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  1. Allies Feel Strain Of Afghan War

    Fall back, men, Afghanistan is a nasty war we can never win From The Sunday Times February 3, 2008 Every independent report on the Nato-led operation in Afghanistan cries the same message: watch out, disaster beckons. Last week America’s Afghanistan Study Group, led by generals and diplomats of impeccable credentials, reported on “a weakening international resolve and a growing lack of confidenceâ€. An Atlantic Council report was more curt: “Make no mistake, Nato is not winning in Afghanistan.†A clearly exasperated Robert Gates, the American defence secretary, has broken ranks with the official optimism and committed an extra 3,000 marines to the field, while sending an “unusually stern†note to Germany demanding that its 3,200 troops meet enemy fire. Germany, like France, has rejected that plea. Yet it is urgent since the Canadians have threatened to withdraw from the south if not relieved. An equally desperate Britain is proposing to send half-trained territorials to the front, after its commanders ignored every warning that the Taliban were the toughest fighters on earth. (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yettimesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/simon_jenkins/article3295340.ece"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yettimesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/c...icle3295340.ece[/url]
  2. Allies Feel Strain Of Afghan War

    Germany rejects US demand to increase Afghan deployment Independent. UK 2 February 2008 A bitter diplomatic row between Germany and the United States deepened yesterday after Berlin flatly rejected demands from Washington that it deploy troops in war-torn southern Afghanistan and angrily dismissed the request as "impertinent" and a "fantastic cheek". Washington had stepped up pressure on Berlin to commit troops to the south. The move followed increased Taliban attacks and threats from Canada that it would withdraw its Afghanistan contingent completely unless more Nato troops were sent south. Two US non-governmental studies released this week warned that Afghanistan could once again become a failed state. (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetindependent.co.uk/news/europe/germany-rejects-us-demand-to-increase-afghan-deployment-777239.html"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetindependent.co.uk/news/europe/g...ent-777239.html[/url]
  3. Killing a girl child is a heinous crime Khaleej Times 1 February 2008 I LOVE her! As I lay beside her, kissing her head and smelling her hair, I struggled to think of how I breathed without her before she came into my life. From the tips of her toes to the top of her head, she is all mine. She is my daughter. It’s unbelievable that any human being can mourn the birth of a daughter! Little girls bring such happiness to our homes. Unfortunately, if we look back on history, we would see how female infanticide had been a rampant crime that often went unpunished. Even today, in countries like India, a girl child is not always welcomed by her parents with open arms. All too often they are buried alive right after birth. Governments have been cracking down on people who bury their infant girls alive, so the murderers have changed their methods of perpetrating the crime. Nowadays, some women in India and China take ultra-sound tests to learn about the sex of their babies. If it’s a girl, then the foetus is aborted. Looking back on Arabia before the religion of Islam was revealed to the world more than 14 centuries ago, female infanticide was the order of the day. It was common for baby girls to be taken straight from the warmth of their mothers' wombs and put right into their graves through no fault of their own. And those girls who managed to escape being buried alive had to face a life of intense suffering. Allah Almighty says in the Holy Quran: “And when the news of (the birth of) a female (child) is brought to any of them, his face becomes dark, and he is filled with inward grief! He hides himself from the people because of the evil of that whereof he has been informed. Shall he keep her with dishonour or bury her in the Earth? Certainly, evil is their decision.†(16:58-59) With the advent of Islam, all forms of infanticide were abolished as they were regarded as murder. And women were given equal rights. They could pursue education, own property and claim inheritance. According to Islam, boys and girls are supposed to be treated equally by their parents. Once the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) saw a man sitting with his son on one side and his daughter on the other. The man picked up his son, kissed him and sat him on his lap. He left his daughter to stand. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) rebuked the man and told him that his daughter was entitled to the same love and affection he had bestowed on his son. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was the perfect father and condemned gender discrimination. In several authentic hadiths, girls are actually the passport to Heaven for parents. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Anyone who brings up two daughters properly, will be very close to me on the day of Judgment.†Favouritism is strictly forbidden in Islam. Islam also castigates all forms of abortion. However, special circumstances are taken into consideration. For example, if the mother’s life is in danger then she is allowed to terminate the pregnancy. Allah Almighty says in the Holy Quran: “Kill not your children on a plea of want. We provide sustenance for you and for them. Come not near shameful deeds, whether open or secret. Take not life which Allah has made sacred.†(6:151) Boys, girls, men and women have their own mission in this world. It should not be left to society or cultural bias to determine anyone's worth on the basis of his or her sex. Both men and women serve important functions in this world. If one is missing, the other cannot exist, period! Sumayyah Meehan is a Kuwait-based American writer who embraced Islam. (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetkhaleejtimes(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/DisplayArticleNew.asp?xfile=data/editorial/2008/February/editorial_February4.xml§ion=editorial&col="]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetkhaleejtimes(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/DisplayArticle...torial&col=[/url]
  4. Allies Feel Strain Of Afghan War

