Who needs enemies when you've got allies like Pakistan? The Vancouver Sun reports:
MAYWAND, Afghanistan - The leader of an Afghan district where Canadians are currently deployed says he has reason to believe the Pakistani secret police are offering cash rewards to anyone who uses an explosive device to injure or kill a NATO soldier. "I have heard the Pakistan ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence) is openly giving money for people that are laying mines," said Haji Saifullah, district leader for Maywand, a desert region in the northwest sector of Kandahar province with a population of about 100,000 people.
"If the mine goes off on coalition forces, they are going to get more money, if they go off on (Afghanistan National Army soldiers) they are going to get middle-class money, and if it is going off on police, they are going to get less money," he added, while speaking through an interpreter provided by the Canadian military.
CanWest News Service yesterday could not independently verify Mr. Saifullah's comments, and the district leader did not provide any direct evidence to prove the allegations. ... In yesterday's interview, Mr. Saifullah said he has been told that a successful bomber will get 100,000 Pakistani rupees, about $1,900 Cdn, if he kills a member of NATO's International Security Assistance Force, and 20,000 rupees, about $380, for members of the Afghan forces. He added he has heard a bomber will get half those amounts if he is able to simply hit a convoy with an explosive device.
Well maybe Pakistan isn't offering the money, not the government anyway, but the practice of offering cash for heads seems a well established practice. The families of suicide bombers sent to kill Jews, for example, are given special vouchers they can redeem, while those who actually go on missions pose for a special video to commemorate the occasion. The current world crisis has generated many absurdities. Recently a number of Serbs have been sentenced by a war crimes court for videotaping the murder of innocent Muslims. But when Muslims videotape the murder of American soldiers and source it through the backdoor to the mainstream media it becomes transformed into news. But history is funny in that way.