The real blowback
The Counterterrorism Blog looks at the new Ugly American. The man from China.
It is rightly observed that Pakistan is on the brink of precipice. In Pakistan, Chinese nationals, security forces and Musharraf regime, all are in an Islamist terror mess, especially after the fall of Red Mosque early this month. Wave of revenge attacks on Chinese nationals and security personnel have been increasing. Fears for a Pro-Taliban militant backed civil unrest is gaining ground, with the recent spate of violence across the country that has already taken hundreds of lives in the last seven days. Avowed militants continued suicide attacks and intensified their deadly assaults on security forces and Chinese populations. As many as Six suicide attacks have taken place since July 12 Miranshah and Swat incidents including three in one single day.
Holy chihuahua. Meanwhile, the Iranians are discovering one of the downsides to supporting armed groups, one which Americans dealing with groups in Anbar and Diyala are alive to. The prospect of terror groups running wild. The Strategy Page says ...
July 18, 2007: The Iranian government is losing control of its security forces and secret police. Islamic radicals increasingly refuse to obey orders from the top, claiming God has commanded them to do otherwise. The Islamic conservatives have remained in power by cultivating Islamic radicals in the security forces, men who were willing to fight to the death to keep an un-elected Islamic conservative government in power. But now the Islamic radicals are out of control, and bringing them to heel will threaten the ability of the Islamic conservatives to rule the country.
It's no coincidence that all the state sponsors of terror groups are authoritarian regimes themselves. They have the secret police, torture chambers, and surveillance needed to keep their Frankenstein monsters in line. Or do they?