March 24, 2006

HOW LATE IT WAS, HOW LATE (via Luciferous):

Musharraf sends stern warning to terrorists (Mohammed Rizwan, March 24, 2006, Daily Times)

President General Pervez Musharraf has warned terrorists and extremists in Pakistan that they will be eliminated.

“I warn those foreign terrorists in Waziristan to leave otherwise we’ll finish them off,” he said in a speech to a large crowd at Minar-e-Pakistan on the occasion of Pakistan Day. “I also warn those religious extremists who burnt down The Mall on February 14 to refrain from such activities in future as destruction and arson will not be tolerated anymore.”

The president also appealed to the people of NWFP to support the operation against the terrorists. “If people stand by the Pakistan Army in Waziristan, I assure them that law and order will be restored in the area,” he said.

Ministry wants army action in FATA cut (Shahzad Raza, March 24, 2006, Daily Times)
The Interior Ministry has advised President Pervez Musharraf to deploy army troops against foreign militants hiding in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) only as a last resort and rely on paramilitary forces instead.

A senior Interior Ministry official told Daily Times that during meetings with the president on FATA, the ministry opposed frequent army operations against militants in the tribal areas. The president was advised that the Frontier Constabulary and Levies should be made responsible for taking action against militants in Waziristan and other troubled tribal areas. The ministry called for continuing the dialogue process to find out a political solution to the conflict. It proposed that pro-government tribal elders be encouraged to gain support for the government from tribal people.

One of the most basic lessons of 9-11 is that the civilized world can not tolerate geographical regions where no central political authority exercises sovereign legal power and can be held accountable for the cross border behavior of inhabitants. It would be best if the Pakistanis dealt with the tribal areas themselves, but if not we'll have to eventually.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 24, 2006 10:45 AM

On a short-term basis, we can deal with a situation of instablity in the regions where the bad guys hang out -- if they're constantly running for their lives, it's tough to maintain terrorist training camps. But for Musharraf, Karzai or the eventual Iraqi government, failure to control their more disruptive regions represents a far more direct threat to both their own control of the country and their own lives.

You would think that would be a good enough motivating factor for them to want to control those rebel sectors, but as the religous trial in Afghanistan is showing, sympathizers within the government to the hard-liners may be part of the reason why they can't control certain parts of their own countries.

Posted by: John at March 24, 2006 1:16 PM

Well stated John, you could be describing why New England Republicans vote the way they do on some issues ... it's called survival.

Posted by: Genecis at March 24, 2006 2:02 PM

Kill Gulbiddin Heykmatyr. Tonight. Hellfire or .50 caliber or K-Bar or even poisoned goat meat.

And it shouldn't be too difficult to start a rumor that the soil in Waziristan causes impotence and shrinkage.

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 24, 2006 2:28 PM