Spontaneous Creation?

Spontaneous Creation?

Gunther Ostermann for Salem-News.com

“The universe can create itself spontaneously out of nothing and it has no creator” - Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking photo courtesy: wokay.com

(KELOWNA, B.C.) – There was and is, A CAUSE, prior to the big bang.

The prominent scientist Stephen Hawking warned humanity that, “We’re acting with reckless indifference to the future on planet earth. It will be difficult to avoid disaster in the next hundred years, let alone the next thousand or million.”

Why is humanity hell-bent on destroying the world? Has humanity lost its moral compass, if it ever had a real one? Numerous people, disappointed in church and religion, are embracing atheism, but in so doing throwing out the baby with the bathwater.

Maybe the time has come to replace the archaic and man-made concept of God, with a new science based understanding. However, despite the fact that ten thousand scientists are working on the Large Hadron Collider, in trying to recreate the Big-Bang and looking for the God particle, the Higgs boson, by smashing subatomic particles together, not one scientist came out and admit, perhaps for fear of ridicule that, before the big bang, and as THE CAUSE, there was and is a Super-Intelligence, who is as invisible and intangible as is our mind, that is me, the I?

It may take many years before that happens, since even Stephen Hawking says, “The universe can create itself spontaneously out of nothing and it has no creator.” Wow! Is then the belief in God any less fantastic? Is it too much of a conjecture to presume that the big bang was designed, just like any seed, with the Anthropic principle, and the process of Creavolution, to produce in time, exactly what exists today?

Lastly, I add my own prophetic words from the 80s to Stephen Hawking’s…every year lost in curbing the violence of man against man and nature will require eons for the earth to heal itself, and nobody really knows the day of no return.

Oroginally published by: The Guardian Nigeria

Ilyas Kashmiri was a genie created by Pakistan

[In this report by Hamid Mir, we get a more intimate look at Pakistan's pre-eminent "Fedayeen" genius, Ilyas Kashmiri, one which refutes the bogus interview offered by murdered journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad (SEE: Interview With Ilyas Kashmiri, the Eye of the Storm ), in particular, Syed's denial of Kashmiri's history as a Pak Army SSG commando.  Mir also points-out the flaw with the latest official version of his alleged death--the fact that he was looking for shelter in a hostile area, the Wana domain of pro-government militant Mullah Nazir.  The fishy smell is getting stronger.] 

Ilyas Kashmiri was a genie created by Pakistan

Exclusive Image: Ilyas Kashmiri (extreme right) shows an anti-aircraft gun to Hamid Mir (centre)
Image: Exclusive Image: Ilyas Kashmiri (extreme right) shows an anti-aircraft gun to Hamid Mir (centre)
Photographs: Courtesy: Hamid Mir     

Eminent Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir, who interviewed slain terrorist Ilyas Kashmiri a couple of times, reveals certain undisclosed details about the elusive man and speaks about his plan to make India and Pakistan go to war.

Pakistani and American authorities are reluctantly claiming the death of militant leader Ilyas Kashmiri for the third time in the last three years, but they still lack knowledge about the network, aims and capabilities of his 313 Brigade despite the fact that Kashmiri was actually a genie created by the Pakistani establishment.

He served American interests in Afghanistan in 1980′s and Pakistani interests in Kashmir in 1990′s; but today both American and Pakistani security establishments want to celebrate his death.

Ilyas Kashmiri was mishandled by the Pakistani establishment after the 9/11 terror attacks in New York and this mishandling made him one of the most dangerous threats for security, not only in Pakistan but the whole South Asia.

He trained hundreds of young boys in the last few years with a plan to make India and Pakistan go to war. He was running one of the most lethal terror networks in the world with the support of many low-level retired Pakistani army officers.

Kashmiri was not the product of the religious schools. He was a man who believed in modern education and who used modern war tactics against his enemies.

This scribe first met him in mid 1990′s when he escaped from an Indian jail and came back to Pakistan. He was very popular, especially in the Kashmiri militant circles.

He became a darling of the military leadership in Pakistan when he attacked an Indian check post on the Line of Control in Naushehra sector on February 27, 2000, and killed seven soldiers of the Indian Army. This attack was organised as a response to Indian Army’s raid on a village in Nakial area of Pakistani Kashmir, in which many civilians were killed.

Ilyas Kashmiri again killed some senior Indian Army officers in Tanda area of Jammu sector in 2003, but within few months of this attack he was arrested by Pakistan Army in connection with assassination attempt on the life of then President General Pervez Musharraf.

Exclusive Image: Hamid Mir (centre) with Ilyas Kashmiri
Image: Exclusive Image: Hamid Mir (centre) with Ilyas Kashmiri
Photographs: Courtesy: Hamid Mir

He was declared ‘innocent’ during the investigations and he was released in February 2004. He was again arrested in 2005, but was released on the pressure of Kashmiri militant outfits.

