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PAKISTAN – Radical Sunni Islamists are now destroying female schools

PAKISTAN — Radical Sunni Islamists Are now Destroying Female Schools

By Lee Jay Walker
Tokyo Correspondent – THE SEOUL TIMES

Schoolgirls in Pakistan

Pakistan is currently in crisis because many parts of this nation are out of control and central forces can do little to stem the tide of hatred. For recently the Taliban and other radical Sunni Muslim organizations have warned young females from obtaining an education. This policy is not related to the government of Pakistan. Instead this barbaric policy is being introduced by radical Sunni Islamic forces who desire to rule by fear. Therefore, in the last few days at least five schools have been bombed by pro-Taliban forces. So how can Pakistan and other nations stop this barbaric threat from radical Sunni Islamic zealots?

Of course the political correct liberals in the West and the “well meaning” who try to excuse every crime committed by these fanatics, remain mainly silent when issues like this occur. Therefore, we hear so much about Guantanamo Bay but what about the dark forces of radical Sunni Islam, why don’t we get more information about this?

Yes, Guantanamo Bay can be questioned because of the violation of international law. Yet what about informing people about the brutal ideology of radical Sunni Islam? After all, they support the persecution of women, killing homosexuals, killing converts from Islam, stoning people to death for adultery, closing female schools, killing teachers who teach females, and many other barbaric and draconian measures.

Yet the political correct who were aghast by Guantanamo Bay, say very little about the reality of radical Sunni Islam. Therefore, today we are seeing a new wave of radical Sunni Islam in parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan once more. This means a new drive against women in order to maintain a firm male grip over society. However, the mass media, on the whole, appears to be asleep on this issue?

Therefore, in the early part of the 21st century we are witnessing a militant Sunni Islamic ideology which supports destroying schools which teach females, killing teachers who teach females, and other brutal beliefs. This is the mindset which is taking a firm hold in parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

To the followers of this radical Sunni Islamic ideology, they deem the killing of innocents and ruling by fear to be Godly. In their eyes it is right to humiliate and persecute women, Shia Muslims, kill converts who leave Sunni Islam, to chop hands and feet off for minor crimes, to stone women to death for adultery, and so forth. This ideology is similar to Nazism, it is about the destruction of all alternative thought patterns and it is based on ruling by fear.

This radical Sunni Islamic Sharia state would mean a return to an age of complete barbarity. If a political movement in any developed nation rose up like this, then all liberals and democrats would be aghast, however, many parts of the mass media are ignoring the reality of what radical Sunni Islam means. Therefore, without any major political desire, this problem will be left unchallenged and females will be the first victims and after them the rest will follow.

Given this, the government of Pakistan and outside nations must work closely together in order to support the most vulnerable in society. Pakistan also must close down all radical religious schools because these schools are breeding grounds for radical Islamists who indoctrinate very young people. Therefore, the “real war” must be the control of “education and welfare services.”

America and NATO are now bogged down in Afghanistan because Islamic Sunni militants can freely move between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Yet while the military is needed to prevent the Taliban from taking power; this policy must be more dimensional. Secular schools are needed and all welfare services must be taken over by both central governments. At the same time, all moderate Sunni religious leaders must work alongside the government in order to stop the next generation from being brainwashed.

Education and the welfare sector is the “real war” and the central governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan must be supported in these vital areas. The world must act and it must act alongside moderate forces within Afghanistan and Pakistan. If not, then this radical Sunni Islamic movement will threaten other societies and nations, for example Bangladesh, Indonesia, Nigeria, and others.

In modern day Afghanistan and Pakistan you have many people who face persecution. This applies to females who merely want to go to school, Shia Muslims who face enormous persecution, moderate Sunni Muslims, different sects within Islam, converts to Christianity or other faiths, and so forth. The NAZI style methodology of radical Sunni Islam is clearly very potent and just like in NAZI Germany, all alternative points of views are deemed to be punishable by death or other forms of coercion by the use of brute force.

If Afghanistan and Pakistan, alongside outside nations, can not protect females throughout all of society, then who can be protected from these dark forces? The battle ground is clear for all to see, it is about the control of the education sector and welfare sector. At the same time, internal corruption must be ended via genuine reforms and international financial support must be aimed at creating “a just society” and not just window dressing.

Of course this will not be easy, but the military option by itself is not viable and the same applies to maintaining the current status quo. Major institutions in both nations need to be changed alongside greater centralization where central power is very weak. Also, moderate Sunni Muslim clerics must come forward because radical Sunni Islam desires to destroy everything, including the diversity of Sunni Islam. The Taliban and other organizations desire a world where women are stoned to death for adultery and where women remain in the shadows; this radical ideology needs to be challenged by all forces which support humanity, if not, this crisis will grow and spread.

