Saturday, August 25, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
However, there are some things that I did start or wanted to start but never finished and this book is top of the list (the others being learning to play the guitar and taking classes for French)
Zen and the art of Motorcycle maintenance: There has never been a book that I started reading and left unfinished. Never. Heck, I even went through an entire Nancy Drew! But ZATAMM is the exception that proves the rule.
Believe me, I started this book 3-4 years ago and I still haven't finished it. It's just too boring, I cannot figure out what the author is trying to say! I kid you not, everytime I try to read it, 5 pages is the maximum before I am hit by sleep like a steam roller.
Cleaning the shelves today, I found this book again. It is sitting in front of me, taunting me, daring me to read it and I can't. It's too boring.
Oh wait.. It's 2 in the night, I should be asleep but I'm not. Heck of an excuse to read it! As for the guitar classes, they will have to wait but I will hopefully start french lessons this Saturday. Look out for future posts in French!
Bonnuit mes amis!
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Why is the world looking for Osama Bin Laden?
Well, the world isn't actually. It's mostly America and the ease with which he and his "colleagues" are shooting videos, they aren't doing a terribly good job of looking either. Unless, we talk about looking the other way!
Digging up some information on the web, it seems that the US isn't looking for Bin Laden in connection with 9/11 at all! Surprising, you would say?
Here is the REAL reason why they are looking for him:
"Usama Bin Laden is wanted in connection with the August 7, 1998, bombings of the United States Embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya. These attacks killed over 200 people."
So they want him for attacks which killed 200 people but not the one which killed just under 3,000 people? Baffling.
Here's the thing, in nearly 6 years since 9/11 we have not had one shred of evidence which linked Bin Laden or Al Qaeda to the attacks. Al Qaeda hasn't owned up to the attacks. It is simply been the US government that has been claiming Bin Laden's involvement, without proof.
I am not saying Bin Laden is a saint but this certainly is food for thought.
I don't know who the Chief of Propaganda at Al Qaeda is but he/she(?) clearly has misunderstood how things work in India so let me spell it out for him/her.
We don't care for your threats. Frankly, we don't even pay attention to it. Why? Because we have been battling terrorists and people have been dying because of that for far too long for us to be too worried about you. You are just another name on the long list we have.
When you say this attack will be bigger than 9/11, we are less than impressed. In terms of casualties 9/11 wasn't that big really. Total number of casualties including pilots and plane passengers was under 3,000.
In the past 10 years, in J&K alone, 40,000 people have lost their lives. That's an average of 4,000 per year in one state alone.
Then there is Punjab, the North east, the south and ofcourse, the preferred destinations - Mumbai and Delhi.
A very rough guesstimate would put official annual terror related fatalities at around 7,000-10,000.
So please don't go around telling us how you will kill thousands of people and expect us to shiver. We know what that tragedy is like. We have been fighting it for over a decade already.
And here's the funny bit. Al Qaeda's tape threatening India made less news (in India) than another recent tape threatening the US.
Bring it on.