The Bush Legacy Paraded in Wyoming: An Intolerant Police State, a new low for America.

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The Bush Legacy Paraded in Wyoming: An Intolerant Police State, a new low for America.

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Does bad judgment or rude behavior by any citizen justify the use of force of an electric shock by the police in America?

Here we go again, another officer with poor or nonexistent communication skills using the Taser in a manner unacceptable in a free society. This new report comes from not New York City where you expect rude behavior to be the norm, but from the wild west of Glenrock, Wyoming.

Wasn’t it the Bush Administration that coined the phrase, “Freedom isn’t free.”? I’m left to wonder, free of what; free of excessive force from our own police force? Just going through the airport in America I’m made to feel like a criminal in ways you won’t feel going through airports in Europe. In Russia you get robbed over luggage charges but you expect it. In America we now get not just robbed by Wall Street, but there is a growing trend of being mugged by our own police forces.

Like many of the reports seen on YouTube and those that have made recent news, the police are using the Taser to effectuate an arrest but in a way to also punish citizens for what the officers perceive as some level of behavior that justifies force when the evidence would simply support either bad judgment or simply rude behavior. In this instance a 76-year-old man with a heart condition riding an antique tractor in a small town parade misunderstood where the parade route ended. Assuming tractors would do what they had done in years past at the end of the parade the elderly driver veered off towards the town park where in recent years a tractor pull had taken place. Apparently the office took offense and started a chase that culminated in a car accident. It seems the parade wasn’t going to end in the usual location. Instead of merely letting the old man on the tractor go, the officer chases the near octogenarian, another joins in with an SUV, there is an accident and while one officer removes the grandson from the tractor another points a Taser at the old-man and shoots him with it. The grandfather was unarmed and apparently in the officer’s eyes un-American. There isn’t any indication of resisting arrest, but then again there wasn’t an arrest so how could there be?

Why didn’t the guy who took the child off the tractor ask the old man to get off the tractor? Or if need be, he simply could have pulled him off the tractor. Why the use of the Taser? What were the facts about an old man that warranted the use of the Taser? But then again what are the standards for when law enforcement can use electric shock on citizens? Is saying it can be used to subdue citizens enough of a standard?

If there wasn’t any illegal behavior what justified the use of force? What fact justified an American police officer taking out a department issued weapon that can cause death and using it on an American citizen taking part in a parade? Once again we are back to traffic stops and the use of the Taser to punish the questioning of authority.

Has the 9/11-America redefined the Constitutional limits of excessive force?

Or is a declining America so scared of losing its place in the world that we are willing to punish anyone who questions our authority?

Are citizens so fearful of losing jobs to the developing world that emotionally we enjoy watching someone who questions American authority being shocked and made to go limp?

Are a few deaths acceptable to the many in order to quiet the demons in our heads that make us fear what the Chinese labor force is doing to our labor market?

Is speech free only when we speak it; but not for the other guy?

The wrong-way tractor driver is shocked and quickly the parade crowd gets ugly with the officers and no arrest is made. Really, no arrest is made? I wonder why that might be. Following the incident, the police join ranks, hunker down with the local county attorney who says there will be no apology and denies the police did anything wrong. After a post-parade circling of the law enforcement wagons they rationalize that no arrest was made because the situation was getting out of hand and nearly turned into a riot. Really, a riot? I wonder why that might be. Perhaps the county attorney and the Glenrock Police Chief should pick up a book about why the American Revolution took place.

9/11-America clearly is losing control of its government – we are quickly becoming a police state with a police-state mentality run by thugs. The only difference between the American police state and those like Venezuela is the level of education of those running this one. The county attorney and police chief can rationalize the situation all they want but the facts speak for themselves and so did the crowd that saw it in real time. The American way of life is becoming, or maybe it’s become an intolerant society post 9/11 being run by a police force with a thug mentality. Sort of like the thugs on Wall Street. The Wall Street thugs steal our retirement funds and the politicians and law enforcement thugs steal our constitutional rights to freedom, but especially free speech. Like the SEC rationalizing how they missed Madoff operating an investment fund that never traded stocks, this county attorney rationalizing the accident as a ramming is an over-intellectualization of the truth. Just like anyone with a brain knows the SEC turned a blind eye to an obvious Ponzi scheme, the county attorney not filing charges against the officers is just as lame.

