The world on leash

This world is increasingly getting ridiculous boisterous, two brats seating in unassailable places with the most powerful weapons, the world has ever seen 😩, both beyond and without control, both throwing bellicose tantrums in a world where diplomacy and sanction have turned ineffective. Oh boy! This is way different than dealing with those Arabian Knights like Saddam, Assad or Gaddafi’s.

Poor Monkey

This world is increasingly getting ridiculous boisterous, two brats seating in unassailable places with the most powerful weapons, the world has ever seen 😩, both beyond and without control, both throwing bellicose and boisterous ‘egomaniac’ tantrums in a world where diplomacy and sanction have turned ineffective. Oh boy! This is way different than dealing with those Arabian Knights like Saddam, Assad or Gaddafi’s.

Tracing the history of the wars that ravaged the civilization, at least to my gullible mind, those WW I/II or the cold war following those were dominated by intellect, rationale and a poisonous dose of one-upmanship and an attitude to dominate.

Those Arabian Knights!

Gradually, the scenario changed and we had those Arabian Knights and the wimpy guns misfiring in wrong direction for blowing our citadel. Now, as technology is maturing towards Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Predictive Analytics and driverless cars, i believe, we are getting entangled in the morasses of brats dealing with brats and the world watching helplessly.

Five course meal

This is not enough, not as tasty and succulent, let’s add some spice. Let’s add Islamic radicalism and little Islamophobia. How does it taste? Not yet there. Ok, let’s add little more Crimea and encroach some lost East Europe, does it sound good? Not yet. Hey, we have more stuff – every brat needs a nuclear gun. That audience is 😋 hungry waiting for the sizzling dishes. Not yet there. Let us add little Chinese hegemony, Hindu radical retaliation and Pakistani perjury. May be sprinkle a little recession, poverty, Ebola,  AIDS, mutinies, bellicosities. Oh get it ready now, the Tutsis have started killing the Hutus. Hey hey, hey, it is not yet ready, where are you taking those raw dishes? Why don’t you ravage the nature and make it a little warmer place, may be raise the thermostat by 2 degrees, break a little ice from those Antarctic shelves and chill until I deposit this in my Oh, … ummm…Swiss & Panama Account.

Guys, are you ready?

Those hungry mouths are now over 7.5 billion. Can we cook faster? Stop more succulence and give it as it is? They simply need food, not a five course meal.

Friends, this is democracy. Any objection?

Sun Zhu

The Irresponsible Idiot inside me

For generations now, news has been always sensational, something apart from the normal, something that evokes the irrational, tribal fear within us, something that needs immediate gratification to perplexing perpetual and often festering problems. Almost daily, we all fall prey to such follies, of not validating the truth behind such sensational messages; we get caught in with our own internal bias and become a proponent of that rumor. I too committed a faux pass by forwarding a message. Social Media Technology like WhatsUp may be new but forwarded messages is not a new phenomenon. We all have that instinct of contributing to the rumor mill by adding unvalidated views.

Our times are keenly watching radical Muslim onslaught and the reaction from their moderates. However, Islam is not the only religion displaying radical aggressiveness. We see that radical manifestation spreading gradually amongst other religions too. Views and perspectives are getting percolated and barriers and prejudices are being built. Humanity, and especially our next generation, is getting caught in polarizing views that are diametrically opposite. Biases are subjugated and getting percolated through these media and the real enemy is we, those users who are not validating information and adding forwards to rumor mills.

I have two questions to both the polar sides –

1. Irrespective of the content of either message or the ground realities, does it add to social harmony, stability and peace?

2. We all agree with our believe systems. But have we reached out and made attempts to understand how many agree with our polar views?

Religion is sacrosanct to Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, and Buddhist equally. However, while practicing our faith, we have purposefully chosen to interpret a selected meaning and introduced our own bias. Are these medieval biases helping us? Is there a need to revisit and decipher the message for humanity (and possibly expunge the old messages that tear us apart). We need an ideology to guide us through these trying and tormenting times, to stabilize the new norm of globalization, ideological conflict and technological evolution. However, while we are struggling to achieve that, let us behave responsibly by not forwarding any message that will deprive the community of harmony and peace. Let us not forward any sensational provocative news.

For generations now, news has been always sensational, something apart from the normal, something that evokes the irrational, tribal part within us, something that needs immediate gratification to perplexing perpetual problems. If I say a particular political or religious leader devoured a person say, another businessman or a slender gender, it immediately evokes that sense of interest. However, if I write another article on how the same person completed his job successfully, it is devoid of news.

