You have to stand guard over the development and maintenance of democracy, social justice and the equality of mankind in your own native soil. [Mohammed Ali Jinnah]

Friday, November 16, 2007

Advantage of Cowardice by Bertrand Russel

[Old but still relevant, You'll find yourself siding with last two lines of Russell, hopefully..... aZ]

During the French Revolution, when the Reign of Terror came to an end, it was found that no one was left alive among the politicians except prudent cowards who had changed their opinions quickly enough to keep their heads on their shoulders. The result was twenty years of military glory, because there was no one left among the politicians with sufficient courage to keep the generals in order. The French Revolution was an exceptional time, but wherever organisation exists cowardice will be found more advantageous than courage. Of the men at the head of businesses, schools and lunatic asylums, and the like, nine out of ten will prefer the supple lickspittle to the outspoken man of independent judgement. In politics it is necessary to profess the party programme and flatter the leaders; in the navy it is necessary to profess antiquated views on naval strategy; in the army it is necessary to maintain a mediaeval outlook on everything; in journalism wage slaves have to use their brains to give expression to the opinions of millionaires; in education professors lose their jobs if they do not respect the prejudices of the illiterate.

The result of this state of affairs is that in practically every walk of life the men who come to the top have served a long apprenticeship in cowardice, while the honest and courageous have to be sought for in workhouses and prisons. Is this regrettable?

The modern world, owing to industrialism, requires social co-operation more than it was required in any earlier stage in the world's history. Now there are three reasons for which you may co-operate with a man: Because you love him and because you fear him, or because you hope to share the swag. These three motives are of differing importance in different regions of human co-operation: The first governs procreation, and the third governs politics. But the ordinary everyday business of government, whether in the state or in any other social institution, depends upon fear. A collection of fearless men would be ungovernable. The Vikings were men whom the King of Norway found ungovernable; They left Norway because they would not submit themselves to his sway. After a few centuries of adventure, they became peasants in the frozen valleys of lceland.

Consider, as a contrast, the great Duke of Marlborough. He secured the first steps in his career by causing his sister to become the mistress of James II. His great days were due to the passionate friendship between his wife and Queen Anne. Whenever he fought the French he beat them, but he was always ready to refrain from fighting if the King of France made it worth his while. He left a great name, and a great fortune, and his descendants to this day are patterns for patriots. The arts of success have changed little since his day, in spite of the nominal advent of democracy. Now, as in the past, if you wish for success you should be insinuating and pusillanimous rather than bold and self-reliant.

To those, therefore, whose ambition it is to die in the odour of sanctity, respected by bank managers, admired by friends and neighbours, and universally regarded as models of what a citizen should be, my advice is: Don't express your own opinions but those of your boss; Don't endeavour to realise ends which you yourself think good, but pursue rather those aimed at by some organisation supported by millionaires; In your private friendships select influential men if you can, or and failing that, men whom you judge likely to become influential. Do this, and you will win the good opinion of all the best elements in the community.

This is sound advice, but for my part, I would sooner die than follow it.

Imran Khan 3 Sister beaten like hell on street by police

Look at the inhuman acts of the 'State Owned/Supported Terrorists', do you still have any doubts that all of this being done for 'SAB SE PEHLE PAKISTAN' ? Isn't it crystal clear yet ? And remember these stae terrorists were doing this under the direct supervision of CM Punjab. Who doesn't know that the most inhuman and the most immoral people are working with Mush. Jamaima rightly said that the Musharaf is the Biggest Terrorist, What do you think ?

Wake up and Get out !!

I think we're waiting for that day when our own sisters would be treated like this, or perhaps even then we won't do anything, cuz you know we always got so many better things to do!!

what is the difference between the way the "enlightened moderates" and "talibans" treat women!!! "no difference" an enlightened should conclude now. but atleast talibans aren't baighairat like us to just sit home and watch, and atleast also they don't let the whole society get plagued with vulgarity and skin showing tough competition, all in the name of freedom of mother fuckin' expression!!

Hamid Gul shifted to House, Is Saudi Arabia becoming another Amreeeka ?

Detained ex ISI chief Lt General Hamid Gul was quietly shifted to his house in Rawalpindi from Adiala jail, apparantly under Saudi Royal family pressure, his family said on Wednesday. His residence was declared as subjail and huge amount of Police force was present outside his home. All the phones and mobile phones were jammed.

Mush will probably say that he did this in the great 'interest' of country ... but we know that Saudi Arabia asked him to release Gul. It turns out that Saudi Arabia is becoming the main player in the Pakistani politics after America.

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Bhutto asks US to facilitate exit strategy for Musharraf

Source: Geo News

LAHORE: Urging the Bush Administration to facilitate an “exit strategy” for President Pervez Musharraf, former Pakistan Premier Benazir Bhutto has warned that if the General remained in power that would mean the takeover of her country by the al-Qaeda and Taliban.

” I can tell you that if General Musharraf stays, al- Qaeda or Taliban people taking over the country will become a reality,” Bhutto said in an interview to US channel. (more…)

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Students of eight varsities to protest against emergency

ISLAMABAD: The students from eight universities of the Potohar region on Wednesday announced a nationwide protest against the emergency rule imposed by the president. Zubair Abbas, the JSM chief coordinator, told newsmen at the International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) that the students would hold peaceful demonstrations on the premises of their universities for 10 days and announce their future line of action thereafter. He said the universities in which students would protest the emergency rule included IIUI, Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU), National University of Modern Languages (NUML), FAST, Rifha University, University of Engineering, Taxila, University of Arid Agriculture and Federal Urdu University. Abbas said the students' demands included lifting emergency, restoration of Constitution, reinstation of the deposed judges who refused to take oath under the PCO, end to the army's role in politics, halt to ongoing military operations in the country's various parts, restoration of student unions and removal of the ban imposed on media. Staff report

-- Daily Times

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