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11.07.2007

Pakistan


Let's turn down the lights for a moment.

About three weeks ago, my subscribed issue of Newsweek arrived with the cover story being about Pakistan. That country doesn't cross my mind on a regular basis. But the weekly magazine proclaimed Pakistan the most dangerous country in the world over Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan with the following freaky foreshadowing:

Today no other country on earth is arguably more dangerous than Pakistan. It has everything Osama bin Laden could ask for: political instability, a trusted network of radical Islamists, an abundance of angry young anti-Western recruits, secluded training areas, access to state-of-the-art electronic technology, regular air service to the West and security services that don't always do what they're supposed to do. (Unlike in Iraq or Afghanistan, there also aren't thousands of American troops hunting down would-be terrorists.) Then there's the country's large and growing nuclear program. "If you were to look around the world for where Al Qaeda is going to find its bomb, it's right in their backyard," says Bruce Riedel, the former senior director for South Asia on the National Security Council.

The conventional story about Pakistan has been that it is an unstable nuclear power, with distant tribal areas in terrorist hands. What is new, and more frightening, is the extent to which Taliban and Qaeda elements have now turned much of the country, including some cities, into a base that gives jihadists more room to maneuver, both in Pakistan and beyond.

Over the weekend, all hell broke out in Pakistan. Hold your breath. They have The Bomb.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

what is amazing also is according to an article on Yahoo Pakistan receives 80 million a month!!! For counter terrorism efforts. Why exactly are we paying them this enormous amount of money and the nation is still in total chaos?

Anonymous said...

Pakistan is in a bigger mess than most understand but are just now reading about it and watching it play out on the evening news.

What will Bush do about democracy? He needs to force an election and get this under control now!

Anonymous said...

Word has it that early on,in the Iraq war, the U.S. didn't believe they were getting the support from Pakistan they needed to be successful in Iraq so V.P. Cheney has a meeting with Mousharaff (spl?). He informs him that under no uncertain terms if they don't want to assist in the war they can expect the Nuke. Yep, wish we would have done the latter. What do you expect from a Country who's so called President still wears a military uniform. Last I heard that was called a dictatorship. When you have a dictatorship you have unrest, waa-lah!! Everything continues to work over there for the terrorist because that's where they are working from and it's taken us 5-6 years to figure it out. The only reason Bullah or however you spell her name is showing up is because the U.S. would rather get Mousharaff out this way than having a war there as well. You think Iraq is a tough war? Try Pakistan, the birth place nuts, extremist, terrorist and nuty fat women in black robes and veils who make mateing noises with their tongues.

Anonymous said...

If Osama bought from our military/industrial complex he would get off the terrorist list and become "someone we can deal with." This is not about terrorism, but about lining pockets, Blackwater, Halliburton, etc.

Think Frustrated said...

Yeah, we should just not get involved. We need to isolate ourselves and just play defense.

Annie Jokely said...

Wow. And I thought they only wanted Kashmir.

Anonymous said...

Another mess that Bush/Cheney can only make worse. While failing in Afghanistan, then the unnecessary war in Iraq, the real Islamic powerhouse festered along as our "ally." Along with Syria, Kurdistan/Turkey and Iran, Bush will be leaving the Pakistan mess to the next Democrat administration to deal with.