We all are prone to such scandalous traps. This morning, I saw a WhatsApp message that talked how a Canadian Mayor refused to ban pork from school Canteen.  Since the message aligned with my own ideology, I forwarded that message to a select few, from mostly my own religion and a few Muslim friends whom I consider close and with whom I yearn to have this dialog (not to hurt their sentiments but to bridge the chasm of ideological differences by overtly expressing rather than behind the back passionate discussions.

My two Muslim brothers responded. One, whom I can call neo-liberal Abdul, a doctor by profession, based in UAE, another Aslam, a traditional mainstream based in US (names changed to anonymize identity). I am appending Abdul ‘s comments (the neo-liberal Muslim friend who is practicing as a Surgeon in UAE).

Abdul

Aslam, my friend from our small home town, now settled in US felt the message was a hoax and forwarded another message that supported the ban on pork.

Aslam

The above are two polar extremes, a version between two hardliners…

Almost daily, we all fall prey to such follies, of not validating the truth behind such sensational messages; we get caught in with our own internal bias and become a proponent of that rumor. I, however, have two questions to both the polar sides –

  1. How many believers agree with the other diametrically opposite polar extreme?
  2. Irrespective of the content of either message or ground realities, does it add to social harmony, stability and peace?

That’s the concern with identity – religion is far secondary in the notion of identity and humanity is caught in this unrelenting quagmire, neither polar side attempting to reach out to the other (and understanding what the others feel) and neither intending to move out of status quo… including you and I.

We feel our identity – as a nation, as an ethnic stalk, as a religion and a culture are superior to others.

We are so much wrapped and warped in this notion of self-prophesying truth that we rarely think of stepping out of the cocoon of self-serving identity calamity and ever venture out to seek truth.

Muslim Protest and Rallies

I have never seen a rally a Muslim terrorist bombed when San Bernardino, or Manchester or London Bridge. I have seen Muslims protesting against Trump’s ban on immigrants from six nations (of note, he did not ban Muslims from other 54 Muslim nations). The world is often surprised to see how Muslims flocked to protest Trump’s decision. I have no intent to politicize this issue but Muslims could have seen this issue independent of Trumps background and perspective. They could have asked a simple question –

  1. Has he banned all the immigrants from all the 60 Muslim nations?
  2. What’s wrong in banning immigrants from strive torn nation sending people prone for violence? Are we not screening and doing background check (in a granular way to validate the same intent)?

Agreed Palestine-Israel issue is perpetually hot, agreed India-Pakistan border skirmishes are unrelenting but when will Muslim rise in opposing any incidence of violence, be it San Bernardino, London Bridge or the concert at Manchester?

No one can be spared for violence or perpetuating violence directly or indirectly but those who stand muted to violence, especially to their own brethren’s, commit bigger atrocities by tacitly encouraging such phenomenon.  It is easy to assume Muslims are only responsible for such aggressive behavior. Not true, radicalism is on the rise in India too and India is not an exception. We see pockets of radical outbursts gradually expanding and confluencing.

Mumbai Muslims are iconoclast

If Muslims are responsible, so are others who are following the same path of aggressive assertion. Why can’t we oppose our own son who does a wrong? When we oppose our son doing a wrong, the message is beyond moral, it enshrines our faith in humanity and it emboldens our own values and virtues. I admire Mumbai Muslims, who refused a burial ground to Ajmal Kasab or the mother of the London Bridge bomber, who said, she will devote her life to find how much extremism has infiltrated her society and how best to stop.

Fighting over Cow Slaughter and Pork Ban

In India banning cow slaughter in in vogue right now.  We have forgotten that India belongs to its people, we have also forgotten that it is respecting cow is a vestige of a transition to an agrarian society. Of course, she serves multitudes of reasons, foremost amongst those her status of being at the epicenter of an entire utility world we created cow being at the center of this agrarian ecosystem. Do we really need to ban cow and stop eating beef? Do we truly want to impose our ideology on the minority, who practice different religious belief? A solution for cow proponents – those who vehemently oppose beef ban, can buy all those old cows marked for beef and protect them at quarantine with their money. Protecting them with personal donation will offer two fold advantages – a feeling of piousness and the ultimate service towards cows.