 

 

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USA — Obama Faces Major Internal and External Problems

USA — Obama Faces Major Internal and External Problems

By Lee Jay Walker
Tokyo Correspondent – THE SEOUL TIMES

 

Barack Obama

Barack Obama will soon take full control over the United States of America (USA) and all his grand visions and hopes will be tested to the full. However, given the current economic crisis and negative external problems, then can Obama implement real change? Or are the problems too complex to resolve given the seriousness of the situation?

It is abundantly clear that Obama faces many major problems and this applies to the economy of America, the global economy, international relations, social inequality in America, the health care service, and a host of other major problems. At the same time, resources are limited but expenditure is alarmingly high and the budget deficit just keeps on ticking. Therefore, the time for soundbites will soon come to an end and either “a new dawn” awaits or “the same dawn” will become a fresh reality?

In the field of international relations then it is clear that Afghanistan and Iraq will test Obama to the full because many questions remain to be answered. The war in Iraq, without doubt, is far from over because major tensions remain and terrorism is still a serious problem in this nation. However, in recent times the death count is clearly down and Iraqi security forces are taking control over their nation. Yet if America pulled-out, then a power struggle may emerge between Shia-Sunni factions, factions within both camps, ethnic divisions, and centralization policies may be dealt a serious blow. Also, radical Islam is waiting for breathing space, just like the Taliban waited in Afghanistan therefore Obama faces an uphill struggle to solve this complex problem.

Obama also knows that the situation in Afghanistan is very serious and he may take tougher decisions with regards to radicals holding out in parts of northern Pakistan? He certainly hinted that Pakistan was a serious problem and recent news states that America is thinking about a missile shield to be based in India. Therefore, with current tensions being on the increase between India and Pakistan, it is clear that Obama needs to think long and hard before upsetting the applecart. If he does decide to change direction then he must implement real change and not merely tinker because this region is very strategic and important given the nuclear dimension.

More closer to home, the issue of Hispanic immigration and drug cartels in Mexico spreading their influence in America is a real issue. This especially applies to frontline areas in parts of southern America. Also, given the current economic crisis in America and growing unemployment, then ethnic politics and tensions may increase. For many Americans, this is a real issue and Obama knows full well that ethnic politics is a growing factor in America and he needs to placate Americans who are worried about this issue. However, he also knows that he can not afford to alienate the Hispanic community therefore his policies must be both firm but offer something in return.

On the economic front, Obama faces a major struggle and 2009 will witness rising unemployment, industrial disputes, a growing budget deficit, housing crisis, and more failures in both the banking sector and other sectors. Obama warned about the severity of the situation during his speech at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He stated that “I don’t believe it’s too late to change course, but it will be if we don’t take dramatic action as soon as possible.” He further added that the ongoing crisis “could last for years” without major solutions being implemented.

However, it is clear that the USA will witness more pain and the economic package will add to America’s debt which is already very high. Of course he must introduce many new economic measures but it is easy to squander resources and he must think long and hard. Also, the car sector is in crisis and in the past this sector was “a black whole.” However, millions of Americans rely on this sector for jobs or have pensions from past work, therefore, this issue is very emotional. Yet is protectionism or state socialism via enormous investment the answer? Whatever Obama does, he certainly can not please everyone but it does appear that “big government” in this sector and the banking sector is on its way.

Other major issues also exist within America and outside of America. For example health care is a serious problem in America and the same applies to unemployment-insurance. Also, growing unemployment and housing problems means that social issues will burden the government. Therefore, poverty is clearly going to increase and this will lead to more government spending so taxation will become a hot issue.

In the international arena you have the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian crisis, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, and a host of other major problems including the Democratic Republic of Congo. Added to this is terrorism, delicate relations with the Russian Federation, the Korean Peninsula, and loss of power in South America. So it is clear that the road remains bumpy but this is not unique to the Obama administration but given the domestic crisis, then it appears to be magnified.

Overall, I believe that Obama’s first term is all about installing economic stability and focusing on areas which can be developed in the international arena. I think that Obama must focus on “soft international areas” which can be developed, notably improving relations with the Russian Federation. Yet major areas of crisis, for example Afghanistan, will be more complex because Islamic militants will see any weakness to be a victory for them. However, he may be more open to calming the North Korean issue because America desires to focus on a more limited area given the current economic and international climate.

Therefore, it would appear that Obama can not implement real change because the current economic situation is too severe. Also, events in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other ongoing areas, remain problematic and this will continue to be the case. The Obama mantra will therefore be on the backfoot from the start and a more pragmatic approach will follow. If Obama can survive the first term in office then you may witness real reforms in the second term if he is re-elected. However, for now, it is all about stabilizing the economy and being more open to the international community.

Lee Jay Walker
leejayteach@hotmail.com

 

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