Ultimately, we cannot tell either the Israelis or the Palestinians what’s best for them. – Obama talks to the Muslim World.
Yes We Can, President Hussein! Yes We Can. Those are our bombs, our money, our technology sustaining an apartheid, imperial state.
The drone-strikes are huge news – esp. since Gilani stood on the Parliament floor and basically guaranteed that they will not occur during the Obama administration. Well, they have. And innocents are indeed dead. A must-read is Juan Cole’s Obama’s Vietnam?
Pakistan in Peril by William Dalrymple is a review essay covering Ahmed Rashid’s Descent into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia. Read it.
Just a quick line to recommend that folks read the discussion thread on Birds of War [thanks Nostalgic and Aamir Ali]. I have been scouring the local press for the past week and the lines are hardening. Yesterday, India claimed to have shot two militants with Pakistani papers outside of New Delhi. The coverage for that reminded me, I kid you not, when we used to find RAW agents adding water to milk during Zia ul Haq’s regime. Some things never change, I guess.
He was a middle-aged man, balding, silver-dusted hair, a grey sweater, dark trousers. His belt buckle was, incongruently, the Texas pan-handle. He seemed to be walking intently, with long purposeful strides amid the chaos of the shopping center, his eyes fixed at some imaginary sign-post. Or perhaps it was a real sign, I honestly have no idea.
Suddenly, he broke his stride. Took two long gallops and corkscrewed his right arm to deliver, what looked like a leg-spin down the pitch. It was a startling interruption. Least expected. He let his hand linger at the top of the arc, letting his wrist sink down. I don’t know if his mind’s eye was relishing a wicket or maybe he had just hopelessly beaten the bat. He didn’t smile or cheer to reveal his vision.
And then he continued on.
Folks, I will be in Lahore for the next couple of weeks. You can follow my adventures through immigration portals here. And look forward to lots of new fotos upon the return.