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September 16, 2010

A quick update on Pakistan

Filed under: Strategy — by Philip J. Palin on September 16, 2010

Al-Qaeda attacks Flood Response (and much more)

Ayman al-Zawahri, the AQ second-in-command has released a 44 minute audio recording which, among other issues, accuses the US and Pakistani governments of a poor response to catastrophic flooding.

“The primary concern of the ruling class in the government and army of Pakistan is filling their domestic and foreign bank accounts with dollars, and as far as they are concerned, Pakistan and its people can go to hell,” he said.

MORE from the Telegraph (UK)

Flood Aid Delay Hurts Terror Fight

Any delay in the rehabilitation of flood affectees could impact socio-economic and political environment, thus restricting the country’s efforts to curb the menace of terrorism, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said on Wednesday.

The PM suggested that the World Bank could make a global appeal to mobilise financial support for Pakistan.

“Pakistan is facing the biggest human and economic crisis in history because of the devastating floods and it is beyond any single country’s capacity to meet a challenge of such magnitude,” he said, adding that the country was simultaneously fighting the war against terrorism as a frontline state in the interest of international peace and prosperity.

MORE from Daily Times (Pakistan)

Militant Groups More Generous to Flood Survivors

During Eid, the government made the offer to farmers with 10 hectares or fewer to facilitate the planting of the wheat crop, the country’s staple food source,

But Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation, the charitable offshoot of the Lashkar-i-Taiba, an anti-India militant group believed responsible for the November 2008 terrorist attacks on Mumbai, and similar groups have offered farmers loans repayable only if the borrower can afford it. It has also undertaken to ensure food is supplied to farmers until the crop is harvested in April and May.

The foundation decided to make loans in kind because of concerns that farmers would spend cash on food and medicines, activists said.

Farmers constitute about 80 per cent of the 21 million people the Pakistani government says have been affected by the flooding, sparked by monsoon storms in late July.

MORE from The National (UAE)

After Action Along the Indus

Over the course of this week, the BBC’s Aleem Maqbool is following the path of the destruction caused by the Pakistani floods by travelling the length of the country on the mighty Indus river.

In the first instalment of his diary, he begins his journey in the north-western Swat valley, going from north to south through Fatehpur, Kanju, Mingora and Gatzai. He will finish it in the southern province of Sindh. Along the way he will see first-hand how local people have coped with the damage.

Begin with the first BBC report filed on September 13.

Drones Kill 15 in North Waziristan

Two suspected U.S. drone strikes killed 15 alleged militants in Pakistan’s tribal region Wednesday, Pakistani intelligence officials said.

They were the latest in a series of aerial assaults targeted at insurgents in North Waziristan, one of seven districts in Pakistan’s volatile tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

MORE from CNN

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Comment by William R. Cumming

September 16, 2010 @ 7:54 am

Well the floods first. Much of the assistance is being drained off by the enormously efficient elites and organizations that make Pakistan a cesspool of corruption. Of course this is exactly why the militants have succeeded so well in developing alternative structures. Like the Soviet Union which was propelled by Chenyoble and the Armenian Earthquake, not star wars, into being revealed as totally incapable of doing anything for the people of the Soviet Union the danger is that the same will be occurring in Pakistan, and of course democracy (which Pakistan is not) will be blamed and used to justify a turn to more authoritarian government. The US by its actions and policies is not helping out in any real sense and probably is making it worse. What we do know about the fundamental policy choice made by the Obama Administration is that Predator strikes, a violation of international law in any event, would be used more and more as US policy. Hey are we (the US) lazy or what? No longer do we need to know the language and cultures of the world but just to be able to label those we want destroyed so that we can remotely attack them without endangering our pilots. Well don’t ask who brought this new lack of personal accountability to the world it is US.
Just for fun, examine the total budget for UAVs in the federal budget opposed to that for civil foreign assistance? How soon will domestically employed UAV’s be armed?

Comment by HISTORY DETECTIVE

September 16, 2010 @ 12:29 pm

Inherited my shield and my training can only be used for public benefit. Can’t shield them from themselves. Pleas for money falling on deaf ears. When all you can do is watch, watch it. The open fire policy along with unmanned killing machines isn’t productive. Just for fun you can have unlimited war without heroes to make defense contractors payroll fatter. Better off keeping people in airborne positions and limiting the scope of war. Don’t waste time volunteering advice to a slave-driver and they are becoming slaves to war because it’s long and drawn out. Pakistan is an unreliable all lie being funded for the adventure of a folly. As usual last ditch efforts land one in a ditch while producing an evil result. He’s still working his murderous style out and has lots to learn and all at public expense of blood and treasury. An awful predicament indeed as the domestic poverty rate rises and pulse lowers. A bad act to follow.

Comment by HISTORY DETECTIVE

September 16, 2010 @ 1:17 pm

DSS reports, just keep easing the tree son and keep manned chainsaws on standby and ready. Too much deadwood and too little fire for effects. They got an ordinance and are a nuisance. We are going to be piling them one way or pow wowing both. It’s cost effective and can get deadly serious. Stay sharp.

Comment by HISTORY DETECTIVE

September 16, 2010 @ 6:45 pm

Hold them for ransom in the caves and let Ma Nature hold the rest of them for ransom. The kids in the US aren’t paying the ransom. It’s all-gone oh well. The Highwaymen are just going to keep on paddy whacking and that’s how it goes. China can send worthless debt securities to go along with the order of oodles of nukes. Cheaper take out. Hit the afterburner.

Comment by HISTORY DETECTIVE

October 4, 2010 @ 7:51 am

Pakistan is screwed and bin laden has bin begging. Looks like a bigger die off than first believed. Cheer up, the worst is yet to come. Congress is planning to send millions in relief and borrow millions from China, except China is a broken commie dictatorship. Maybe the Cubans will send aid. Joe and Hugo can send Citgo trucks in and start a oil supply mission. The other oil trucks blew up. More people are going to die. Terror by Mother Nature and Father Moon.

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