Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Binocular Snapshot for 1/12/2011

LastDayWatchers as God curse of the Bush/Obama Administrations continues

Suicide bomber strikes in Kabul

"A suicide bomber riding a motorcycle blew up in Kabul on Wednesday morning, killing two Afghans and injuring at least 32 others, according to NATO and Afghan officials.

The rush-hour attack apparently targeted a busload of commuting Afghan intelligence officers. At least one member of the intelligence agency, known as the National Directorate of Security, was killed and others were wounded.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing, which occurred outside a hospital in western Kabul"

"Mohammad Zahir, director of the Criminal Investigations Department of Kabul Province, said the death toll could rise because some of the wounded were in critical condition"

Late Addiction

2 killed by car bombs in Baghdad, as Biden visits

"Iraqi officials say three explosions in the capital killed two people as Vice President Joe Biden meets with Iraqi leaders to discuss the U.S. troop exit.

Iraqi police officials said three mosques — two Sunni and one Shiite — were targeted by the roadside blasts Thursday morning. Eleven people were also wounded"

The extensions of terror will continue to expand

Suicide bomber kills 20 in Pakistan's northwest, Taliban claim attack

"The Pakistani Taliban claimed credit for today's deadly suicide attack on a police station in Pakistan's northwest.

A suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives into a local police station in the village of Norar, just outside of the city of Bannu in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. Six policemen and 14 civilians were reported killed in the attack, according to SAMAA.

Taliban spokesman Azam Tariq claimed that one of the group's suicide bombers carried out the attack to avenge US Predator airstrikes in Pakistan's tribal areas.

"We claim responsibility for this attack. We will continue such attacks unless the drone attacks are stopped"

Keep "watch" on the deterioration of the position & status of Israel (lost & found)

Hizballah Brings Down Lebanon's Government

"Even as Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri was meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington on Tuesday for urgent talks over the future of his government, Hizballah decided to pull the plug on that government and leave Hariri's status uncertain. Eleven ministers from the Shi'ite Islamist party and its allies resigned from the Cabinet and demanded the formation of a new government, leaving Hariri unable to govern.

The collapse of yet another fragile consensus government once again raises the specter of Lebanon's descending into a new cycle of sectarian violence — but it could also simply be a hardball negotiating tactic by Hizballah to cement its position and highlight the limited power of its enemies, including the U.S., to manage events in Lebanon.

The Hizballah walkout was prompted by the collapse of a deal brokered by Saudi Arabia and Syria"

"Political scientist Hilal Khashan said Washington had "vetoed" the Saudi-Syrian initiative"

(Because) the agreement between Saudi Arabia and Syria was blocked, we have seen a sell-off," said Louis Karam, senior investment adviser at Arab Finance Corporation"

"Immediately after his government was brought down, al-Hariri cut short his visit to the US to fly home"

The resignations, which were announced by Jubran Bassil, the energy minister, came as al-Hariri was in Washington meeting Barack Obama, the US president.

Bassil called on Michel Suleiman, the Lebanese president, to form a new government

"We view what happened today as a transparent effort by those forces inside Lebanon, as well as interests outside Lebanon, to subvert justice and undermine Lebanon's stability and progress," Clinton told a news conference in Doha"

"Gibran Bassil, the energy minister, said the decision was “constitutional and legal” and called for the creation of a new government “in order for it to perform its duties”

Lebanon’s 30-seat cabinet requires the resignation of 11 ministers to topple the government. The opposition share amounted to 10 ministers, but Adnan as-Sayyed, a minister of state who represents Michel Suleiman, the Lebanese president, also tendered his resignation"

"They want Hariri to enter the meeting with the US president as an ex-premier or as head of a caretaker government"

Hezbollah and its allies had timed the announcement of the government collapse to coincide with the premier's meeting with Obama at 1500 GMT

"But the real goal is to deal a moral blow to the United States"

Syria and Saudi Arabia have for months been attempting to mediate the crisis but their efforts have failed, with rival Lebanese camps accusing each other of blocking attempts at a compromise"

"The energy minister, Gebran Bassil, said Hariri must choose between "Beirut, or Washington, or Beirut and any other capital"

Both sides had traded regular barbs over loyalty"

"As soon as you…agree that your security fate and your actual physical fate, let alone your economic and social fate, is dependent on outside players whose interests may or may not coincide with your own, that’s an utter failure of the political system that we have"

Makdisi said it was clear that the United States did not see a Saudi-Syrian deal over Lebanon as in its own interests, though it was hard to see how this fitted in with the long-stalled confirmation this month of a U.S. ambassador to Damascus.

“Unfortunately many Lebanese don’t understand that Lebanon isn’t that important for the U.S.,” he added. “They wouldn’t think twice about keeping Lebanon on the rocks while they deal with other regional issues that are more important for them.”

The United States has strongly backed the tribunal, which is expected to issue draft indictments this month. Hezbollah, which denies any part in Hariri’s killing, wants Lebanon to cease all cooperation with the court, which it calls an “Israeli project.”

Cheering crowds have gathered in recent days to support the assassin who riddled the governor of Punjab with 26 bullets and to praise his attack — carried out in the name of the Prophet Muhammad — as an act of heroism

"To the surprise of many, chief among them have been Pakistan’s young lawyers, once seen as a force for democracy.

Their energetic campaign on behalf of the killer has caught the government flat-footed and dismayed friends and supporters of the slain politician, Salman Taseer, an outspoken proponent of liberalism who had challenged the nation’s strict blasphemy laws. It has also confused many in the broader public and observers abroad, who expected to see a firm state prosecution of the assassin.

Instead, before his court appearances, the lawyers showered rose petals over the confessed killer, Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, a member of an elite police group who had been assigned to guard the governor, but who instead turned his gun on him. They have now enthusiastically taken up his defense.

It may seem a stark turnabout for a group that just a few years ago looked like the vanguard of a democracy movement. They waged months of protests in 2007 and 2008 to challenge Pakistan’s military dictator after he unlawfully removed the chief justice.

But the lawyers’ stance is perhaps just the most glaring expression of what has become a deep generational divide tearing at the fabric of Pakistani society, and of the broad influence of religious conservatism — and even militancy — that now exists among the educated middle class.

They are often described as the Zia generation: Pakistanis who have come of age since the 1980s, when the military dictator, Gen. Mohammad Zia ul-Haq, began to promote Islam in public education and to use it as a political tool to unify this young and insecure nation.

Today, the forces he set loose have gained such strength that they threaten to overwhelm voices for tolerance in Pakistan’s feeble civilian government. They certainly present a nagging challenge for the United States"

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