Friday, October 19, 2007

An Advantage We Have Over the Jihadis

Bombings in Karachi target former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
In early October, Baitullah Mehsud, the powerful Taliban commander in South Waziristan whose troops are holding almost 300 Pakistani soldiers in captivity, threatened to kill Bhutto upon her return.

"My men will welcome Bhutto on her return," Baitullah told a Senator. "We don’t accept President General Musharraf and Benazir Bhutto because they only protect the US interest and see things through its glasses. They’re only acceptable if they wear the Pakistani glasses." The Pakistani government has accused Baitullah of orchestrating a suicide campaign throughout Pakistan, yet seeks to renegotiate "peace agreements" that would allow him to remain free and in control of the tribal regions.

Sure, there are some very dangerous, savvy terrorists out there. But on the whole they're just not too bright. When you have major taliban leaders committing strategic blunders like this, you're not exactly dealing with the best and brightest.

Of course, if the taliban weren't actively advertising that they were going to do this, I'd suspect Musharraf...

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