Nobel Committee Should Consider Suspending Peace Award to Obama

By: Yasmeen Ali

Alfred Nobel must be turning in his grave. In 1895, he left the largest share of his fortune, to a series of prizes, the Nobel Prizes.

On Peace Prizes, as described in Nobel’s will, one part was dedicated to “the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses”.

Ooops!

According to the Nobelprize.Org, “92 Nobel Peace Prizes have been awarded since 1901. It was not awarded on 19 occasions: in 1914-1918, 1923, 1924, 1928, 1932, 1939- 1943, 1948, 1955-1956, 1966-1967 and 1972.

Why were the Peace Prizes not awarded in those years? In the statutes of the Nobel Foundation it says: “If none of the works under consideration is found to be of the importance indicated in the first paragraph, the prize money shall be reserved until the following year. If, even then, the prize cannot be awarded, the amount shall be added to the Foundation’s restricted funds.” During World War I and II, fewer Nobel Prizes were awarded.”

http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/shortfacts.html

So what exactly did Obama achieve to earn the award being only 12 days in office as President? Obama had not been mentioned as among front-runners for the prize, and his winning the prestigious award left the world gasping.” The Nobel committee recognized Obama’s efforts at dialogue to solve complex global problems, including working toward a world free of nuclear weapons”.( http://articles.cnn.com/2009-10-09/world/nobel.peace.prize_1_norwegian-nobel-committee-international-diplomacy-and-cooperation-nuclear-weapons?_s=PM:WORLD).

Dialogues?

Invasion of Libya, by US under Obama, do not sound as dialogue to me. Amy Goodman, stated, in an interview dated March 2nd, 2007, that US must “take out” 7 countries in the next five years, this included Libya and Syria. Clearly, Obama follows the same line of action. http://breakthematrix.com/war/general-wesley-clark-obamas-invasion-lybia-planned-bush-administration-syria/

On January 22nd, 2009, Obama issued three executive orders. This was a day after his inauguration. One dealt with closing of Guantanamo Bay(which merrily continues playing it’s torture games to date).This was loudly touted as a promise in his election campaign too. The other was to wind up war in Afghanistan as soon as possible and “bring the boys home”. After 4 years of being in office, the election claims remain just that: empty claims, showing not an inch forward in terms of delivering.

“The boys” never went home. Not from Afghanistan. Timeline of 2014 has been given for withdrawal of combat troops, training forces will stay on. Meanwhile, besides the killing spree, US soldiers are involved in rape cases. Quoting one case only, daughter of an Afghan politician died owing to multiple injuries & rape in the hands of American soldiers stationed in Afghanistan’s southwestern province of Farah. http://edition.presstv.ir/detail/159958.html

Not only this, but blundering and blasting through a lose cannon, Obama has made sure to destroy relations with the Muslim world. Ranging from drone attacks to burning Quran to trying to overturn the sovereignty of Pakistan by Congress Meeting ,Congress Members openly supporting Independent Baluchistan, every step is wrong, wrong, wrong!

Sanjeev Miglani, in his article,” Culture Wars: Burning of the Quran”, quotes Martine van Bijlert ,” Eleven years into the war in Afghanistan, interspersed by the invasion of Iraq, you would expect the world’s most advanced and, according to some, the most moral force, to have picked up the most basic of do’s and don’ts while operating in a Muslim country.”The desecration of the a Quran to many Afghans is even more emotive than civilian casualties or disrespect towards dead bodies and there is more social pressure to react”. http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/

The drones have killed more civilians; innocent men, women & children than the bad guys! According to a report released in October 2011, between 386 and 775 civilians, including 173 children, were killed in the 300 drone attacks since June 17, 2004. The report says between 1,141 and 1,225 persons were injured. ““The US covert drone war in Pakistan reached a new milestone with the 300th attack on alleged militants in the country’s tribal areas,” says the opening of the report, adding that the attack by the Central Investigation Agency (CIA) is the fourth in North and South Waziristan in 48 hours. Of the 300 drone strikes since June 17, 2004, it says, 248 occurred during President Barack Obama’s first three years, rising to a frequency of almost one strike every four days.” http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/16/386-civilians-died-in-300-drone-attacks.html

And I’m not talking of Killer Drones in Afghanistan yet!

