October 29, 2013
Report: Afghanistan Supporting Pakistani Taliban, Pakistan Supporting Afghan Taliban
For years I've been trying to start a war between India and Pakistan. The simple logic being that Pakistan ought not to exist, and I'd rather India nuke them than us. The problem with this is that so many Indians would die in the process. I like Indians.
But maybe I had that all wrong. Maybe we should give nukes to Afghanistan? Afghanistan is gone, Pakistan is gone. Win-win:
According to the article, which cites unnamed US and Afghan officials, the government of President Hamid Karzai is courting the Pakistani Taliban, who are close to what's left of Al Qaeda in region, as a way to counterbalance the Pakistani military's support for the Afghan Taliban...Okay, so we don't give them nukes. Worst case scenario: Afghan and Pakistani Taliban are so busy attacking Afghanistan and Pakistan that they lose interest in killing us.
But the Times story says the actual purpose of Mehsud's visit was to promise aid to the Pakistani Taliban in their fight. It's a cheap way for Afghanistan to project force and influcence inside Pakistan and, in theory, make Pakistan more amenable to Afghan positions at future negotiations.
Now, not content to be merely the target of a proxy war, the Afghan government decided to recruit proxies of its own by seeking to aid the Pakistan Taliban in their fight against Pakistan’s security forces, according to Afghan officials. And they were beginning to make progress over the past year, they say, before the American raid exposed them.
Yeah, I know it won't play out exactly like that.
You may say that I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one......