    Half-trained troops to fight the Taleban From The Times January 31, 2008 Nearly 1,000 new army recruits face having their combat training cut by half so that they can be rushed to the battlefields of Afghanistan. The “exceptional†measure is being proposed by senior officers to meet a serious shortage in manpower. The Army has been facing serious manning shortfalls for some time. The controversial proposal has emerged as the Government plans to announce today the next rotation of troops to Afghanistan. Although recruitment has been improving in recent months, there has been a steady rise in the number of officers and other ranks leaving the Service early. (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yettimesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article3279578.ece"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yettimesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article3279578.ece[/url] Afghan war may not be forgotten so easily From The Times January 31, 2008 Afghanistan risks becoming “the forgotten war†and a failed state beyond retrieval because of deteriorating international support and a growing violent insurgency, according to a distinguished independent panel in the US. Support for the conflict in coalition countries is wavering. A recent report to the Canadian Parliament was striking for its resentment that the US had not always appreciated the role of its forces, which were involved in some of the fiercest fighting. Tension is unsurprising because the US feels that the allies could do more. Gates said yesterday that he agreed with the argument that more troops were needed, “but certainly not oursâ€. (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yettimesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/bronwen_maddox/article3279658.ece"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yettimesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/c...icle3279658.ece[/url]
  5. Allies Feel Strain Of Afghan War

    U.S. to press NATO for more troops for Afghanistan Tue Jan 29 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Tuesday it will press NATO's European members to send more troops to Afghanistan's violent south in response to a call from Canada for reinforcements, but Washington will not boost its force there. U.S. defense officials too have regularly complained about the unwillingness of European allies to dedicate more combat troops and equipment to Afghanistan, where Taliban violence has steadily climbed for more than two years. The United States has 29,000 troops in Afghanistan and earlier this month said it would add 3,200 Marines to that war zone. Morrell said 2,200 of those would be sent to Afghanistan's violent south, which includes Kandahar. "That's as much and as deep as we're going at this point," Morrell said. Asked if the Pentagon was considering an additional deployment following Canada's call, Morrell said, "No." "We've done, as I made clear, what we can do," he said. (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_news.yahoo(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/s/nm/20080129/pl_nm/afghan_usa_canada_dc_1"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_news.yahoo(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/s/nm/20080129/pl_nm/...usa_canada_dc_1[/url]
  6. Science: Islam's forgotten geniuses[using large font size is not allowed] Telegraph. UK 29/01/2008 Although the Muslim world is often now seen as ill-equipped for scientific discovery, we can look back to Baghdad and see the origins of the modern scientific method, the world's first physicist and the world's first chemist; advances in surgery and anatomy, the birth of geology and anthropology; not to mention remarkable feats of engineering[using large font size is not allowed]. For 700 years, the international language of science was Arabic; and Baghdad, the capital of the mighty Abbasid Empire, was the centre of the intellectual world.[using large font size is not allowed] The story starts around 813, when the caliph of Baghdad, al-Ma'mun, is said to have had a vivid and life-changing dream. In it, he met the Greek philosopher Aristotle, who instructed him to "seek knowledge and enlightenment". This was the starting point for a lifelong obsession with science and philosophy. Al-Ma'mun created the famous House of Wisdom, a library, translation house and scientific academy unmatched since the glory days of Alexandria. The caliph would then recruit some of the greatest names in Arabic science, such as the mathematician al-Khwarizmi and the philosopher al-Kindi. Although many of these thinkers were not Arabs themselves, they conducted their science and wrote their books in Arabic. In the West, though, they were better known by their Latin names, such as Alkindus, Alhazen, Averroes and Avicenna. The most famous of all was Avicenna (or ibn Sina, to give him his correct name). Born in Persia in 980, he was a child prodigy who grew up to become one of the world's greatest philosophers and physicians. His great work, the Canon of Medicine, was to remain the standard medical text both in the Islamic and Christian worlds until well into the 17th century. He is credited with the discovery and explanation of contagious diseases and the first correct description of the anatomy of the human eye. As a philosopher, Avicenna is referred to as the Aristotle of Islam; as a physician, he is its Galen. What brought to an end this golden age of Abassid and Arabic science? The standard answer is that the ending came suddenly, in 1258, when the Mongols ransacked Baghdad. During the occupation, a large number of the books in the House of Wisdom were destroyed[using large font size is not allowed]. But Baghdad was by this time far from the only centre of scholarship in the Arabic speaking world - and wonderful advances continued to be made in Cairo and Cordoba right up to the European Renaissance in the 15th century. The mystery is why the debt the West owed to Muslim scholars was then overlooked[using large font size is not allowed]: acknowledged at all, the Abbasids are normally credited with nothing more than acting as the guardians of Greek science. In a world of increasing religious tension, the untold story of Arabic science is a timely reminder of the debt the West owes to the Muslim world – and, perhaps more importantly, of the proud heritage today's Muslims should acknowledge[using large font size is not allowed]. Jim Al-Khalili is professor of physics and public engagement in science at the University of Surrey. (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yettelegraph.co.uk/earth/main.jhtml;jsessionid=HWJ2UET4WR4KJQFIQMFCFFWAVCBQIV0?xml=/earth/2008/01/29/scimuslim129.xml"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yettelegraph.co.uk/earth/main.jhtm...cimuslim129.xml[/url]
  7. Allies Feel Strain Of Afghan War

