Principles of life

* Winning isn’t everything, But wanting to win is.* You would achieve more, if you don’t mind who gets the credit. * When everything else is lost, the future still remains* Don’t fight too much. Or the enemy would know your art of war . * The only job you start at the top is when you dig a grave. * If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for everything. * If you do little things well, you’ll do big ones better. * Only thing that comes to you without effort is old age. * You won’t get a second chance to make the first impression . * Only those who do nothing do not make mistakes. * Never take a problem to your boss unless you have a solution. * If you are not failing you’re not taking enough risks. * Don’t try to get rid of bad temper by losing it. * If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you. * Those who don’t make mistakes usually don’t make anything * There are two kinds of failures. Those who think and never do, and those who do and never think. * Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win. * All progress has resulted from unpopular decisions. * Change your thoughts and you change your world. * Understanding proves intelligence, not the speed of the learning. * There are two kinds of fools in this world. Those who give advise and those who don’t take it. * The best way to kill an idea is to take it to a meeting. * Friendship founded on business is always better than business founded on friendship .

The video of beating Taliban suspects

by Omar Ali

This is a video of the army interrogating some Taliban suspects and they all get beaten during interrogation. Which is not unexpected and is probably no worse than what most other armies do in counter-insurgency, but its not good either. One must disapprove of such treatment of suspects even if one knows that it happens in every insurgency. Which is why it would have been better if we had not allowed things to reach this stage.

Btw, for those unfamiliar with the everyday standards of torture in the Indian subcontinent, I will add that this particular army detachment is pretty amateur and “soft” and would get laughed out of any police station in India, Pakistan or Bangladesh. The officer even gets his men to stop at several points while the suspect is still only lightly injured. If you want to see real torture, you will have to go to a thana in Lahore or Delhi or Amritsar. American police stations used to do a pretty thorough job of beating suspects in the old days, but one must admit that standards in the US have really changed and serious torture of the subcontinental variety is now the exception rather than the rule. England (and the Scandinavians, to the best of my knowledge) is probably the most civilized in this respect, with police torture being a most rare exception indeed. The coarser aspects of British society do exist, but their police is still among the most amazingly civilized in the world….which is neither here nor there, but I thought I would put it in anyway; The security apparatus in most countries is still so casually cruel that one should make an effort to give credit where credit is due…