Please visit www.longwarjournal.org for this article dated 5/18/08:
Pakistan close to inking peace agreement with Baitullah Mehsud
"The Taliban have freed Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan after three months of captivity as negotiations for the military to withdraw from the tribal areas progress. Ambassador Tariq Azizuddin was freed late May 16 as the Pakistani Army has begun withdrawing its forces from South Waziristan and a series of prisoner exchanges have occurred between the military and the Taliban."
This article details how the Pakistani government is apparently making deals with the Taliban. Pakistan has recently had a change of government through elections. It appears that the new government is more willing to talk and deal with the Tailban. The reason I bring this up is because we need to keep a close eye on Pakistan. Pakistan has nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them.
The trend in Pakistan is not unexpected. If elections were held throughout the Middle East, we would probably see results similar to what is going on in Pakistan. The election of HAMAS is another example. These organizations are respected and popular in the Muslim world. Their philosophy is based upon Islam.
State sponsored terrorism is currently the greatest threat to world peace today. It is only a matter of time before one of these terrorist organizations obtains an effective WMD.
This is why it is so important to have change occur in the Middle East, but at a pace that we can handle. Many wars have begun because change was occurring to rapidly. Cultural change is commonly resisted. Fighting for your way of life is so common throughout history that it can be considered part of human nature.
Right now, we have our hands full with Syria and Iran. Pakistan may be going this way; it is difficult and a little early to tell. I suspect this is why many governments throughout the Muslim world are not in any hurry to hold elections, and our current government is VERY cautious about encouraging this. This view acts as an additional brake on the democratic movement with the natural resistance to change that is present in all governments and societies.