November 11, 2013

In lieu of drones, I'll take a drive by shooting of Haqqani chief

I love the smell of drone strikes drive by shootings in the morning:

Nasiruddin Haqqani, a son of the Afghan warlord Jalaluddin Haqqani and the group’s chief fund-raiser, was shot dead by a gunman riding a motorbike outside a bread store on Sunday night, the militants said.

In telephone interviews from Peshawar and the tribal belt, two Haqqani network commanders confirmed that Nasiruddin, who was designated by the United States as a “global terrorist” in 2010, had been killed.

I have no problems with drone strikes. In a world of less than optimal choices sometimes the best option isn't the most desirable one because not all options are feasible.

If we could arrest these guys we wouldn't need to drone them.

But if we can find a way to get back to good old fashioned assassinations in the streets, I'm all for that too. You won't hear any one complaining about collateral damage here.

So, whether this was a "internal dispute" or whether we paid some Haqqani foe to ice this guy, I really could care less. No, I take that back: I hope it was the latter.

The only other thing to take away from the article is that the deceased Haqqani was killed on the outskirts of Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan:

The fact that Mr. Haqqani was killed on the edge of the Pakistani capital was a major embarrassment to the Pakistani government, underscoring long-held accusations that the Haqqani network operates with ease inside the country, and not just inside the tribal belt.

“Another Abottabad? Massive Embarrassment,” Talat Hussain, a senior television journalist, said on Twitter, referring to the embarrassment caused by the American commando assault that killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, near Islamabad, in May 2011.

Educated Pakistanis have long been in denial about the true nature of the failed experiment called Pakistan. It's not just tribal areas rife with extremism, but the state's foundational theory that Indian Muslims need their own country because ... Islam!

I don't see how they circle the square of calling the Islamists in FATAs extremists while insisting that there is nothing extreme about calling your country "The Islamic Republic of Pakistan".

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:24 AM | Comments |