but also the capacity to target Pakistan’s nuclear and conventional assets with ever-great precision.

 

A White Lie: All Terror Attacks Are By Jihadis
V. Balachandran

It is a wrong notion that most terrorist attacks, including attempts in the United States are by Jihadi terrorists. The William Webster Commission, which was asked to inquire into the 5 November 2009 Fort Hood (Texas) killing by US Army Major Nidal Hasan, causing 13 deaths, and whose report has been recently released said, "...violent radicalization transcends any one religion — and, indeed, religion — and can find causes in political, social, environmental, and other contexts....

Practise What You Preach
Najam Sethi

But the problem is that polls show the “ nation” doesn’t think the war against extremism and terrorism is Pakistan’s war at all or that it is a core issue for them or the country. Indeed, as opposed to General Kayani’s definitions, the “ nation” unfortunately thinks that notions and expressions of Islamic rage, Muslim honour and religious certainty ( intolerance) should be the prime motivating forces of Pakistani nationalism.

Afghanistan:  A Message Written in Blood That No One Wants to Hear
Tom Engelhardt

Imagine for a moment that almost once a week for the last six months somebody somewhere in this country had burst... Well, the equivalent has happened in Afghanistan. It even has a name: green-on-blue violence. In 2012 -- and twice last week -- Afghan soldiers, policemen, or security guards, largely in units being trained or mentored by the U.S. or its NATO allies, have turned their guns on those mentors, the people who are funding, supporting, and teaching them, and pulled the trigger....

 

Why I’m Not Celebrating US Exit: A Cruel Choice between Continued American Presence and Taliban Rule
Pervez Hoodbhoy

After a trillion dollars and 2000 dead Americans, there is precious little to show as the U.S. heads towards its 2014 exit. America’s primary goal had been to create a stable, non-hostile Afghan government and army which could stop extremist groups from once again using Afghan territory as a base. The Taliban are smelling victory....

America Rots From the Inside While Overreacting To Threats From Outside
Michael Cohen

The White House will start wars in the name of beating terrorism, yet gun crime and poor healthcare provision kill far more Last Thursday, James Holmes killed 12 people and wounded 59 others in one of the worst mass shootings in American history. This is a depressingly familiar tale of modern American life – the massacre of innocent people with guns and ammunition legally acquired with relative ease....

Terrorizing Muslims- A Bipartisan Project
Deepa Kumar

What we see at work here is that Muslim men in “combat zones” have been operationalised as guilty, and therefore worthy of death, simply for being of “military age.”  How did we get to a place where innocent Muslim men can be killed with impunity around the world with little public outcry? The short answer is that Muslims have been thoroughly terrorized. That is, Muslim men have been effectively constructed as “terrorists” upon whom righteous terror can be rained….

Indian Mujahideen Is Symptom of Deeper Rot
V. Balachandran

What have we done about it? While some countries have attempted the "deradicalisation" of youngsters, our Ministry of Home Affairs in a 307-page self congratulatory report (2010-11) gave no indication of going beyond the security and intelligence approaches. The only serious attempt was by Maharashtra's Anti-Terrorist Squad in counselling some delinquent young boys. Our policy makers feel that "quotas" to make better job opportunities would solve the problem. However, Indonesia, which made serious attempts at "deradicalisation" by their "Detachment 88", has noticed disturbing trends on religious intolerance, which has not abated with rising income...

US legacy in Afghanistan: What 11 Years of War has Accomplished
Scott Baldauf

Success – defined by both the Americans and the Afghans as a stable, sustainable, and effective government – will largely depend on what happens in the next two years. If Americans correct past mistakes and build on achievements, they still have a chance to leave behind a country that can survive on its own. If past mistakes are repeated, the withdrawal could be a messy one indeed – and may prove an ignoble ending to one of the costlier ventures in modern American history. ...

Obama's Drone Wars and the Normalisation of Extrajudicial Murder
Michael Boyle

Executive privilege has seduced the president into a reckless 'kill first, ask questions later' policy that explodes the US constitution. The creation of this "kill list" – as well as the dramatic escalation in drone strikes, which have now killed at least 2,400 people in Pakistan alone, since 2004 – represents a betrayal of President Obama's promise to make counterterrorism policies consistent with the US constitution.....

Memorial Day: :Honour The Dead, Heal The Wounded, Stop The Wars
Amy Goodman

....“Derrick was not killed in action; he was killed because of failed mental health care at Fort Lewis.” On stage, Lance Cpl. Scott Olsen declared: “Today I have with me my Global War on Terror Medal, Operation Iraqi Freedom Medal, National Defense Medal and Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal. These medals, once upon a time, made me feel good about what I was doing. ... I came back to reality, and I don’t want these anymore.”

Has American Patience With Pakistan Finally Run Out?
Mehreen Zahra-Malik

If abused patience runs the risk of turning into fury, has American patience with Pakistan finally run out and should we expect a major falling-out? … let the castaway president sit by and watch as Obama ignored Pakistan and thanked Russia and other Central Asian countries for providing “critical transit” of war supplies into Afghanistan since pesky Islamabad decided to close down routes….

