January 7, 2007

WON'T NEED MINES ONCE IT'S IRRADIATED:

Afghan-Pakistani Bond Steadily Deteriorating: Plan for Border Fence, Mines Seen Deepening Distrust (Pamela Constable, 1/07/07, Washington Post)

A proposal by Pakistan to plant land mines along the border with Afghanistan, aimed at preventing Islamic insurgents from using Pakistan as a sanctuary, has aroused angry protests by Afghan leaders who say the mines would endanger innocent travelers and divide tribal lands whose inhabitants do not recognize the border.

It's too illiberal an idea for polite company, but such a region, where no sovereign entity holds sway, can not be allowed to endure in the modern world.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 7, 2007 9:30 AM
Comments

So you want to nuke Pakistan?

Posted by: dan at January 7, 2007 10:08 AM

No, the Tribal areas. If they were part of Pakistan they wouldn't be a problem.

Posted by: oj at January 7, 2007 1:58 PM

To expand OJ's comment, dan, Civilization and Nomads have be at war since the begining....

Posted by: Robert Mitchell Jr. at January 7, 2007 5:19 PM

Even 20 years ago, this didn't matter a whole lot. But now the madrassas and the tribal areas are a threat, fueled with Wahabbi hate and Wahabbi money.

Rumsfeld was right about shutting the pipeline down. If they want to kill Americans (and shelter those who have done so), then perhaps we should kill them first.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 7, 2007 10:27 PM

It's too illiberal an idea for polite company, but such a region, where no sovereign entity holds sway, can not be allowed to endure in the modern world.

This from the guy who laments the removal of such barbarians from their base in Somalia.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 8, 2007 11:10 AM

If the Taliban could establish an orderly state in Western Pakistan with no wider aspirations they'd have served a useful purpose. Tribalism makes it unlikely.

Posted by: oj at January 8, 2007 12:50 PM

There's no tribalism in Somalia?

Posted by: dan at January 8, 2007 5:34 PM
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