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Pakistan, in flagrante delicto
| Arnaud de Borchgrave
Posted on 12/10/2002 4:13:59 PM PST by swarthyguy
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- The Bush administration appears to be astigmatically challenged when scanning the geopolitical landscape beyond Iraq. Inspector Blix Clouseau and his merry band of Keystone Kops in the land of the Arab world's Torquemada have produced all-Iraq news-all-the-time networks that are ignoring hair-raising developments in nearby Pakistan.
Last Nov. 16, Fazlur Rehman, a close friend of both Osama bin Laden and Taliban supremo Mullah Mohammed Omar, as well as being the head of a coalition of six extremist politico-fundamentalist groups and a member of Pakistan's newly elected National Assembly, demanded that his parliamentary colleagues offer prayers for the man the United States executed Nov. 14 for killing two CIA agents in Virginia.
The speaker of the National Assembly, with foreign ambassadors looking on from the visitors' gallery, acquiesced. Rehman's pro-Taliban team was just warming up. The prayers were quickly followed by a blistering attack on the United States by other members of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal coalition. "God, destroy those who handed (Mir Amal) Kasi over to America. May his murderers, whether in America or Pakistan, meet the same fate," said another MMA leader.
Kasi's execution in Virginia turned him into an overnight cult figure in Pakistan -- and opened up the sluice gates of anti-U.S. vitriol. When the plane carrying his dead body touched down in Quetta, the provincial capital of Baluchistan, tens of thousands of people broke through police cordons shouting, "Allah is great." With his coffin draped in a cloak inscribed with verses of the Koran, Kasi was carried through Quetta in the biggest funeral procession Baluchistan has ever witnessed. "America Go Home," "Bush the Butcher of Afghanistan," and other anti-U.S. epithets were either banners waved or slogans warbled.
Next day, Nov. 19, another huge crowd gathered at the funeral venue. In a rare display of altruism, motorized rickshaws and buses ferried people free of charge. Even official Pakistan thought it would be appropriate to pay obeisance to Kasi. Baluchistan Corps Cmdr. Gen. Abdul Qadir Baloch, Baluchistan Chief Minister Amirul Mulk Mengal, and the Pakistani ambassador to the United States led the official delegation.
For the past three weeks, thousands throng to Kasi's gravesite daily and carry earth back as if holy ground. Says Kasi's brother Hamidullah, "Every morning when we go to his grave, we find the soil covering his tomb reduced a few more inches and we have to build up the bulge afresh." Pashto and Baluchi poets are writing odes to the fallen hero, hailing him as second only to bin Laden in the popular pantheon of larger-than-life Muslims.
The foreign office was at a loss to explain the presence of senior officials at Kasi's funeral. The official spokesman explained the ambassador happened to be in Quetta to visit his ailing mother. A former federal Cabinet minister said the response to Kasi's funeral persuaded the intelligence community to free Dr. Amez Aziz, the physician the FBI had been interrogating about his links to bin Laden.
Now that he enjoys parliamentary immunity, Rehman grows bolder by the day. All good Muslims should now "follow Kasi's example," he said Dec. 10, which clearly was a leaf out of bin Laden's fatwa -- "kill Americans."
Officially, Washington says President Pervez Musharraf is a loyal ally of the United States in the war on terror. But with new pro-Taliban, pro-al Qaida provincial governments in the Northwest Frontier Province and in Baluchistan, it has become increasingly clear that the transnational terrorists hunted by the United States have recovered some of the privileged sanctuaries they enjoyed prior to Sept. 11, 2001.
Pakistan is a country where local police are reluctant to antagonize a religious group, however extreme. Many of the extremists detained following Musharraf's pledge to the United States last January to quench terrorism are now free men in a country where a Kalashnikov (AK-47) can be rented for $2.50 a day and any kind of a weapon obtained at one hour's notice.
In the tribal belt adjacent to Afghanistan, automobile salesmen push the envelope with stickers that say, "Buy one vehicle and get a rocket launcher free." The problem, said one former police chief now in the United States, is that "law enforcement in a lawless society where human rights are unknown and guilt is beaten out of those arrested."