No one has ever been stripped of the Nobel Prize once awarded. This is expressly been forbidden by the organization. However, there have been calls to do this in case of Obama. After the Obama Administration attacked Libya, the Russian leader & Vice-Chairman of the State Duma Vladimir Zhirinovsky & the Bolivian President launched a campaign to do just that.

Not even touching the tip of the iceberg, does this picture reflect the actions of the Head of a State that has World Peace through dialogue dear to his heart?

The Peace Prize cannot be stripped.

Can it be declared “suspended”? If yes, the Nobel Committee must think about it.

(The writer is a lawyer & professor in a Lahore based University. She may be reached on: yasmeen.a.9@gmail.com).

 

 

 

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  • khan saheb  On February 27, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Yasmeen

    Well written with a strong message…..
    Siraj

  • Michael  On February 27, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    agreed

  • Behzad  On February 27, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Obama’s Nobel is controversial.. and should not really have been given.
    It should be rescinded or suspended, whatever they can do with it.
    Agreed agreed. My point of view the same.
    BUT..
    let’s get the facts straight..
    first, you’ve talked about Obama not “bringing the boys home” from Afghanistan.. except that, the 2014 drawdown date was given BY Obama. when he came to power, US wasnt looking to pull out. Note how he won elections on the basis of bringing “the boys out of Iraq” and NOT Afghanistan!
    he cant pull out just today, he has his country’s interests to watch.
    you’ve conveniently ignored the pull out his administration HAS effected: Iraq! they’ve wrapped up the mission! the battle flag has been lowered, folded up and sent to some war museum somewhere in america!
    why ignore this?
    About Libya.. America didnt go it alone, remember? It was the French and the British! THEY went in. The Danes and the Italians chipped in.. then US said okay, since you’re all ready, what’s it matter? allow me to help you take out my age old enemy! and later, the Americans even stopped leading from the front. Remember how a FRENCH jet took out Gaddafi’s convoy?

  • Ali Kazim  On February 27, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    You, my dear friend, are so right. It is like awarding the medal of virginity to a prostitute, as Id Amin said when Henry Kissiger was awarded the Nobel Prize.

  • Salim Nawaz Gandapur  On February 27, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    How about starting a signature campaign?
    Salim Gandapur

  • Bashir A. Syed  On February 27, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Having been associated with two Noble Laureates (Arthur Holy Compton – Physics (Compton Effect), and Richard Smalley – Chemistry (Carbon Nano Tubes), and knowing several more, I learned that in the Nobel award process the feedback provided by former Winners plays a significant role for future winners. (Counting the Nobel Prize winners one learns that the Jewish/Zionist winners outnumber the others. [examples: Elie Wiesel, and more of his kind). Obama was helped for this job by former Congressman Rahm Emanuel (an American with dual Citizenship of US and Israel, and now Mayor of Chicago) , who was also given the job as Chief of Staff in the White House to influence Obama’s thinking and stear him in the ways Israel wanted to achieve her Objectives, such as ARAB SPRING or Judeo/Chritian CRUSADE against Muslims, including the events related to World Trade Center or 9/11, to damage the image of Muslims disguised as War on Terror.
    As Muslims our frame of reference for Guidance of Allah for Mankind is Quran, and in this Book of Guidance, Surah Al-Maida # 5, has three very significant Ayats, 51, 57, and 82, to forewarn Muslims about their Friends and Foes. Reading Quran like a Parrot is meaningless without understanding every word and performing Good deeds as prescribed by our Creator, to whom all of us will return, for final JUDGEMENT regarding our deeds in this life.

    Bashir A. Syed

  • Syedain  On February 28, 2012 at 1:52 am

    How can they ( noble cpomm) refuse their master.

