Taliban are no longer at the Peshawar’s gates
Baitullah’s marshaling of Pashtun tribal nationalism is a troubling development with potential to create great harm to Pakistan, and to drive a wedge between the current government and Nato. They are continuing to work through student groups, political and religious groups in the moderate urban areas of Pakistan in an effort to Talibanize the nation and replicate the Iranian Revolution. It’s bound to fail as the Sindh and Punjab will not allow rule by tribals over the long run, no matter how fractional the factions within the government become. In their latest move it appears that they are attempting to move on Peshawar, one of Pakistan’s major cities, and a favorite haunt of Osama Bin Laden.
Of course, not all news are bad: for example, Germany has voted overwhelmingly in favor of sending more troops to Afghanistan. Sarkozy has also promised to continue “shoulder to shoulder” with the US-led coalition. Canada has also announced to increase Canadian commitment through to 2011. Australian Labour has also stated they will be sending more troops to Afghanistan. New Zealand has already sent more troops.
But is there any good news coming from inside Pakistan-Afghanistan? Well, there is a Facebook group praising Baitullah Mehsud. 😯 Some days ago, Brig Mark Caleton-Smith considered the good news inside Afghanistan, who were, according him in hte brink of defeat as in the past two years an estimated 7,000 Taliban have been killed, the majority in southern and eastern Afghanistan. But it is the “very effective targeted decapitation operations” that have removed “several echelons of commanders”.