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Chinese Students In Australia Harassed

Australia currently has a student export industry that brings in over fifteen billion dollars a year, but it being threatened by racists in their nation who believe they have to attack Chinese students attending local universities. There are over 130,000 Chinese students now at Australian universities, but their government is concerned over recent attacks by racist groups. Parents of students from India have also expressed their concern and are making known to authorities they will withdraw their children from Australia unless steps are taken to end the persecution of foreign students.

Ironically, as Australia experiences a severe economic turndown, local racists are attacking the source of income for their nation. This is an example of how racism can backfire and hurt those who are hurting other humans.

Indian Students- Hitler A Business Genius!!

There have been many historical studies of Adolf Hitler but none which came even close to the views of university students in India who have concluded after reading Mein Kampf that is really is a book which explores business strategies. Somehow, lost in their reading was any connection to the anti-Semitic ranting of Hitler or his desire to wreck vengeance on people or his desire to kill and destroy. According to Indian publishers, “the initial print run of 2,000 copies in 2003 sold out immediately and we knew we had a best seller on our hands.” University students are the ones who believe this man of evil is somehow a financial or business genius.

Mein Kampf is still a best seller in nations like Turkey where it sold 100,000 copies in the first six months of 2005. It sells thousands of copies in Muslim nations, but the reason for its success in India is truly baffling. Anyone who can explain it?

Is Pakistan The Problem, Not The Solution?

India’s Prime Minister Mammohan Singh in a blunt statement blamed problems in the region on Pakistan and its refusal to end terrorist groups within its boundaries. He said the Pakistan government was either “unable” or “unwilling” to control the Pakistan-based Islamist group Lashkar-e-Taiba which was behind the Mumbai attack and has been involved in other such assaults against Pakistan and American forces. “We all know the epicenter of terrorism in the world today is Pakistan. The world community has to come to grips with this reality.”

Patrick Cockburn in a recent article raises the question as to whether Pakistan support for terrorist groups is really an attempt to keep violence operating because as long as there are terrorist groups, the United States will be sending billions to Pakistan. Pakistan uses these terror groups to stir up violence in Kashmir and ending terrorism does not benefit the Pakistan military. They undoubtedly are still aiding the Taliban because if the Karzai government collapses and the Taliban seizes power, the infamous ISI of Pakistan will be in the driver’s seat.

India, Pakistan And Afghanistan

Patrick Cockburn, in a fascinating analysis as to what really is happening in Afghanistan connects several dots which explain why the new American “surge” will have limited impact, but, in the end, leave things very much as they are. Cockburn argues the surge will stabilize the erosion of Afghan government power and restore a bit more ability of ordinary citizens to go on with their lives, but, the “Taliban is never going to be defeated so long as it has its bases in the Pushtun swat inside north-western Pakistan.” American troops can attack, they can wipe out Taliban bases, they can harass and impede supplies, but this will not prevent the Taliban from hopping across the border to sanctuary inside Pakistan.

Cockburn argues the issues central to the problem of the Taliban have nothing to do with Afghanistan and much more to do with Pakistan military needs for allies in its confrontation with India. The Pakistan military regards India and the unresolved problem of Kashmir as the most important problem they must always consider in terms of their own survival. As long as there is fighting in Afghanistan, then America must pay attention to the needs of Pakistan. “This, in turn, gives Pakistan leverage over the US to prevent the Americans going too far in supporting India.”

The Cockburn thesis raises some interesting questions concerning priorities. The current American surge is designed to prop up the crumbling regime of President Karzai of Afghanistan, but the more support he receives from America, the less he is regarded as a force inside his own nation. If Cockburn is correct, the focus of American effort should be on assisting Pakistan and India from resolving their problems. If the threat of India is resolved, then Pakistan military leaders would be more inclined to focus on destroying the Taliban.

Anyone in the Obama administration reading about this thesis?

Pakistan Military Accused Of India Attack!

Police in India have provided the names of specific members of the Pakistan army who cooperated in planning the deadly attack on Mumbai. Pakistan Colonel R. Sadatullah of the Special Communications Organization (SCO) was named as part of the group that helped plan the attack on one of India’s major cities. Investigators say his email account was used to set up the “voice over internet” system which the attackers used. Police have taped conversations between the attackers and their handlers in which the name “Major General Sahab” repeatedly crops up. A spokesperson for the Pakistan military claims there “are many Colonel Sadatullahs in the Pakistan army.” Now, that is a brilliant defense!

There is no question the Pakistan army helped plan the attack on Mumbai, the real issue is whether the Pakistan government has the power or desire to do anything about it. Perhaps, the first step is to arrest the thousands of Colonel Sadatullahs in the Pakistan army and begin questioning them.