  • Mansoor Mubeen  On February 28, 2012 at 10:00 am

    i fully agree and endorse this justified call for not only suspending but also to strip the award from Barack Hussein Obama.

  • Arif Khan  On February 29, 2012 at 1:50 am

    Why did he get a Peace award in the First Place? why not give it to Hitler? I think Man mohan Singh deserves it more than anyone else Arif

  • Nasim Siddiqui  On February 29, 2012 at 1:57 am

    Well said Yasmeen Its a disgrace for the man as has been many before when Politicians were given this prestigious award . This has created a monotonous bad precedence Best Wishes Nasim

  • Faisal Imam  On February 29, 2012 at 2:58 am

    Obama has withdrawn from Iraq.

    Has had a drawdown in Afghanistan and if we take the Taliban out of the action;Afghan nation would be thankful to us and the Americans could go home much sooner.
    But then why should we? we are carrying the same type of acts in Pakistan;so everybody should get the same treatment.

    • Yasmeen Ali  On February 29, 2012 at 3:01 am

      His war was against Al Qaeda not Taliban.Please read Borchgrave’s VERY SANE article I posted shortly.
      YAA

  • Fazeelat  On February 29, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Hi Yasmin:

    A lot of people would agree with you. As you know that Pakistan is completely dependent on US “handouts” (billions I might add) and that the ruling elite whether military or civilian is corrupt to the core as everyone knows and they are ” eating” whilst the average person suffers.

    The problems in the Middle East can all be traced to US foreign policy over the years and enabled because of the complacency of the very same people who sit or decide or influence the awarding of the prize.

    Obama or for that matter any US president is like the fox in charge of the hen coop !

    Unfortunately, the Pakistanis need to have their own ” Arab Spring” but one does not see any signs of this because like the rest of the 3rd world ( I am originally from Kenya) we know that there is no law and order and democracy. You cannot speak your mind without bad consequences so unless all of you do something collectively I am afraid Pakistan has gone to the dogs. They are being funded by the US.

    I was in Faisalabad in 1983 and have experienced the ” stone age” way of life there and so really women are at an even bigger disadvantage in Pakistan. With the growth of the Taliban I dont even know if God can help you here. As you know the religious men do the worst things possible. Look also at the Catholic priests and child abuse.

    We can sit here in the West and speak our minds on a lot of issues can you ?

    Great article . Thank you and kind regards

    Subject: Nobel Committee should consider suspending Peace Award to Obama by Yasmeen Ali, Lahore, Pakistan

    27 February, 2012.

    Alfred Nobel must be turning in his grave. In 1895, he left the largest share of his fortune, to a series of prizes, the Nobel Prizes. On Peace Prizes, as described in Nobel’s will, one part was dedicated to “the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses”.

    Ooops! According to the Nobelprize.Org, “92 Nobel Peace Prizes have been awarded since 1901. It was not awarded on 19 occasions: in 1914-1918, 1923, 1924, 1928, 1932, 1939-1943, 1948, 1955-1956, 1966-1967 and 1972. Why were the Peace Prizes not awarded in those years?
    In the statutes of the Nobel Foundation it says: “If none of the works under consideration is found to be of the importance indicated in the first paragraph, the prize money shall be reserved until the following year. If, even then, the prize cannot be awarded, the amount shall be added to the Foundation’s restricted funds.” During World War I and II, fewer Nobel Prizes were awarded.”

    So what exactly did Obama achieve to earn the award being only 12 days in office as President? Obama was not mentioned as among the front-runners for the prize, and his winning the prestigious award left the world gasping.
    “The Nobel committee recognized Obama’s efforts at dialogue to solve complex global problems, including working toward a world free of nuclear weapons”.

    Dialogues? Invasion of Libya, by US under Obama, do not sound as dialogue to me. Amy Goodman, stated, in an interview dated March 2nd, 2007, that US must “take out” 7 countries in the next five years, this included Libya and Syria . Clearly, Obama follows the same line of action.