As a lawyer I’m finding it difficult to understand what has happened to America since 9/11 and the advent of the Bush Doctrine. Under the Bush Administration one day of multiple terrorist attacks was and is used to justify the use of force against American citizens for any behavior that questions authority. The use of the Taser by law enforcement is a prime example of how the U.S. Constitution has been gutted. This technologically sophisticated cattle prod is being used so frequently and in so many situations that it’s clearly not justified nor understood by law enforcement and perhaps the American judiciary. What ever happened to just good old police work that required good communication skills, an even temperament and thick skin? Alternatives exist that professional law enforcement could use and would be better suited; but it seems that officers with low intelligence, poor communication skills and quick tempers too quickly use a jolt of electricity to justify what can only be understood in real time to be the meting out of punishment. It isn’t being used to enforce the law, instead it’s being used to punish for minor infractions, bad judgment or speech that simply questions authority.

I’m seeing commenter’s on this blog that have shamefully low communication skills and whose temperaments mirror the officers who are quick to pull out the Taser and use it on American citizens who deserve nothing more than a good tongue lashing. Conditioned by the sitcom we want instant gratification and the Taser seems to dish it out in a way that we get to see someone with a bad disposition shake, then go limp and fall helplessly to the ground. None of us want to look at the ones who run, shake, drop and die. Those are too messy. Like American reality show mentality we justify the officer’s bad behavior through rationalization to win. Like the Bachelor or the Bachelorette we fool ourselves into believing that valuable human qualities can be developed and discovered in just a few short weeks. Like Big Brother we give the officers and the county attorney the power of veto (POV) so their own bad behavior is exempted, then empowered and require no intelligent explanation. Just say anything and you’ll get to the final four because lying, cheating and scheming is now acceptable behavior in post-9/11 America. And this is the true Bush legacy.

It seems post-9/11-America can justify anything; even criminal behavior by law enforcement.

Is Free Speech Illegal in Post-9/11 America?

Where did people get the idea that questioning law enforcement is illegal? What created the impression that talking is resistance and can justify an arrest? If the standard-less use of the Taser continues to be tolerated by politicians and misguided citizens then the courts must step in and do what the other two branches of government are unwilling to do: stand up to Taser International and its growing league of thugs and say enough is enough. How many people have to die before the Court’s do what the U.S. Constitution mandates?

If freedom is not free then free speech certainly is.

One reader questioned why I draw the analogy that we are looking more and more like a communist regime backed up not by the rule of law but by a police force that use force to control speech, citizen temperament and the mere questioning of authority.

The traffic-stop-Tasering situation in New York involving Mrs. Harmon and the one involving the man in Alabama remind me of the U.S. Supreme Court’s situation in Jacobellis vs. Ohio, 378 U.S. 184(1964) in which Justice Potter Stewart in talking about pornography stated, I may not be able to define pornography but I know it when I see it. When watching the following video clips in real time and thinking through what law enforcement does in each I can say this: I may not be able to completely define police brutality but I know it when I see it. Like the crowd in Wyoming, the prosecutor can take a single fact, spin it and justify the officer’s position, but in real time the rest of us aren’t fooled.

To the people of Glenrock, Wyoming, as law abiding citizens you still have a choice. You can honor the Constitutional rights of every townsperson by throwing the bums out of office. Remove the prosecutor and the police chief and fire the officers involved. You’re better off with the criminals not wearing badges and having the right to “legally” carry deadly weapons. Take back your government and take back our country.

The terrorists may have taken down the World Trade Center towers but they didn’t rob America of its soul. America is still free to choose who runs our government. Freedom may not be free in an esoteric sense, but you better damn well not forget that in America speech still is.

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Russian-European-Turkish energy consensus & Armenia

In the context of the recently published Armenian-Turkish agreements, which, if ratified by the two Parliaments, will inaugurate the bilateral relations, the press provided extensive coverage of Armenia’s possible involvement in the Nabucco project. Let us not make guesses about whether it is a PR action designed to shape a positive public opinion in Armenia on the threshold of an important historical process or a realistic outlook. We will only try to outline the regional and geopolitical importance of the project for Armenia and Armenia’s importance for the project.