    1. The medieval minds have proved their worth, as evident from your own sources but your ideal peacekeepers couldn't, despite having been equipped with everything, soldiers can wish for. Do you know why? Because your soldiers are not trained to fight insurgency battles. The West should have trained them before sending them to Afghanistan, where they are earning nothing but humiliation. Canada threatens to pull soldiers from Afghanistan[using large font size is not allowed] Jan 28, 2008 OTTAWA(Reuters) - Canada will pull its 2,500 troops out of Afghanistan early next year unless NATO sends in significant reinforcements, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Monday, signaling Ottawa has lost patience with what it sees as foot-dragging by allies.[using large font size is not allowed] Harper, who is exasperated at the refusal of many other NATO nations to commit more troops to Afghanistan, said the Alliance's failure to provide enough forces meant the whole future of the organization was under serious threat. "NATO's reputation is on the line here [using large font size is not allowed]... all the increasing evidence suggests that NATO's efforts in Afghanistan as a whole are not adequate. (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_wiredispatch(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/news/?id=22966"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_wiredispatch(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/news/?id=22966[/url] Do you know why are other countries reluctant to invest any further in Afghanistan? Because, the first principle of military strategy is:- Never reinforce failure[using large font size is not allowed]
  8. Allies Feel Strain Of Afghan War

    If you claim opposite to be true, then why are you fighting over allocation of troops and resources in Afghanistan? Why do we see the element of frustration in your ideal peacekeepers after sensing visible signs of defeat? Th NATO is blaming US that they are sitting peacefully in the east, while Americans are blaming NATO for not eliminating Talibans in south and the blame game goes on. This occurs when a force is experiencing frustration after having been failed to carry out its assigned task. Again I see no relevance of Falluja with Afghanistan. Anyway, since you are claiming a rosy picture about Falluja, go through the contents of this article: Return to Fallujah Independent. Uk Monday, 28 January 2008 Three years after the devastating US assault, our correspondent enters besieged Iraqi city left without clean water, electricity and medicine.Its streets, with walls pock-marked with bullets and buildings reduced to a heap of concrete slabs, still look as if the fighting had finished only a few weeks ago.The doctors said that they were tending their patients as best they could. "The Americans provide us with nothing," said one mother who was cradling a child. "They bring us only destruction." (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetindependent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/return-to-fallujah-774846.html"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetindependent.co.uk/news/world/mi...jah-774846.html[/url]
  9. Allies Feel Strain Of Afghan War

    Any relevance ? Instead of giving irrelevant justifications, you could ask your ideal peacekeepers to stop relying on 1000 kgs SMART bombs and concentrate on bringing visible improvement in the existing pathetic training standards.
  10. Report: Chief Rabbi says move Gazans to a Palestine in Sinai [using large font size is not allowed] Haaretz (israel daily) 28/1/2008 Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger has been quoted as calling for Gazans to be transferred to the Sinai Peninsula, to a Palestinian state which he said could be constructed for them in the desert. In an interview in English with the British weekly The Jewish News, the chief rabbi also said that while peaceable Muslims should be allowed to pray in Jeruasalem Masjids, they should recognize that Jerusalem belongs to the Jews. Muslims 'don't need a third place [using large font size is not allowed] Metzger also called for Muslims to have the freedom to return to pray in Masjids on condition that they do so peaceably: "We will welcome every Palestinian man who wants to pray in his Masjid. Every Friday they can come, but with one condition, without violence. We have the same feeling about prayers, we want to give you respect but let us live and believe our land is the Holy Land and Jerusalem belongs to us. You have another place, Mecca and Medina, you don't need a third place." (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yethaaretz(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/hasen/spages/948907.html"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yethaaretz(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/hasen/spages/948907.html[/url]
  11. Blackout In Besieged Gaza City