    On January 22nd, 2009, Obama issued three executive orders. This was a day after his inauguration. One dealt with closing of Guantanamo Bay (which merrily continues playing its torture games to date).This was loudly touted as a promise in his election campaign too. The other was to wind up war in Afghanistan as soon as possible and “bring the boys home”. After 4 years of being in office, the election claims remain just that: empty claims, showing not an inch forward in terms of delivering.

    “The boys” never went home – not from Afghanistan. Timeline of 2014 has been given for withdrawal of combat troops, training forces will stay on. Meanwhile, besides the killing spree, US soldiers are involved in rape cases. Quoting one case only, daughter of an Afghan politician died owing to multiple injuries & rape in the hands of American soldiers stationed in Afghanistan’s south-western province of Farah.

    Not only this but blundering and blasting through a loose cannon, Obama has made sure to destroy relations with the Muslim world. Ranging from drone attacks to burning Quran to trying to overturn the sovereignty of Pakistan by Congress Meeting, Congress Members openly supporting Independent Baluchistan, every step is wrong, wrong, wrong!

    Sanjeev Miglani, in his article,” Culture Wars: Burning of the Quran”, quotes Martine van Bijlert, “Eleven years into the war in Afghanistan, interspersed by the invasion of Iraq, you would expect the world’s most advanced and, according to some, the most moral force, to have picked up the most basic of do’s and don’ts while operating in a Muslim country.”
    The desecration of the Quran to many Afghans is even more emotive than civilian casualties or disrespect towards dead bodies and there is more social pressure to react”. The drones have killed more civilians: innocent men, women & children than the bad guys! According to a report released in October 2011, between 386 and 775 civilians, including 173 children, were killed in the 300 drone attacks since June 17, 2004. The report says between 1,141 and 1,225 persons were injured. “The US covert drone war in Pakistan reached a new milestone with the 300th attack on alleged militants in the country’s tribal areas,” says the opening of the report, adding that the attack by the Central Investigation Agency (CIA) is the fourth in North and South Waziristan in 48 hours. Of the 300 drone strikes since June 17, 2004, it says, 248 occurred during President Barack Obama’s first three years, rising to a frequency of almost one strike every four days.” – and I’m not talking of Killer Drones in Afghanistan yet!

    No one has ever been stripped of the Nobel Prize once awarded. This is expressly been forbidden by the organization. However, there have been calls to do this in case of Obama. After the Obama Administration attacked Libya, the Russian leader & Vice-Chairman of the State Duma Vladimir Zhirinovsky & the Bolivian President launched a campaign to do just that.

    Not even touching the tip of the iceberg, does this picture reflect the actions of the Head of a State that has World Peace through dialogue dear to his heart? The Peace Prize cannot be stripped, can it be declared “suspended”? If yes, the Nobel Committee must think about it.

    • Yasmeen Ali  On February 29, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      Dear Fazeelat:
      Thank you for your input. Here is my take:
      1- Pakistan is not being given the monies in line with the Perception that it is. Most is tied up,delayed,or goes in debt servicing.Further, there are so many strings attached, it’s not worth it. I had written a paper on Kerry Lugar Bill . If you are conversant with law, you will find it enlightening read.
      2-Politically,Pakistan HAS put it’s eggs in one basket.I attach here link to my article, your answer as to what Pakistan should do lies there.http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30055.htm
      3-I firmly believe the problems can be reversed. It will not be easy but will need iron will power.
      4- If you google Yasmeen Ali Lawyer Pakistan, you will find a million hits. Read some. I pull no punches. So yes,we can speak our mind Our electronic media is freer than that in USA. To such a degree that there has been a recent uproar by civil society that they must not be as open as they are .
      I guess you need to visit Pakistan again. 🙂
      Cheers
      YAA

