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Pakistan ‘Losing War’  With Insurgents

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Posted on Oct 3, 2007
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The Washington Post has it on good authority that Pakistan is losing its war against Taliban and al-Qaida forces operating within its borders, due in no small part to Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s tenuous hold on power.


Washington Post:

PESHAWAR, Pakistan—Pakistan’s government is losing its war against emboldened insurgent forces, giving al-Qaeda and the Taliban more territory in which to operate and allowing the groups to plot increasingly ambitious attacks, according to Pakistani and Western security officials.

The depth of the problem has become clear only in recent months, as regional peace deals have collapsed and the government has deferred developing a new strategy to defeat insurgents until Pakistan’s leader, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, can resolve a political crisis that threatens his presidency.

Meanwhile, radical Islamic fighters who were evicted from Afghanistan by the 2001 U.S.-led invasion have intensified a ruthless campaign that has consumed Pakistan’s tribal areas and now affects its major cities. Military officials say the insurgents have enhanced their ability to threaten not only Pakistan but the United States and Europe as well.

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By Carol Leiws, October 4, 2007 at 1:53 pm Link to this comment
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Simply put:
“Promote world peace - nuke Israel”.

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By rodney, October 4, 2007 at 10:09 am Link to this comment
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Has anybody seen Osama Bin Missing ?

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By Jan, October 4, 2007 at 8:19 am Link to this comment

“bush might be insane,but he never talks tough when it comes to other countries that have nukes.”

Look, Musharaf is the US’s man. He can’t win - that’s all. All these “pro US” countries have a problem that their people are growing anti Western and anti U S A.

Obscessing about whether or not some of them have Nukes is really reflecting what is wrong with the superpowers - they have long thought you can run t he world with a carrot (big money) and a big stick (military threat). the ultimate symbol of military threat is the Nuke. So because the US thinks it is so powerful because it has things like the Nukes, it assumes that all others want it too. Hence “Iran must want Nukes” or “Bush never talks tough to countries that have Nukes” which is also an expression of the same military power obscession of the US.
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By rowdy, October 3, 2007 at 12:08 pm Link to this comment

bush might be insane,but he never talks tough when it comes to other countries that have nukes.

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By Peter S, October 3, 2007 at 6:58 am Link to this comment
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What we need to do is to attack a different Muslim nation(Iran) without any sensible justification. That will help the Pakistan Military win the fight with Al-Qaeda.How did we let these terrorists build a stronghold in a neighboring country to the point of almost being able to defeat that countries extremely weak government? Because it seems like we are trying to get the whole Muslim world to attack us all at once? Don’t worry about losing a war on 2 fronts. What we need to do is to ratchet it up to 4 fronts with one of the new countries to fight/occupy having nukes. You have got to love the neocon play book on world diplomacy. Does that bingo ball machine used in the Vietnam war for call up to conscription still work? Can we stop this apocalyptic scenario or do we just wait for the hot winds of doom to head our way?

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By Verne Arnold, October 3, 2007 at 2:03 am Link to this comment

Some one I know has said, we won’t bomb Iran, but we will bomb Pakistan.  At that time I thought he was mad…now I’m not so sure.

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