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Forum: Middle East 05-03-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 35,701
Posted By Ray
One factor that should concern the US and Europe...

One factor that should concern the US and Europe is that the most of the oilfields are in the region from East Saudi Arabia, stretching to Iran.

Oil still is an important factor to strategic...
Forum: Central Asia 05-03-2015
Replies: 433
Views: 176,519
Posted By Ray
And of course, Crimea. East Ukraine hanging...

And of course, Crimea.

East Ukraine hanging in between.
Forum: South Asia 04-10-2015
Replies: 700
Views: 202,052
Posted By Ray
David, Symbols are not important in India. ...

David,

Symbols are not important in India.

The dispensation of law as per the criminal code, rules and procedure are.

In India is you are in prison, then you do not get the privileges of...
Forum: South Asia 04-04-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 31,483
Posted By Ray
Bill, The Indian Muslim and quite a...

Bill,



The Indian Muslim and quite a sizeable numbers of Bangladeshi Muslims are not of the same character of Arab Muslims.

But the majority of Pakistani Muslims claim to be of Arab descent,...
Forum: South Asia 02-27-2015
Replies: 139
Views: 98,302
Posted By Ray
I am sure they all knew. Hunting with the...

I am sure they all knew.

Hunting with the hounds and running with the hares.

Musharraf did a good job of it and so did the ISI,

Milked the US to keep afloat a failed Nation.
Forum: South Asia 12-19-2014
Replies: 505
Views: 274,112
Posted By Ray
A very analytical post by omarali50. worth...

A very analytical post by omarali50.

worth note.
Forum: South Asia 12-18-2014
Replies: 505
Views: 274,112
Posted By Ray
Is the indignation in Pakistan genuine and will...

Is the indignation in Pakistan genuine and will it last?

Sharif has said that there is no good Taliban.

But has he acted?

Hafeez Saeed the mastermind of the Mumbai carnage roams free even...
Forum: Asia-Pacific 11-17-2014
Replies: 76
Views: 54,126
Posted By Ray
US-China rivalry looms off Russia’s Far East borders

In the jockeying for the Pacific Rim, the shadow of Russia cannot be overlooked.

However, this makes interesting reading.



The author of this article is a Russian who is the director of the...
Forum: South Asia 11-08-2014
Replies: 113
Views: 84,966
Posted By Ray
Indo US relationship

After the collapse of USSR, India's relationship with the US, in quite a few fields, had blossomed and were being nurtured.

India clung to the Nehruvian socialism but it was the vision of Prime...
Forum: South Asia 09-21-2014
Replies: 203
Views: 106,153
Posted By Ray
Thanks. I wonder if ISIS will come to India...

Thanks.

I wonder if ISIS will come to India and if it will be successful.

That apart, check this...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 09-11-2014
Replies: 806
Views: 225,747
Posted By Ray
There to bring peace or guard Chinese interests?

There to bring peace or guard Chinese interests?
Forum: Strategic Compression 09-11-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 47,115
Posted By Ray
Unfortunately, the world remains aghast that the...

Unfortunately, the world remains aghast that the US does not exhibits any 'staying power'.

It is like - Nut, screws and bolts!
Forum: South Asia 09-11-2014
Replies: 203
Views: 106,153
Posted By Ray
One should not be too perturbed about this ISIS. ...

One should not be too perturbed about this ISIS.

After the demise of their Prophet, Islam converted from a Spiritual Islam to a Political Islam - meaning seeking who is the real inheritor of their...
Forum: South Asia 08-23-2014
Replies: 139
Views: 98,302
Posted By Ray
http://www.dawn.com/news/1127241/zardari-leaves-fo...

http://www.dawn.com/news/1127241/zardari-leaves-for-lahore-to-meet-nawaz


It appears that the two main political parties are joining shoulders so that democracy is not toppled by a 'soft coup'.
...
Forum: South Asia 08-22-2014
Replies: 139
Views: 98,302
Posted By Ray
Carl, Fighting to the End: The Pakistan Army's...

Carl,
Fighting to the End: The Pakistan Army's Way of War by C. Christine Fair is an interesting book to browse through.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjnrETPDuls
Forum: South Asia 08-21-2014
Replies: 139
Views: 98,302
Posted By Ray
That Islam is the engine that power Pakistan is...

That Islam is the engine that power Pakistan is best exemplified by the Pakistan Army motto:

Arabic:Iman, Taqwa, Jihad fi Sabilillah
A follower of none but Allah, The fear of Allah, Jihad for...
Forum: South Asia 08-20-2014
Replies: 139
Views: 98,302
Posted By Ray
Pakistan crisis puts army back in the driving seat

Pakistan once again has lived up to its reputation as the 'sick man of Asia'.

Once again, democracy is tottering and the Army is easing itself in the saddle, but this time in a more 'gentlemanly'...
Forum: Europe 08-16-2014
Replies: 4,772
Views: 605,858
Posted By Ray
Actually Obama has achieved this:

Actually Obama has achieved this:
Forum: Middle East 08-16-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 31,469
Posted By Ray
Washington Can’t Solve the Identity Crisis in Middle East Nations

Like the Missionaries of the past, the US cannot bring 'civilisation' to the world. It is time for the US to analyse their foreign policy and strategy so as to not spook the world by acting in haste...
Forum: Asia-Pacific 08-06-2014
Replies: 769
Views: 224,647
Posted By Ray
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.as...

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130610000067&cid=1101
Forum: Europe 07-18-2014
Replies: 253
Views: 76,148
Posted By Ray
Just curious as to who did it to MH 17? And...

Just curious as to who did it to MH 17?

And why were international flights overflying a war zone?

Being not involved, can I know the reality sans the hostility, disinformation, psy ops and...
Forum: South Asia 07-04-2014
Replies: 83
Views: 67,648
Posted By Ray
India is a secular country. If Kashmir goes,...

India is a secular country.

If Kashmir goes, thanks to vested interests and not solely Moslem, then there will be a bloodbath in India since none will stomach a Second Partition on religious...
Forum: South Asia 07-04-2014
Replies: 83
Views: 67,648
Posted By Ray
Kashmir is NOT one entity. It has the Valley...

Kashmir is NOT one entity.

It has the Valley - predominantly Sunni Muslim.

Leh - Buddhists, who want a separate State.

Kargil - Shias who hate the Sunnis of the Valley.

Jammu - Hindu.
Forum: Middle East 07-04-2014
Replies: 1,149
Views: 242,276
Posted By Ray
You all may think you understand the Muslim...

You all may think you understand the Muslim mindset and you maybe theoretical whizzes.

But like the Chinese, the Muslim are a proud lot and they are clear that the world belongs to them.

You...
Forum: Middle East 07-04-2014
Replies: 1,149
Views: 242,276
Posted By Ray
I would believe what you say. But the events...

I would believe what you say.

But the events confuse me.

You all are close to the event since you are in the US, some in contact with your think tanks and the Administration and many who have...
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