Welcome to the repeat of the Swat Valley attacks by the Pakistan Military. South Waziristan has been in a three month blockade, surrounded by Pakistani Military that have been firing artillery and using airplanes and helicopters to bomb and shoot up primary targets in South Waziristan. Now, two divisions of troops are ready to go into South Waziristan, the noted stronghold of the Taliban.
Reported in Dawn.com today: …the army is running out of targets for air strikes and quick get-in and get-out type surgical strikes due to intelligence problems. Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani recently described the Mehsud badlands as an intelligence black hole. ‘We have to move in,’ he said. The icing on the cake came with the death of Baitullah Mehsud in a drone attack in August. His death complemented the military’s plan that included an economic blockade already in place since June. Thousands of army soldiers — two divisions — are now sitting on the fringes of the Mehsud mainland waiting for orders from the high command to move in. A debate is raging within some circles whether the military could have mounted an assault shortly after BM’s death. ‘As far as we are concerned the operation should have been launched three months ago,’ a senior government official said. ‘Baitullah is dead and his group seems to be in some sort of disarray. And this provides the best opportunity to go after them,’ the official said. ‘That may have been correct,’ acknowledged a senior military official. ‘We thought that Baitullah’s death would unravel the Mehsud militant group and galvanise the tribe to stand up to the people who have caused them suffering. It didn’t happen,’ the official argued. Read the rest at Dawn.com.
From Bill Roggio’s The Long War: A look at the publicly available data on the US air campaign in Pakistan shows a marked increase in the frequency in attacks since 2008. These attacks are also becoming increasingly lethal. A little more than one in three of the strikes have killed a High Value Target (HVT). An overwhelming number of strikes – nearly 90 percent – have taken place against al Qaeda and Taliban targets in North and South Waziristan. Notably, a large percentage of the high value targets killed were killed in a tribal region operated by a Taliban leader whom the Pakistani military and government consider an ally.
Switching gears for a moment, the Gallop Pakistan Poll of July 28, 2009 pointed out that the population now wants the Taliban stopped. Also, the poll shows that President Zardari is held in very low esteem by the population, only 18% like him. Here’s a pie chart showing that the Pakistan population believes that the United States is the biggest threat to the Pakistan People, way above the Taliban and India, their arch rival in the area.
The U.S. has given over 12 Billion to Pakistan over the past 10 years. Now, the U.S. has passed into law the giving of $1.5 Billion per year to Pakistan for the next 5 years. That’s a total of $7.5 Billion to Pakistan to “combat terrorism and to help “dismantle nuclear supplier networks”. The Pakistan Government has been told that it must take an active role in terminating the Taliban or their funds would be cut off.
Yesterday, in the city of Detroit, the capital of the State of Michigan, announced that they had 67 dead bodies in the freezer in the morgue that the City did not have the money to bury them and that their relatives didn’t have any money either, so these dead Americans are kept in the freezer. This highlights the problems that face the cities in America. Each city has had to cut its budget, cutting out needed services because of the tax revenues being lower due to the economic disaster that hit in September 2008 and is still in the tank. We don’t have the BILLIONS to carry on these useless wars.
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