Its been 7 years since 9-11-2001

September 11th, 2008

I can’t believe its been 7 years already. I must confess but it looks like the public is already forgetting this tragic and bloody day.

So perhaps I moment of introspection after 7 years:

  1. The perps of this tragic event are still at large … oh yes we know they are holed up on the mountains of Pakistan so why the *&#@ haven’t we finished the job?
  2. The al-queda organization has reconstituted itself and some intelligence reports indicate is at pre-9-11 strength.
  3. We have a resurgence of the insurgency in Afghanistan.
  4. Pakinstan has a new president (not sure how he will deal with taliban).
  5. Iraq war may be winding down … or lasting another 100 years …. depends who you ask.
  6. We need all the help we can get in Afghanistan — can we muster 2 or 3 brigades to help with the effort over there?
  7. Russia has re-emerged as a “superpower’”?

Sounds grim doesn’t it?

What could we have done differently — after 9-11

  1. Finished the job in Afghanistan.
  2. Killed or captured Osama and his henchmen
  3. Turned world solidarity and support into an international effort to defeat global terrorism.
  4. Deploy economic and diplomatic tools to stem other global challenges like HIV, global climate change, and poverty and genocide.
  5. Opened channels of communication with the moderate Islamic world.
  6. Created a “Manhattan project” to end the causes of terrorism – ignorance and hate mongering and the Israel and Palestinian peace process.
  7. Never forget!

My prayer for the families devastated by this tragic event is for healing and resilience.

God Bless!

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I just updated my public profile in Linkedin. Why you ask ?? Well in truth .. a wee bit of curiosity and the inevitable self promotion it so modestly provides ..

Alas in truth, LinkedIn is a nifty little tool for research and reconnection with friends and business associates alike. Check it out and let me know what you think.

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Conflict management over natural resources capacity building program under the community-based rural development project

The purpose of this training manual is to provide a capacity building framework and tools to support the technical and operational implementation of the conflict management training component integral to the Capacity Building and Community Based Natural Resource Management Components of the World Bank-financed Community Based Rural Development Project. The initial outline for this training component was completed during a FAO mission in February 2005 based on a conflict management training package developed and tested in Ghana under the Livelihood Support Programme (LSP) sub-programme 3.4 “Natural Resource Conflict Management.” The training manual was designed and finalized during an FAO-World Bank cooperative agreement technical assignment in July 2006, led by Pamela Pozarny (Rural Development Officer, FAO Regional Office for Africa) with Bizoola Gandaa and Conrad Weobong, both from the University of Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana.

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