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Caution: Civil Unrest Ahead

Don’t overlook the real issue: the growing strength of the radical movement in Afghanistan and Pakistan alike.

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talib:

Good article.

Tom Miller:

For those who do research, we know that U.S. aid to Pakistan is NOT $10 billion a year and never was:

"The U.S.-Pakistan relationship changed significantly once Pakistan agreed to support the U.S. campaign to eliminate the Taliban in Afghanistan and to join the United States in the Global War on Terror. Since September 2001, Pakistan has provided extensive assistance in the war on terror by capturing more than 600 al-Qaida members and their allies. The United States has stepped up its economic assistance to Pakistan, providing debt relief and support for a major effort for education reform. During President Musharraf's visit to the United States in 2003, President Bush announced that the United States would provide Pakistan with $3 billion in economic and military aid over 5 years. This assistance package commenced during FY 2005.

Following the region’s tragic October 8, 2005 earthquake, the United States responded immediately and generously to Pakistan’s call for assistance. The response was consistent with U.S. humanitarian values and our deep commitment to Pakistan. At the subsequent reconstruction conference in Islamabad on November 19, 2005, the U.S. announced a $510 million commitment to Pakistan for earthquake relief and reconstruction, including humanitarian assistance, military support for relief operations, and anticipated U.S. private contributions."

I believe that Ms. Salama's post is very realistic and relevant. Peace will come when the peace loving majority in Pakistan insists on it and eliminates the bartering for power between corrupt government and radical extreme elements. The struggle for democracy and the welfare of the people against the ruling power mongers (tribal fundamentalists living in the past, the elite military, and renegade ISI elements) is not over in Pakistan I bet. There is a lot more to come.

VICTORIA:

levent- yazdiklarin ne inglizcede ne de turkcede bir anlam ifade etmiyor

VICTORIA:

this was reported by wolf blitzer on the program the situation room yesterday about a "secret email" sent to him, and only to be read in the event of bhuttos death.
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"This past October, Benazir Bhutto sent an e-mail to her longtime friend and U.S. spokesman Mark Siegel.

Addressing the danger she faced in her homeland, Bhutto wrote these words. And let me quote them precisely:
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"Nothing will, God willing, happen. Just wanted you to know, if it does, in addition to the names in my letter to Musharraf of October 16, I would hold Musharraf responsible. I have been made to feel insecure by his minions. And there is no way what is happening, in terms of stopping me from taking private cars or using tinted windows or giving jammers or four police mobiles to cover all sides, could happen without him."
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At Bhutto's request, Mark Siegel forwarded that e-mail to me the day he received it. That was back on October 26. But he told me I could not report on it unless -- unless Bhutto was killed.

VICTORIA:

this was reported by wolf blitzer on the program the situation room yesterday about a "secret email" sent to him, and only to be read in the event of bhuttos death.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"This past October, Benazir Bhutto sent an e-mail to her longtime friend and U.S. spokesman Mark Siegel.

Addressing the danger she faced in her homeland, Bhutto wrote these words. And let me quote them precisely:
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"Nothing will, God willing, happen. Just wanted you to know, if it does, in addition to the names in my letter to Musharraf of October 16, I would hold Musharraf responsible. I have been made to feel insecure by his minions. And there is no way what is happening, in terms of stopping me from taking private cars or using tinted windows or giving jammers or four police mobiles to cover all sides, could happen without him."
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

At Bhutto's request, Mark Siegel forwarded that e-mail to me the day he received it. That was back on October 26. But he told me I could not report on it unless -- unless Bhutto was killed.

Anonymous:

ms salama said-
"Those hard-liners, to whom she referred while safely in New York, are likely the same people who took her life in Pakistan on Thursday evening."

and then-
" Just as there was no serious investigation following the October attacks against Bhutto hours after her arrival to Pakistan, it is unlikely there will be a serious investigation into the attack that killed her."

i guess theres no need of an investigation if youve already decided who was guilty-

and its 10 BILLION- NOT 300 MILLION

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