This map figure the future of a Pakistan without Warziristan and Ballochistan
The U.S. is officially attacking Pakistani citizen within Pakistan’s borders by military means:
President Bush secretly approved orders in July that for the first time allow American Special Operations forces to carry out ground assaults inside Pakistan without the prior approval of the Pakistani government, according to senior American officials.
This is an open declaration of war against Pakistan.
The commander of Pakistan’s armed forces understood that and promises to fight back:
“The sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country will be defended at all cost and no external force is allowed to conduct operations inside Pakistan,” [Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani] said.
That grave sentence is the last one in the AP report.
Have the people of the United States understood what Bush is doing here?
He just started a war with a nuclear armed nation of some 170 million people.
Have the NATO/ISAF troops in Afghanistan and their civilian overlords understood what Bush is doing here?
U.S. troops outside of NATO/ISAF command attacked the country through which some 80% of all logistic that sustain those troops are shipped. There is no real alternative transport for these materials and last week the route was already shut down for day. That was clearly a warning.
The international media seem to be quiet about the issue.
There should be outrage. Attacks like the ground operation last week have zero military relevance for the outcome in Afghanistan. Kill one ’senior militant’ and ten others will step up to take his job. But such operations endanger all ‘western’ troops and civilians in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
There are clear alternatives to this. The U.S. commander in Afghanistan requested 10,000 more troops to fight the Taliban within Afghanistan. Those could seal the border to Pakistan. But Bush does not want to pull troops out of Iraq and will send only some 3,500 to Afghanistan and that only next spring. Instead he widens the war to include another country.
Some 90% of the Pakistani public are already against any cooperation with the United States. Mr. Ten Percent Zardari lied and bribed himself into the Pakistani presidency with the help of the U.S. ambassador to the UN Zalmay Khalizad. The U.S. seems to think Zardari is an asset. In reality his approval rating in Pakistan is 14%. He is irrelevant. The Pakistani army will do what it thinks is best for the country, no matter what Zardari says.
General Kayani just announced layed down a marker: “The sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country will be defended at all cost.”
It is time for people to understand what “all cost” includes. People may be more familiar with the term “all options are on the table.” That is, what I think, Kayani meant.