  1. It may seem paradoxical, but the many years of blockade of Armenia by Azerbaijan and Turkey allowed the country to form a rather balanced energy system, which, perhaps, is much more efficient and better integrated than its Georgian and Azerbaijani counterparts. We can speak of Georgia’s unstable and rather vulnerable system, which is almost fully dependent on import, whereas its Armenian counterpart is an export-oriented one, which has alternative routes and a gas storage system, a system of hydro-and heat-power plants being modernized, projects of constructing an Iran-Armenia pipeline, and, to crown it all, the planned construction of a new nuclear-power plant. It would be at least illogical to speak of a blockade with Armenia having such an infrastructure.
  2. The considerable assistance on the part of the Russian state-run holdings – Gasprom, Inter-RAO and Rosatom – contributes to the stability of Armenia’s energy system as well. Let us not guess at whether it is good or bad. We are only stating the fact of the system’s uninterrupted operation, as well as of long-term investment plans. Moreover, the three companies’ interests and projects are interrelated and are aimed at expanding the Armenian energy business to the neighboring countries. This accounts for the plans to “synchronize” the countries’ energy systems, with Armenia to become “the central point.”
  3. Armenia’s involvement in the Nabucco project implies that of Russia and Iran, as well as the laying of an Armenia-Turkey gas main or the connection of the Iran-Armenia gas main to the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzrum gas main, which supplies gas from the Shah Deniz gas field.
  4. It is obvious that the project will be a success only if Iran and Russia are involved. That became clear the very moment Russia initiated the South Stream project, which actually put an end to the planned construction of a Transcaspian gas pipeline. Under the South Stream project Russia launched an initiative of a Caspian-bordering gas pipeline thereby crabbing Azerbaijan’s game. The vigorous actions of Russia and China in Central Asia made the Nabucco clients put up with the idea of involving Iran in the project and that of prospective supply of Turkmen gas to the South Caucasus, with the gas main to bypass the Caspian Sea in the south. That is it will run through Iran. Thus, the Armenian and Iranian territories will be used for the Central Asian gas to reach the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzrum gas main, as Azerbaijan will not be able to operate it at its full capacity in the near future. An optimal solution – an Armenia-Turkey gas main – is not ruled out as well. An argument in favor of this is, particularly, Gazprom President Alexey Miller’s statement that the Armenian territory could be used for Iranian-Turkish “swaps.”
  5. Speaking of the “swaps”, Miller may have implied the “gas for energy” scheme as well. The commissioning of the 5th power unit of the Hrazdan heat power plant, which is the terminal point of the Iran-Armenia gas main, will launch a unique technological scheme, Iranian gas for Armenian electric energy. Chinese specialists are now constructing the 5th power unit ordered by the ArmRosgazprom Company (Gazprom 80%, RA Government 20%). Iran and Armenia are also implementing a high-voltage power line construction program. Settling its problems with Turkey, will enable Armenia to enter the energy markets of Turkey and Nakhichevan, which will meet Azerbaijan’s own interests.
  6. The implementation of the Nabucco project with Armenia’s participation will mean a Russian-European energy consensus with Turkey’s participation.
  7. An argument in favor of the last option is official Ankara’s completely unexpected consent to the South Stream gas pipeline – a supposed rival to Nabucco — running through Turkey’s territorial waters. However, the distribution of resources between the two projects and the refusal to lay a pipeline through the Caspian bottom resolved the most serious political disagreements between the interested parties.
  8. Fears about future Russian-Ukrainian relations contributed to the Russian-European consensus on the Nabucco and South Stream projects. We should remember that Europe felt “all the pleasures” of cold winter without gas last year.

NEWS.am Analytical Department

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US risks being sucked into Yemen civil war

[British/Zionist rag pipes the mantra “vital to the security of the United States,” the opening salvo in the latest Iran war plan.]

US risks being sucked into Yemen civil war

Tens of thousands of refugees are fleeing a vicious civil war that threatens to turn the key Arab peninsula state of Yemen into a terrorist stronghold and to suck the US into another sensitive conflict zone.

By Richard Spencer in Dubai
Published: 6:00AM BST 10 Sep 2009

Yemen's Zaidi rebels, allegedly shows members of the group, that is also known as al-Huthis.

Yemen’s Zaidi rebels, allegedly shows members of the group, that is also known as al-Huthis. Photo: EPA

The Yemeni government is to try to subdue a rebel Shia army in the north of the country. But its assault is meeting fierce resistance, with the Yemeni air force staging desperate forays to pound the rebels into submission.

International observers fear that even if the US, a long-term ally, can stay aloof, the conflict might be subsumed in a regional war by proxy.

