Not long after 911, then President General for Life Musharraf of the Land of the Pure pleaded with his failing state's trifecta of intolerant militants, Army Cadres and citizens that Pakistan was in a terrible bind. The whole world thought Pakistan totally sucked. "Four serious accusations were hurled at Pakistan:
Years, billions of bucks, buckets of blood and chaos later Great Satan's chief spy guy pretty much copied and pasted the exPresident General's plea as a caveat:
A. All the terrorist activity in Afghanistan had its base in Pakistan
B. All the freedom struggle in Indian Held Kashmir was Cross border Terrorism from Pakistan
C. All nuclear proliferation in the world had its source in Pakistan
D. Pakistan is an intolerant militant extremist society "
"Four serious accusations were hurled at Pakistan:
Yay. Those famously infamous Tribal Zones - FATA or Federally unAdministered Tribal Area. Currently functioning as impact areas for cruise and heckfire missiles, the Mumbai Massacre now has leads to another tribalist area in Pakistani occupied Kashmir.
"Let me be very clear: Today, virtually every major terrorist threat
that my agency is aware of has threads back to the tribal areas. Whether it's command and control, training, direction, money, capabilities, there is a connection to the FATA."
Just like RAND Corp pointed out a while back, a nation state that cannot impose the writ of state into her different regions and 'FATA's" is tough to defend. Or sympathize with.
Royal Navy Fan and all around smart guy Arthur Herman nails it with
Daemoneoconic Robert Kagan puts a razor sharp point on it too:
"The duty of every government is to make sure that terrorists get
them before they can deal them out. Pakistanis will never know peace, or peace with their neighbors in Afghanistan and India, until they finally and ruthlessly root out the terrorists in their midst."
"We don't think the world's great nations and countries can be held
hostage by non-state actors," Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari said
yesterday. Fair enough. But what is the world to do when those non-state actors operate from the territory of a state and are the creation of that state's intelligence services?
"Reversing decades-old policies of support for these groups mayNo surprise then that an alledged ex one star General of Land of the Pure's psuedo army reckons the threat of intervention would magically provide Pakistan with all the goodies needed to unify the nation.
be impossible for any Pakistani leader, especially when the only forces
capable of rooting them out are the same forces that created them and sustain them."
"This is the time, when nobody is going to come from outside to help us
and we have to unite from within. We must stop killing each other. India is unlikely to indulge in some sort of adventure, but if she does then the world will get a surprise that how Pakistanis from Karachi to Khyber get united with the first practical show of aggression from India.
"This is the golden chance to get united in the face of foreign
aggression. Enough with the fighting of American war on terror. What have gained from it? Nothing and oppositely America is showing so much compassion and harmony with India, who has done literally nothing for America in the war against terror, rather India is behind the Balochistan militancy and other terrorist activities in Pakistan.
Perhaps there is another way to finally unify an artificial state.
With the blessing of Allah, Pakistan Army is the guardian of our
borders. They are on their toes, when we sleep and rest assured that Pakistan army is ready to face any aggression and retaliate in befitting manner. India should end this drama now. All those flimsy stories about terrorists coming on boats all the way from Karachi to Mumbai and then creating mayhem so easily."
"Until now, the military and intelligence services have remained more
interested in wielding influence in Afghanistan through the Taliban and fighting India in Kashmir through terrorist groups than in cracking down. Perhaps they need a further incentive -- such as the prospect of seeing parts of their country placed in an international receivership."
Pic "A Slice of Pakistan"