August 22, 2013
"Bad Taliban" Kill "Good Taliban" Leader in Pakistan
This happens far too .... seldom:
A senior Taliban commander, Ghulam Jan, along with four militants died in a bomb blast at Mana village, 15 kilometers west of Wana, the capital of South Waziristan, on Thursday.I'd like to say it was us who killed him, but it wasn't. Clearly this was the work of anti-Pakistani government Taliban killing the pro-Pakistani government Taliban leader.
Tribal and official sources said someone had planted an improvised explosive device in the village near the Afghan border....
They said he was considered an important figure of the pro-government Taliban organization previously led by the late militant commander Maulvi Nazeer.
The last "good Taliban" that was killed was killed by us. But when we kill, we go high tech: drones.
I really wish I could say there was a lesson here for the Taliban. Something along the lines of: make peace with the Pakistanis or no, we will kill you.
But there isn't any lesson here. Other than that Pakistan is one effed up place. And if you just learned that lesson, then you are at least three standard deviations to the left of average intelligence. What we in statistics call the Biden zone.