Is it right to ban pork from a multicultural multiethnic school canteen? Are we opposing inclusiveness? Where are we heading? It is a number game. If we are a majority, we want to dominate. We want our will to flourish over others.

Religion for the Global World

Protecting cow or pork ban was perfectly fine in a small compartmentalized old world. With globalization, technological innovation and evolution, we need to evolve with distinctly different ideologies that would support harmony and peace to coexist humanity and assimilate and adopt to the newer challenges of homogenized world.

Do we ban WhatsUp or Twitter or Facebook?

Certainly not! I need a religion that guides humanity to see above ourselves, an ideology that offers a perspective to see a diverse perspective other than ours, an ability to withstand criticism, and an ability to accept that diversity with sagacity. . If we are wrong, we should have the audacity to admit, unwavering support to wrong will never espouse the cause of humanity. We need a religion that will enlighten us from advocating such rumors, an ability to validate the information I receive, and think through (about humanity) before forwarding.

 

Donate for Tornado Affected

In the last few days that I have been talking with my family friends and professional circle and I got a deep realization that, that benevolence, that kindness is deep within you all. I am no exception. You all feel so strongly for the cause of those affected.

It bonds us when we stand together in times of crisis, when we share the pain and pathos, when we lend a hand to get them back to life. None of those whom I approached declined to help. Everyone I turned towards for getting this help is equally motivated and supportive towards those affected. Time is of essence and those who have lost the roof over their head don’t have a holiday, weekdays and weekends sound same to those distraught.

Canton and a swath of East Texas were hit by Tornado on April 29, 2017. As per one government estimate, almost 5200 addresses were significantly damaged or affected. Many amongst these were those who are economically deprived and never had any coverage – home or auto. Looking at the plight, it is natural desire to help these victims. While the local and state government are doing their best, it is utmost important that, we citizen/residents who are not affected share their pain and plight.

Roof blown away

Roof Gone

It bonds us when we stand together in times of crisis, when we share the pain and pathos, when we lend a hand to get them back to life. None of those whom I approached declined to help. Everyone I turned towards for getting this help is equally motivated and supportive towards those affected. Time is of essence and those who have lost the roof over their head don’t have a holiday, weekdays and weekends sound same to those distraught.

No Home left Behind

No Home Left Behind.png

In the last few days that I have been talking with my family friends and professional circle and I got a deep realization that, that benevolence, that kindness is deep within you all. I am no exception. You all feel so strongly for the cause of those affected.

Trust me, you will be amazed how strong that feeling resides within each of us and when you approach your network, you will be surprised to see those deeply embedded humane feelings, that aptitude to help someone not related to us.

Together we can, small contributions help

Can you pledge an amount for those affected? Only 5% of that amount should come directly from your pocket, the remainder should be from your network of family, friends and profession.

  • You pledge an amount, say $200
    • Only 5% donated you
    • 95% from your network
  • Please ask your family members, friends and professionals to pledge additionally and create their own network of donors
  • Money goes directly to the City of Canton, no intermediate handling of the donations
    • VZCtornadorelieffund2017
    • The above account is set up by the Van Zandt County for the Tornado affected victims
  • You only collate the names of those donors and the amount they donated
  • Donors can contact Commissioner s Office to validate the cause and the account details on below address –
    • Susan Strickland, Secretary to the Commissioner’s Office, Van Zandt County, Texas
    • Commissioners office can be reached out on 903 567 2166
    • You may Google and reach their office

Those without a roof on their head have no Saturday or Sunday, Night and Day are same for them. Please don’t wait, do it as a priority and do it before you forget. This world exists with the benevolence of us all.

Thank you,

Ash Heda

PS: If you have a question, please reach me on my cell (972 345 0508) or email (ash1201@gmail.com)

Faces of destruction – news and images, ‘Tornado Ravaged Van Zandt County’, April 29, 2017 –

Rebuilding Canton and vicinity: http://wp.me/p7XEWW-RL

Officer Ron Duke’s Story: http://wp.me/p7XEWW-So

Campaign launched –

Deeper Discount to Tornado affected – http://wp.me/p7XEWW-SR

Petition on Change.Org for Discounted Material

National Weather Service Ranks East Texas Tornado

Surviving the Storm: Life After East Texas Tornadoes

Canton Car Dealership takes a direct hit

10 Dead, Dozens Hurt After Tornadoes Hit Texas, South

Fruitvale Church Puts Their Faith To Action Cleaning Up

Tornados rip through Canton, Van Zandt County, killing at least four and injuring dozens

 

Officer Ron Duke’s Story in his own words

As I was walking out to my shop, I heard the unmistakable sound of a freight train coming. Since there is no train service around my house, I knew that this was it. I went back into the house and I got everybody in back hallway. We grabbed some pillows, held on to each other and started to pray. The noise in the house grew and then the house was shaking. There was banging, as debris struck the house and then we heard the breaking of glass.

