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  • Talmud 7:16 as Quoted by Rishon Rishon in 2004
    Qohelet Raba, 7:16

    אכזרי סוף שנעשה אכזרי במקום רחמן

    Kol mi shena`asa rahaman bimqom akhzari Sof shena`asa akhzari bimqom rahaman

    All who are made to be compassionate in the place of the cruel In the end are made to be cruel in the place of the compassionate.

    More colloquially translated: "Those who are kind to the cruel, in the end will be cruel to the kind."

    Online Source: http://www.rishon-rishon.com/archives/044412.php

  • Abraham Isaac Kook
    "The purely righteous do not complain about evil, rather they add justice.They do not complain about heresy, rather they add faith.They do not complain about ignorance, rather they add wisdom." From the pages of Arpilei Tohar.
  • Heinrich Heine
    "Where books are burned, in the end people will be burned." -- From Almansor: A Tragedy (1823).
  • Simon Wiesenthal
    Remark Made in the Ballroom of the Imperial Hotel, Vienna, Austria on the occasion of His 90th Birthday: "The Nazis are no more, but we are still here, singing and dancing."
  • Maimonides
    "Truth does not become more true if the whole world were to accept it; nor does it become less true if the whole world were to reject it."
  • Douglas Adams
    "Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?" Epigram appearing in the dedication of Richard Dawkins' The GOD Delusion.
  • Thucydides
    "The Nation that makes a great distinction between its scholars and its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools."
  • Milan Kundera
    "The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting."

Notes

  • Care to Read What I Read?

    I've embarked on a great reduction in privacy by bookmarking my web-based reading on the "delicious.com" utility. It may tip my hand as to what I have in mind for blogging, but the same may help friends and frenemies alike track my thinking: here is the URL:

    http://www.delicious.com/commart

  • Author's Wish Each Friday Night
    Shabbat Shalom. May our arguments be resolved through perceptive words and good deeds only; may we live another week helpful to one another in relative peace.
  • Photography: Prints & Services
    A gentle reminder: I'm in business as a producer of fine art prints and as a provider of shoot-for-fee services, including portraiture and weddings plus assigned photojournalism. My general location: intersection of I-70 and I-81; core camera system: Nikon; transportation: Mustang.

    Main web: www.communicating-arts.com

    E-Mail: jso@communicating-arts.com

    Also: as of 2011, I am building a photography print-on-demand presence at Fine Art AmericaM. This is the address:

    http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/james-oppenheim.html

    Effort in print-on-demand will not offset the production nor value of signed, limited edition prints made under my own hand. However, for very good convenience, price, and quality, print-on-demand may work out well for many fans and patrons.

  • Research Services

    If you're engaged in funded research in conflict analysis or other areas that may be addressed here and wish to engage my mind in your project, feel welcome to drop me a note at jso@communicating-arts.com.

Etcetera

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November 04, 2008

Comments

James

Moin Ansari--

It is good to meet you.

Regarding the trivial:

--The first and last lesson in writing I got from dear old (and departed) dad was, "You're an atrocious speller." I hope I've improved with age, but proper nouns still drive me nuts, and now and then a bit of phonetic invention (plus a typo or two) makes its way to the Internet.

--While I do write well, I do so only in English. Having taught English as a second language, I am aware of language-development difficulties both in growing up in bilingual households and in acquiring a second language as an adult. I don't think I could do it, and I admire everyone who can and has.

--I haven't used this blog to promote a community of like-minded URL's. As far as I'm concerned, there are no minds quite like mine, which might be a good thing, lol, but I resist also fixed association and with them related social and political duties and stances.

More substantial, off-hand:

1. These are the estimated figures I have for this year's U.S. contribution to Pakistan:

Source: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/pakaid.pdf (Congressional Research Service)

$57 million - Pakistani Defense Forces (training and equipment funding)

$55 million - Counternarcotics Funds

$255 million - Coalition Support Funds

$75 million - Frontier Corp

$298 million - Pakistani Defense Force Financing

$2 million - Military education

$22 million - International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement

$10 million - Nonproliferation, Anti-Terrorism, Demining, and Related

Total U.S. security-related financing for the defense of Pakistan: $774 million

$30 million - Child survival and health funding

$30 million - Development assistance

$347 million - Economic support

$42 million - Food Aid

$0 million - Human Rights and Democracy Funding (last year, the government claims to have spent $11 million in that category)

$0 Migration and Refugee Assistance (last year, the government claims to have spent $4 million in the category).

