Sunday, February 10, 2013

I'm in charge of gas :D:D:D:D

Awesome cheer-me-up on a parhai-filled Saturday. *lote pote with laughter*

Good that I was drifting through my inbox's history. Found this :D:D:D

Friday, February 8, 2013

Yeh woh "civilized" hain

Drone Strikes’ Risks to Get Rare Moment in the Public Eye

SANA, Yemen — Late last August, a 40-year-old cleric named Salem Ahmed bin Ali Jaber stood up to deliver a speech denouncing Al Qaeda in a village mosque in far eastern Yemen.

It was a brave gesture by a father of seven who commanded great respect in the community, and it did not go unnoticed. Two days later, three members of Al Qaeda came to the mosque in the tiny village of Khashamir after 9 p.m., saying they merely wanted to talk. Mr. Jaber agreed to meet them, bringing his cousin Waleed Abdullah, a police officer, for protection. 

As the five men stood arguing by a cluster of palm trees, a volley of remotely operated American missiles shot down from the night sky and incinerated them all, along with a camel that was tied up nearby. 

The killing of Mr. Jaber, just the kind of leader most crucial to American efforts to eradicate Al Qaeda, was a reminder of the inherent hazards of the quasi-secret campaign of targeted killings that the United States is waging against suspected militants not just in Yemen but also in Pakistan and Somalia. Individual strikes by the Predator and Reaper drones are almost never discussed publicly by Obama administration officials. But the clandestine war will receive a rare moment of public scrutiny on Thursday, when its chief architect, John O. Brennan, the White House counterterrorism adviser, faces a Senate confirmation hearing as President Obama’s nominee for C.I.A. director. 

From his basement office in the White House, Mr. Brennan has served as the principal coordinator of a “kill list” of Qaeda operatives marked for death, overseeing drone strikes by the military and the C.I.A., and advising Mr. Obama on which strikes he should approve.

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I recommend reading the whole article by the way.   These are the "architects" of remotely pressing a button and incinerating people who have not even been proven guilty of anything. This is the civilized world which does things in such a manner that it doesn't have to show any ugly hand brandishing a weapon and firing it. Everything happens automatically and remotely. 

This guy is now going to be CIA's director. And this is the guy who went to Riyadh, held meetings with the khadmain harmain shareefain ... and came up with the means to kill and maim hundreds in drone strikes in Yemen. All with the blessings of muslim leaders. 

It's surprising we're still taken in by the system in place. It's surprising we still believe that bringing in a democratically elected "islamic government" is going to bring about real change in the country/world. Check out what's going on in Tunisia, which delighted people -including yours truly - because it was an islamic government. Sigh. 

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Tunisian Premier Vows Change After Foe Is Killed 

A Tunisian secularist opposition leader was shot dead outside his home in the capital, sparking nationwide protests and an announcement by the prime minister that he would dissolve his Islamist-led government.

Chokri Belaid, a 47-year-old outspoken critic, was shot at close range as he was about to get into his car and go to work on Wednesday, according to the Tunisian Ministry of Interior. It was the first political assassination since a popular uprising forced out Tunisia's former dictator in January 2011, and came amid growing violence in a standoff between secular and religious forces in the country.

Thousands of Tunisians took to the streets in several cities after the attack. In the capital, Tunis, police used tear gas to disperse wailing demonstrators marching behind the ambulance carrying Mr. Belaid's body to the morgue. One policeman was killed during protests in Tunis, the government said.

Many protesters chanted "the people want the fall of the regime" and other slogans that echoed through Tunisia's streets during the revolution two years ago, witnesses said. This time, however, the ruling party, Ennahda, bore the brunt of the popular rage.

Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali, who is from the Islamist party, said late Wednesday he would dissolve the government and form a national unity cabinet of technocrats in a bid to head off the deepening crisis.
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And the same story is echoing in Egypt, with thousands of protestors wanting an end to their regime. Why?
Why is the Islamic model not working?

My take on this is that we have the leaders in place, but we don't have the system in which this leadership will work. We still hold the "state" as "sovereign" and  not Allah as the Sovereign.

Any thoughts on this are welcome.

Yeh woh musalmaan hain...

CIA operating drone base in Saudi Arabia, US media reveal

The US Central Intelligence Agency has been operating a secret airbase for unmanned drones in Saudi Arabia for the past two years.

The facility was established to hunt for members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which is based in Yemen.

A drone flown from there was used in September 2011 to kill Anwar al-Awlaki, a US-born cleric who was alleged to be AQAP's external operations chief.

US media have known of its existence since then, but have not reported it.
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Yeh Khadmain Harmain shareefain hain. These are the caretakers of the holiest sites in Islam.  I wonder what they think about a fundamental concept in Islam: Judgement.