I heard your interview on "Flash Point" regarding OBL, beside your interview i know you as a national hero and a living legend, i wish you would be the acting body of air force or you still owned a fighter at your home and we could see the dead roasted flashes images of those Americans who violet our territory and did operation on our motherland, i know you would too feel paralyze as i, being a girl and a medical student.
i pray for your good health and long life from the bottom of my heart. Why you cant be our politician, our leader, our commander, our fate decider :(
We all (nation) love you so very much...
I was quite pleased to see that after my trip to Qingdao,Beijing, Tokyo and Washington, DC these past two weeks I returned to see your book had finally arrived! I immediately jumped into it.
What a page turner Sajad! I love it and it is very hard to put down. When you said you didn't mince words in this book and told it like it is -- well that was no exaggeration my friend!. I'm learning quite a lot about history and human nature as well. There are some holes in my knowledge of some of the specifics you addressed but suffice to say I'll fill those in eventually. Sometimes we Americans aren't as informed as we should be. I'd love to send a copy to Congressman Peter King, Chairman of Homeland Defense Committee. If I do, I'll have to get you to autograph that one to him. i also have a good friend an fraternity brother who is a retired Colonel, USAF who enjoy a copy. I may turn out to be one of your best customers!
From the very inception you of the book you really get the feeling that the English Catholic historian, politician, writer and moralist,Sir John Dalberg-Acton (aka Lord Acton), once put it, "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely!". You alluded to what may drive leaders to this. Well there is an American expression called "Wag the dog". In essence -- diversions -- when things are going poorly in a country, nothing distracts that populace like a good old fashion crisis, of which a war would be at the top of that list.
Getting back to the Flight of the Falcon, the passion for the material is really moving; and thank you for sharing so much of your family background -- like my father, also your close friend, it is clear to see that we all build our core values, our sense of right and wrong and our dedication to friends and family at home. If cared for properly, they will last a lifetime.
I once heard it said that the accumulation of an individual's worth is not what he accumulates in life, but what he leaves behind -- who he has inspired to do better things in his life. I often tell people who I have helped not to thank me but to pass it on and help someone else. Guess I'm an idealist but I'd like to see more of that in this world.
Incidentally, one thing I didn't know is that incident with the Shah of Iran -- great stuff. You'll always have that military code in you Sajad, Duty, Service and Honor. Although I would have sent an F-14 to "escort" the Ayatollah K. to much earlier meeting with Allah, the reason Iran went to hell is because much of what you fear for Pakistan -- extremism. That given enough oppression, poverty and lack of education, and depriving people of the simple human dignity gained from having a productive future -- well only bad comes from that and I hope Pakistan wakes up. It has too proud a history to retreat into that state for long.
On a separate subject, did you know Prince Azod? He was the son of Mozaffar-al-Din Shah, the king and previous shah who initiated the Iranian Constitution and the National Assembly? (they were the royal family before the Brits put in the Pahlavis) He was a friend of Dad's, a good man. He left Iran a few months before the Cultural Revolution and passed away in France in 1998. He was a big agricultural proponent for Iran. Guess he survived under the Pahlavi's by not going toe-to-toe with them.
Well back to you book!
Message: dear sir,
i am the son of dr. terrell woodmansee. my father was the surgeon assigned to the u.s.air force base in peshawar from 1964-1966. he was a navial aviator during ww II. you were a legend in our home.
It is a very pleasant surprise to hear from two American sons of my valued friends long time ago. Yes i remember your father Col. Woodmansee at Bedaber US comm.base near Peshawar. I had spent many wonderful and caring moments with your gracious parents. I even recall your sister who used to go for Black Belt Taikndo lessons. Once i had terrible pains which were diagnosed by your Dad as kidney infection and He treated and got me back in good shape.
Meanwhile try to get a book through amazon titled Flight of the Falcon by me. It will titlate your memories. It can also be ordered through www.vanguardbooks.com
My best wishes for your entire family. Pl. stay in touch.
Air Commodore (R)
"Sir! I am Air Cdre Masud Hatmi's son (My father expired in 89 and Saad uncle in 2001). Yes! I met you in Minhas. I read your book with great enthusiasm. Where it has has many lessons for us yet it truly inspires us (the second generation of PAF fighter pilots) to carry the legacy, left by legends like you and many others......Although we have transformed into a modern force with hi-tech gadgetry's in our jets, yet we are still way-off to what you guys used to do with these planes. I commanded 9 sqn (now F-16s) from Jun-2008 till Oct 2010. I can assure you that we honor the sacrifices laid by our predecessors and appreciate how PAF covered all these arduous years to be what it is today.......We have not seen war, but did come close to it couple of times.........you can be satisfied that had it happened, we would have fought like our elders; with resolute, courage & honor. Sir! it is indeed a very memorable book for many of my friends, who have heard but not seen the true mettle of PAF. Also, I really appreciate your comments in the book regarding my father & uncle [atleast they were spared from your thrashing :)] Sir I am posted at AHQ...E-9 Islamabad and sure would want to meet you......."
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