    The siege of Gaza has failed January 27, 2008 The border with Egypt was breached in a single moment, with no warning. It is impossible to refrain from asking whether any of our decision makers, or any of those who whisper in their ears, foresaw this scenario and prepared for it. When Vice Premier Haim Ramon boasts of the impressive decision-making process that preceded last fall's military operation in Syria, his words sound bizarre in light of what is happening in the South. While hundreds of thousands of Palestinians are streaming into Egyptian Rafah and Hosni Mubarak is having trouble reestablishing the border, while Hamas has succeeded in ending the siege of Gaza via a well-planned operation and simultaneously won the sympathy of the world. In his speech, Ehud Olmert declared: "Mistakes were made; there were failures. But in addition, lessons were learned, mistakes were corrected, modes of behavior were changed and, above all, the decisions we have made since then have led to greater security, greater calm and greater deterrence than there had been for many years." Olmert was referring to the Winograd report. But he categorically ignored the fact that what was happening in the South completely contradicts his statements. If that is what learning lessons looks like, if that is what deterrence means, the Olmert government has precious little to boast about. HAARETZ ( Zionist Daily) (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yethaaretz(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/hasen/spages/948081.html"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yethaaretz(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/hasen/spages/948081.html[/url] The Qassam as collective punishment January 27, 2008 Imagine a situation in which thousands and thousands of people, many of them children and the elderly, are plunged into a reality in which they must fear for their lives day in and day out, in which their livelihoods are crippled, with their schools and even pre-schools under siege. Entire communities are trapped, paralyzed. Whole childhoods are spent in a state of post-traumatic stress. The people living in this place are forced to bear the burden of the entire israeli-Palestinian conflict. They are the unarmed proxy warriors of their side, victimized by the tactical cruelty of the other. Collective punishment is abhorrent. It is morally reprehensible. It is functionally self-defeating. It destroys the moral fiber of those who order it, practice it, countenance it, turn a blind eye to it. And those who are subjected to it. HAARETZ (Zionist Daily) (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yethaaretz(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/hasen/spages/948076.html"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yethaaretz(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/hasen/spages/948076.html[/url] End 'siege' of Gaza, israeli activists urge Washington Times January 27, 2008 GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — israeli peace groups yesterday attempted a symbolic breach of an economic blockade of the Gaza Strip with truckloads of essential relief supplies. More than a thousand israeli demonstrators gathered outside the Erez crossing point on the israeli side, demanding the israeli government end the blockade. In the cold rain, protesters marched along the wall separating israel from Gaza holding banners that read, "Break down the walls of the siege" and "End the strangulation of Gaza." israeli authorities did not permit the relief aid to reach the Palestinian side. (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetwashingtontimes(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080127/FOREIGN/839596535/1001"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetwashingtontimes(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/apps/pbcs.d.../839596535/1001[/url]
  12. Allies Feel Strain Of Afghan War

    I hardly find logic in your posts. How could you attribute your own failures to the unwillingness of the locals to fight against Talibans? The nature of counterinsurgency operations differs from the conventional conditions, soldiers are expected to face in combat. The commanders face an enemy whose objectives, tactics, and concepts are usually difficult to comprehend. The situation becomes worst, when you are conducting such operations in hostile environments on enemy territory, coupled with so many limitations like difficult terrain, extreme weather conditions, acute shortage of troops and resources available, vague and often inaccurate intelligence, which forces you to make jerky decisions and commit your resources in the wrong directions, which results in dissipation and you suddenly find yourself deprived of the flexibility on account of absence of reserves to deal with unforeseen and that is the ideal time, when freedom fighters will make you bleed. They will ensure that you are never able to achieve balance on ground. The same is happening with peace-keepers in Afghanistan. Sun Tzu [using large font size is not allowed]says:- 1. The victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won, whereas he who is destined to defeat, first fights and afterwards looks for victory.[using large font size is not allowed] 2. To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting. [using large font size is not allowed]
  13. Blackout In Besieged Gaza City

    They exactly know that daily oppression creates hatred. They also know that tanks, bulldozers, F16s and snipers shooting kids in the stomach don't go down well with a beseiged community, whose lands have been progressively stolen for decades. They don't want to accept the existing realities, which is the actual point.
  14. Blackout In Besieged Gaza City

    The most evil incarnation of imperialism ever seen. I hope and pray that Palestinians remain steadfast during this crisis.
  15. Allies Feel Strain Of Afghan War

    Not terrorists, rather freedom fighters. Their country was attacked and they have the legitimate right to defend against foreign aggression. Sun Tzu says that a fish can't survive w/o fresh waters, similarly insurgency can't survive w/o popular support. Had that not been the factual position on ground, Taliban's resistance movement would have died long ago.
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