Maulvi Nazir FTW!

by Joshua Foust on 1/15/2008 · 3 comments

Here is an interesting look at the U.S.’s attempt to export Anbar to Waziristan. The key bit?

Even Nazir is an unlikely ally. Young and battle-hardened, he endorses the same radical Islamist ideology as the militants he’s promised to fight, and has pledged his allegiance to Mullah Omar, the Taliban’s founding spiritual leader.

But Nazir is also violently opposed to Mehsud, who hails from a rival clan, the Mehsuds. The two men parted ways last year when Nazir forcefully evicted hundreds of Uzbek militants under Mehsud’s command. While Mehsud openly favors Uzbek militants, the Ahmadzai Wazir’s – Nazir’s tribe – have seen the foreign militants as a scourge that has brought unwanted bloodshed to Waziristan.

The new Nazir militia, promised to number 600, is expected to be more defensive than offensive, analysts say, protecting areas outside Wana from Mehsud’s forces. Mr. Yusufzai says the new deal is a sign of how desperate the military has become: “[Nazir] wants Taliban-style rule. [Giving him money and arms] “will destabilize the whole area.”

Of course, Mahmood Shad, the former Secretary of Security for NWFP, thinks it’s a lesser-of-two-evils choice. Color us skeptical: the success in Anbar has thus far not proven anything but temporary. What’s worse is, the two areas are not analogous. Waziristan has its own deep problems with both decades of locally-bred extremism (which was not the case in Iraq), and deep alienation with Islamabad (the antagonism toward the capital does not seem as concentrated in Anbar). This ignores the centuries of xenophobia, none of which can be overcome with some money and guns.

And Nazir? Really? Are allies in that short a supply? While Hassan seems positive on the model Nazir might represent, it is far from clear that propping up Pakistani Taliban against the Uzbeks, mythical Chechens, or even Arabs, is a sustainable strategy.

In short, while the idea certainly warrants exploration, it also warrants a great deal of thought about the what next. Mindlessly arming and supporting whomever fought a temporary enemy is what got us Osama bin Laden and the Taliban in the first place; repeating those mistakes without a careful consideration of how to handle both externalities and likely outcomes will only result in more bloodshed and tragedy down the line. Sadly, such consideration is unlikely from the U.S. government.


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Ajay Rathore January 16, 2008 at 6:06 am

CONTRADICTION IN HOLY QURAN

(Contradiction in creation of man)

15: 26. We created man from sounding clay, from mud moulded into shape;
16: 4. He has created man from a sperm-drop; and behold this same (man) becomes an open disputer!
96: 2. Created man, out of a (mere) clot of congealed blood:

(21:30 initially heaven and earth joined together and in 41:11 initially heaven and earth were separate)
21:30. Do not the Unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined together (as one unit of creation), before we clove them asunder? We made from water every living thing. Will they not then believe?
41: 11. Moreover He comprehended in His design the sky, and it had been (as) smoke: He said to it and to the earth: “Come ye together, willingly or unwillingly.” They said: “We do come (together), in willing obedience.”
(50:16. Allah is very near to man 11:7. he is on a throne)
50: 16. It was We Who created man, and We know what dark suggestions his soul makes to him: for We are nearer to him than (his) jugular vein.
11:7. He it is Who created the heavens and the earth in six Days – and His Throne was over the waters – that He might try you, which of you is best in conduct. But if thou wert to say to them, “Ye shall indeed be raised up after death”, the Unbelievers would be sure to say, “This is nothing but obvious sorcery!”

(7:54 Everything in six days 41:9-12. In eight days—earth in 2 days, mountains and other things requited in 4 days sky 2 days. Add the days and it will come to 8)
7: 54. Your Guardian-Lord is Allah, Who created the heavens and the earth in six days, and is firmly established on the throne (of authority): He draweth the night as a veil o’er the day, each seeking the other in rapid succession: He created the sun, the moon, and the stars, (all) governed by laws under His command. Is it not His to create and to govern? Blessed be Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds!
41: 9. Say: Is it that ye deny Him Who created the earth in two Days? And do ye join equals with Him? He is the Lord of (all) the Worlds.
10. He set on the (earth), mountains standing firm, high above it, and bestowed blessings on the earth, and measure therein all things to give them nourishment in due proportion, in four Days, in accordance with (the needs of) those who seek (Sustenance).
11. Moreover He comprehended in His design the sky, and it had been (as) smoke: He said to it and to the earth: “Come ye together, willingly or unwillingly.” They said: “We do come (together), in willing obedience.”
12. So He completed them as seven firmaments in two Days, and He assigned to each heaven its duty and command. And We adorned the lower heaven with lights, and (provided it) with guard. Such is the Decree of (Him) the Exalted in Might, Full of Knowledge.

