October 2009 Archives
October 23, 2009
The Massive Pakistani military operation currently underway against militants in the South Waziristan tribal area is the brainchild of General Stanley McChrystal, the top United States commander in Afghanistan. The aim is to spread the Taliban-led Afghan insurgency into Pakistan. This, it is reasoned, will make it easier to deal with the insurgency in Afghanistan with a blend of military operations and political deals. This draws Pakistan, already mired in political and economic crises, into an ever-deepening quagmire.
Mr. Shahzad said, "The country has become a playing field for operators of all shades. These include Iranian Balochi insurgents, over a dozen Pakistani militant groups linked with the Taliban or al-Qaeda, the US Central Intelligence Agency's network, security contractors associated with the American establishment, and last but not the least, agent provocateurs.:
Conclusion: "Pakistan, one of the booming economies of Asia just two years ago, seriously risks becoming a failed state." To read more of Mr. Shahzad's provocative analysis, which I highly recommend, please see "Where Pakistan's Militants go to Ground."