Saudi Arabia helps to finance the government, partly out of fear of its own Shia minority and terrorist elements. The government accuses Iran, which is ruled by a Shia theocracy, of backing the rebels with money and arms, though it has produced no hard evidence.

The government launched a full-scale assault on the rebel stronghold in Saada province last month. Since then, 25,000 refugees have registered with the United Nations refugee agency, but diplomats say as many as 100,000 people may have been displaced by the fighting.

Whole villages are on the move, according to the World Food Programme (WFP), with thousands of people caught in a pocket between the fighting and the Saudi border.

About 35,000 have fled to Saada city, only to find themselves taking refuge in houses under constant shell fire.

“The situation is getting worse and worse and worse,” said Gian Carlo Cirri, country director for the WFP. “We’re not confronted with a humanitarian crisis, it’s becoming a humanitarian tragedy.”

One analyst warned that the United States might be forced to intervene as the security situation worsened to prevent Yemen becoming a “failed state”.

The country has been used as an al-Qaeda base before, and its strategic location between the oil supply routes of the Gulf and the piracy haven of Somalia means its stability is regarded as a key western interest.

“It’s very difficult,” said Joost Hiltermann, of the International Crisis Group. “You might well see American advisers, maybe even some special troops, go in for special operations.”

President Barack Obama sent a letter this week to President Ali Abdullah Saleh pledging to “stand beside Yemen, its unity, security and stability”.

“The security of Yemen is vital for the security of the United States,” he said.

Previously, the US had urged a return to the negotiating table.

Any American intervention would risk opening a new front in its hostile relationship with Iran, whose rise to power is increasingly feared by Gulf Arab countries, several of which also have Shia minorities.

The rebellion started as a minor conflict with a local tribe, the al-Houthis. But after its leader was killed in 2004, the insurrection, rather than disappearing, began to spread.

The al-Houthis are followers of a moderate Shia sect known as Zaidi, and their followers are now calling for the return of the so-called Zaidi caliphate which ran Yemen until 1962.

A ceasefire broke down earlier this year, leaving the government facing a double conflict against the Houthis in the north and al-Qaeda groupings throughout the country.

The Houthis were also accused of a string of kidnaps, including of a British engineer who is still being held.

Yemen is the poorest country in the Arab world, and since reunification of its northern and southern halves in the nineties it has been mired in both tribal and sectarian strife.

The civil war in the north is also seen as distracting the government from political and economic reforms needed to lift it out of poverty.

Diplomats say there is little evidence of active Saudi and Iranian involvement in the fighting itself. One described a claim that Saudi aircraft had joined in the bombardment of Saada as “far-fetched”.

But the diplomat added: “There’s a long-term sense that Saudi Arabia and Iran play out their longer term rivalry in Yemen.

“Speculation about international intervention also takes away from the humanitarian issue, which is the most worrying aspect of the war.”

Osama bin Laden – The Forbidden Truth

Osama bin Laden – The Forbidden Truth

Firoz Osman

[This article was published by Media Monitors Network in November 2001]

It is becoming more apparent that the war in Afghanistan has nothing to do with terrorism, Osama bin Laden, the Taliban or the World Trade Centre. Realpolitik, the need and greed for oil and gas are, once again, the source of misery and tragedy. This time it is in Central Asia, just as it was in Iraq.

In a book entitled “Unholy Wars”, ABC news correspondent John K Cooley reveals United States and multi-national oil companies intentions to establish pipelines to route the oil and natural gas of Central Asia and the Caspian Basin to the West. To this end the aims of the generals of the Pakistani ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence) and their American counterparts, the CIA, converged. They saw in the Taliban the means by which they could achieve their objectives.

In 1993, Pakistan and Turkmenistan had signed an agreement to jointly develop their energy resources and build a pipeline between the two countries. UNOCAL, based in California, signed a protocol with the Turkmen government to explore the feasibility of building this pipeline. The one-year study cost $10 million for a huge energy project worth $18 billion, to transport Turkmen oil and gas by pipeline to the Indian Ocean. This trade and energy would run through Pakistan, America’s ally, rather than through Iran, her adversary ever since the overthrow of the Shah in 1979. This will also bypass Iranian ambitions to channel Turkmen energy.