 

Afghan Pride At Risk
A.G Noorani

On its details the US Afghan pact sets new records of intrusion. Its preamble repeatedly affirms respect for Afghanistan’s constitution, which was “drafted by a Frenchman and imposed by an American, that was (and is) out of sync with Afghan political realties” Sherard Cowper-Coles, the UK’s former ambassador to Kabul, notes in his book Cables from Kabul. It is sought to be imposed on the people and on the Taliban who are sworn to reject it. Bilateral commitments are a licence to interfere. They cover respect for human rights, and much else besides. “Afghanistan shall strengthen and improve its electoral process.” The US will monitor its conduct….

A US Congressman's Personal Campaign against Terror
S Rajagopalan

“For too long America has funded the Pakistani government, giving it free money, while elements of the ISI and Pakistan’s military operate radical Islamic groups that are actively murdering Americans,” said Mr Rohrabacher, declaring: “Americans will not accept this.” “Pakistan helped to create the Taliban and Pakistan’s intelligence service hid Osama Bin Laden from the US for years. …

A war Based Not On Reason But On Passion, Not On Principle But On Politics
Alan Grayson

I don't oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war. What I am opposed to is the attempt by political hacks like Karl Rove to distract us from a rise in the uninsured, a rise in the poverty rate, … That's what I'm opposed to. A dumb war. A rash war. A war based not on reason but on passion, not on principle but on politics…

Religious fundamentalism is a two way street
Peter Kirkwood is a freelance writer.

The interviewee featured here on Eureka Street TV sees the Breivik case as highlighting the urgent need for interreligious and cross-cultural dialogue, and he's well placed to make this assessment. Mehmet Ozalp is a leading Australian Muslim academic, author and community activist, and a veteran of interfaith dialogue.

 

NATO Wives to Asma Assad: Trust us, Gaddafi Did
Prof M. D. Nalapat, Manipal University, India

Clearly, the spouses of NATO diplomats at UNHQ are spending most of their time worrying about the fate of Arab "brothers and sisters", this time in Syria. They need to return their gaze to Libya. The country has been devastated by its "liberation", with inflation soaring, jobs vanishing and law and order inexistent. Tens of thousands have died or been jailed by the "democracy activists" and "lovers of freedom" …. People of Syria are not at all anxious that their country follow the trajectory of Libya. …

 

 

Afghanistan: The First Opium Win
Dan Morrison is a journalist and the author of “The Black Nile.”

Afghanistan’s annual opium harvest is coming, and the Taliban are expecting this year’s bumper crop to fund yet another season of political assassinations and coordinated attacks like the ones that struck Kabul and other Afghan cities this Sunday. Afghan opium is processed into heroin, which then floods the streets of cities, well, just about everywhere. The proceeds pay the Taliban’s fighters and suicide bombers. …

The War on Terror is Corrupting all it Touches
Simon Jenkins is a journalist and author

Belhaj is not a man to hide a grievance and is now suing Allen and the British government for “complicity in torture” and “misfeasance in public office”. He has reportedly been offered and refused £1 million from the British government to shut up. It is a tale of panic and cock-up. Belhaj spent six years, and his wife four-and-a-half months, at the tender mercies of Qadaffi’s security boss, Moussa Koussa.  …

 

Asra Nomani Defends Surveillance by NYPD, Says Some Muslims Use Religion as Cover
Asra Q. Nomani is an author

“We're saying that you can't go into our mosques, you can't look at our Muslim organizations, you can't even look at Muslims because that's to target us," she told… "But the truth is, we do have a problem in our Muslim community.” She says the Quran’s Saudi publisher added negative language about Jews and Christians. This interpretation of Islam, Nomani says, is part of a larger problem. …

Fearing Death as an al-Qaeda Captive
Robert R.Fowler is a former Canadian diplomat and UN official

There were venomous snakes and scorpions and wild dogs, hyenas, and a variety of biting insects, and awful food; but the greatest threat to our lives was so evidently from the two-legged monsters who held us. Indeed, there was hardly a moment when I didn't anticipate it would end with my head being sawn off. … discouraging the Saudis and Gulf states from their generous funding of radical Salafist madrasas across the world,…

How to Fund an American Police State: Real Money for an Imaginary War
Stephan Salisbury is cultural writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer

So much money has gone into armoring and arming local law-enforcement since 9/11 that the federal government could have rebuilt post-Katrina New Orleans five times over and had enough money left in the kitty to provide job training and housing for every one of the record 41,000-plus homeless people in New York City. It could have added in the growing population of 15,000 homeless in Philadelphia, my hometown, and still have had money to spare….

Gujarat 2002: The Battle Against Forgetting
Farah Naqvi a Member of the National Advisory Council

Ten years to the pogrom in Gujarat, I try to look back. But for me, like for thousands of survivors and activists, it is impossible. How does one look back at something that is so much a part of one''s present? And so, Gujarat remains a wound that stays with me always, deep and continuous. I cried often in 2002. I still cry. And I guess that is all right. Because Gujarat should make us collectively weep. And make us truly ashamed of ourselves as a nation. … 

Ten Years of Gujarat Carnage 2002
Asghar Ali Engineer, a scholar of Islam, the Centre for Study of Secularism & Society, Mumbai

Whatever the case the violence went on and on and the police either kept away or actively helped the mob in killing and looting and maiming people. Tehelka did a sting operation in which it talked to various actors of the Gujarat violence and they boasted that Narendra Modi had assured them that nothing will happen to them and he organized their hiding in various places including Mt. Abu for six months. …

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