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(see note about Ambassador Zaeef below.)

U.S. ADMITS AL-QAEDA REGROUPING: New bombing not getting anywhere
Afghans tricked U.S. into Search for Mullah Omar in Baghran area
"A fool and his money are soon parted" (Pashtun proverb) working on U.S.

{In our next issue, as we continue eyewitness account of Pakistan, we'll have an interview with a top Islamic leader, Syed Munawar Hasan, interim Ameer of Jamaate Islami Pakistan.}

After the Tora Bora bombing spree, the U.S., led by Rumsefield and Stufflebeem, had assured the world that Al-Qaeda is "finished." Pakistani coup leader and self-appointed "president" Musharraf had declared that Osama might well be dead. Rumsfield ruminated that Osama is probably in a cave sealed up by bombs.

Then came the video from Osama, an Osama haggard from praying and fasting in Ramadan, in which he reported the U.S. bombing of a mosque in which Taraveeh prayers were going on. It was a slap in the face of those who said he was dead.

Even then Americans thought that the video might be a farewell message and nothing is left of Al-Qaeda.

Today, January 7, 2002, the U.S. finally admitted that Al-Qaeda is not only NOT finished but is actually trying to regroup on the Pakistan-Afghan border.

The U.S. reported a second day of severe bombing near Miran Shah on the Pakistan frontier. Looks like the U.S. was lured into bombing some old tanks and APCs and thought that it had struck an Al-Qaeda force.

Earlier on January 3, 2002, the U.S. media announced vociferously that Mullah Omar was about to be captured and his "surrender" was being negotiated. Four days later, Mullah Omar is nowhere to be found and the "surrender" negotiations were between Afghan tribes and a Taliban formation to end chances of mutual strife.

{"Surrender" in Pashtun terms means that one force decides not to fight for a certain high ground and allows the opposing force to take over. The "surrender" is that of a defensive position, not of men or weapons. Kandahar was "surrendered" to mullah Naqibullah, but the Taliban themselves did not surrender.}

Looks like the U.S. media have unknowingly absorbed some jokes put out by the Pashtuns. The media (be it CNN, MSNBC or FOX) have not yet realized that the Pashtuns are playing with them. One story is that "Mullah Omar escaped on a motorbike." The other one is that "both his legs are injured and he cannot walk without help." The dupes of these stories do not realize that the two stories are contradictory!

The final admission by the cut-throat Karzai clique in Kabul is that Mullah Omar was never in the Baghran area and Karzai really does not know where is the legendary mullah!

THE WILY PASHTUNS ARE PLAYING GAMES WITH THE CIA, putting out stories about Mullah Omar and Al-Qaeda sightings to make money. {Give me $10 and I'll take you to someone who can tell you about the mullah, says one wise guy. The second one says, give me a $100 dollars and I'll help you further. The third one says, give me $10,000 and I'll organize a force to go capture Mullah Omar and on and on it goes.}

The Pashtuns are beginning to understanding the Americans who think dollars and bombers is a winning combination. So the cynical mountain people take the dollars and tell the Americans to bomb an empty mountain range where "al-Qaeda are holed up."

{Remember that cartoon character, the dog who wants to catch the fox? The fox appears in disguise. The dog asks him: Where did he go? and the fox says: that-a-way, that-a-way, making the dog run around in circles. The CIA is that dog.}

As the Pashtuns say: A fool and his money are soon parted.
AFTER THREE MONTHS OF BOMBING, October 7 to January 7, the U.S. has captured neither Mullah Omar nor Osama nor al-Zawahiri. Now the U.S. admits that al-Qaeda is re-grouping IN AFGHANISTAN. As Mao, Ho Chi Minh and Guevara pointed out, if a guerilla force survives attack by an overwhelming conventional military power, it has WON strategically. The Muslim world has hardly started to fight. For Muslims, this is neither the end, nor the beginning of the end, but only the end of the beginning.
The U.S. has imprisoned (on a warship) the venerable Taliban ambassador Mullah Abdus Salam Zaeef as captive handed over by the KHAIN Musharraf regime. Handing over an ambassador to a third party is unheard of in the history of civilization. Musharref is getting involved in gross violation of basic decency. The Taliban are the friends of Pakisan. They never hurt the U.S. either. Such gross violations will simply lead to the invocation of the Islamic-Pashtun concept of BADAL or retaliation. The Pashtuns honor guests and ambassadors. Such treatment of an honored ambassador, respected throughout the Muslim world, is a blot on Muslim history.

2002-01-08 Tue 18:25ct