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Deadly Conflict in Pakistan

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Posted on Mar 20, 2007

An outbreak of violence in Pakistan has killed more 50 people since Monday, according to the BBC.  Militants connected to the Afghan Taliban in the country’s northwest region have been battling tribesmen.


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Heavy shelling has raged since Monday near Wana in the South Waziristan tribal area close to Afghanistan.

Most of those killed were militants from Uzbekistan suspected of links with al-Qaeda, officials said. At least two children also died in the crossfire.

The Taleban have reportedly sent senior commanders to the area to seek a truce.

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By Dale Headley, March 21, 2007 at 5:12 pm Link to this comment
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As George Bush waxes bellicose against North Korea and Iran, the real danger is Pakistan.  If the Islamic majority in that country ever overthrows its military dictator (Bush’s kinda guy), it will become a nation of jihadists who not only have the bomb, but would gleefully use it against us given half a chance.  It boggles the mind that, with all the real dangers in the world, Bush persists in this useless, illegal, immoral war against the one country in the region that is not and never was a threat to us.

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By Kol Klink, March 20, 2007 at 7:15 pm Link to this comment
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Pakistan is the other boot waiting to drop. Now that our Army and Marine forces are stretched thin and we have little or no ‘rapid response’ force to send to Pakistan, Al Queda may have decided that it is time to start the ball in Pakistan. Musharaff is holding onto power by his fingernails. Pakistan is a nuclear armed state with the missles to deliver the warheads ready to launch.
Those that would come to power in Pakistan if Musharaff falls would most certainly be radical Muslims. It was the Pakistani ISI (intelligence service) working in conjunction with our CIA that trained and equipped the Mujihideen and the Taliban. Musharaff, to hold onto power, has recently been forced to make deals with the Taliban and Pashtun that are training and quartering in Pakistan then crossing the border into Afganistan to carry out attacks. The ISI and Pakistani military still see the Taliban as their darling creation and resent US intervention in Afganistan that removed them from power. Only Bush and his neo con fools would think that Pakistan would ever be a real ally of the United States! Musharaff was getting a lot of money from Bushco to play the part of ‘ally’ and in return Musharaff has allowed the US certain privilages on Pakistani soil and have provided some help in rounding up ‘wanted bad guys.’ Meanwhile Mr A.Q. Khan (father of the Pakistani bomb) was running a nuclear bazzar, selling everything necessary to build your own bomb to anyone that could afford the parts and plans…and Musharaff claimed he knew nothing about these activities. What a hoot!
Someone at State and the DOD better get troops ready to move into Pakistan quickly to secure the nukes if this thing snowballs. Are you listening Condi and Gates???

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By Louise, March 20, 2007 at 6:53 pm Link to this comment
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It took them a while, but the neo-cons were finally successful in turning their occupation in Iraq into a civil war.

They’ve tried, but not been successful (yet) to get a civil war going in Palestine.

Now working hard to get one going in Pakistan.

Is that how they’re finally going to get their war in Iran and Syria?

Possible unintended consequence. Civil war in Israel?

Meanwhile slicing and dicing the population here at home has been an on-going neo-con pastime.

Hard to know whose the dumbest here. Them, or them that allows them to stay in power.

Anybody out there read history?

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By Quy Tran, March 20, 2007 at 6:07 pm Link to this comment
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Where’re liberation troops ? Are they sleeping?

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