A further objective of both the Taliban and Pakistan is the recovery of natural gas from northern Afghanistan’s Shibergan province, pumped northward to Russia through Uzbekistan. Afghan estimates of the resources in the Shibergan gas fields run to 1,100 billion cubic meters. Export of the gas continued throughout the 1979-89 war, despite periodic sabotage orchestrated by the CIA and ISI.

Corroborating Cooley’s findings, a book has just appeared in Paris entitled “Bin Laden, La Verite Interdite” (Bin Laden, the Forbidden Truth). The book claims that the Bush administration held extensive talks with the Taliban regime from February to August 2001 with the aim of securing control over the vast oil and gas reserves in Central Asia through the construction of an oil pipeline from the rich oil fields in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakstan, to Afghanistan, Pakistan and onto the Indian Ocean.

The authors, Jean Charles Brisard and Guiliaume Dasquie, with long experience in intelligence analysis allege that if the Taliban had facilitated the construction of the pipeline and US control over Central Asian oil and gas reserves, the latter would have paved the way for economic assistance to, and political recognition of, the Taliban. Taliban’s unwillingness to accept US conditions frustrated the Americans. According to co-author Jean Charles Brisard,” At one moment during the negotiations the US representatives told the Taliban,’ either you accept our offer of a carpet of gold, or we bury you under a carpet of bombs.'”

It is well established that the Bush administration, and the President Bush’s family in particular, have a strong oil background with close oil corporate links. Vice-president Dick Cheney was until the end of 2000, president of Halliburton, a company that provides services for the oil industry. National Security Advisor, Condoleeza Rice was a manager for Chevron between 1991 and 2000, while Commerce Secretary Donald Evans and Energy Secretary Stanley Abraham worked for oil giant, Tom Brown.

As John Pilger asserted, the Taliban were trained and supported by the CIA and SAS, agencies of the US and Britain. Soon after their take over of Kabul in 1996, their leaders were entertained by the executives of Unocal Oil Company in Houston, Texas. With secret US government approval, the company offered them a generous cut of the profits of the oil and gas pumped through the pipeline that the Americans wanted to build from Soviet Central Asia through Afghanistan. A US diplomat said: ‘The Taliban will probably develop like the Saudis did.’ He explained that ” Afghanistan will become a US oil colony; there would be huge profits for the West, no democracy and the legal persecution of women. We can live with that,” he said.

Although the deal fell through, it still remains an urgent priority of the administration of George W Bush. The Caspian Basin has the greatest source of untapped fossil fuel on earth and enough, according to one estimate, to meet the US’s voracious energy needs for generations. Only if the pipeline runs through Afghanistan can the US hope to control it. So, not surprisingly, US Secretary of State, Colin Powell, is now referring to “ moderate” Taliban, who will join a US-sponsored ” loose federation” to run Afghanistan. The ” war on terrorism” is a cover for this. A means of achieving strategic aims that lie behind the flag-waving facade.

If the allegations and arguments contained in “Bin Laden, The Forbidden Truth” and “Unholy Wars” are true, it raises some fundamental questions about he US bombing of Afghanistan, and indeed, about the 11 September tragedy itself. Is oil the ulterior motive, the hidden agenda, behind the assault upon Afghanistan? Is the attack a vile attempt to gain control of the country and establish a pliant regime in Kabul, which will enable Washington to extend its tentacles over Central Asia and its oil wealth?

The world has the right to know the truth – for the sake of the innocent people who are being slaughtered in Afghanistan, and indeed, for the sake of the thousands who were killed in New York and Washington on 11 September.

Bin Laden, La Verite Interdite” can be found here: Guillaume Dasquié – L’effroyable mensonge (avec Jean Guisnel). Three reviews (in English) here: Bin Laden: The Forbidden Truth.

Firoz Osman is Secretary of the Media Review Network, which is an advocacy group based in Pretoria, South Africa.

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Source: http://www.mediamonitors.net/osman13.html

Report: Blackwater guard saw Iraqi killings as 9/11 revenge

Report: Blackwater guard saw Iraqi killings as 9/11 revenge

By Stephen C. Webster

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September 8, 2009

Did Blackwater mercenaries murder Iraqis to satiate their thirst for 9/11 revenge?

According to Department of Justice files, at least one did, noted Mother Jones associate editor Daniel Schulman on Tuesday morning.

The revelation was torn from documents relative to the prosecution of Blackwater Worldwide guards involved in a 2007 Baghdad massacre that left 17 dead.

