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John Harding’s book, Escape from Paradise – Paperback and Kindle Versions


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Now, available in Kindle and Paperback! Free Kindle if you purchase Paperback. After buying Paperback, go for the free Kindle!

It took me two and a half evenings to complete your un-put-downable book…it is a unique contribution to the appreciation of a life in Singapore. Thank you for having written it. C. V. Devan Nair, former President of Singapore.

Bought the book from Select this weekend and can’t put it down! It’s a great read! And so nostalgic for me—the good old days! Glen Goei, writer and director of the Miramax film That’s the Way I Like It and who played the title role opposite Anthony Hopkins in the London production of M. Butterfly. Mr. Goei’s latest film is The Blue Mansion – Click for the trailer!

It is a remarkable story and so full of intrigue that it reads at times like fiction.Jonathan Burnham, Editor in Chief & President, Talk Miramax Books.

“It’s quite a story The legendary Alice Mayhew, Vice-President & Editorial Director, Simon & Schuster.

This book out-Dallas, Dallas. No one has written so well of the other side of paradise,Francis T. Seow, former Solicitor General of Singapore

ThunderBall Films is successfully putting together the movie production of Escape from Paradise and has received a new LOI (Letter of Intent) from actress Bai Ling who starred with Richard Gere in the film Red Cross.

This includes a commitment from a CPA firm who does tax credit financing in Ireland, a possible location to film, as part of the package needed for investors – along with the CPA firm’s commitment to apply for and finance the tax credits if ThunderBall does shoot in Ireland and what portion of the budget they would provide.
For inquiries, please contact John Harding at jbharding@gmail.com.

Escape from Paradise – the Promotional Trailer

Patraeus opts to kill Afghan civilians

 

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The AP tag for this photo is GenPetraeus_061610_monster_397x224

Gen. Patraeus is going to modify Afghanistan Rules of Engagement.

Currently the Rules of Engagement are designed to prevent NATO from killing Afghan civilians.

The phrase, “modify Afghan Rules of Engagement” is government-speak for “make it OK to kill Afghan civilians.”

Ousted Gen. McChrystal was fired for wanting that the Rules of Engagement be changed. Patraeus is now taking a page from McChrystal’s rant because Patraeus knows we are losing the war in Afghanistan.

(Every reference to Patraeus mentions that he turned around the situation in Iraq—which has proven not to be true—see our post General Milquetoast).

Patraeus is abandoning his vaunted COIN counterinsurgency strategy, designed to win the “hearts and minds” of the people.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai knows we are losing the war in Afghanistan which is why he is negotiating with the Taliban.

Others agree:

  • Britain’s Foreign Office confirmed that its outspoken special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Sherard Cowper-Coles, has taken an extended leave of absence after rifts with his U.S. colleagues in the region and his statement that the war in Afghanistan was doomed to fail.
  • Canada is withdrawing all its forces next year.
  • Poland’s interim president said Tuesday he will end his country’s military mission in Afghanistan in 2012, if he wins next month’s runoff election.
  • The Netherlands will withdraw all its forces on Aug. 1, 2010

Pakistan knows we are losing the war in Afghanistan which is why it gives sanctuary to Al Qaeda.

At a briefing to US Ambassador Holbrooke this week at the headquarters of Pakistan’s premier spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence, gave their view that the war that dovetailed neatly with the doubts expressed by Mr. Karzai. They depicted a stark picture of an American military campaign in Afghanistan “that will not succeed.”

In fact, Pakistan’s spy chief, Lt. Gen. Pasha, shuttles between Islamabad and Kabul, telling Mr. Karzai that Pakistan agrees with his assessment that the United States cannot win in Afghanistan.

Moreover Lt. Gen. Pasha is convincing Karzai that a postwar Afghanistan should incorporate the network of a longtime Pakistani asset, Sirajuddin Haqqani—a top Taliban commander in the North Waziristan tribal area of Pakistan. (A US drone killed Mr. Haqqani’s younger brother, Mohammed, in February 2010.)

So why are we in Afghanistan? Al Qaeda is mobile and can operate in many countries. Are we there for the opium, for the oil pipelines, for what?

No – we are there to make Obama look strong – to help Obama politically – at the cost of blood and money.

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