Osama bin Laden in English

May 10, 2011 § 3 Comments

This is the tragedy of Pakistan. It has taken the government nearly two weeks to address the country about the nighttime American raid deep inside Pakistani territory that killed al-Qaeda’s chief, Osama bin Laden. And, when it finally did do so —after speaking to the American media– it did it in English. Start at 6:21:

The point is driven home by local coverage of the parliamentary speech by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani: The chyrons (text) are entirely in Urdu; the speech is entirely in English. It’s a visual depiction of the the alienation between the rulers and those they rule. It’s also a testament to the servile obsequiousness that has become the hallmark of our government vis-a-vis the Americans. For highlights of the speech, you can see this video.

All this, while the Army was putting out a contrary message: General Kayani called the American operation a “misadventure” and warned the Americans against such future escapades. This is the military that’s actually responsible for the massive incompetence or more likely, collusion, that kept bin Laden in Abbottabad.

Politicians of all stripes are calling for the resignation of the President and the Prime Minister with little said about what is actually the Army’s mess. This includes the former Foreign Minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi and cricketeer turned politician, Imran Khan. Will another civilian government be unable to complete its term? Is there a coup in the making? The Army is good at making lemonade out of lemons.

Finally, here’s a link roundup, in no particular order, on OBL:

Share your links and suggestions in the comments.


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§ 3 Responses to Osama bin Laden in English

  • sljamal says:

    the tragedy of this millennium is the suicide bomb attacks now on going (83 killed on may 12,2011)in the nwfp post obl, wherein the classic example of pushtoons killing pushtoons. isn’t this the height of stupidity &/or jhahiliyet???

    will some good samaritan/s hammer gumptions into these thick skins/skulls!!!


  • Putool says:

    Great sl, these guys are definitely blood thirsty conseit -ed rogues. Apparently expertise in destroying soft targets; as above country-wise. Nearer at home women and their advancement e.g.girls schools/colleges are their favorite targets to blow up at will.

    What they have done above in the death of 83 people in NWFP, majority of whom definitely are Pushtoonkhwas. when will good sense ever prevail with these bandits.

  • Putool says:

    Hi Progpak,

    I find the write-up of sl jamal vanished from this Blog. Since I wrote quoting sl jamal apparently, my above write-up of 14/05/11 looks pretty ridiculous from the word go “Great sl”.

    Hon’ble Sirs, these unhealthy vanishing acts in my poor opinion must invariably avoided e.g.like the Defense or ISI Budgets, if you know what I mean!!!

    Do keep smiling n have a nice day!

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