Blogroll Me! How This Old Brit Sees It ...: An expansion of the Afghan War?

17 June 2008

An expansion of the Afghan War?

Afghan president Hamid Karzai

From the New York Times:

President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan threatened on Sunday to send soldiers into Pakistan to fight militant groups operating in the border areas to attack Afghanistan. His comments, made at a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, are likely to worsen tensions between the countries, just days after American forces in Afghanistan killed 11 Pakistani soldiers on the border while pursuing militants.

“If these people in Pakistan give themselves the right to come and fight in Afghanistan, as was continuing for the last 30 years, so Afghanistan has the right to cross the border and destroy terrorist nests, spying, extremism and killing, in order to defend itself, its schools, its peoples and its life,” Mr. Karzai said.

“When they cross the territory from Pakistan to come and kill Afghans and kill coalition troops, it exactly gives us the right to go back and do the same,” he said.

Mr. Karzai named several militant leaders, including Baitullah Mehsud, a Pakistani who has sent scores of fighters and suicide bombers to Afghanistan, and Maulana Fazlullah, a firebrand militant leader from the Swat Valley. Both men have recently negotiated peace deals with the Pakistani government, but vowed to continue waging jihad in Afghanistan.

“Baitullah Mehsud should know that we will go after him now and hit him in his house,” Mr. Karzai said. “And the other fellow, Pakistani Mullah Omar, should know the same,” Mr. Karzai said. “This is a two-way road in this case, and Afghans are good at the two-way-road journey. We will complete the journey and we will get them and we will defeat them. We will avenge all that they have done to Afghanistan for the past so many years.”
It appears that the situation in Afghanistan is quickly spiraling out of control. In May, the US lost more soldiers in Afghanistan than in Iraq, and now the war is threatening to spill over into Pakistan, a nuclear-armed nation that's home to around 170 million people. It's long past time to pull out of Iraq and start focusing on the conflict in which al-Qaeda's allies stand a chance of prevailing.

(via appletree, cross posted at Liberal Avenger)



Anonymous Tazmanian said...

It's time this stupid little man in his technicolour dream coat smelt the coffee as it really is. The pakistan government should round up the 3,000,000 yes, that's million Afghans that are still in Pakistan and ship them off back to the luxury that awaits them in Kabul etc.
But then that wasn't really him speaking was it? No, that was US state department speak issuing a threat as only they can.
I don't suppose the Afghan Armed Forces would present much of an obstacle to the Pakistan Forces.

6:40 pm  

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