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former Free Syrian Army “moderate” terrorists.
former Free Syrian Army “moderate” terrorists.
Afghanistan has asked the international community to address the state elements who orchestrate attacks from “outside” its borders, as it slammed the supporters of terrorist groups in Pakistan for their “cowardly behaviour” of targeting civilians.
“Growing violent extremism and terror worldwide is proof that the current pace of counter-terrorism efforts is at best, lax, compared to the magnitude of the threat,” Afghan envoy to the UN Ambassador Mahmoud Saikal said at a United Nations Security Council debate at the United Nations.
“Current efforts remain scattered, slow, and at times static, and have proven incapable to match the sophistication and ever-changing tactics of global terror for its eventual defeat, as far as Afghanistan’s experience is concerned,” he said on Wednesday.
Citing the recent attacks on police recruits, civilian demonstrations and university students, Saikal said the “savage attacks in populated urban centres showcased the cowardly behaviour of terrorist groups and their supporters to compensate for their so-called spring offensive losses.”
Saikal noted that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had in August called Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff and asked for “serious and practical” measures against the organisers of the attack on the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul.
“We have evidence that most of these attacks were orchestrated outside Afghanistan,” he said adding that last week, Afghanistan seized two trailer trucks entering the country from Pakistan with 35,700 kg of ammonium nitrate.
“Let us take a second to imagine the magnitude of devastation, had the attack(s) been carried out against us or our allies,” he said.
“As a strategic imperative, we must move beyond rhetoric and address the enablers of terrorism, including the role of state elements in orchestrating and facilitating the growth of terror. We need to review the state of UN counter-terrorism efforts to identify and address gaps in the implementation, and assess what needs to be done by relevant UN agencies to achieve results and effectively fulfil their mandates,” he said.
He added that despite Afghanistan’s constant outreach and efforts at a Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG), Pakistan has not utilised the opportunity to play “genuine” peacemaker.
“It deserves attention that based on the QCG roadmap they must take necessary measures against irreconcilable Taliban elements to win international community’s due recognition as a serious and genuine partner in the fight against terrorism,” he said.
We strongly support the High Commissioner’s position that an OHCHR team should visit Indian-held Kashmir to independently investigate the grave human rights violations being perpetrated by Indian forces, resulting in the killing of more than 90 civilians and 8,000 injured, including those with severe pellet gun injuries.
The visit by the OHCHR team would help to end the culture of impunity, which is prevailing for more than 68 years in IHK, in violation of international law and UN Security Council resolutions, said a statement of the FO.
Pakistan has expressed its readiness for the visit of any UN team sent by the UN high commissioner for Human Rights to Azad Jammu and Kashmir together with the Indian-held Kashmir, even though there is no comparison whatsoever between the situation in AJK and the rampant human rights violations and oppression in IHK, it said.
“We note the high commissioner’s statement that he awaits a formal letter from India for access to IHK. We urge India to respond to this request,” it added.
Recently, it has been reported that Hillary Clinton is using psychologists to prepare for her debates with Donald Trump. Apparently, some within the Clinton campaign believed that Mr. Trump seemed ill-at-ease when, during a Republican presidential primary debate, he addressed Senator Marco Rubio’s contention that Trump’s small hands likely meant his private parts were also small.
In fact, Trump seemed completely comfortable addressing that intensely personal attack, simply saying that it wasn’t true. His willingness and ability to dispense with the matter in such a straightforward way shouldn’t give the Clinton campaign confidence that Trump can be rocked with psychological missives; it should terrify them. Because when a man can speak directly, in front of cameras and the entire nation, even about those matters which are usually unspeakable, he isn’t going to run away from much of anything.
Donald Trump wears his psyche on his sleeve.
Hillary Clinton is the one whose psychological make up would seem to leave her vulnerable. Her penchant for lying is a problem, but the really big problem is that she seems unable to determine when her lies are registering with audiences as clearly untrue. At the core, people who lie transparently do so because they lack empathy—the ability to intuit and vicariously experience what others are thinking and feeling. Locked behind walls of narcissism or arrogance or imperiousness, consumed with the pursuit of power, they can’t tell convincing lies because they can’t truly resonate with how their words and mannerisms are being received.