What is so terrifying is not knowing if the intensity of the storm hitting the house is going to get worse and rip the house apart, of if this is as bad as it will get. When it finally stops, you wonder if this is just the eye of the storm, or
if it is finally over.

Ron Duke 03b Aerial

Preface from Ash Heda –

On April 29, 2017 four tornadoes hit Canton, Texas. Five people lost their lives, according to one official account, almost 5000 addresses are affected. Several people lost their precious (and in few cases only) belongings. These tornadoes devastated their lives. Ron Duke, my neighbor in Canton, Texas almost had a near death experience. He is a brave police officer and has seen several calamities but none was as horrifying and of this magnitude. Below, please Ron’s story in his own words with graphic details of the incidence when the tornado swept their home where his entire family was having their supper. (I urge readers to visit the ‘Gofundme’ link and help the Duke’s rebuild their life).

Officer Ron Duke below –

(I attached 2 pictures of my son’s house and car, home phone service is still spotty so email or text is the best way to contact us.)

On Sat, 04-29-17, at about 1800 hrs. (6pm) I was at my house, getting ready to eat dinner.

My wife, my 18 yr. son, Joshua, my 16 yr. daughter, along with her highschool friend, Brice, my oldest son Justin, and Justin’s wife, were all at my house.  Justin, who is a full time firefighter/ paramedic with Arlington, and also works part time for Canton Fire Department, was in my shop, working his side job, to refurbish and sell emergency vehicle lights.  At about this time, the warnings started to come in about a severe storm in SW Van Zandt County.  I got my police radio and monitored the emergency traffic.  I heard that a tornado struck an area, 10-15 miles SW of my house and that it had caused severe damage.  Off duty officers were being called in to assist with the emergency.  I went and got my police uniform on and my youngest son, Josh, said he wanted to come and help with search and rescue.  Justin left our house to head to the Canton FD and I went out to the shed to get some extra firefighting bunker gear, so that Josh and I would have some extra protection.

How injured neighbors helped each other – To hear KLTV Clip, click Here

As I was walking out to my shop, I heard the unmistakable sound of a freight train coming.  Since there is no train service around my house, I knew that this was it. I went back into the house and I got everybody in back hallway.  We grabbed some pillows, held on to each other and started to pray.  The noise in the house grew and then the house was shaking.  There was banging, as debris struck the house and then we heard the breaking of glass.  What is so terrifying is not knowing if the intensity of the storm hitting the house is going to get worse and rip the house apart, of if this is as bad as it will get.  When it finally stops, you wonder if this is just the eye of the storm, or
if it is finally over.

We waited a little bit and then came out of the hallway.  We found that about half the shingles on our roof were damaged/ missing, some bricks were knocked out of a wall and several windows were broken.  My house is (now, was) surrounded by large trees.

Justin's Car

My son Justin, as he was driving to the Canton FD, looked in his rear view mirror and saw the tornado hit our house.  He came back to help us.  Many of these trees were knocked down, limbs everywhere, electric lines and poles down.  All of our vehicles were trapped by the downed trees and such, so I texted a neighbor, Eric Whitaker.  Eric and his son, Gavin quickly came with a tractor.  Eric cleared away everything, so we could get out of the driveway.  As we were clearing away the limbs, some of the Canton FD crew notified my son Justin, that his house, on Hw 198, was gone.

(More on Justin and Aerial Duke’s story, click the link here http://www.kltv.com/story/35399022/newlyweds-reunited-with-wedding-ring-lost-in-tornado-debris)

We realized that there was nothing we could do at my place for the night, so we headed over to Justin’s house.  The closer we got to his house, the worse the damage was.  When we got to the address of Justin’s house, we saw that it was truly gone.  Nothing left but some of the foundation.  His car was picked up and destroyed and the 40 foot shipping container, where store extra inventory, was missing.  (The completely smashed container was located the next day, about 1 mile away.)

