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20 February 2014


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Live long & Prosper!



that does not seem to be Arabic. How about a translation? pl


Dear FB Ali,
A joyous and peaceful birthday to you sir.
Have always very much enjoyed reading your writings. Looking forward to reading your book!

Charles I

Happy 85th my dear friend. Two history-connected father figures for the price of one blog! Love ya.

Babak Makkinejad

FB Ali & Col. Lang:

From the Preface of Sa'adi's Rose Garden:

The bent back of sky straightened out in Joy
When Mother Nature to a child like thee gave birth

Absolute Wisdom it was when the World Maker's Blessing
Caused His servant to make Common welfare his own goal

Eternal Joy is gained by him who honorably has lived
His name forever shall be alive afterwards

Whether praised by the virtuous or not; it matters not
A lovely visage requires not the art of makeup.


Brigadier Ali,

Best wishes on your 85th.

I hope you will continue to enlighten us
with your letters to the SST Committee
of Correspondence.

USMC 1965-1972
FBI 1972-1996


Happy Birthday and thank you for sharing your insights and wisdom over the years.


Happy Birthday BG Ali and remember one spank for every year plus one hard for good luck...lol


Happy birthday to a real noble man!
From his daughter.


Brigadier Ali,
It is clear I am behind the power curve today, but my wishes for your birthday are nonetheless sincere. By reading through the forum backwards at least I have already ordered your book which I await anxiously.

All the best,

robt willmann

I am just now catching up ... and what a wonderful thing to have an 85th birthday and to do what you are doing! Your written English is impeccable, and if I may be so bold, I would like to ask where you learned English. After all, many so-called college graduates in the U.S. today cannot even write a basic sentence, much less a good one.

You certainly will have another book sale, and I hope you have an honest publisher for your royalties!

FB Ali

In response to your query about my English:

As I mention in my book, my first four years of schooling were in an institution where only English was spoken. But I think the real reason is that I was, fortunately, very fond of reading and, from an early age, devoured books. And, I also liked to write.

Alba Etie

Brigadier Gen Ali -
Happy Birthday .
And thank you for your post here at SST- we always learn a great deal from your insights .


Happy birthday, Brigadier Ali,

and obliged for your insights.

Yours Truly

A little late but...

Brig. Ali,

تم پر سلامتی ہو.

May the Heavens shower you & your loved ones with blessings year after year.

Rare it is for 3 generations to be living under one roof.

Confucius [once] said: "At 70, I follow my heart’s desire (without crossing the line)."

Sir, may you henceforth spend each passing day to your heart's content.

Raja Muhammad Ikram Ullah

Dear Brig Ali, It is a great pleasure wishing you a very happy birthday. It has been a long long time. I have been reading your articles off and on and have been reliving the past.

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