According to the documents Schulman pulled, guards “routinely acted in disregard of the use of force policies,” and one, known as “Raven 23,” allegedly bragged that disregard for Iraqi lives stemmed from a desire for revenge after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Iraq had nothing to do with the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. While Bush administration officials eventually admitted this, in the run-up to invasion they repeatedly implied that the middle eastern nation was loosely connected to the attacks.

A key passage excerpted from the filings reads:

This evidence tends to establish that the defendants fired at innocent Iraqis not because they actually believed that they were in imminent danger of serious bodily injury and actually believed that they had no alternative to the use of deadly force, but rather that they fired at innocent Iraqi civilians because of their hostility toward Iraqis and their grave indifference to the harm that their actions would cause.

Mother Jones has posted the court records online (PDF link).

Controversy has surrounded the private security firm practically since it was founded, but erupted anew recently when former employees accused Blackwater’s founder and former CEO of murdering or facilitating the murders of other employees who were preparing to blow the whistle on his alleged criminal activities.

The sworn statements also say that founder Erik Prince and Blackwater executives were involved in illegal weapons smuggling and had, on numerous occasions, ordered incriminating documents, e-mails, photos and video destroyed. The former employees described Blackwater as “having young girls provide oral sex to Enterprise members in the ‘Blackwater Man Camp’ in exchange for one American dollar.” They add even though Prince frequently visited this camp, he “failed to stop the ongoing use of prostitutes, including child prostitutes, by his men.”

One of the statements also charges that “Prince’s North Carolina operations had an ongoing wife-swapping and sex ring, which was participated in by many of Mr. Prince’s top executives.”

The former employees additionally claim that Prince was engaged in illegal arms dealing, money laundering, and tax evasion, that he created “a web of companies in order to obscure wrong-doing, fraud, and other crimes,” and that Blackwater’s chief financial officer had “resigned … stating he was not willing to go to jail for Erik Prince.”

The company was also allegedly involved in the planning stages of the CIA’s assassination program, which was reportedly never used, then scrapped by CIA chief Leon Panetta.

Prince has repeatedly insisted his company has done nothing wrong and Blackwater continues to fulfill its contracts with the United States government.

For the massacre of Iraqi civilians, five Blackwater guards were arrested and charged with manslaughter. A sixth guard flipped and agreed to testify against the others. Government informants later claimed the company tried to gather up and destroy weapons involved in the slaughter.

The State Department announced last January that it would not be renewing Blackwater’s contract for security services in Iraq when it was set to expire in May, however the Obama administration decided to extend it through Sept. 3, according to The Nation’s Jeremy Scahill.

ABC reported the new contract extension is for an unspecified amount of time and could end “within weeks or months.”

When it is finally allowed to expire, Blackwater’s involvement with Iraq will have ended, completely.



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A YEAR OF PRESIDENT ZARDARI

A YEAR OF PRESIDENT ZARDARI

Dr. Khurrum Shaukat Yusafzai.

A Year of President Asif Zardari, after the decade of Gen Musharaff Martial law in disguise of Democracy has just finished. It has been a Good year as far as Pakistan is he is concerned, after he took over from Mushraf it was a rocky ride, which is continuing even now but situation has improved a lot.

The Opposition, which is a coalition Opposition like Nawaz Shareef and Chaudhry Shujhat, has had a dismal and very poor performance in addressing the real issues of people of Pakistan.   The Real Issues like Terrorism Taliban , and the FATA governance dilemma and not changing its status to settled areas,  Cartelization of Food Items especially Sugar of which 80% of Sugar mills belongs to PML-N Parliamentarian like Nawaz Shareef , Shabaaz Shreef , and PML-Q , like Jehangir Tareen and Humayun Akhtars . Their hand in Cartelization has been proven after list of Parliamentarians, was shown by Jang Group which, had 80% of Muslim Leaguers Parliamentarians then PPP.

The Cartelization of Wheat is also inked with PML- N is very Strongly suspected on the likes the Khosas of DG Khan who are very near to Shareef brothers and his son was CM before Shabaz Shareef . The  Ex- Chief Minister of NWFP  Mehtab Abbasi of PML-N  it may be remembered had been Involved in Wheat smuggling when he was arrested in Hayatabad Thaana in 1999 is also not Forgotten by People of Pakistan.