Hillary Clinton’s penchant for lying is a problem, but the really big problem is that she seems unable to determine when her lies are registering with audiences as clearly untrue.
Hillary Clinton is, to borrow from a fairy tale, like the emperor with no clothes, who thinks that others can’t see his nakedness. We have in Ms. Clinton, if you will, an empress with no clothes. Everyone knows her cover ups are transparent—except, seemingly, Secretary Clinton, herself.
All that Donald Trump needs to do, in order to expose Ms. Clinton as a liar is to ask her to repeat her defenses related to her use of a personal email server when she was Secretary of State, her mingling of State Department business with Clinton Foundation business and her having abandoned Ambassador Chris Stephens, Foreign Service Office Sean Smith and two former Navy Seals to die at Benghazi. Tens of millions of Americans watching will feel, in their hearts, that she is a liar.
Donald Trump recently gave a noninterventionist foreign policy speech suggesting that he wants to make new allies of old foes and find common ground with them on shared national security challenges. He noted that 88 U.S. generals and admirals have endorsed him, and that “the current strategy of toppling regimes, with no plan for what to do the day after, only produces power vacuums that are filled by terrorists.”
Trump should tell that to the 51 State Department officials who called for ramping up U.S. military intervention in Syria in an internal memo that was reviewed by CNN in June prior to being classified.
Hoping to force Syrian President Bashar Assad back to the negotiating table, these State Department officials figured that in lieu of diplomacy, it would be a good idea to prolong a conflict that has already driven millions of migrants into Europe and is demographically overwhelming that part of the world.
The State Department, which works closely with the CIA in providing official diplomatic cover to CIA officers abroad, has long been at odds with the Pentagon over Syria. It’s no wonder that Pentagon generals are backing Trump, while just a few weeks ago a handful of former CIA directors publicly did the same for Hillary Clinton by signing a letter denouncing Trump.
Documents sent to and from Clinton’s private email server while she was secretary of state suggest that she wanted to remove Assad despite the power vacuum it would create.
In March 2012, according to a document released by WikiLeaks, Clinton instructed special assistant Robert Russo to print an email sent to her titled, “An interesting proposal from [CIA veteran] Bruce Riedel re how Israel could help get Assad out of office.”
Another email found on Clinton’s private server, this one purportedly from Clinton herself, iterates: “The best way to help Israel deal with Iran’s growing nuclear capability is to help the people of Syria overthrow the regime of Bashar Assad.”
This is the kind of reckless interventionist mindset that has long infused the State Department.
Meanwhile, a classified Defense Intelligence Agency report from 2012 obtained by Judicial Watch actually predicted the rise of the Islamic State as a result of the U.S. aligning itself with “rebels.”
“ISI [Islamic State in Iraq] could also declare an Islamic State through its union with other terrorist organizations in Iraq and Syria, which will create grave danger in regards to unifying Iraq and the protection of its territory,” the report stated.
This issue underscores the clash of worldviews between the Clinton and Trump campaigns. Former Defense Intelligence Agency Director Michael Flynn, a retired lieutenant general and key Trump defense and intelligence adviser, had long warned about Syria turning into a terrorist hotbed.
Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell, who has publicly slammed Trump’s candidacy, claims that while Clinton was secretary of state, the Obama administration never provided support to the Islamic State or any other terrorist organization.
“The administration went to great lengths to ensure that any aid provided by the United States to the opposition would not fall into the hands of extremists, including IS and Al Qaeda,” Morell wrote for Politico.
How disingenuous. Morell and Clinton were both serving in the Obama administration during the rise of the Islamic State. We now know that the CIA was, in fact, training the rebels who ultimately joined ISIS or one of the other terrorist groups that plague the region.
Just when you think American foreign policy couldn’t possibly get any worse, we might get to see what Clinton, emboldened by interventionist enablers in the CIA and State Department, could do with unfettered executive power.