My wife, daughter, and the friend then went to a friend’s house in Edgewood, where they had power.  Ariel and Justin went to Ariel’s’ parents’ house and Joshua and I went to the Canton command post.  EMS was staging at the Canton HS band hall.  We stayed there was awhile and then Josh went to the TX DOT location to assist in search and rescue.  I went to the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office to see if I could help, but they had things under control there.  I decided to go to my house and sleep in my car. I was concerned with thieves.  While I was at home, two guys in a pickup truck drove up.  I stopped and challenged them and they claimed, “we heard the fire dept. needed some help with cutting trees, with chain saws.”  I told them wrong location and the left.

After a long, cold and uncomfortable night in my car, we started on my house first thing Sunday.  Many, many people showed up to help.  Friends, neighbors, friends of friends, strangers, all came out to help.  We got my entire house roof covered with tarping and we got and removed a HUGE amount of debris.  Sunday was a long day, but a protective day. What we are now working on is to place into storage tubs, the contents of my 40 x 80 shed.  I have many, many shelves of books, so it will be a task.

Please continue to pray for the families of those who have been injured, lost homes and property and especially, those that have lost loved ones.

https://www.gofundme.com/3pv7amo

Thank you.

“This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.”

Psalm 91:2

http://www.click2houston.com/news/survivors-recount-moments-living-through-at-least-three-tornadoes-rip-through-east-texas

(at about the 1:52 mark, you can see the Sides Pea Farm, which was across the street from my place)

http://www.click2houston.com/news/survivors-recount-moments-living-through-at-least-three-tornadoes-rip-through-east-texas

http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/texas-news/raw-unedited-rescue-dear-jesus-please-let-this-b
aby-breath/435461265

http://www.kltv.com/story/35286838/national-weather-service-4-confirmed-tornadoes-hit-east-texas-survey-could-take-days

http://www.kltv.com/clip/13289725/raw-tornado-tears-through-texas

Ron Duke
Canton, TX

Rebuilding Canton and Vicinity

On April 29, 2017 four tornadoes ripped apart several homes in Canton, Texas and caused five fatalities, grievously devastating (as always) especially those economically deprived.

As Immigrants, we should take this opportunity to help and establish that connect with the heart of the countryside. When we stand by their pain and identify with them, we share sentiments and solidarity and establish a connect. Initiatives such as this, will also helps us to bridge that gap and prevent those isolated incidences of violence against Asian Indians, and Immigrant community in general.

I request you all to contribute physically and monetarily towards the effort in rebuilding Canton and its vicinity. Please share this within your family, friends and professional circle.

This is time sensitive and being there at the time of need is utmost important. Please read complete article on http://wp.me/p7XEWW-RL

Canton Courtsey DallasNews

Four Tornadoes rip a small town

At least 4 tornadoes touched down yesterday (April 29, 2017) in Canton Texas, a small town in East Texas with a population of 3578 and an average income of $40,000 per household. Canton and its vicinity were ripped apart by these four tornadoes. Four people lost their lives and several lives are devastated with the loss of their only dwelling including their automobiles.

According to KXAS-NBC5 TV, the tornado that struck Canton was up to a half-mile wide as it ripped a 40-mile path along, also striking Fruitvale and Emory (KXAS). Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the damage was “devastating” during a news conference with local officials Sunday afternoon. “You saw homes and other buildings that were incompletely flattened, as well as others that were nothing more than rubble,” he said, adding that he saw “large swath after large swath of devastation.” Power was knocked down and according to estimates; it may take 10-14 days to resume power.

An Opportunity to give

As immigrants, we have this opportunity to do for these local people who are affected because of catastrophe. When any catastrophe strikes, we tend to gravitate towards India or the place where we come from. However, we have to develop a special connection with our adopted land or country. Crisis such as this will offer the locals understand our philanthropy, culture and our shared sentiments during times of their pain.

In an interview with NBC News over the phone, Governor Abbott has suggested, rather than giving clothes etc., people can donate money to those affected by the storm. We all should contribute towards these efforts. Contribution can be helping the cleanup efforts, working towards rebuilding efforts and doing anything that will get their lives on track.

Time to act, time to connect

As a first step, I reached out to my farm neighbors (In Canton) and people who work with me in Canton. One of those was Keith (second name not disclosed). His father is on oxygen due to long standing emphysema. Power outage has forced Keith to buy a generator and Keith cannot afford that. I bought one to be loaned to him until power is restored.

