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Politics / US Politics Aug 04, 2010 - 01:32 AM GMT

By: Submissions


Nida Khan writes: Drones Kill 12 Children Playing Outside'
'A Family Buries 15'
'Americans Target the Wrong House Again'

Virtually every morning on the streets of Karachi, Pakistan, these sorts of headlines gleamed across the front pages of major papers, led the evening news broadcasts and drove conversations around dinner tables in both elite and impoverished households alike. With average Pakistanis losing their lives at the hands of terrorist elements within their country at an alarming rate, concern was visibly rampant even as folks went about their daily functions. It was at the top of this year that I found myself here, in of one of the most complicated -- yet integral -- countries in the world. Almost instantaneously, I was engaged in a routine process of interfacing with countless locals with the hopes of garnering the sentiments of average citizens when it comes to terrorism, the United States and their own self-autonomy.

As an American of Pakistani descent, I was met with enthusiasm, sometimes with intrigue and most often with suspicion. Walking down the streets of the country's largest metropolis, you could hear the latest Lady Gaga song blasting through someone's radio, or see your favorite Hollywood blockbuster bootlegged on the sidewalks. But traveling to such a volatile region in a post-9/11 world, you could also easily feel a sense of growing concern. At times hesitant to congregate in crowded areas over fear of random violence, these Pakistanis were simultaneously openly critical -- yet divided -- on their views of Americans.

Following the recent release of the now infamous 92,000 classified U.S. army documents via Wikileaks, the most blaring headline here at home quickly read something like this: 'Pakistan's spy agency meets with insurgents and in some cases plans attacks against Americans'. At first glance, this is unquestionably a troubling, inflammatory notion; how could Pakistan's own secret service, the ISI, engage in covert acts that run counter to our mission, and in effect, stand in direct opposition to their own open political stance? But upon further and deeper assessment, we can see how Pakistan's seemingly contradictory behavior is not too far off base from our own apparent paradoxical actions.

We in the United States are currently engaged in two active wars -- Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition to troops on the ground and in the air, our military runs a predator drone program (unmanned aerial vehicles) in both countries. At the same time, in public discourse and policy we have acknowledged nothing but support for the nation of Pakistan as it works alongside our own military to root out terrorism in Afghanistan and within its own bordering communities. As we have repeatedly stated, Pakistan is our biggest ally against extremists and many within Pakistan argue that they have sacrificed the most in terms of dead soldiers and exhausted manpower.

But we are not -- and never have been -- at war with Pakistan. So why is it that our own intelligence agency and military engages in secret, covert attacks that have led to the deaths of over 700 civilians in 2009 alone? If our own undisclosed actions conflict with our public diplomacy, can we really be enraged when Pakistanis are alleged to do the same?

The BBC recently released its findings of our predator drone program in Pakistan, which is oftentimes outsourced to private contractors like XE (formerly Blackwater). The results were startling to say the least. Since President Obama has been in office, the drone attacks have increased threefold. The predator aircraft take off in hidden bases within Pakistan every day, sometimes several times a day. And according to local Pakistani media, like the Dawn newspaper, for each terrorist killed by U.S. drones, some 140 innocent Pakistanis also lose their lives.

I was in Pakistan when ethnic warfare, another byproduct of the combat in neighboring Afghanistan, erupted regularly on the streets. As local merchants and families alike argued over whether or not an American clandestine program was assisting or further exacerbating internal strife, their undeniable frustration and trepidation was clearly evident.

On the one hand, many welcomed a united front to defeat terrorism that continuously plagued their streets on an every day basis. But consistently reading reports of 'collateral damage' and innocent men, women and children losing their lives at the hands of a secret program, their views on the U.S. were visibly torn -- much like ours now are on Pakistan.

Nida Khan is news correspondent for WRKS 98.7 Kiss FM NY

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05 Aug 10, 13:31


This is for folks who still believe that 19 Muslims living in a cave in Afghanistan were responsible for 911. That shows these folks research capabilities and their mental state of mind.

Please peruse the foll. sites :

There are many other sites and please do not believe in anything that one reads in the MSM about 911 or terrorism, it is all lies!!!

The war on terror is fake similar to the war on global warming.

Also, Google "Albert Pike".


06 Aug 10, 03:55
Savages? haha

"19 Muslims living in a cave in Afghanistan were responsible for 911. That shows these folks research capabilities and their mental state of mind."

You obviously have no idea of the history. These weren't uneducated mountain men. There were were highly funded, well educated men with well planned goals.

Your sources are a joke by the way. Infowars......haha

09 Aug 10, 15:17

Want to know the real truth about the Oklahoma City bombing, please google "Bill Deagle".

BTW, the engines found both at the WTC and the Pentagon did not belong to any of the planes that flew on 911. No luggage or bodies were recovered either at the Pentagon. They just all evaporated :). The 19 Muslim names were not on the passenger list of any of the planes that flew on that day either.

Maybe someone sneaked them onto the planes like the Shoe and Crotch bomber. Also, what both the Shoe and Crotch bomber really had, were just fire crackers and not actual bombs, because they were not given blasting caps. One needs blasting caps for these plastic explosives to explode. But their handlers did not give them real bombs. They were just patsies.

Only a small single engine was found at the Pentagon. The huge titanium jet engines just evaporated :). There were two exit holes in the Pentagon. Do you want me to believe that the plane caused these two exit holes. Or they were caused by the two missiles hitting the Pentagon, as Rumsfeld mentioned in his press briefings, which he later stated as a slip of his tongue. Did these 19 muslims had any access to the NORAD too :). Maybe, they had also access to all the U.S. intelligence agencies too(16 of them) :). Osama bin Laden was an ex-CIA agent and his CIA name was Tim Osman.

911 sites:

On Veterans Today please read articles by Gordon Duff, Jeff Gates and Michael Leon. Gordon Duff mentions how the cars and planes can be remote controlled(Boston Brakes). Michael Leon talks about what the CIA really does in Afghanistan, Pakistan and around the world. On Patriots for 911 truth, ex-military officers talk about the various 911 issues.

Now, please don't tell me that all these folks have been bought by the Al-Qaeda or the CI-Qaed-A .

BTW, do you work for any of the intelligence agencies and is ashamed of the 911 fiasco ? I don't know who really did 911. Maybe, you could prove with real hard evidence that everything listed at these net sites is false. I think even Popular Mechanics failed in that aspect.

Another, lies we read in the MSM is peak oil. There is no peak oil because there is plenty of oil. Oil is abiotic, hence it is generated just like Air.

Please go to it had a lot of information about the 7/7 bombing in the London subway. All these so called terror attacks are just false-flags. BTW, all these sites are maintained by law abiding citizens and not by terrorists.

"One -Way Ticket to Crawford Texas"-Karl Schwarz. According to him the war on terror is really bogus. Also, read the following two books-(a) By Way of Deception-Victor Ostrovsky & (b) Profits of War-Ari Ben-Menashe.

War on Terror just replaced the Cold War. So the Military-Industrial Complex just keeps on making money :). Do you know so as to who financed Communism ? How did Mao and Trotsky get their finances to organize. Do some real research!

That is the reason why I stopped buying newspapers. They all lie. Now, I get all my news via online sites only :).

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