Letters to the Editor
Readers write about American progressivism, tension in Pakistan, and The Beatles' music in space.
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Al Qaeda moves on Pakistan
Regarding your Feb. 4 editorial, "A surge for a sinking Afghanistan": Al Qaeda and the Taliban are two sides of the same coin. They need a country to achieve their international ambitions, and no such country is available to them after Afghanistan. They have their eyes on Pakistan.
Most of the leadership in Pakistan doesn't care if the Taliban takes control of it. Recently they allowed thousands of armed tribesmen to enter into settled Seraiki areas of Tank and Dera Ismail Khan without any documentation. All possible facilities are being provided to them by the Pakistan Army. No journalist is allowed to enter these camps.
We appeal to the world's conscience to help us against this ugly onslaught. According to our information, the Pakistan secret service is encouraging tribal men to fight against NATO forces in Afghanistan after making a haven inside Pakistan, where no NATO action is allowed.
M. Shahjahan Bhatti
Dera Ismail Khan, Secretary General, Seraikistan Qaumi Movement
On The Beatles in space
Regarding the article, "NASA to broadcast The Beatles into deep space": I am an information scientist studying microtiming in rhythm, which gives rise to "swing" feeling in music. I have discovered that many of the bands I listened to in my younger days now sound very stiff and square to me, but The Beatles still have that great "swing" in many of their tunes. I look forward to applying my analysis techniques to some of these songs, to characterize the unique style of swing found in The Beatles' music. I hope the folks in the Polaris star system appreciate the excellent qualities of "Across the Universe."
Regarding the article on NASA's Beatles transmission: this was not the first musical interstellar message.
The world's first musical Interstellar Radio Message was transmitted in August-September 2001 from Evpatoria Deep Space Station to six sunlike stars. It was "The First Theremin Concert for Aliens."
Dr. Alexander Zaitsev
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