Pakistan: Moving Toward Failure Status, Part 2

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/04/22/clinton.pakistan/index.html

http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/04/22/bergen.pakistan.qa/index.html

Part 1 can be read here.

The Taliban is marking victory after victory in the western portions of Pakistan.  The latest?  Not even 60 miles from the Pakistani capital of Islamabad.

Taliban militants who implemented Islamic law in Pakistan’s violence-plagued Swat Valley last week have now taken control of a neighboring district, the Buner district.  In this area, local residents tried to put up a fight against the Taliban, but were outnumbered and outgunned.  They received no military help from the central goverment; this, in a locality jus a 2 hours drive from capital.  Local officials, having no choice, made an agreement with the Taliban to stay out of the cities; that agreement already appears broken.

The government, who remains in a delusional state, called the advance into Buner a breach of a recently-signed peace agreement.

The Pakistani leadership and military better wake up, or one morning they will have no country to govern.  They are losing their country piece by piece.  The military is still worried about a military incursion by India; that is so absurd at this point to be almost laughable.  Hell, I think India would pay Pakistan to keep to their side of the border now; who the heck needs Pakistan’s problems?

The Pakistani government  has been incompetent, which sadly is par for the course for the last 6 decades.  But at this critical time, they better find some common ground with their opposition.  This is no time to play politics.  Pakistan could quickly turn into a copy of Afghanistan, where the central government only controls its own capital, and little else.  If the politicians and military leadership continue to look toward their own best interests, they may wake up one morning with a Taliban gun at their head.

2 thoughts on “Pakistan: Moving Toward Failure Status, Part 2

  • April 22, 2009 at 7:42 am
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    Seems to me if bush the decider had taken care of the job in afgan after 9/11 instead of going to Iraq we wouldn’t be in this position now. He let the Talaban get away and now they are here to fight another day!! Just another reason in the building pile of bush adminstration crimes against the American people.

  • April 22, 2009 at 7:52 am
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    The Taliban’s goal to take control of Pakistan and its nuclear arsenal. At that point, the world moves into a new era of global terrorism. The Pakistani government is using the threat from India as an excuse for not concentrating more of its army in northwest provinces. It is now clear that this was the objective the Mumbai attack. It kept Pakistan wondering if India would react with cross-border attacks, especially in Karachi. It is apparent that these people are easily fooled and manipulated. The United States may have no choice but to move into Pakistan in order to secure the nuclear weapons, wherever they might be. It is a frightening situation.

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