June 13, 2008

FREE FIRE ZONE:

Pakistani Tribes Reach for Guns after U.S. Attack (Reuters, 6/13/08)

Fiercely independent tribesmen, angered by a U.S. air strike that killed 11 Pakistani soldiers earlier in the week, vowed to raise a militia to help Pakistan's army defend the border with Afghanistan. [...]

Elders from ethnic Pashtun tribes in Mohmand, one of seven semi-autonomous tribal regions, issued a statement late on Thursday condemning the attack as "naked aggression" and said they were ready to raise a "lashkar", or tribal army.

"It's the duty of the government to protect and defend the frontiers and we are ready to raise a lashkar to help our army in their cause," the elders said.

"We are ready to fight for our homeland as we fought in Kashmir in 1948," it said, referring to the first war between Pakistan and India just a year after their independence from British rule.


The War on Terror is to some considerable degree just a war against the Pashtun at this point, so it's helpful of them to declare themselves legitimate targets.
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Posted by Orrin Judd at June 13, 2008 7:20 AM
Comments

The Pashtun have brought it on themselves. They aren't the terrorists, but the insist on hosting, hiding and protecting them. There would be a lot more of them alive now if they'd handed over bin Ladin and company in 2001.

Posted by: Brandon at June 13, 2008 10:39 AM

There's a plan!

Raise a "militia" to fight the UAV-launched PGM's--you could call yourselves, "the Mahdi Army."

Posted by: Lou Gots at June 13, 2008 6:37 PM
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