A cop on the beat makes $1 a day; an inspector general of police for an entire province, $400 a month. A "fundamentalist" in Pakistani police parlance is a police chief who pays his personal bills out of police funds.
One of India's most influential officials, National Security Adviser Brajesh Mishra, was in Washington this week for talks with senior Bush administration officials. His lunch with national security adviser Condoleezza Rice lasted over three hours. Trying to shift attention from the clear and future danger of Iraq to the clear and present danger of Pakistan was a thankless task.
Mishra's other message was harmonious to Secretary of State Colin Powell and gratingly dissonant to Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz. A U.S. invasion of Iraq without U.N. approval would play into the hands of "crazies everywhere." American lives would be at risk in many parts of the world. Al Qaida would have a new recruiting poster and volunteers would flock to bin Laden's bloody banner.
The logic of war in early 2003 now seems implacable. If Saddam Hussein were to concede a number of weapons of mass destruction, either chemical or biological or both, he's toast. If his 11,807 pages of documents and 60,000 pages on CDs demonstrate he has indeed destroyed all weapons of mass destruction, he's dismissed as an incurable liar -- and still toast. And if President Bush doesn't toast him, Mr. Bush himself is toast -- at least for a second term.
U.S. strategic assets, including four carrier task forces, are still converging on staging areas around Iraq and it is highly unlikely they will be recalled before the Iraqi dictator has been unhorsed. Between now and then, the burden of proof will shift from President Saddam to President Bush. It has to be incontrovertible. Therefore, top-secret intelligence on Saddam's clear and present danger will have to be credible -- and made public. But the CIA remains unconvinced.
TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: enemies; enemy; india; indian; jihad; musharraf; pakistani
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Bochgrave rips into Pakistan again Ping.
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One of India's most influential officials, National Security Adviser Brajesh Mishra, was in Washington this week for talks with senior Bush administration officials. His lunch with national security adviser Condoleezza Rice lasted over three hours.
If anybody thinks the coming war is simply with Iraq... instead of the daily-more-apparent gang of islamofascists that represent the pan-arab world, along with their probable nukes, bio-terrorism and assymetric warfare against civilization...
I got a question for them:
Wanna buy a watch? It's a rolex, REALLY.... I promise.
We are going to war with the entire arab world. NOT one at a time, for THEY will not allow it. THEY want a world war, that they can call a "religious war against Islam", for one reason. They believe they can, AND WILL win.
And they will, if we keep towing to the Politically Correct diatribe we have been regurgitating. There may be peaceful islamics... but they are not the ones with the bombs, guns, suicide-bombing islamakazis and bio-weapons.
The peaceful muslims, end up dead. Killed by the not-so-peaceful ones. And if we keep pushing publicly the delusion that ALL of REAL ISLAM is PEACEFUL... we will be joining them, in the not-too-distant future.
Evil Pakis have hidden Al Quaida and Osami, and his leprous crew amongst their hidden enclaves in the border regions. all the while protecting and saber rattling their nukes...
Don't think for ONE moment that they will not try to use these on us, or their neighbors that they perceive to be our friends, in the moment of truth.
What a nest of vipers and rabid rats!
ABCNews had a great piece this evening about the curricula in Saudi schools. Guess what, nothing's changed. The hatred is flowing as freely as the money that flows into Alqaeda's coffers.
I think you owe an apology to vipers and rabid rats.
At least they know what they do. Human Beings (such as jihadis are ) DO!
>>At least they know what they do
At least they know NOT what they do - Correction.
Pak is just another loony bin nation stuffed full of Islamic nutters.
posted on 12/10/2002 4:33:18 PM PST
As long as Musharraf does what we want, the government of Pakistan is going to have our support. Why wouldn't they?
There's no denying, though, that millions of Pakistanis don't support us. I'm not sure what to do about that, though. Millions of Frenchmen don't, either, although so far they haven't assassinated any of our CIA agents in Virgina.