Torture and humiliation in a Pakistani jail once forced him to tell a senior leader of Hizbul Mujahedeen that ‘there is no difference between Pakistani and Indian jails; they don’t trust us because we are Kashmiris.’

He moved to North Waziristan after the Lal Masjid operation in Islamabad in 2007, but interestingly some militant groups always suspected him because of his past connections with the Pakistan Army.

He was trusted more by the Punjabi Taliban rather than the Pashtuns, but with the passage of time he developed good relations with the Hakimullah Mehsud group (who heads Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan after the death of Baitullah Mehsud).

On the other side he never had good relations with militant groups having unannounced peace accords with Pakistani authorities in the tribal areas and who are fighting only against United States troops in Afghanistan.

Tribesmen gather after a missile attack near the town of Wana in South Waziristan
Image: Tribesmen gather after a missile attack near the town of Wana in South Waziristan
Photographs: Reuters

It was reported last Friday that Ilyas Kashmiri was killed in an apple orchid close to Wana area of South Waziristan in a US drone attack.

This area falls under the control of Maulvi Nazir who is considered a “Pakistan friendly good Talib”.

It is not yet clear why Ilyas Kashmiri decided to visit an area where another Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud does not feel safe, and even his fighters were attacked by Maulvi Nazir group sometime back.

Hakimullah is believed to be hiding somewhere in North Waziristan. Some sources claim that may be Pakistani authorities helped US to find out his location, but his presence in a non-friendly area is still a mystery.

Kashmiri was very careful in his relations with all those who have direct or indirect contacts with Pakistani establishment.

He focused more on the recruitment of boys from the English medium schools for his future plans in last four years. Ilyas Kashmiri planned to organise some terror attacks in big Indian cities like Delhi and Mumbai so that India and Pakistan would go to war.

He was more interested in the independence of Kashmir and wanted to take some advantage out of an India-Pakistan war. He discussed this plan with some other militant groups associated with Taliban, but consensus was not created on this because other groups were more interested in fighting against the Pakistani state.

According to some reports Kashmiri managed to infiltrate dozens of his fighters inside India in the last few years. Some of them came from Gujarat via Dubai or directly from Delhi.

These boys came to Afghanistan under the cover of labourers and technicians, but slipped to Eastern Afghanistan and entered to North Waziristan for training with 313 Brigade.

Exclusive Image: Hamid Mir chats with Ilyas Kashmiri
Image: Exclusive Image: Hamid Mir chats with Ilyas Kashmiri
Photographs: Courtesy: Hamid Mir

Ilyas Kashmiri recruited a big number of young boys not only from Rawalpindi and Islamabad but also from Pakistan Occupied Pakistan.

Most of the boys had no past record of militancy. He abandoned those ‘seniors’ who were having good relations with Pakistani state. His mixture of young and fresh Pakistani boys with angry Muslim boys from India made him the biggest threat for peace in South Asia.

Once I interviewed him in his big training camp near the mountains of Kotli where he showed me the anti-air craft guns.

I asked him that what is the use of anti-air craft guns in guerilla warfare? He responded that may be one day he will be attacked by the Indian Air Force and he will retaliate with anti-aircraft guns.

On another occasion when I asked him that formation of a private army is the violation of Article 256 of the Pakistani constitution which says “no private organisation capable of functioning as a military organisation shall be formed and any such organisation will be illegal’; he said, “I am fighting for the liberation of Kashmir while sitting in Kashmir, its not Pakistan — its Kotli.”

Pakistani soldier Hamed holds a rocket launcher while securing a road in Khar, the main town in Bajaur Agency, in Pakistan
Image: Pakistani soldier Hamed holds a rocket launcher while securing a road in Khar, the main town in Bajaur Agency, in Pakistan
Photographs: Reuters

He developed differences with the Pakistani establishment when he was asked to join Jaish-e-Muhammad of Maulana Masood Azhar.

I met him many times after his differences with Pakistani establishment in Islamabad. He had more than two offices in Islamabad and many known religious clerics of the capital were his frequent visitors.

But he disappeared one day.

The fate of Ilyas Kashmiri is a lesson for many ‘good Talibans’ as well as a lesson for the establishment itself.

First lesson is that the Pakistani establishment used thousands of youngsters in the name of jihad and liberation of Kashmir but is vulnerable to foreign pressure at any point of time. They are not dependable.

Secondly, the Pakistani establishment must realise that creating private armies is the violation of constitution. They must not create private armies and even if they have been created, they should not mishandle them. They can become genies like Ilyas Kashmiri.




Run On Greek Banks?

Greek banks under siege

By  June 8, 2011: 6:34 AM ET

If Europe didn’t have enough problems, Greece now has a full-fledged bank run on its hands.

