The VIPs Khan Won’t Talk About

I guess our nation has a very short memory.

Lone Pakistani Liberal

Frankly, I was thrilled with the recent incident where VIP politicians were booted off a PIA flight for causing a needless delay. But there’s another VIP culture we rarely like to talk about, because it’s far too dangerous and politically complicated to do so.

Democracy is a system cherished by people-pleasers, and despised by forces that can’t acquire votes. It is in their interest to sow among the public, the seeds of mistrust towards the democratic politicians; not that the politicians usually make that task difficult! Attacking a politician wins you easy approval.

They say top Pakistani politicians are “above the law”; unimpeachable and incapable of being punished for crimes that others readily get fined and jailed for. It’s true to a large extent, although…

– Yousuf Raza Gillani did spend about 6 years in jail
– and Zardari spent 8
– before his wife was assassinated running a political campaign of her own (her…

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Martyrs of Gaza vs Karbala

In the book Did Muhammad Exist by Robert Spencer there is a graffito found in Karbala dating 64 AH or ~683 AD invoking the name of Allah Gabriel Michael and Israfil the Angels but conspicuously the name Muhammad is missing and any other trace of Islam despite the fact that the battle of Karbala happened in 61 AH or ~680 AD where the Muslims (in particular Shias) write that Hussain grandson of Muhammad was martyred along with his 72 companions (although some say the martyrs list is close to ~130). The battle took place between the small band of Hussain’s army and the Caliph Yazeed which numbered in thousands. The only reason why the graffito does not mention Muhammad is because this battle did not happen.
Now what does that have to do with the martyrs of Gaza. Well it just so happens that this region of Middle East was full of Christian martyrs story beginning with the 60 martyrs of Gaza that happened in the 632 AD Seeing Islam As Others Saw It by Robert G. Hoyland. And from this point onwards there are more such martyrs stories told by latter generations.
What’s common in the two events is that the writers of both events wrote them +200 years after the event took place making the case that Christians used to narrate martyrs tale to the Christians as a propaganda tool which the Muslims copied from the Christians and made a Muslim martyr’s tale as a propaganda for the Muslims.
I am surprised no one has seen this connection and hope some one writes about how Muslims took from Jews and Christians and even co-opted their tradition and local history

Future of God debate

Just watched a debate Sam Harris and Michael Shermer vs Deepak Chopra and Jean
Deepak Chopra made a point saying that what he is talking about is akin to telling the medieval people about the modern science however after praising the scientific method he went on to violating the very scientific way by proposing a hypothesis without telling what could disprove his hypothesis
Secondly I find it hilarious when people call other arrogant or whatever and I just had Carl Jung in the back of my mind and his idea of the dark side. We humans are only capable of seeing in others what we are ourself meaning if you think some one is a generous person it’s really your hidden self that you have recognised (provided you are not parroting someone else’s saying) so anytime Deepak Chopra attacked the other persons character in my mind he was only saying what he really was.
So that’s my two cents of the day

“The concept of ‘good’ (and therefore of ‘bad’) is only relevant to living entities. Since stones or molecules have no goals or purposes, any idea of what might be ‘good’ for a molecule or stone would properly be considered bizarre. But what might be ‘good’ for an elm tree or a dog makes a great deal of sense: specifically, ‘the good’ is whatever conduces to the life and the flourishing of the living entity. The ‘bad’ is whatever injures such an entity’s life or prosperity. Thus, it is possible to develop an ‘elm tree ethics’ by discovering the best conditions: soil, sunshine, climate, etc., for the growth and sustenance of elm trees; and by trying to avoid conditions deemed ‘bad’ for elm trees: elm blight, excessive drought, etc. A similar set of ethical properties can be worked out for various breeds of animals”

Excerpt From: Murray N. Rothbard. “An Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought.” The Ludwig von Mises Institute.