Monday, December 8, 2008

The Badness Continues

The WSJ has a pretty good article on the India-Pakistan situation that's worth a read if only for this truly scary theory at the end: (h/t TPM)
India has also upset many inside Pakistan by demanding the government hand over 20 terror suspects, many of whom appear to have no link to the attack in Mumbai, Western diplomats say. Acquiescing to India has now become politically problematic, say analysts.

"I don't think there is any Pakistani leader who wants to be seen giving in to demands by India. That would cause problems," said a retired army general who declined to be named. "No one wants to see one of our boys handed over to an Indian court. There would be no justice there."

A top security official has also said the military would be willing to fight India alongside Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud, the man accused of assassinating Mr. Zardari's wife, former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, last December. Mr. Mehsud has denied involvement.

The Taliban, too, says it would suspend its fight against Pakistani soldiers to join them a conflict with India.

"Any aggression will be resisted jointly by Pakistan's armed forces and the Mujahideens," said Maulana Faqir Mohammed, a top figure in the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, in a statement sent to reporters. "We would raise a force of 15,000 tribal Taliban to fight on the side of Pakistan's armed forces. We would infiltrate 500 suicide bombers into India to cause havoc there."

Yeah, that's good news there. The Pakistani Taliban and Pakistani Army fighting India together.

Nothing bad would come from that.


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