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1//Asia Times Online, Hong Kong--MILITANTS, MUSHARRAF CIRCLING  (The battle between Islamists and Taliban supporters and the pro-Western Pakistan government has intensified with the arrest of dozens of people in a massive crackdown in and around the federal capital, Islamabad.  This follows hard on the heels of the uncovering of a coup plot against President General Pervez Musharraf last week which resulted in over 40 people being arrested. Among these were al-Qaeda-linked personnel from the Air Weapon Complex [AWC] of Pakistan, a leading organization in the field of air-delivered weapons and systems. ... It is the latest showdown in and around Islamabad, though, that is of significance as the guns have suddenly been turned against the premier Islamic party of the country, the Jamaat-i-Islami [JI], and its ideological cousin, the Hizbul Mujahideen, the largest indigenous Kashmiri separatist militant outfit. ... Most important for the militants is that Musharraf not unleash any operation in the North Waziristan tribal area on the border with Afghanistan or in Pashin and Zhob (in southwestern Balochistan province). These areas are vital to the Taliban's winter strategy, in which it lays low, regroups and plans for the next spring offensive.  Only a few days remain before the end of Ramadan and heavy snows rule out any significant military action in the mountainous region that straddles Pakistan and Afghanistan.  That means, just a few days for either side to make a decisive move.)

Bush Will Send a Stern Message to North Korea About Exploding Nuclear Bombs by Attacking Iran, Which Doesn’t Have Any, And Other BuzzFlash Insights Into Bush Strategies Gleaned from "The Mad Hatter"

Thursday, 19 October 2006 08:42

Silencing of the Precocious Lambs?

MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

BuzzFlash,

One should never have to ask, "How low can Bush and his compatible comrades go?" because Bush and his administration took a dive and hit bottom before 911. Everything since that time is nothing more than added layers. Layer after layer, from the bottom up, of treasonous and criminal acts against this country, and so far, without any accountability. There is no standard because there has been no excellence to live up to in six long years.

MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

If a chalk blackboard is erased, does that mean that the message written didn't happen? If a tree falls in the woods, etc. When someone dies in Iraq without a witness ... still dead, still Bush's treasonous, illegal war/occupation. That's how unlawful this ruling is. Does this ruling apply to all of those who are serving in our prisons today ... when they die, are their records wiped clean? (I really doubt it.) This is one of the craziest examples of so-called justice in US law that I have ever heard of. Lay's death never changed anything. The only change was that he didn't have to go to jail for his crimes and didn't have to face his victims any longer, but his crimes are still there, whether some judge wants to erase them from the books, like Lay did Enron's money ... how poetic is that? And, the victims are still alive.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Brent Budowsky

Ernest Hemingway once advised young authors to write "one true sentence". Here is mine:

Michael Douglas playing the commander-in-chief in The American President, said "these are serious times, that demand serious people."

Thursday, 19 October 2006 06:49

BuzzFlash Mailbag for October 19, 2006

BUZZFLASH MAILBAG

Subject: New Song From Steve Conn

We think you might like this new song by Steve Conn. It's a compassionate attack on the current leadership of America.

It's funky and it's free.

VERSE-CASE SCENARIO

Ex-FDA Chief Pleads Guilty To Lying About Stock Investments

by Tony Peyser

Fines and jail time await Lester Crawford
The Food and Drug former director
He apologized and said he looks forward
To ripping off the private sector.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Paul Rogat Loeb

I've never been the kind of donor who gives matching grants. In fact I've never been a major donor at all, just someone who gives $25 here and $50 there to a bunch of causes I believe in, because that's what I can afford. So, I loved the Democratic National Committee email that invited me and other ordinary citizens to make modest online pledges, to be redeemed when new donors contributed. For a moment, I got to play Ford Foundation. And a woman in Knife River, Minnesota matched the $50 that I pledged on the DNC site. "I'm newly retired and uncertain about what I can actually afford to give," she emailed, "But the matching offer prompted me to respond despite that uncertainty. I agree with you that this regime must be stopped."

A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION

by Tom Wieliczka

How on earth can the Media corpSE actually be reporting or saying that the Iraq War has become, err, ahh, "A CIVIL WAR"???

How can that be?

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

"Anywhere from 50,000-650,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed in the last three and half years. Let that sink in for a second. That's a gigantic number. The human toll in Iraq has been unspeakable. And none of it had to happen. This was a war of choice. And it has been one of the worst choices ever made by a world leader." "Let that sink in for a second." Not speaking out, not denouncing George Bush's preemptive unnecessary war in Iraq, can only mean you agree with the horror Bush has created! My God, even 50,000 civilians dead cannot be justified, and 650,000 can never be written off as "collateral damage"!  

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