The takeover in Buner in the past several days, with almost no resistance from Pakistani security forces, marked a major advance for the armed Islamic radicals, and the government’s endorsement of Islamic law in Swat further increased their political clout.
Yup. Way to give in to demands. It’s almost like Bill Cosby over there. They don’t care what’s going on, they just…want…quiet.
But don’t worry. Although they put up the same defense as a Pop Warner team against the Giants, the government wants to assure the world that they can bring their A-Game should things not turn out as expected…
“Pakistan has not abdicated responsibility or ceded territory to the Taliban,” Husain Haqqani, the Pakistani ambassador to the U.S., told McClatchy. “The agreement in Swat was an attempt to create a local solution, but if it doesn’t yield the desired results, then the Pakistan military remains able and available to restore the writ of the state.
“Pakistan faces a serious challenge from the Taliban, and we are very cognizant of it,” Haqqani said. “That doesn’t mean that Pakistan is in any imminent danger of collapse.”
If there’s one thing I know, possession is 9/10ths of the law. I’m not saying that the Taliban is bent on world domination, but I seriously doubt that the Pakistan military establishment would be able to dislodge them once they’ve established ownership.
It all seems oddly familiar if you ask me:
It was a hard decision for anyone who loved his country to take, but to accuse us of having by that advice betrayed the Czechoslovakian State is simply preposterous. What we did was to save her from annihilation and give her a chance of new life as a new State, which involves the loss of territory and fortifications, but may perhaps enable her to enjoy in the future and develop a national existence under a neutrality and security comparable to that which we see in Switzerland to-day. Therefore, I think the Government deserve the approval of this House for their conduct of affairs in this recent crisis which has saved Czechoslovakia from destruction and Europe from Armageddon.