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HOW TO END TERRORISM

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Submitted by Fazal Habib Curmally (Pakistan), Dec 6, 2006 at 00:47

Its interesting how the USA has absolved itself of making the Al-Qaeda into an international fear factor.

9/11 was a surprise and a very harsh surprise that cannot be condoned. But President Bush rushed head on with his " with us or against us" policy. It gave credence to a movement that was Middle Eastern by nature and had failed to create an insurgency there.This movement sought refuge in Afghanistan where it could not get along with the Taliban Government.

Just consider on 7/11 the Al-Qaeda helps get rid of Ahmed Shah Massoud the Northern alliance's military boss and this was to give impetus to the taliban to capture the 10% of the country it did not control. Instead of waiting for the Taliban to do what it wanted, the Al-Qaeda attacked the USA two days later. That again was bad planning and coordination at its worst.

Any level headed president or Head of State who wanted to get rid of the Taliban for not kicking the Al-Qaeda out of Afghanistan, should have analysed the situation before giving them a beating of their lives by exploiting the different agendas that prevailed between the Taliban and the Al-Qaeda. Today 5 years down the line,NATO and its allies are reduced to peace making in various districts of Afghanistan. In other words he Afghans and the Al-Qaeda have handed you your arse on a platter.

It is really not th fault of the American people who were taken in by the leader and his team of advisors whom they trusted. It is not their fault the socalled Vulcans who came into power and have helped squander any goodwill he Americans has in this part of the world and the Muslim Middle East with Iraq and then the Lebanese war with Israel in July -August 2006. Israel has to rethink its warfighting now.

There is still time to make an honourable peace. This can happen if the American leaders will sit back and listen to whatever friends they have and keep their advice in mind before jumping into another escalation. Then you get not only your arse but a couple of limbs handed tp you. The Muslims dont support Al-Qaeda.They really dont want extremism. They want to be left alone to live their lives without some idiot in Washington telling them what to do. Today the situation in Afghanistan is so precariuos, that you want Pakistans involvement in any matter or atlernatively brand Pakistan as an Al-Qaeda ally who support the Taliban. They dont. They have over 2.4 million Afghan refuges on their soil and the Afghan Governemnt refuses to do anything about it on the basis that they are at war. The present Kabul government must make peace with its pakhtun population. remeber the pakhtuns have united and ruled Afghanistan a couple of decades prior to 1776. You can't just do away with them. you need them on your side for peace.

Its time we stopped talking Islamic terrorism and discussed the Current American Government's imperial policy and how it fell short and has now created a hydra called islamic terrorism.

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