Umar Farooq


Umar Farooq, intern at The Nation, discusses his article “Our immoral drone war;” why the media pursues a cause-and-effect rationalization when an American commits an atrocity, but not when a Muslim does; the cycle of violence and radicalization in the US and Pakistan; why billions in US aid to Pakistan aren’t enough to offset the War on Terror’s destructive force; and whether Stanley McChrystal’s “insurgent math” applies to Pakistanis as well as Afghans.

MP3 here. (19:51)

Umar Farooq was born in Pakistan, raised in New Orleans, and spent five years as an activist and independent journalist in Baltimore. He is currently interning at The Nation, and tries to maintain a blog.

10 thoughts on “Umar Farooq”

  1. I was looking forward to hearing what Umar Farooq had to say, but he didn't get much time to say anything, did he? I have a suggestion: Why does't Scott schedule a show each week that's just him talking and giving his opinions? Then maybe he'd be more apt to let the guests speak when he has guests to interview.

    1. I was about to write something similar, and this is not the first time I've felt annoyed.
      Scott, if you are reading this, please tone it down, stop interrupting, try to speak proper English, and let the person you are interviewing take the floor.

  2. The Americans are facing the same problem as the Soviets and British before them did in Afghanistan. They are winning the battle's but losing the war. And beating up on Pakistan is not going to help. They are going to lose the war in Afghanistan for the same reason as in Iraq. They cannot achieve any of their political or strategic goals no matter how many people they kill in Afghanistan or Pakistan. It's simply means they now have more blood on their hands. The longer the Americans stay in Afghanistan the bigger their defeat will be.

    1. Oil won in the heat of mortal combat – Twice as sweet as oil earned

      Yes, but who cares, for it is our days of wine and roses, in the grand scheme of things our time of glory under the sun. Just think of how the world will stand back in awe as we bomb Iran back to the stone age, for as Paul Newman did epitomize the grandeur of Empire in his movie The Hustler, “Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.”

  3. Professor J. Edward Anderson, "There´s no doubt in my mind that the deployment of anti-missile missiles in Eastern Europe is part of a first-strike strategy."
    Dr Bob Bowman, Chief DOD "Star Wars" Program: "Missile defense is the missing link to first strike."
    According to Der Spiegel 49/2011 it will be fully operational by 2020 leading to Launch On Warning and Accidental Nuclear War.

  4. War without a hero

    In the history of the world, war has always been more about valor, honor and heroism then anything else. But now the CIA has come up with this Drone program to assonate leaders, which is in effect cold blooded murder with most of the victims innocent civilians.

    And as human intelligence starts to degrade after age 28, by killing off the older leaders we could be doing a thing that will cause our defeat in the long run.

  5. The fact is I ususally learm more from Scott than the guests. So STFU (shut the f….) about we could not hear the guests.
    Most of those guests arte there so Scott can teach YOU somthing!!

  6. I give up trying to listen to this, and instead I will read Umar's article at 'Our Immoral Drone War'.

    I know you love the sound of your own voice, Scott, but please sometimes just shut up and listen!

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