October 2, 2010
Written by Sue · Filed Under World
2 Responses to “US Drone Attacks Kill 18 Militants in Pakistan Amid Tensions”
The Pakistani government could help rid itself of these militants if it were willing to stop providing areas of sanctuary in which they could gain a foothold. I think the Obama Administration has escalated the drone attacks in an effort to keep as close to the withdrawal timeline as possible. Karzai will have to commit to efforts to run the militants out of Afghanistan and keep them out.
This whole situation is a mess due to the fact that this region of the world has a long history of upheaval, the geographic terrain of the region provides many places in which these militants can hide, and Afghanistan lacks a strong central government. Many of the areas in Afghanistan are under tribal control, and some of the people in these tribes have strong ties to the militants. There is also the fact that there is no national language, making it harder for the different tribal groups to communicate with each other and members in the national government. The Soviet Union remained in Afghanistan for almost 10 years and still couldn’t bring the country under its control. Americans who think that our troops can claim victory in Iraq and/or Afghanistan could benefit from studying the history of the region.
Majii – Actually, new reports seem to indicate that the drone attacks increasing is to due more to the current European terror threat. They learned about the plot in July, and have been stepping up attacks near the border ever since. But especially since the scale of the attack came to light.
I agree with you about Pakistan needing to do more to eliminate the sactuary spots inhabited by insurgents. But then, the situation is a complex one.
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