      KBL

      It is a known fact, whether or not we want to accept, that repeated loans & debts have already compromised our sovereignty. However, should this mean, compromising it even further?
      I am reproducing some clauses from the proposed bill with my queries in blog. I will be interested in your response. I quite agree we need the money offered. Only an insane person will not. The point of difference, I believe, raised in many circles is not questioning this need but some conditions attached:
      Limitation on Arms Transfers: For fiscal years 2012 through 2014, no letter of offer to sell major defense equipment to Pakistan may be issued pursuant to the Arms Export Control Act (22 USC 2751 et seq.) and no license to export major defense equipment to Pakistan may be issued pursuant to such Act in a fiscal year until the Secretary of State, under the direction of the President, makes the certification required under subsection (c) for such fiscal year.
      Does this control & dictate our foreign policy?
      Limitation on Security-related Assistance: For fiscal years 2011 through 2014, no security-related assistance may be provided to Pakistan in a fiscal year until the Secretary of State, under the direction of the President, makes the certification required under subsection (c) for such fiscal year.
      There is no comment in the Bill or clause stating the outcome of such a certification is rejected. Who will arbitrate, if at all? will it be a one sided decision of the donor to deliver a decision on whether or not Pakistan has delivered on various grounds & stop aid if they feel it has not? Does this undermine our sovereignty?
      the Government of Pakistan during the preceding fiscal year has demonstrated a sustained commitment to and is making significant efforts towards combating terrorist groups, consistent with the purposes of assistance described in section 201, including taking into account the extent to which the Government of Pakistan has made progress on matters such as (A) ceasing support, including by any elements within the Pakistan military or its intelligence agency, to extremist and terrorist groups, particularly to any group that has conducted attacks against the United States or coalition forces in Afghanistan, or against the territory or people of neighboring countries;
      Does this allege & indict Pakistan Military of supporting terrorism ? Will acceptance of this clause translate to accepting the allegation?

      (3) the security forces of Pakistan are not materially and substantially subverting the political or judicial processes of Pakistan.

      This is not defined here. Who will define “substantial subversion”? Is this interfearence in domestic politics?
      ) Appropriate Congressional Committees Defined:
      I think the Congressional Committee defined relates to one formed by the USA Parlimentarians? If yes, with each report to be submitted to the Committe,does this place Pakistan directly under USA’s Parliment & answerable directly to them?
      and (15) an assessment of the extent to which the Government of Pakistan exercises effective civilian control of the military, including a description of the extent to which civilian executive leaders and parliament exercise oversight and approval of military budgets, the chain of command, the process of promotion for senior military leaders, civilian involvement in strategic guidance and planning, and military involvement in civil administration.

      Can this be viewed as domestic institutional interfearing?
      Waiver: (1) IN GENERAL – The Secretary of State, under the direction of the President, may waive the limitations contained in subsections (a), (b), and (d) for a fiscal year if the Secretary of State determines that is important to the national security interests of the United States to do so.

      May this be seen as a one sided clause to guard US interests ONLY?
      It is I think, important to view each and every clause closely, with an eye to safeguard Pakistan’s interests.
      Whereas unannounced meetings with military leadership are being held to frame a better understanding of the proposed bill, would you also suggest a broad based panel of legal experts to review the same?

      YAA

  • Yasmeen Ali  On February 29, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    PAKISTAN OBSERVER
    http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=142584

  • MG  On March 2, 2012 at 4:01 am

    This post intends to criticize the Nobel committee’s decision, as well as quite clearly US policy. However, while well written – sure – it quickly slips into slander. This is your prerogative and if true then I rest my case. But I would like to believe that this was not the post’s original intent. And so we are here to discuss policies objectively. The post touches, on the surface, many of the Obama administration’s pain points – but seems to miss the point or get several things wrong.

    I am not knowledgeable about Nobel’s history or his intent for prizes. I will take your word for it. Although, the rest of this article makes one take that leap with hesitancy. The President’s -then win surprised supporters and opponents alike. It was granted prematurely, hoping that the President would live up to the expectation. And this may have been wrong. But that is the Nobel’s problem and not the President’s or the United States’. I believe you start on that note but then it gets lost.

    On Libya. It is challenging to reply here. The operation was a UN mandated (yes, China, Russia and the whole gang) operation. It was executed by NATO. And although surprisingly to some, it was not US led. The US provided much capability, but politically it played second fiddle. And it only had one objective: to prevent the loss of more civilian lives under a UN charter. Obama has been stern of foreign policy in ways unexpected, but there was no “invasion” of Libya. Period! This is just factually incorrect.