Household deposits at Greek banks have dropped in five of the past six months, falling by a total of 12 billion euros ($17.6 billion), according to Bank of Greece data. Two-year deposits tumbled 8% from a year ago in April and savings deposits plunged at a 16% year-over-year clip in March, notes Graham Turner of GFC Economics in London.

It’s not all that’s crumbling

The flight of Greek funds overseas will only add to country’s financial crisis, which has Greece on the verge of accepting another bailout from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.

But while officials may yet succeed in kicking this Hellenic can down the road for another year or two, at the very least the bank run adds unwelcome uncertainty. If enough money flees the country, it could hasten the inevitable restructuring of Greek debt – an outcome the European Central Bank is desperately trying to delay in the name of saving undercapitalized banks on the Continent.

A restructuring “will not be deferred indefinitely if Greek depositors continue to vote with their feet,” Turner writes in a note to clients Tuesday. “They ultimately have the best sense of whether this level of austerity and privatization is sustainable from a political perspective.”

The deposit flight is hardly surprising, considering the dire news coming out of Greece. Talk about its leaving the euro seems far fetched and has been resoundingly rejected by policymakers, but the country’s road back to economic competitiveness is steep indeed.

Wages, as measured by unit labor costs, rose just 7% over the past decade in Germany but soared 50% or so in Greece – meaning that workers there are looking at steep pay cuts indeed if they are to bring the country’s cost structure into line with the region’s so-called core. And that is only a first step in what promises to be a long and punishing economic makeover, assuming the euro zone manages to hold together.

The woes of Greek banks follow a similar tale in Ireland over the past year. There, deposits left the country as it became clear that cleaning up the banking system would cost much more than the government had admitted.

That episode ended with the Irish getting a bailout in return for a horrific austerity program that, in typical bubble-era logic, left the investors who funded the banks’ wrongheaded expansion binge untouched. The investors’ luck is going to run out sooner or later — but it is hard to gauge just when, what with Germany pushing for an extension of Greek debt maturities and the ECB screaming in a near panic, Nothing to see here! Move along!

Such is life when your taxpayer dollars are directed mostly to propping up the edifices of banks that served mostly to enrich insiders when times are good.

For now, that effort continues mostly unimpeded elsewhere in Europe. There is no sign in the data that banking fears are spreading to Spain, which is by all accounts the next big European economy on the hit list, let alone much bigger Italy.

But then, this being the year of the bank run, it is early yet to rule out problems anywhere on the periphery.

“I think Greece is in a league of its own,” says Turner, “but we know there has been significant buying of top end real estate in London by Spanish and Italian investors.” From one house of cards to another, as it were.

Top Pentagon lawyers had lunch with Islamist radical cleric al-Awlaki in 2002

Top Pentagon lawyers had lunch with Islamist radical cleric al-Awlaki in 2002

ANI

Washington, June 8 (ANI): The Pentagon’s top lawyers and the Executive Director of controversial Muslim group ‘Council of American Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) were reportedly invited to have lunch with Yemen based Islamist radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki on February 5, 2002, as part of the Defense Department’s efforts to get connected to moderate Muslims.

 

According to new internal Defense Department documents obtained by Fox News, after the Fort Hood massacre in November 2009, a Defense Department employee informed the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officials that al-Awlaki, the first American on the CIA’s “kill-or-capture” list, was a guest speaker at the Pentagon five months after 9/11.

 

The documents also revealed that names of over 70 people were listed as invitees, including Deputy General Counsel Charles Allen, former Deputy General Counsel Whit Cobb, former principal Deputy General Counsel Dan Dell’Orto, former General Counsel William Haynes, Deputy General Counsel Paul Koffsky and former Deputy General Counsel Douglas Larsen.

 

According to the email, there was at least one civilian on the guest list.

 

The email invitation reads: “Nihad Awad, President of the Counsel on American-Islamic Relations has also expressed interest in attending.”

 

It also said that al-Awlaki had forwarded his resume in an attempt to be employed at the Defense Department.

 

The email invitation reads: “(Awlaki) is currently working on his PhD in Human Resource Development at George Washington University, received a Master of Education Leadership from San Diego State University…”

 

Within days of the lunch, al Awlaki reportedly left America, and returned mysteriously after eight months. He was stopped and detained by Customs officers at JFK International Airport because of an outstanding warrant for his arrest, until an FBI agent ordered Awlaki’s release. (ANI)

Cross-border militant attack on Dir checkpoint sponsored by NATO, not TTP: Pak cop

Cross-border militant attack on Dir checkpoint sponsored by NATO, not TTP: Pak cop

Islamabad , ANI

Islamabad, June 8(ANI): Pakistan’s intelligence sources have rejected a Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) statement claiming responsibility for the recent cross-border militant attack in Upper Dir.

