It’s never dull in Pakistan, an ostensible ally in this World War, but things have been more exciting than usual of late. A few headline-worthy topics:
Fresh fighting at Pakistan mosque: Fresh fighting has erupted at the Red Mosque in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, where a government siege of radical Islamists is in its fourth day.
Pakistan official: Musharraf’s plane fired on: Maybe, maybe not. Maybe AA guns, maybe missiles.
Suicide attack kills 6 soldiers in Pakistan: A suicide bomber threw himself at an army jeep killing six Pakistani soldiers in north-western Pakistan.
Bill Roggio, of course, has also been covering The battle at the Red Mosque
Getting Pakistan’s government to officially side with us after 9/11 was a coup that the Bush administration rarely gets any credit for, in part because the alliance has had shaky moments and the Pakistani government itself is shaky at best. The largely lawless region of the country that borders Afghanistan has long been troublesome, and President Musharraf is between a rock and a hard place trying to juggle the interests of his military, his own population, and his Western allies.
As rough as things are, though, don’t ignore the fact that they’d get a hundred (a thousand?) times worse for us overnight if the Musharraf government folded. Or was beheaded.