The Stock market Currently is very strong and the Foreign Currency reserves have, climbed up to 14 Billion from 9 Billion dollars after Zardari took over and Pakistan economic indicators are good too and Moody’s has upgraded it to B+ from C.

The Terrorism has decreased about 60% effectively, and ANP and PPP coalition government in NWFP , did a Miraculous job to turn the Tide of peoples opinion against the TNSM / Taliban and do a successful operation after public opinion swung 360 Degrees towards the ANP and PPP coalition stand against the Taliban. A successful Operation is because of ANP and Zardari. My hats off to them. Especially the Clean Shaven Taliban of Punjab who were always making hue, and cry were exposed and suppressed.

While at the same time PML-N , performance was dismal as it raised a meek voice against Terrorism , its association with terrorists Like Sipah Sahaba Group , Like a sitting Senator of  PML- N , belongs to it .

Furthermore, five Meetings with Osama bin Laden of Nawaz Shareef and accusations of Taking money from Al- Qaeda to destabilize Benezir Government, has been hitting the popularity of Nawaz Shreef hard.

Role of ISI in Making PML / IJI and issue of Bribes like 35 Lakhs by Nawaz Shareef is also Ripe, after Ex-ISI Brigadier Imtiaz talked about it on TV Channels and ISI chief Lt- Gen Asad Durrani declaration in Supreme court about the Money given out to Politicians. Nawaz Shareef stopped the decision of Supreme Court too under Chief Justice, Saed uz- Zaman Siddique. Later the same served as His Presidential candidate.

Nawaz Government had recognized Controversial Taliban Government too and had lobbied for its representation in United Nation of its Representative which ironically was, Hamid Karzai in 1997 and he had Sent 60 Million Dollars worth of Aid to Taliban in 97 to earn friend ship of Osama Bin laden to Declared himself as Amir –Ul-Mominin.

With This kind of Leadership available to Pakistan like Nawaz Shreef and Chaudhry Shujhat, which is like using spent Cartridges and Duds ? .

Lack of Logic, and Common sense, are hallmark of these leaders and of sense of doing the right thing, among these leaders, who are available as alternates to Asif Zardari in Future.

Recently a useless, confrontation was generated with ANP of Nawaz Sharref which is cutting him off from NWFP people after he is opposing Naming of NWFP as Pukhtoonkhwa.  A case was registered in Peshawar high court although previously a ruling has been given in High court in its favor about use of this name. He is demanding a referendum to ask people opinion while NWFP Provincial Assembly has unanimously passed a resolution in favor of this name. This provoked ANP into blocking his efforts for third time PM Entitlement and asking for a referendum too on this mater too. Nawaz Shareef is clearly now leader of Punjab rather then the whole Pakistan.

As one should not Forget, the Kargil Incident and the Operation against the MQM by Nawaz Shareef , Killing 1500 MQM workers , which is being denied by Nawaz Shareef of his Involvement and  Passing the Buck on the Army ?

This is absurd if a sitting PM, cannot control his Army Generals twice does not deserve to be PM for the Third time.  As Any person who lacks leadership, Like Nawaz Shareef shall be banned rather.

The Role of Zardari in Agreement of IPI (Iran Pakistan ), Pipeline after it was delayed by Mushraf deliberately for more then a decade. The  starting the Thar coal Project has been great Milestone after the role of  PML-Q Shaukat Aziz and Gen Musharaff in throwing a spanner and stopping the agreement with  China State Coal  electricity generating company  has been un-earthed.  The Role of Zardari in Starting the Gawader Port is a milestone too as Musharaff led PML-Q and MMA government could not achieve this milestone.

It must be remembered, that the 63 Year Old demand of FANA people to be recognized as Democratic Settled areas rather then governing it as Tribal Areas with no Visible Government.

Extending the political parties act to FANA and FATA ,  has been tremendous Progress by Asif Zardari and it has made the hearts of people open to Zardari even after he gets Bad Press from media Regularly or Deliberately. The Silent large Heartedness of Zardari has made his stature bigger in Pakistan.

This kind of facts has made Zardari as the only Leader Fortunately or un -Fortunately who can steer Pakistan in Current period of Five years tenure of Democratic Parliament and I wish him well to succeed in Making Pakistan Stronger.  As Imagining Likes of Nawaz Shareef and Chaudhry Shujhat in Saving Pakistan is like fooling oneself and day Dreaming.

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