Monday, October 16, 2006

When we lose Pakistan...

A consistent objective for al Qaeda is the destruction of any ally to the United States, in particular if that alliance occurs close to al Qaeda's operational territory. Massoud, of the Northern Alliance, could tell you that -- if he weren't dead.

Syed Saleem Shahzad of Asia Times Online:
The recent discovery of a planned al-Qaeda-backed coup against Musharraf's regime, which included men in uniform associated with sensitive strategic institutions, underlines Musharraf's difficulties.

According to information obtained by Asia Times Online, the coup plot was hatched in the Waziristan tribal area headquarters of al-Qaeda. The conspiracy was uncovered after a mobile phone used to activate a rocket aimed at the president's residence was traced to an air force officer. More than 40 people, both inside and outside the military, were subsequently arrested.

The most alarming issue for the Pakistani establishment was not only the involvement of air force officers, but the apparent deep penetration of al-Qaeda into highly sensitive areas.

Those arrested in the conspiracy plot include air force engineers associated with the Air Weapon Complex (AWC) of Pakistan, a leading organization in the field of air-delivered weapons and systems. Its personnel are subjected to vigorous and intrusive background checks.

The personnel arrested were employed in the high-profile research and development section of the AWC. The linkage of such security-cleared people with al-Qaeda, who, according to Asia Times Online's information, were to carry out the attacks on signals received from Waziristan, sheds light on the vulnerable security situation in Pakistan. At the same time, it shows the depth of feeling in segments of society who reject Pakistan's role in the "war on terror".

Pakistani security officials have confirmed that the rocket plot to assassinate Musharraf was an al-Qaeda-linked conspiracy. At a press conference, Interior Minister Aftab Sherpao announced that eight al-Qaeda militants had been arrested.


Blogger Chuck said...

This is why I believe Bush when he calls it a Global War on Terror. Pakistan is only one example of how deeply al Qaeda has burrowed into the inner sanctoms of Middle Eastern governments and possibly into very sensitive areas of Germany, France and Great Britan.

Islam has spread around the world like a plague and within this population there are bound to be Islamic extremists. In fact, there is a guy in Minnesota running for the US Congress who has been connected to radical Islamic groups. Nancy Pelosi will probably put him on the Intelligence Committee.

I would go further than Bush in defining our current world situation. I would say that we are in a war wit Islam. Not a politically correct statement but I believe it is true.

8:03 PM  
Blogger Dr Victorino de la Vega said...


I’m glad you liked this excerpt from Prof. T. Khalidi’s piece: the guy is a friend of mine from his Cambridge days during which he wrote the precious “Islamic Jesus”- a must read for many reasons.

If you couldn’t Google the full article, I can always e-mail it to you: C.E. I’m not sure I have your e-mail address: mine is available on TMEM.

Also, I love Wesley Clark….
A Republican America-Firster running as a “Neo-Democrat” to save our nation from the scheming Marxist Pharisees of the Pentagon: the man is my hero!


8:15 PM  
Blogger Publia said...

I hope we don't lose Pakistan. There are a lot of people there who want a good future for that country, and I hope they are able to achieve that.

2:38 AM  

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