Monday, March 26, 2007

Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks

The Taliban from Bajaur threaten a suicide campaign the same day a peace agreement with them by the Pakistan government is signed. Bill Roggio reports.

"The tribesmen and militants agreed not to give foreign militants safe haven in the area or allow 'subversive' activities, while the authorities pledged not to make arrests without consulting the elders," according to AFP. "The administration will not raid our places without any solid proof and withdraw warrants of arrests issued against our people on the basis of suspicion," said Aziz, the Taliban representative. AFP reports the Pakistani government has not agreed to withdraw military and security forces, unlike the Waziristan Accord.

The 'local Taliban' wasted no time in flexing its muscles. On the very same day the Bajaur Accord is inked, the 'local Taliban,' or TNSM, demanded the release of TNSM leader Sufi Mohammed. If Sufi is not released, the TNSM threatened to conduct a suicide campaign inside Pakistan. The TNSM claims to have over 100 suicide bombers available to strike at targets inside the country.

Somehow somebody's not getting the essence of what it means to reach a P-e-a-c-e Accord. And given the mental cast of the parties, one wonders whether they ever will.

The tribal militants are led by Faqir Muhammad, government sources told Dawn, an English-language Pakistani newspaper, the day the agreement was made. Faqir Muhammad is a senior leader of the Movement for the Enforcement of Islamic Laws, which provided the ideological inspiration to the Afghan Taliban in the 1990s. Faqir's group sent over 10,000 fighters into Afghanistan to fight U.S. forces during Operation Enduring Freedom in October 2001. His two sons and two cousins were arrested by Pakistani authorities after returning from Afghanistan.

But as Scarlett O'Hara once said, "tomorrow is another day."


Blogger wretchard said...

"Leaders of a car-bombing ring believed responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Iraqis in the Shiite Sadr City enclave and elsewhere in Baghdad have been captured, the U.S. military said on Monday." (Yahoo)

3/26/2007 11:23:00 PM  
Blogger Karridine said...

Wretchard, the capture of the car-bomb thugs is GREAT NEWS!

You might reconsider that flashing advert (column left, front-page) as it may be of a color-combo OR flash-speed that induces epileptic seizures, Sir.

12 years of neurological study & practice, and I now advise (strongly) to simply avoid using or displaying such adverts. It can blink once a second and catch attention effectively...

Because, My Friend, IF that ad DOES trigger an epileptic seizure in some poor soul, he/she might not even recall WHAT triggered it, or how to contact anyone about it if they did!

3/27/2007 01:40:00 AM  
Blogger PapaBear said...

re: Taliban: if the Paki govt withdraws policing of the area, that means they need to not care if US SF groups go in

3/27/2007 04:54:00 AM  
Blogger Tony said...

Is the kind of P-e-a-c-e that the Dems expect when we re-deploy from Iraq?

3/27/2007 07:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re teaching old dogs:

They don't wish to learn new tricks. Some individuals and peoples are hooked on misery. They suffer and whine about it if they’re lazy and spread it by sowing discontent, hate and violence, if they’re more energetic. The truly enterprising sub-humans reap advantage and reward through all of the above.

3/27/2007 11:36:00 AM  
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3/27/2007 01:36:00 PM  
Blogger Tony said...

Let's hope the Iraqis get the message,
they’ve been assigned the role of “Next Vietnam”
and Bush is not going to be able to put off their Solo for more than another year or two.

I would apologize for this being off-topic, but it's not. The Islamist reaction to Surrender is going to be the same all over the World.

3/27/2007 03:02:00 PM  
Blogger 3Case said...

"The Islamist reaction to Surrender is going to be the same all over the World."

To repeat:

Slaughter now or slaughter later.
Slaughter later = slaughter more.

It's pretty simple. Really.

3/27/2007 03:11:00 PM  
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3/28/2007 06:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chop Suey!, System of a Down on Toxicity:

Wake up,
Grab a brush and put a little (makeup),
Grab a brush and put a little,
Hide the scars to fade away the (shakeup)
Hide the scars to fade away the,
Why'd you leave the keys upon the table?
Here you go create another fable
You wanted to,

I don't think you trust,
In, my, self righteous suicide,
I, cry, when angels deserve to die
In my, self righteous suicide,
I, cry, when angels deserve to die

Father, Father, Father, Father,
Father/ Into your hands/I/commend my spirit,
Father, into your hands,
Why have you forsakee,
In your thoughts forsaken me,
In your heart forsaken, me oh,

Trust in my self righteous suicide,
I, cry, when angels deserve to die,
In my self righteous suicide,
I, cry, when angels deserve to die.

3/28/2007 06:58:00 AM  

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