India Offers Help To End War In Sri Lanka

The Indian government which has a strong interest in the plight of Tamils who reside in Sri Lanka has offered to use its influence in an effort to persuade Tamil Tigers to lay down their arms and end the fighting. Sri Lanka troops have completely surrounded the area and within a week will most probably have captured or killed the last remaining Tamil fighters. The government of India notes as the conflict winds down, Tamil Tigers “would best serve their interests” by releasing civilians trapped in the area and lay down their arms. India offered to facilitate evacuation of civilians and work with the Sri Lanka government to resolve remaining issues in the conflict. It strongly urged the victorious Sri Lanka government to address needs and interests of the Tamil minority in their country in order to avoid future hostile actions.

In 1987, India and Sri Lanka worked out an agreement that would provide more extensive local autonomy in areas where Tamil people live and it offered to assist in the reconstruction of devastated areas and move toward integration of the Tamils into the government and economy of Sri Lanka. India External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee urged Sri Lanka, “in our view, after 23 years of conflict, there is today a political opportunity to restore lfe to normalcy in the northern province” and this will be achieved by consideration of the desires of the local Tamil population.

Life In Rural Poverty Stricken India

They were two young people living in rural India when somehow in a modern version of Romeo and Juliet the boy and girl from families which disliked one another fell in love. They most probably met in some field, exchanged words and glances, met in some secluded spot and realized they had come to love one another. Ratan Mandal and Kanchan Kuman eventually told their parents of the love that had blossomed, but the two families harbored ancient grudges whose origin was most probably unknown. Finally, the two young lovers eloped, got married and went away. However, the family of Kanchan Kumari could not forget what they considered an insult to their family honor. They invited the family of Ratan Mandai to a supposed reconciliation dinner and then shot eight people, beheaded them and threw their bodies into a river.

To those of us living in post industrial societies with cell phones and Internet and a host of ways to communicate, we forget about the actual lives of millions like these two families. Their ignorance is simply of a different nature than modern ignorance, but it is always there. They behead people, we condemn poor people in America to early deaths by refusing to offer free medical care. That is life in modern America.

Surprise! Pakistan Admits Mumbai Terrorist Pakistanis

After weeks of refusing to admit the attackers at Mumbai were from Pakistan, the Pakistani Minister of Information, Sherry Rehman, admitted the sole remaining survivor, Ajmal Kasab really came from their nation and not from Mars. The admittance followed public release of the dossier given Pakistan by the government of India. The 69 page report contains abundant evidence the terrorists were well armed and possessed modern electronic equipment. Throughout the attack, their handlers in Pakistan were providing advice and information on what should be done and who should be killed. A message early in the morning of 27 November said: “kill all the hostages, except the two Muslims. Keep your phone switched on so that we can hear the gunfire.”

The amazing aspect of this entire situation is the refusal of the Pakistan government to come to grips with the reality that people from their nation organized and carried out the Mumbai terror. “We are confirming that Kasab is Pakistani citizen but I cannot say a word more,” admitted Ms. Rehman. Hopefully, now that Pakistan is finally facing reality the government might come to grips with the need to crack down on its secret service, the ISI and take the first step toward breaking ties with terrorists in Pakistan.

Pakistan Is To Blame Says India Prime Minister!

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh presented some blunt comments to the government of Pakistan by refusing to mince words when he said its government must have had a role in the Mumbai terrorist attack by training those who carried out the operation. Although he stopped short of saying the prime minister of Pakistan either planned or knew about the attack, it was clear the patience of the Indian government has run out and it wants action on the part of Pakistan to halt further terror attacks in India. On Monday, the Indian government presented to Pakistan a dossier of evidence which proved that Lashkr-e-Toiba militants most probably received training and arms from some branch of the Pakistan military. “There is enough evidence(in the dossier) to sow that, given the sophistication and military precision of the attack, it must have hd the support of some official agencies in Pakistan.”

Although no agency was mentioned it was clear the prime minister was referring to Pakistan’s controversial secret service, the ISI which originally organized the Taliban and has worked with other terrorist groups in order to foster hate and violence toward India.

Naturally, Pakistan insists India is jumping the gun and making charges before the investigation is finished. The problem is no agency exists in Pakistan which could conduct an honest investigation of its own secret service.

India To Pakistan-Here Is The Evidence-Act!

The Indian government for weeks has been engaging in rhetoric concerning terrorists who carried out the attacks on Mumbai, but it has finally decided to bring forth evidence to support its allegations. Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon turned over to Pakistani high commissioner, Shahid Malik evidence that Mumbai terrorists were trained in Pakistan and had connections with the Pakistan military in preparation for their attacks in India. Interrogation information extracted from the one captured Pakistani, Amir Kasab, reveal that “elements in Pakistan” provided assistance to the terrorists. Menon said a window of opportunity is now open for Pakistan to finally do something about ties between those “elements” and terrorism. Pakistan supposedly has promised to act with vigor in using the evidence to close down terrorist connections with members of the Pakistan military and secret service.

Hopefully, Pakistan will now begin sharing information with Indian authorities about what their investigation has uncovered. The main problem is that the infamous Pakistan secret intelligence service–ISI– is deeply linked with terrorism and it poses problems for any Pakistan government to do anything without causing turmoil within its own military.