    On Guantanamo. Yes! It is still open. Many believe it should be closed. But “continues playing it’s torture games.” That is just again not factually accurate. Obama hasn’t been able to close the prison for a plethora of reasons. But at least one of them is because the nations to whom the prisoners belong aren’t taking them back. I can understand the frustrations of those that oppose the prison – civil liberty groups and others like them around the world. There is much to contest here. You mention none of it. You don’t mention holding prisoners without a trial per se or other issues typical of this debate. You attack a practice that no longer occurs. One that Obama stopped. And after the original incidents that did happen under a different President who did no win a Nobel, the prison is watched closely.

    The plan to bring “the boys home” is underway. And it was always planned to start in Iraq. And the troops are out. And in Afghanistan, well depends on the current unrest – withdrawals will happen to the announced schedule. Announced by Obama. In fact, the Secretary of Defense said it may happen earlier.

    Then goes the other accusations of the killings, burnings, rapes. Deplorable acts all! There is no denying that. But they are individual acts that happen in the fog of war and happen a lot less frequently today then they would decades ago. And much less so by the US military then any other. Let’s not start with common practices in Russia or what would happen if the Chinese military ever decided to move forward. I digress. The point is, such acts of violence should and are condemned. But they are NOT acts of US policy or its Commander and Chief.

    And then you continue on. The President did not burn the Quran. I address this above. Not a US policy. A mistake.

    Then there are the little facts. Such as after 4 years of being in office. Wait one second. It’s just been 3 years and plenty of things going on.

    Then you go on the drone strikes. This is an immeasurably complex policy between Pakistan and the US. Certainly strategic strikes that for a long time Pakistan permitted by turning its eyes (partially) are much less devastating than a conventional attack that wouldn’t occur due to deterrence and a number of other geo-strategic issues that I think everyone agrees with and understands.

    Then comes Baluchistan. I admit, I don’t know much on the topic at all. But a simple Google search returns plenty of results. And the statement in your post is wrong. This was discussed in Congress, but, it was brought up by Republicans as a counter agenda to what the Democrats and the President wanted to achieve. I don’t know the details about Pakistani domestic policy and don’t expect you to know the US ones. So that’s fine. But so you know, you can certainly discuss and criticize these actions but not in the context of this post. As it wasn’t an Obama issue at all. Each Senator or Congressman can propose anything they like on the floor, it doesn’t mean it will get any traction or pass.

    And then you descend into drones and listing the numbers they have killed. They have, and here it is, as they say, a debate between drones killing some or manned fighters killing others. I don’t think what technology matters, just the numbers. And this President inherited two conflicts he has tried to reconcile. Sure, you can say imperfectly. There have been more drone strikes under this administration for three broad reasons: only after 2004 did the war evolve into needing these kind of strikes; Pakistan allowed them to continue and lets not forget the technology and funds it received in return; and the technology permitted them (here I contradict myself because having unmanned technology does matter when it comes to crossing sovereign lines).

    One could also make the argument that this President has managed to make these two conflicts less bloody. And I think there would be plenty of evidence to support that claim.

    Does he deserve the Nobel peace prize? Maybe not. Is your proposal worth it for the Nobel committee to consider? That’s up to them. But I found your basis for argument very much focused on loose facts and headlines. This would all be fine. After all, this is a blog and not an official channel. But you did ask for a critique. And (here I will get personal for one moment) after reviewing your background, I saw that you are a lawyer and a university professor. Which is why my response is so critical and energized. I was truly hoping to read much more nuanced arguments that are grounded in facts and not sensational headlines. I think people in your position have the luxury to influence others and shape policy and make meaningful change. Maybe that’s idealistic of me. I was sad to see this post didn’t do that. I do look forward to reading others however. But fear my feedback will no longer be solicited.

