Posts Tagged ‘Pakistan’

Mosques — Smiling dens of iniquity?

October 17th, 2013

By JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator HERNDON, Va., Oct. 15 (UPI) — It is ironically appropriate to apply an old biblical term “den of iniquity” to mosques as the New York City Police Department has been doing for some Islamic centers there. Originally meaning “a thieves’ lair,” today the term suggests a center of

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Muslim chutzpah

July 10th, 2013

HERNDON, Va., July 9 (UPI) — Only the Hebrew word “chutzpah” appropriately describes it but a recent demand of the Vatican by Egypt’s senior Sunni cleric Grand Imam of al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayeb screams for its use. To better understand why, a brief history of recent Muslim/Catholic relations is necessary. In 2006, ties between Muslims and

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Pakistani democracy headed for life support

December 14th, 2011

Published: Dec. 13, 2011 at 6:36 AM United Press International By JAMES. G. ZUMWALT UPI Outside View Commentator HERNDON, Va., Dec. 13 (UPI) — It has proven to be the deadliest “friendly fire” incident in the 10-year Afghan war. NATO, responding Nov. 26 to a U.S.-Afghan patrol’s request for air support after triggering a border

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Osama Bin Laden’s Telling Prophecy About His Own Death

May 3rd, 2011

Published in Human Events, May 3, 2011 On May 1st, 116 months after master-minding a ruthless attack against the US, al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s luck ran out.  Almost five years earlier, luck had run its course as well for the man Osama had anointed as the “Emir of al-Qaeda” in Iraq, Abu Masab

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For Want of Pakistani Enlightenment, Afghanistan Will Be Lost

January 18th, 2011

Published in Family Security Matters January 17, 2011 The concept of “causality” involves the inter-relationship of events. One event–i.e., the cause–can trigger a second–i.e., the effect–which can become the triggering event/cause for a third, etc. The proverbial rhyme “For Want of a Nail” underscores this theme:   For want of a nail to shoe a

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The Omen

August 15th, 2009

Whether an omen portends an ominous or promising future event lies in the eyes of the beholder.  Three years ago, as the US appeared forever bogged down in the Iraq war, such an omen occurred.  For the US, it ultimately boded a more promising future; for al-Qaeda, an ominous one.  Last week, a similar omen

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No ‘kinder, gentler’ way

July 29th, 2009

Published in The Washington Times Wednesday, July 29, 2009 In 1989, President George H.W. Bush vowed to apply traditional American values to make the United States “a kinder and gentler nation” — using our strength as “a force for good.” Twenty years later, that strength has been weakened by a faltering economy and the challenges

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