World View: Burma's Muslims Receive Training from Pakistan's Radicals

This morning's key headlines from

  • Bin Laden capture: Pakistan's greatest humiliation since 1971
  • Egypt in political chaos after morning massacre of Morsi supporters
  • Burma's Muslims receive training from Pakistan's radicals

Bin Laden capture: Pakistan's greatest humiliation since 1971

Osama bin Laden (file photo)
Osama bin Laden (file photo)

Pakistan's Abbottabad Commission has issued a scathing report on the U.S. capture of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on May 1, 2011. According to the report:

  • "The U.S. acted like a criminal thug."
  • Pakistan's government and military were responsible for "gross incompetence" over the fact that bin Laden was right there from 2002 to 2011, and nobody noticed.
  • In a "Government Implosion Syndrome," the commission found "culpable negligence and incompetence at almost all levels of government can more or less be conclusively established."
  • This was "a case of nothing less than a collective and sustained dereliction of duty by the political, military and intelligence leadership of the country."
The circumstances surrounding the capture of bin Laden is being described as the second greatest humiliation in the history of Pakistan, with the first being the loss of East Pakistan in a 1971 war, to become Bangladesh. The Commission concludes that the country's "political, military intelligence and bureaucratic leadership cannot be absolved of their responsibility for the state of governance, policy planning and policy implementation that eventually rendered this national failure almost inevitable," and calls on the leadership to formally apologize to the people of Pakistan for "their dereliction of duty."

It's hard for me to avoid comparing Pakistan's dereliction of duty with the dereliction of duty by the U.S. administration in refusing to investigate and prosecute bankers who purposely created tens of trillions of dollars in phony synthetic subprime mortgage-backed securities, and then sold them to investors as AAA rated, creating the the global financial crisis which is far from over. And today I was reminded that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner knew in 2008 that bankers were rigging Libor rates, and did nothing about it. Dereliction of duty seems to be a problem in many countries these days. Al-Jazeera and Commission Report (PDF)

Egypt in political chaos after morning massacre of Morsi supporters

A massacre of at 51 deaths and 435 injuries occurred early Monday morning in Cairo, Egypt, as a result of clashes between the army and supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi. Almost all of the casualties were the result of live fire by the army on demonstrators. Pro-Morsi activists claim that the live fire was completely unprovoked, but the army responds, with support from video and eyewitnesses, that Morsi supporters started firing first, and the army was defending itself.

If it was the intention of pro-Morsi activists to provoke an overreaction by the army, they certainly succeeded. The interim governing coalition has all but fallen apart, and some activists are calling for revenge attacks. Al-Ahram (Cairo) and Al-Ahram

Burma's Muslims receive training from Pakistan's radicals

Sunday's terror attack in India (see "8-Jul-13 World View -- Jihadists conduct revenge attack on Buddhist temple in India") is the first of an expected new wave of attacks provoked by atrocities committed by Buddhists against Muslims, especially Rohingyas, in the last year in Burma (Myanmar).

In recent months, radicalized Rohingyas have established links with Pakistan's Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terror group, and Rohingya Muslim radicals have received training at an LeT training camp, as well as in training camps in Bangladesh, near Burma's border. South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP)

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