Jul 26 2007
It is clear things are heating up in Pakistan where al-Qaeda seems to be marshalling its forces after the beating they are taking in Iraq. It was clear that as Iraq is purged of the Islamo Fascists they would have to run somewhere. I suspected more would go to Iran (and this still may be the case). But there does seem to be something building in Pakistan:
Efforts by the Pakistani establishment to defuse the volatile situation in its tribal areas have failed, despite the carrot of large amounts of money being dangled before the Pakistani Taliban there.
Islamabad is now caught between militants spoiling for a fight and US and coalition troops in Afghanistan ready to give them one – and there is little Pakistan can now do to prevent this from happening.
Since President General Pervez Musharraf sent in the troops against the radical Lal Masjid (Red Mosque) in Islamabad this month to root out militants, Pakistan has sent thousands of troops to the tribal areas, where they have been met with open hostility resulting in the death of scores of military personnel.
Asia Times Online has learned of increased Pakistani military activity in the Waziristans in preparation for a large-scale operation, possibly augmented by NATO forces from across the border in Afghanistan.
Taking this fight to the terrorists is the only option. They need to understand the ramifications of terrorism – their own lives. That is the only way to establish some level of peace.