Sunday, January 9, 2011

Reaping what you sow

Note: I humbly apologize for the lack of posts this past week. Unfourtunately a proofreading arrangement I had in place did not work out as well as I thought it was going to do. So today you shall all get three posts from this past week.


Pakistan is a country that is a lot like a little boy that plays with matches and keeps getting burned and continue to play with matches anyway.
For those of you who haven’t heard yet, today the Governor of Pakistan’s Punjab province was assassinated by his own bodyguard. The reason why he did this: because his boss spoke out against his country’s anti-blasphemy laws, which make it a crime to “insult” the Prophet Mohammed. These laws have been used to target religious minorities in Pakistan.
Pakistan is a country that really exists for only one reason, Indian Muslim politicians who did not like British rule did not care that much for living in a Hindu majority independent India either.  This fact is made all the more plain by the fact that Pakistanis look like Northern Indians, have similar customs and cuisine and even have languages that are for all intents and purposes indistinguishable from each other except for the scripts in which they are written. The only real difference between Northern India and Pakistan is that one is secular, Hindu Majority country and the other is a Muslim nation.
Pakistan has also been in a state of conflict with India ever since the two were partitioned from each other, mostly over the disputed regions of Jammu and Kashmir.  As part of their struggle against India, the Pakistani government has supported numerous militant groups the Northwestern Tribal Regions bordering Afghanistan. The most notable of these groups is the Taliban, and organization that ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001 and sought to purge their country of such immoral things as music, television, equal treatment of women.  They were also notable for extending their hospitality to wealthy Saudi businessman by the name of Osama bin Laden.  We all know what happened as a result of that.
After NATO finally ran these losers out of town on a rail, the Taliban tucked their collective tails and went into hiding in the wilds along the Pakistan border.  After lying low for about five years while the US decided to go off on what turned out to be a fool’s errand into Iraq, the Taliban came back with a vengeance.  However not only were they causing trouble in Afghanistan but the eventually starting trouble in Pakistan as well, striking in the border regions, blowing up a mosque of a minority Muslim sect in Lahore , attacking the Sri Lankan cricket team, also in Lahore, assassinating a former Prime Minister, (who was by the way a woman) , blowing up a police station in Islamabad, blowing up another police station, again, Lahore. I could go on forever.
Pakistan’s chickens have come home to roost. They back militant jihadists in order to further their own aims and now those jihadists are deciding to make Pakistan in their image. Most people in Pakistan prefer to live a more modern form of life, one where they can watch TV, listen to music and not be treated like garbage for being female.  The match that they have been playing with is burning them. One hopes they learn to stop before their country falls to these Neanderthals, and these Neanderthals get nuclear weapons.

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