On one hand, we criticized Pakistan for suspending democratic rule. Afterwards, we complain about who was elected, in an election that was manipulated to help elect people who support Musharraf.
There's no easy answer, and it only proves that Pakistan is going to be a problem for quite awhile. The hope that they will turn into Turkey within a few months is nuts.
posted on 12/10/2002 4:35:57 PM PST
by Dog Gone
And the screws are tightening on the Saudis.The revelation yesterday that the NSC has talked about the US taking de facto control over the Iraq oil industry is a shot clear through to Riyadh, though it hasn't been reported that way.A revitalized Iraqi oil industry makes the Saudis a eunuch.
"if we keep towing...."
Wow, I'll bet that's a long haul.
posted on 12/10/2002 4:39:41 PM PST
I hope we invade Iraq soon. It seems there is just a one-track mind in Washington regarding the world. Anything other than Iraq is not even thought of. Perhaps Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld can get the cobwebs out of their head and think of something else. We have Venzuela, Brazil, North Korea, Pakistan all on the front burner. I wonder at times if the dynamic duo can even chew gum and walk at the same time. Enough Iraq is enough. Start the invasion and get to some of the other things that are being neglected.
posted on 12/10/2002 4:41:02 PM PST
To: Dog Gone
>>in an election that was manipulated to help elect people who support Musharraf.
But it didn't work. The jihadis are in power in the very provinces that the US needs to search.
Comparing Frenchmen to Pakistanis is a stretch, even for FR.
And has Musharraf really done what we want? The evidence is overwhelming that he hasn't. Exhibit A - Recent shipments August 2002 of unknown materials to North Korea.
Exhibit B - Agreements to supply WMD to Saudi Arabia.
They're NEVER going to turn into Turkey. They've had 50 plus years to do that and haven't nothwithstanding being a valued ally of the US during the ColdWar.
But Bochgrave is really thumping on Pakistan. Every little bit helps.
>>And the screws are tightening on the Saudis.
Not fast enough. I'd prefer US occupying the Saudi oil fields thereby cutting off the flow of funds to alqaeda and other jihadis. But the die is cast as we wait for the UN's approval to go into Iraq. Unless there's a coup which i still think is the preferred method.
Or this is all just a feint and instead of Iraq, we pull a DDay maneuver and move on the Saudis. A long shot but i can hope, can't I?
Isn't Mushariff out of power now? Or is he operating behind the scenes? Mushy is far from the worst you could have at the top.
posted on 12/10/2002 4:45:58 PM PST
Give me a call when something is done about Pakistan
and Saudi Arabia
, because unless some real
action is taken against those 2 nations then the war against terror is a bigger farce than the war against drugs!
And far deadlier.
posted on 12/10/2002 4:49:15 PM PST
I can't tell who's in power and neither can the Pakistanis themselves. He stays head of the NSC so he still will be calling the shots.
But if Mush's role was to stop a US incursion into Pakistan and hold the Americans at bay while the islami nutters gain power, he's done a great job.
One at a time.This operation of remaking a region doesn't happen easily.Take out the big dog first, the nasty man with the nasty weapons, and then see what noises begin to emante from various capitals.The impatience to hitting the weakest military power, ie the Saudis, is a weird fetish around FR.They aren't going anywhere.
IMO, we've missed a window to surprise and decapitate our enemies over the past year.
The Saudis may be the weakest military power but they are the most influential. They are the sea in which the jihadis swim.
If the jihadis were deprived of their money, how much easier would it be?
Calling Saudis a weird fetish is wrong; a weird fetish is sucking pretty pink painted toes. Actually, as fetishes go, its not too weird.
Saudis are our mortal enemy and the biggest threat out there. Regardless of how many times they are feted at the WhiteHouse and invited to Crawford.
And what's wrong with taking out the weakest military power with the biggest oil reserves. The economy would boom and the perverted princes would have to go back to their tents or Monaco or MonteCarlo with the cash they have stashed there.
Sorry, don't buy the administration's line about Saudi.
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