Tomorrow (May 1, 2017), I will be driving to Canton and taking a first-hand account of the devastation. I will get to know how many are affected and what best can be done to help them.  In the interim, we all can contribute efforts, funds and material. Funds would be either channelized through Government Agency such as USDA’s Rural Development or local Churches. As always, I will make my best efforts in bringing transparency and visibility on the funds and their utilization.

Updates from Canton – Officer Ron Duke’s Spine Chilling Story in his own words  (http://wp.me/p7XEWW-So)

Activities that can be covered (not an exhaustive list) are

Short Term: Life Saving and Immediate Needs

  1. Addressing any immediate health needs (such as Keith’s father)
  2. Rebuilding homes (material expenses)
  3. Food and Water supply during rebuilding
  4. Other household items

Mid/Long Term – Enabling those affected back to work

  1. Financial assistance for reestablishing work
  2. Financial assistance for establishing mobility

In my personal discussion with several folks within our Indian and Asian diaspora, specifically from the Information Technology and those owning Businesses, have offered help. We have formed a small committee and are directing the efforts through these folks, you may assist them with their specific activities. As of this writing (Sunday April 30, 2017), since this happened on Saturday April 29, we still are working on a formal structure to direct this help. Updates will be provided as those are available as an addendum to this paragraph.

A story of Urban-Rural Divide

Coincidently, Canton is also a place where we have our farm/ranch. Canton is a place which has got me closer to the heart of America. It is this place which opened my perspective on America. Urban US are different from countryside and it is this place that opened the doors for me towards the countryside. Unlike urban people, who are matter of fact and business like, countryside offers the charm of connecting with people and understanding their culture and values. I was surprised, unlike what we hear back in India and abroad, these people are very warm, receptive and hold the same cultural values as we all do. This is the place for my connection with real America.

Selected News Reports on April 29 tornadoes

National Weather Service Ranks East Texas Tornado

Surviving the Storm: Life After East Texas Tornadoes

Canton Car Dealership takes a direct hit

10 Dead, Dozens Hurt After Tornadoes Hit Texas, South

Fruitvale Church Puts Their Faith To Action Cleaning Up

Tornados rip through Canton, Van Zandt County, killing at least four and injuring dozens

 The Story of Canton and Van Zandt County.

It is a small town with population of 3578 and an average family income of $40,000 per annum. An interesting story of Canton can be found on Wikipedia. Canton is the county seat for Van Zandt County (district), most famous for its First Monday Trade Day, a flea market or Trade Fair that started in 1850. The flea market attracts local artisans, business and farmers from across East and South Texas, Southern Oklahoma, Arkansas and has approximately 100,000 businesses transact trade. Other places in the vicinity, such as Edom and Ben Wheeler are famous its red soil and tomatoes, grand Saline for its Morton Salt quarries and Van for its 50 year old oil Rigs.

Visit First Monday Trade Days. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Monday_Trade_Days

 

Implosions in Pakistan

Terrorism is Pakistan is fast spreading and engulfing the nation as never before. The worst part is innocents – kids, ladies and elderly fatalities that often leave brutal consequences of exponentially rising orphans and no caretakers and humungous misery lasting for generations.

Often, it brings a moot point to the fore, ‘Pakistan is Imploding’, from its home grown radicalism and fanning terrorism. It is time, this menace be stopped with a multipronged approach. It is a nation in turmoil and the global community need to help and guide the destiny of those innocents.

Its truly sad to see innocents die. As a phenomenon, I feel concerned how long this implosions will last. Sincerely speaking, we ought to help Pak stymie terrorism and usher into an era of prosperity, since that’s one major way to stifle internal strife. However, simply providing economic opportunities won’t suffice to contain this phenomenon, religious leaders ought to drive towards more openness and rational resolution rather than aggressive suppression. While doing so, Pakistan itself has to distance religion from military establishment. This is a classic example where religion and military make an ideal milieu for aggression and ruthlessness. We still have Turkey with its brand of Islam. They are not aggressive like Pakistan, Sudan, Saudi Arabia?

https://www.rt.com/news/382942-pakistan-mosque-explosion-attack/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/pakistan-shrine-sufi-killings_us_58e10aa3e4b0b3918c8434e5

Also read, …a broken promise or grand deception  http://wp.me/p7XEWW-Oo