    • pakpotpourri  On March 4, 2012 at 4:57 pm

      Thank you Mikhail for the detailed response. Here is my take:
      1- The article most definitely criticizes the decision of the Nobel Committee to award the Peace Prize to Obama. I quite agree with you when you say, it was awarded prematurely, hoping that he will come up to the mark. He did not.
      2- The steps taken by Obama after receiving the Award, and I did not even touch the tip of the iceberg, proved the Committee decision wrong. There is therefore no slander involved there.
      3-All actions pointed out at,are under Obama’s watch & makes him ultimately responsible. When actions are undertaken ie invasion, killings,etc, cascading effect to these actions happen. Though it cannot be accurately predicted but it can be generally, clearly understood that it can likely occur. So I will completely disagree that Obama is not responsible for the fall out effects of actions taken as US Policy.Can you state what punishment if any were meted out to the soldiers who committed rape?
      4- Interestingly, Obama used closing of Guantanamo Bay as a big promise in his election campaign. If there were problems & I am sure there must be, he should have, must have known these before he committed himself to this promise. Regretfully,if he had not done his homework, he cannot after many years being in power,seek refuge in administrative glitches.
      5-Mikhail, unfortunately,Pakistan has placed herself in a situation, where she has limited space to maneuver. At no point, this justifies drone strikes that is killing more civilians than militants. Hiding behind “complex relationships” will not wash. A kill is a kill, no matter what name you may wish to award to it.You need to visit & talk to the people whose little children,women,husbands were killed & explain to them how Obama made the war “less bloody” by using drones. They will not empathize.
      6-Baluchistan is an internal matter. Interfering in this issue is like stating Pakistan wants to hold a Moot to table a resolution to create a new country what is now New Mexico. That the Congressman who suggested it is a Republican is not as important as the fact that IT IS IN OBAMA’S WATCH. There has to be a process through which a particular subject is vetted & processed to be tabled.One individual is not responsible for the process itself.
      7-The “War on Terror’s” biggest crunch has been borne by Pakistan causing death,destruction, involvement of foreign intelligence agencies and rise in ethnic violence,suicide bombings as a direct result. Before 9/11 you do not see this in Pakistan.
      8- The Nobel Committee will not revoke the Prize,hence I had suggested it should “suspend” it which technically is not a revocation.
      9-All my arguments are always backed by researched facts(kindly refer to links embedded) & would be interested in seeing any by you.I could not find any.
      Thank you again for the views.You are always welcome to post them & they shall be carried by my blog.
      I respect diverse opinion & the purpose is, for an educated person from the media,to appreciate the horrors faced by my country . There are always two sides to a coin.Let us not forget, Taliban was created by the US. To safeguard her interests in Afghanistan. To counter USSR. We were left with the genie.
      Hillary Clinton speaks out about US links with Taliban [SUB THAI]

      Yasmeen Ali

  • Mian M Rafee  On July 2, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Ms Yasmeen Ali,
    For the Record , I would like to Express My Personal Appreciation for Your Most Patriotic, Courageous, and Truthful Emails / Articles / References Etc …………….

    But Strategically FOR Any Practical Results ………………

    I suggest You Kindly Identify and address Your Patriotically Honest and Practical Correspondences To a
    “NEW GROUP of Individuals WHO ALL LOVE PAKISTAN, AND WHO ALL WILL REPLY, CONTRIBUTE, AND ‘PARTICIPATE’ TOWARDS ‘ACTUAL POSITIVE CHANGE IN OUR BELOVED MOTHERLAND’ ……………”

    AND MOST ESPECIALLY ONLY THOSE INDIVIDUALS & THEIR FAMILIES WHO ARE ONLY & ONLY PATRIOTIC :
    ‘PAKISTANI PASSPORT HOLDERS ONLY’…………….? ?

    Otherwise You are wasting Your Precious Time ……….. In Addressing Your Emails to the “The Majority of THE Living Dead on This Email List … which is Self Evident by Their NON- Participation, or ONLY 1% Interest OR Reply to Your Emails ………….?

    Mian M Rafee

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