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True story: Al-Qaeda endorses John McCain

This from Huffington Post


WASHINGTON — Al-Qaida supporters suggested in a Web site message this week they would welcome a pre-election terror attack on the U.S. as a way to usher in a McCain presidency.

The message, posted Monday on the password-protected al-Hesbah Web site, said if al-Qaida wants to exhaust the United States militarily and economically, “impetuous” Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain is the better choice because he is more likely to continue the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“This requires presence of an impetuous American leader such as McCain, who pledged to continue the war till the last American soldier,” the message said. “Then, al-Qaida will have to support McCain in the coming elections so that he continues the failing march of his predecessor, Bush.”

SITE Intelligence Group, based in Bethesda, Md., monitors the Web site and translated the message.


Not surprising, eh?


October 22, 2008 Posted by | news, politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What will Musharraf do now?

People in Pakistan are jubilant over Musharraf’s resignation. They feel avenged. They feel that justice has been done to them. They are glad that the person who supported the US, and allowed Pakistan to descend into anarchy is now leaving  (Musharraf, supposedly, has been granted a safe passage out of Pakistan, probably thanks to US pressure). The big question now is, what will happen now to Musharraf? Is he going to give up? Where will he go now? What will he do?

Musharraf salutes as he is driven away (Source:

Some might argue that Musharraf will live in the US, or the UK. He was supposedly a very “trust-worthy” ally of the western forces in Pakistan and their “pointsman” in the region (everyone knows how stupid it is to believe this).  According to CNN,

“…Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said he had been a “friend to the United States” and one of the “most committed partners in the war against terrorism and extremism….”

Makes me LOL !!!

Anyways, I doubt he will go to these countries.  What I believe, and what many people have pointed, is that he will go to the Gulf countries – Saudi Arabia or UAE.

Why, you ask. Its not the obvious. I dont think he would go there because it is a safe haven. What we have to understand is that Musharraf is a military man, who ruled a country like Pakistan for 9 long years. Ruled Pakistan despite Al-Qaeda and Taliban, despite the war on terror in Pakistan’s backyard, despite the rise of lawlessness on streets of Karachi and in Balochistan and in NWFP, despite several covert, behind-doors attempts to bring him down politically, despite attempts to kill him. He survived 9 long years, and did a pretty good job at it. He’s a typical stubborn, adamant, perseverant, resourceful person quite fit to be the commander-in-chief. Do not forget that he was the General of the Pakistani Army before becoming President. He’s a soldier by temperament, who never gives up in the face of adversities.

I doubt he is going to Saudi to retire. He will be back in a few years with a bang. He will bounce back like Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto, who lived in exile for 10 long years, before redemption. Pakistan is deteriorating into chaos very fast. The currently installed democratic government doesnt have power to rein in the armed forces and the ISI, both of which tacitly support the Taliban and are quite open about their support for Musharraf. This is not the worst Pakistan has seen. Unless the United States does something soon in Afghanistan and about Pakistan, Pakistan is going to collapse into anarchy and chaos.

And that is when, Musharraf will come in again. Or one of his proxies in the Army. I am sure Musharraf has developed strong connections with China and Russia over the past few years of his rule. His next few years will be spent in creating more sympathisers and supporters in the Middle-East and in the Western world.

Musharraf is like a wounded tiger now. Once he’s done licking his wounds, he’ll be ready once again to enter Pakistan.

August 19, 2008 Posted by | news, politics, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment