January 1, 2008


Tribes of Terror (Stanley Kurtz, December 27, 2007, Claremont.org)

Lord Curzon, Britain's viceroy of India and foreign secretary during the initial decades of the 20th century, once declared:

No patchwork scheme—and all our present recent schemes...are mere patchwork—will settle the Waziristan problem. Not until the military steam-roller has passed over the country from end to end, will there be peace. But I do not want to be the person to start that machine.

Nowadays, this region of what is today northwest Pakistan is variously called "Al-Qaedastan," "Talibanistan," or more properly, the "Islamic Emirate of Waziristan." Pakistan gave up South Waziristan to the Taliban in Spring 2006, after taking heavy casualties in a failed four-year campaign to consolidate control of this fierce tribal region. By the fall, Pakistan had effectively abandoned North Waziristan. The nominal truce—actually closer to a surrender—was signed in a soccer stadium, beneath al-Qaeda's black flag.

All too many of the obits for Ms Bhutto miss the fact that her sole value to us was as a potentially willing bulldozer.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 1, 2008 8:35 PM

Don't delude yourself. She was the prime minister who authorized their intelligence agency to establish the Talibans. She wanted to use the Talibani tactics, i.e. terrorist tactics to bulldoze the Indians from Kashmir.

Posted by: ic at January 2, 2008 12:39 AM

oj, why the amnesia about Bhutto?

Posted by: erp at January 2, 2008 9:04 AM

She's a chick, so people don't associate her with authoritarianism, terrorism and corruption. Indira Ghandi gets a free pass too.

Posted by: oj at January 2, 2008 2:22 PM