Opinion: War in Afghanistan May Be Lost in Pakistan

April 3, 2009

(ChattahBox) — President Obama has gotten mostly favorable reaction (even from the GOP) for his intentions to push on with the war in Afghanistan to defeat the Taliban and prevent Al Qaeda from becoming entrenched. And while many see this as a war we are committed to see through not unlike Iraq, one wonders if this is a winnable war. Afghan President Hamid Karzai who has been shown to be an ineffective and allegedly corrupt leader is now trying to legalize rape to win re-election and curry favor with Iran and the countries Islamic fundamentalist population. But with many challenges in Afghanistan it is the instability in Pakistan that may ultimately make this an unwinnable war.  It’s been known for years that Al Qaeda and the Taliban’s elite leaders such as Osama Bin Laden and Mullah Mohammad Omar hide out and run their operations from Pakistan.

While the Pakistani government is officially aligned with the United States against the Taliban, the military and intelligence service played a critical role in creating the Afghan Islamist militia during the 1990s. Analysts say that elements within Pakistan retain an interest in keeping Afghanistan unstable and the Taliban active. Recently Pakistan signed a deal with the Taliban that has strengthened the militants’ grip of power. Pakistani authorities in early March agreed to establish Taliban rule in the troubled Swat Valley and militants have now set up an administration with courts, taxes, patrols and checkpoints. Taliban leaders who took power in Afghanistan in 1996 seeking to build an orderly Islamic state in Afghanistan, under the influence of al-Qaeda and radicalized Pakistani militants have evolved into a more ambitious goal of world Islamic dominance. Pro-Taliban leader Maulana Fazullah has waged a violent campaign against the Pakistani army to expand the area of conflict to Swat’s adjoining areas. Meanwhile Taliban insurgents are seizing vital resouces and have recently taken over several government-owned mines in Swat and its adjoining areas.  Just yesterday 70 militants armed with propelled grenades and heavy weapons stormed the Gojaro Kalai mine in the Shangla district, according to media reports. The militants have also recently taken over another emerald mine at Fiza Ghat on the outskirts of Mingora, the main town in Swat.  Ultimately an increasingly more unstable Pakistan significantly decreases our chances of success in Afghanistan.


Comments

3 Responses to “Opinion: War in Afghanistan May Be Lost in Pakistan”

  1. DesertDiamondCasinoHotel on April 3rd, 2009 3:53 pm

    Thanks for the article.

  2. CKIGAB on April 3rd, 2009 10:45 pm

    Well America should offer them $50 billion to get access to the tribal areas.
    I would go as far as giving them $150 billion $ to let American troops move into the tribal area.
    As well as that, the international body will sign a declaration saying that American troops can not attack Pakistan troops why inside Pakistan, even if Pakistan starts a nuclear war, & America can not go beyond 1 mile / 10 miles of the tribal region.
    That should do it, if Pakistan was to say no, we would all not that the Taliban have access to nuclear weapons & that the Taliban are Pakistan’s secret army that can do attacks with it not 100% being blames on the army / country.
    So we will 100% not that the whole time the Taliban / al-qida was made or secretly into graded into Pakistanis army / make them as 1.
    So they use them as a weapon to attack other countries not being 100% connected.
    Its will then be time to move all of Americas hi-tech weapons to the Pakistan border, moving American troops to the India’s border with American troops with American top secret weapons that can defend a nuclear attack / do other thing to stop a nuclear attack if fired.
    Then they would invade the tribal area without Pakistan’s green light, if Pakistan attacks they will be smashed apart with 4 nuclear strikes hitting the main targets why having satellites looking at every inch of Pakistan seeing where they are launching there missiles from..
    After the nuclear attack, American will fire missiles to clean up most of the radiation, after there nuclear attack.
    Problem solved.
    If Pakistan is the Taliban, they must be stoped right now no matter what, ether by small force by invading the tribal area, too massive force if they try attack back from the invasion …

  3. John Maszka on April 3rd, 2009 11:38 pm

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    Would you post it, and possibly circulate it? I’m very interested in incorporating the views of women, non-whites, and people living outside of America and Western Europe.

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    Take care,

    John Maszka

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