March 23, 2007

WHICH MAKES IT THE NATION OF WAZIRISTAN, NOT PAKISTAN:

Pakistan Officials Applaud Fighting in Tribal Region (Griff Witte and Kamran Khan, 3/23/07, Washington Post)

Pakistani officials say the fighting validates their counterterrorism strategy: allowing tribal leaders to evict al-Qaeda on their own, without the direct help of the Pakistani army. But analysts say that the tribes have their own reasons for battling the foreign fighters and that this latest violence could further distance the region from central government authority.

Waziristan, which is remote and relatively lawless, has become a haven for al-Qaeda in recent years, and the United States has been pressing Pakistan to do more to oust the group. Pakistan's army has tried and largely failed to extricate the foreign fighters on its own.

"For the first time ever, the local tribesmen have taken up arms against the foreign militants in South Waziristan. This is a big breakthrough," Interior Minister Aftab Sherpao said in an interview.

Officials have recently begun to concede that the fighters are present in large numbers and that they are attacking targets on both sides of the border. Sherpao acknowledged that "the size of the Central Asian and Arab guerrilla force far outnumbered our estimate of foreigners hiding in this area."

Maj. Gen. Waheed Arshad, a military spokesman, said that the Pakistani army was not directly aiding the tribal forces but that those groups are responding to government calls for action. Pakistan's government has told tribal authorities that the presence of foreign fighters could prompt U.S. or Pakistani strikes against suspected hide-outs. It has also offered financial incentives for driving the al-Qaeda fighters out.

"We have asked the tribal governments to take responsibility for their areas and not shelter foreign militants," Arshad said. "That is what they are doing."


You are the sovereign of the area over which you have responsibility.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 23, 2007 6:37 AM
Comments

oj,

so, the southern borders of the so-called "California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas" are the sovereignty of Mexico?

Posted by: John J. Coupal at March 24, 2007 11:15 AM

We're America, we have no borders.

Posted by: oj at March 24, 2007 12:13 PM
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