Supervillian Taliban terrorists compounds, Combat with victory and defeat swinging like a pendulum nigh unhinged. Is an entire region - the Federated Tribal turf of Khawazakhela, a former no go zone for President General Musharif's Pakistani Army up for grabs? Or is this creepy, beheading cult of Taliban thug huggers prepping for martyr status at a hellish Anti Alamo?
Currently the Pakistan Frontier Corps are suffering from a terrible bushwacking Talibanish intolerants and their old school buds Al Qaeda will no doubt spin this as a divine victory.
Pakistani military officials concede they are searching for a new strategy now
that the old one has gone awry. But with Musharraf struggling to stay in office
and expected to soon step down from the military, no decisions are likely until
questions over the country's leadership are settled.
Getting Musharraf elected for another five years -- that is keeping
everything on hold," said Brig. Gen. Mehmood Shah, who until 2005 was a top
security official in the tribal areas.
"The federal government is busy with its problem of legitimacy. "
Legitimacy. The bane of unelected leaders in the new millenium.
The Land of the Pure's President General. For years he's honestly tried to appease, to co exist, to reform. The result? Chaotic lawless 'Forbidden Zones', multiple botched assassination attempts and open revolution - the very op of stability - a must have on any military ruler's resume'.
India signals sympathy with Musharriff giving him a clear six o'clock to wield his real military in a real war. Defeating a dark, pocket caliphate will demand more than the not very highly reguarded Frontier Corps.
"The sad thing about it is that a lot of these militants are better off than the
Frontier Corps," said the Western official, referring to the Pakistani force
that is supposed to be on the front lines fighting the Taliban and al-Qaeda. The
militants "have rockets. They have advanced weapons. And the Frontier Corps has
sandals and a bolt-action rifle."
Experts on Pakistan's military agree. The gloves are off. Time to wage a Lalafallujah.
"Pakistan should have no doubt about what these people have done, and what they
can do. They have declared war on Pakistan. Now the army must make a war plan."