(Who is the first muslim Abraham/Jacob,Moses or Mohammad)
2:132. And this was the legacy that Abraham left to his sons, and so did Jacob; “Oh my sons! Allah hath chosen the Faith for you; then die not except in the Faith of Islam.”
7:143. When Moses came to the place appointed by Us, and his Lord addressed him, He said: “O my Lord! show (Thyself) to me, that I may look upon thee.” Allah said: “By no means canst thou see Me (direct); But look upon the mount; if it abide in its place, then shalt thou see Me.” When his Lord manifested His glory on the Mount, He made it as dust. And Moses fell down in a swoon. When he recovered his senses he said: “Glory be to Thee! to Thee I turn in repentance, and I am the first to believe.”
39: 12. “And I am commanded to be the first of those who bow to Allah in Islam.”
(who requires whom as per 51:56 god requires man and jinn so he can be served and 35:15 man need god
51:56. I have only created Jinns and men, that they may serve Me.
35:15. O ye men! It is ye that have need of Allah. but Allah is the One Free of all wants, worthy of all praise

Glaring contradiction between the slokas
35:8 For Allah leaves to stray whom He wills, and guides whom He wills.
30:9 It was not Allah Who wronged them, but they wronged their own souls.

People of Aad destroyed in one day 54:19, 20 and several days 41:15,16
54:18. The ‘Ad (people) (too) rejected (Truth): then how terrible was My Penalty and My Warning?
54:19. For We sent against them a furious wind, on a Day of violent Disaster,

41:15. Now the ‘Ad behaved arrogantly through the land, against (all) truth and reason, and said: “Who is superior to us in strength?” What! did they not see that Allah, Who created them, was superior to them in strength? But they continued to reject Our Signs!

41:16. So We sent against them a furious Wind through days of disaster, that We might give them a taste of a Penalty of humiliation in this life; but the Penalty of a Hereafter will be more humiliating still: and they will find no help.

(Contradiction in Quran 4:78-everything from Allah and 4:79-good from Allah and evil from self.)
4:78. “Wherever ye are, death will find you out, even if ye are in towers built up strong and high!” If some good befalls them, they say, “This is from Allah.; but if evil, they say, “This is from thee” (O Prophet). Say: “All things are from Allah.” But what hath come to these people, that they fail to understand a single fact?
4:79. Whatever good, (O man!) happens to thee, is from Allah. but whatever evil happens to thee, is from thy (own) soul. and We have sent thee as an apostle to (instruct) mankind. And enough is Allah for a witness.

(Again a contradiction 2:256 says that there cannot be any compulsion in religion whereas 9:3 imposes grevious penalty on those who reject Allah)
2:256. Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error: whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks. And Allah heareth and knoweth all things.
9:3. And an announcement from Allah and His Messenger, to the people (assembled) on the day of the Great Pilgrimage,- that Allah and His Messenger dissolve (treaty) obligations with the Pagans. If then, ye repent, it were best for you; but if ye turn away, know ye that ye cannot frustrate Allah. And proclaim a grievous penalty to those who reject Faith.

lone scout January 16, 2008 at 4:03 pm

so if i understand u correctly.
ur saying if i dont allah allah akba to ya
you will toss a coupla Abombs my way eh!
just try it camel breath guy.
maybe a little naplam up ur keester will make u happy fellah!

unaha-closp January 21, 2008 at 7:11 am

Next – probably Nazir will be given an opportunity to change sides away from the Taliban to whatever the government prefers. But if Nazir does not then whoever next leads the Mehsud will likely be given assistance on the proviso that he fights as an anti-Taliban force, which he will want to do because he will be fighting against Nazir.

If the foreigners leave then the only real power is the Pakistani government and they can play the tribes against each other.

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