Allocation is one thing, of course, and both receipt and spending two others. A lot of people want the noted funds tracked and reported openly. Obama, in fact, may pick up some points by turning up contractor-fraud and other forms of misspending early in his yet-to-be-installed administration.

2. For many if not most Americans, Islam in an unknown and Pakistan even less known or understood--it's not an easy state for summarizing politics--so as we come around to discussing terrorism, less informed minds, to be polite, aggregate information and consequently misjudge their threats. I have not looked into Hindu-side terrorism, although it killed Ghandi, but I would like to and may do so soon. At the same time, I'm framing what I observe into two globalizing movements, with figures like Pervez Hoodbhoy producing through their lives and voices an international leadership community and others like the Shabaab in Somalia trying to wind the clocks back to a world in which they would have that same relevance but with a purpose that feeds back to their own aggrandizement through arms and the dispensing of punishments.

From time to time, I may report on other conflict, such as that in Kenya or Zimbabwe, and note where some processes, especially the conscious development of adversarial divisions to produce violence plays across cultures and religions.

3. On general principles: the "Grand Game" has got to go.

4. Incoherence in Pakistan's politics over time draws a variety of internal and external responses, none of which what a single good sentence can do: clarify, illuminate, and make good.

Smile.

Pakistan's in deep trouble today. I know that. I believe, however, that President Zardari's administration hasn't been installed long enough to determine whether he's going to redeem himself or line his pockets, or both, and then in what order, but I'm sure he has in mind a more intellectually and culturally spacious an Islamic state than that riding horses out of the mountains.

I have other business to get on to today, so this will have to do for now.

--Jim

Moin Ansari

Thank you for quoting me in your brilliant essay....it is literature.

Hook us up on your Blog Roll or as a link so that we can continue to feed your brilliance.

If you don't minds...its like advising Shakespeare...can we suggest a couple of things.

1) Bengalis should be spelt Bengalis and not "Ebngalis" (probably my typo got copied over!!)

2) The second point is a bit more nuanced..in the aftermath of 911...the US DOD calculated the loss to Pakistan was $20 Billion...the US gives Pakistan only $650 million per year...by US law half of it stays in the US, 25% is spent on administrative and logistics costs. The remaining 25% is given by the US Ambassador to his/her favorite US based NGO. Almost none of the aid actually reaches the poor or even the rich in Pakistan.

The other $5 billion is reimbursement for the use of 4 bases as well as logistical support for the supply chain that moves 80% of supplies from Karachi to Torkhum.

3) The current PPPP government calculated that Pakistan has spent about $35 billion on fighting the war for the US on the Durand Line. So the $5 Billion was pennies on the Dollar.

For all this...Pakistan gets "Do More" and India gets free reign to train and arm terrorists who cross the border from Afghanistan and rain terror on the civilians.

No thank you for Pakistan from the ingrates or the others who don't know. It is deja vu again. In the 80s 2 million Muslim kids were used as cannon fodder to bleed and destroy the USSR. They defeated the Soviets, and the evil empire imploded.

Kudos for Pakistan came in the form of a decade long embargo and a triple regime of sanctions...

...so much for the wisdom of the Pakistanis in choosing the USA over the USSR.

Oh! Yeah..here are two of my latest...which may provide fodder for your creativity...http://rupeenews.com/2008/11/11/new-obama-universe-indias-six-migraine-headaches/

and here is another...http://rupeenews.com/2008/11/11/trade-first-no-nonsense-banker-steers-pakistan-out-of-global-finance-crisis/

KEEP IN TOUCH..you really write well.

...and so its goes

Editor Rupee News
http://www.rupeenews.com
Moin Ansari

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