October 2, 2004

IF THE SENATOR TRULY OPPOSES OUTSOURCING... (via Tom Morin):

INDIA-PAKISTAN: Mines, Money and Jobs Along the Afghan Border (Strategy Page, October 1, 2004)

Pakistan is winning against the Islamic radicals and al Qaeda partly because of a growing economy. Partly as a result of economic aid from the U.S., in the past year, the poverty rate in Pakistan has gone from 32 to 23 percent. People with jobs are more likely to turn in terrorists, than join them.

In western Pakistan, along the Afghan border, al Qaeda forces are laying landmines to try and discourage government patrols. But most of the victims are local civilians, including three 11 year old boys on their way to school today. The "foreigners" who provide most of the inner security for al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan, were never very popular with the tribal people they lived among. But al Qaeda has money, and the approval of religious leaders. But now the Pakistani army is, for the first time in memory, operating in the tribal areas, and the tribes are well aware that this is all because of the "foreigners." It is hoped that this growing resentment will result in one of the tribes deciding to go for the rewards offered by the United States and Pakistan for turning in al Qaeda leaders.

Pakistani police arrested a Libyan man, suspected of being an al Qaeda member, in the northwestern city of Peshawar. Pakistan believes they have crippled al Qaeda operations in the country, because dozens of key al Qaeda operatives in the past year.


Senator Kerry's insistence that he'd single-mindedly pursue Osama and al Qaeda raises obvious, though unasked, questions about whether he'd invade Pakistan to go after them.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 2, 2004 9:09 AM
Comments

Well, OJ, he didn't really mean it literally. He doesn't mean anything literally. It's the concept ... he's keeping all his options open. That's why his constituancy isn't worried by his Sparrowhawkishness in the campaign. He really doesn't mean it and they're counting on it.

Posted by: genecis at October 3, 2004 10:33 AM
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