 

Last week, a fight had erupted in Upper Dir after hundreds of insurgents crossed over from Afghanistan and attacked a security check post in Pakistan.

“The TTP is known for making phoney claims to panic people,” The Express Tribune quoted an intelligence official, as saying.

 

An Islamabad-based analyst, Brigadier (retired) Shaukat Qadir, has also rejected the Taliban claim, saying that a Special Task Force comprising Afghan Army soldiers were suspected to be the attackers.

 

A senior police official in Peshawar said the government had sufficient evidence that the attack on Upper Dir was sponsored by the Afghan-based NATO forces, and not by the Taliban.

 

“That is why the provincial government had lodged protest with NATO and the Afghan government. We never lodge a complaint with NATO or the Afghan government for any terrorist attack by the Taliban,” he added.

 

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain issued a stern warning to NATO and Kabul soon after the incursion took place, saying: “NATO is either incompetent or complicit with the infiltrators.”

 

The three-day incursions on the Shaltalo checkpoint in Upper Dir will be one of the vital issues that will figure in the opening session of a high-level Pakistan-Afghanistan joint commission on June 10 in Islamabad, an official source said on the condition of anonymity. (ANI)

Family seek proof of Ilyas Kashmiri’s death

Family seek proof of Ilyas Kashmiri’s death

This picture taken on June 7, 2011 shows a general view of the Thathi, the home village of the al Qaeda’s reputed military kingpin Ilyas Kashmiri, is an arduous six-hour drive from Islamabad, pushing ever higher into foothills of the Himalyas, carpeted in lush grass but remote and depressingly poor. Four days after reports of Ilyas Kashmiri’s death hit the airwaves, his family in Pakistan say they know nothing about his fate and that neither do the intelligence agents who come knocking. — AFP PHOTO

THATHI: Four days after reports of Ilyas Kashmiri’s death emerged, the reputed al Qaeda commander’s Pakistani family say they know nothing about his fate and nor do the intelligence agents who visit.

Thathi, the home village of al Qaeda’s alleged military kingpin, is an arduous six-hour drive from Islamabad, pushing ever higher into the foothills of the Himalayas, carpeted in lush grass but remote and depressingly poor.

Kashmiri’s family says they have not seen him in six years. Nor has he sent money. Elder brother Chaudhry Asghar speaks almost angrily about the burden of having to care for Kashmiri’s frail wife and four growing children.

“We don’t believe he’s dead,” said the 50-year-old, speaking to AFP at a village shop and refusing to let reporters visit Kashmiri’s house or meet the rest of the family until the situation becomes “clearer”.

But the humble mud building can be seen in the distance, sitting on the bank of a stream in front of a small mosque and madrassa that Kashmiri built.

It is here that his eldest son Khalid Ilyas, 18, daughter Maryam, 15, sons Osama 12 and Huzaifa, eight, live with their mother, not far from the Line of Control between Pakistani and Indian-administered Kashmir.

Thathi is a place where most people are poor, and depend on agriculture, including cattle. Others join the army and send their salaries home.

There are reports that Kashmiri was himself a Pakistani-trained commando before he veered towards the path of holy war against India and then later fell in with Taliban and al Qaeda on the western border with Afghanistan.

“We haven’t seen his body or any part of his body and unless we get some evidence we can’t accept he’s dead. We want solid proof,” said Asghar.

Clerics say Islam requires Kashmiri’s associates to inform his family in the event of his death, but Asghar says nobody has contacted them.

“So far we have no official confirmation of his death. Even intelligence officials have been coming, asking if we’ve received any information.

“We tell them we have no information. If he has been killed in jihad (holy war) we’d appreciate it because it would be martyrdom.” Years ago, Kashmiri used to visit once in a while, stay a couple of days and disappear. But Asghar has not seen his brother since 2005, when he got out of prison. The two argued and Kashmiri left.

“We told him to stop his activities and start family life. He didn’t agree.

He insisted he’d fight US troops in Afghanistan,” says Asghar.

“I left the village, hoping he’d decide to stay. But he left anyway, telling his children ‘I don’t care if you live or die. I must continue my mission.’” He says Kashmiri never sent money to his family, who suffer as a result.

“Sometimes they have to go to school hungry and weeping,” he said of his niece and nephews, while the militant’s sick wife looks old beyond her years.

But however upset he might be with his brother, Asghar cannot believe that he is guilty as charged of attacks on the military in Pakistan.

“He told me he was dead against any terrorist act in Pakistan. He loved Pakistan and its army. He always said that he’d like his son to join the army as a commissioned officer.”

Schoolteacher Mohammed Razaq, 55, who says he taught maths to the teenage Kashmiri, remembers him as “an obedient student, a good athlete and an excellent debater” with an interest in politics.

“But then he veered towards jihad. He truly loved Pakistan. I don’t know anything about al Qaeda or Taliban,” he said.