July 2, 2007

WHERE THE WAR ENDS:

US to hunt the Taliban inside Pakistan (Syed Saleem Shahzad, 7/03/07, Asia Times)

Since last September, North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces in Afghanistan have been pressing Islamabad for the right to conduct extensive hot-pursuit operations into Pakistan to target Taliban and al-Qaeda bases.

According to Asia Times Online contacts, NATO and its US backers have gotten their wish: coalition forces will start hitting targets wherever they might be.

Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf is expected to make an important announcement on extremism during an address to the nation in the next day or two.

The ATol contacts in Islamabad say that coalition intelligence has pinpointed at least four centers in the tribal areas of North Waziristan and South Waziristan on the border with Afghanistan from which Taliban operations inside Afghanistan are run. These bases include arms caches and the transfer and raising of money and manpower, the latter in the form of foot-soldiers to fight with the Taliban-led insurgency.

Operations inside Pakistan might be carried out independently by the United States, probably with air power, by Pakistani forces acting alone or as joint offensives. In all cases, though, the US will pull the strings, for instance by providing the Pakistanis with information on targets to hit.


Places like the tribal areas where no institution is ever going to be able to exercise sovereignty may well have to be depopulated and irradiated. The modern world can not tolerate such lawless regions.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 2, 2007 7:02 AM
Comments

If these areas are depopulated what is to prevent the undesirables from refilling said areas after we've left?

Posted by: Bartman at July 2, 2007 7:46 AM

There is no Pakistan. Sorry oj, I couldn't resist.

Posted by: erp at July 2, 2007 9:38 AM

Bartman -

A bottomless kill box.

Posted by: ghostcat at July 2, 2007 1:14 PM

radiation

Posted by: oj at July 2, 2007 1:40 PM

....and giant mutant scorpions... from the radiation.

Posted by: lebeaux at July 2, 2007 2:26 PM

Godzilla

Posted by: Dave at July 2, 2007 3:11 PM

Send in the Amazons and watch those bearded cowards run!

Posted by: ratbert at July 2, 2007 4:21 PM
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