AP and CNN are reporting a Suicide Bomber attack on the Interior Minister of Pakistan, Aftab Khan Sherpao. Sherpao is one of the most visible and popular leaders in the NWFP, and although he sits on the opposition bench, he’s been very supportive of Musharaaf’s moves in the region. Sherpao has also long been seen by some as a possible successor to Musharaaf if the PML ever got pushed aside by the PPP (it’s unlikely that Benazir Bhutto could ever return andÂ hold office except by proxy due to the widely unpopular corruption of her tenure.)
In a new turn of affairs with Jamia Hafsa, some other Deoband/Wahbbi Madrassahs are beginning to demonstrate in solidarity with the radical Lal Masjid and Jamia HafsaÂ in Pakistan, even though Wafaq Madaris has revoked their affiliation (Wafaq Madaris Al Arbia Pakistan is the council of Deoband Madrassahs in Pakistan.) Jamia Hafsa is using militancy to enforceÂ their extreme form of shariat.
Because it’s just another dry statistic, you aren’t going to hear much about this in the media, but in Afghanistan infant mortality has dropped by 18% over the Taliban era. That means there are healthier children being provided better care, and that Afghanistan has a brighter future. You can expect that we will also see overall life expectancy go up, and real wealth to start growing again.
In response to my post on the political football that the war has become, I elicited some response from the left: a trackback from a communist muslim in London, and some heated disagreement from someone named Dennis.
Both of course challenged the morality of continuing the war to its conclusion. There’s no question in my mind that what we are doing is a noble thing worth finishing. I’ve studied the face of evil for most of my life.
Dennis references the Viet Nam war, but not the aftermath .. the boat people, Pol Pot, the millions dead. So for Dennis, here’s the face of evil, and a repost of a salient interview with a reporter who has seen the face of true evil in our time.
Â Turning your back on evil, hiding, ignoring it, pretending it doesn’t exist… that’s always the easy thing to do. Perseverance is always the hardest constituent of courage to find.Â MostÂ people just don’t have the spine or the patienceÂ to persist against evil, but persist we must.
Zimbabwe Inflation is > 1000%
In a horrid lesson on what not to do with a blooming economy, President Mugabe of Zimbabwe demonstrates the futility of government planned economies and money-presses. Anyone working for foreigners and getting paid in foreign currency is fine, but if you get paid in Zimbabwe currency you better spend it right away.
UPDATE: Abd al-hadi al-Iraqi is a suspect for the 7/7 bombings, as was this guy…. coincidence?
UPDATE II: After you hook the big fish, you go back and clean up the small fry.
It was rumored that Mullah Dadullah was surrounded along with 200 fighters in Urzugan province earlier this week, and so far there’s been no change in that siege, as the fighters are among villagers and holed up in houses with hostages.
The surrender-deadline bill has now passed the Senate, and it took everything the Dems had to make it so, including a lot of votes bought through pork. It’s unconscionable, it’s terribly wrong, and it’s demoralizing to our troops, to our allies, and to our nation.
The negotiations are still going, and there is posturing both sides, it looks however as if the government has ceded to the mad mullah’sÂ demands. However when it’s all said and done, you have to ask whose version of Sharia they will follow?
Bill Roggio’s got the best update this morn, please stop by for a read. Western Resistance also has a three article series on the entire sordid history of the madrassah that ran in Family Security Matters.Â The latest article details the ties to the ISI old-guard and is well worth a read. The ties of the school to Hamid Gul cronies is apparent.