October 19, 2005

WHY NOT TRIGGER ANOTHER ONE?:

In 'heartland of jihad,' an American helping hand (Gretchen Peters, 10/20/05, The Christian Science Monitor)

The area worst hit by the quake also happens to be the epicenter of Pakistan's extremist community, a place dotted with camps training jihadis to fight in Indian Kashmir. Al Qaeda has used this militant infrastructure to communicate, to recruit, and - some speculate - to shelter top leaders. Investigators have traced one of the July 7 London bombers to a camp in this area.

"This is really the heartland of jihad, where a lot of recruits are drawn for Al Qaeda and fighting in Kashmir," says Pervez Hoodhoy, a political analyst in Islamabad. "When they see the Americans come and do something for their people, irrespective of who has been hurt, I think that goes a long way."

It's too early to see how big a bounce the US will get from its mission of mercy here, and impossible to gauge whether it will last.

But some analysts are comparing it to the so-called "tsunami effect" across the Indian Ocean, where attitudes toward Washington became more favorable after high-profile US efforts in the wake of that 2004 disaster.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 19, 2005 5:40 PM
Comments

It's hard to fault allah on this one.

Posted by: tefta at October 19, 2005 6:24 PM

After minor one on W. 43rd st would "attitudes toward Washington became more favorable" there?

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at October 19, 2005 7:28 PM

Don't be silly, Jim. And besides, if the earthquake and tsunami victims of Pakistan and Indonesia knew about Scooter Libby, Karl Rove and Tom DeLay, their attitude towards Washington would immediately become more hostile (and when they find out Harriet Miers' position on abortion, there will probably be rioting in the streets).

Posted by: John at October 19, 2005 9:03 PM
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