March 14, 2007

IT HELPS THAT THE ENEMY IS NUTS:

Pakistani Militants Hit Targets Close to Home (CARLOTTA GALL, 3/14/07, NY Times)

Along the Afghan border, not far from this northwestern city, Islamic militants have used a firm foothold over the past year to train and dispatch suicide bombers against American and NATO forces in Afghanistan.

But in recent weeks the suicide bombers have turned on Pakistan itself, carrying out six attacks and killing 35 people. Militant leaders have threatened to unleash scores more, in effect opening a new front in their war.

Diplomats and concerned residents see the bombings as proof of a spreading "Talibanization," as Pakistan's president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, calls it, which has seeped into more settled districts of Pakistan from the tribal areas along the border, where the Taliban and Al Qaeda have made a home.

In Peshawar and other parts of North-West Frontier Province, which abuts the tribal areas, residents say English-language schools have received threats, schoolgirls have been warned to veil themselves, music is being banned and men are told not to shave their beards.


This was always where the War was going to end, with the only questions bein g the timing (we needed to do the other stuff we wanted to do first) and whether Pakistan would do it for us or leave it to us. If they force Pakistan to do it for us, we win.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 14, 2007 7:40 PM
Comments

These guys just don't realize that if everyone in Wazoo-istan were killed tomorrow, no one in America would even blink.

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 15, 2007 12:02 AM
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