Sunday, May 25, 2008

Pakistan taliban is reinforcing U.S. enemy in Afghanistan

I found this tiny article in the Chicago Tribune, 5/25/08 Page 15, Section 1.

"Pakistani Taliban leader sending fighters to Afghanistan".

"Pakistan’s top Taliban leader said Saturday that he is sending fighters to battle U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Baitullah Mehsud said his group "sincerely wants" peace with the new Pakistani government to succeed. But he said the holy war would continue until U.S. forces leave Afghanistan".

The article also notes how the new Pakistani government is moving to limit President Musharraf’s powers.

Makes sense. The less pressure from the Pakistani military on his organization the more strength they will have to fight us. Combat has jumped up by 50% in eastern Afghanistan since the new government of Pakistan gained control. Also during this time, the new government has made a number of deals with the Taliban, such as prisoner exchanges, withdrawal of troops from Tailiban held areas and a number of cease-fire arrangements. In the past year or so, the U.S. has launched attacks from aircraft in Afghanistan into Pakistan. From what I have read, these attacks have been very effective. I would now expect the Pakistani government to attempt to end this.

I don’t want to jump to conclusions, but it appears that making deals with Islamic groups like the Taliban are not in the U.S. best interests. It now appears that the governments of Pakistan, Iran and Syria are the leading elements of state support for Islamic terrorist groups. Once again, I would like to point out that Pakistan has nuclear weapons and the missile systems to deliver them. Iran has the missile delivery systems already and it can only be a matter of time before Iran obtains effective nuclear weapons.

Sooner or later a terrorist organization will obtain and deploy effective weapons of mass destruction. Most likely, a supportive government will supply the missing elements. If this occurs, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will look like a walk in the park.

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