Ed Koch Commentary: Pakistan Disintegrating By Edward I. Koch

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Koch-EdHonorable Pakistan,
a nuclear nation, is in danger of falling to the Taliban. 
The Pakistani army, which the world has relied on to prevent the Taliban from
taking over the northwest frontier tribal areas, is collapsing.  The
Taliban, by agreement with the army, has already moved into the SwatValley
and recently partially
occupied the adjacent Buner area which is 60 miles from the Pakistan
capital of Islamabad.

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, husband of the
former Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated on December 27, 2007, is weak and
ineffective.  He and his government depend on the Pakistani army to keep
the country under control and most importantly, to secure the country’s nuclear
arsenal from the Taliban and al-Qaeda.  The world worries that terrorists
will steal, buy or otherwise come into possession of nuclear weapons. 
When President Pervez Musharraf, the former general and dictator, was the head
of Pakistan’s
military-run government, the world breathed easier.  He lost power when
the army command deserted him and democratic elections produced the new Prime
Minister, Benazir Bhutto, who would be assassinated and followed into national
office by her husband.

The rapidly deteriorating situation in Pakistan
was highlighted in a New York Times article on April 26, 2009, which reported the following, “Initially,
Buner was a hard place for the Taliban to crack.  When they attacked a
police station in the valley district last year, the resistance was
fearless.  Local people picked up rifles, pistols and dagger, hunted down
the militants and killed six of them.  But it was not to last.  In
short order this past week, the Taliban captured Buner, a strategically vital
district just 60 miles northwest of the capital, Islamabad
The militants flooded in by the hundreds, startling Pakistani and American
officials with the speed of their advance…Today the hopes that those civilian
militias inspired are gone, brushed away by the realization that Pakistanis can
do little to stem the Taliban advance if their government and military will not
help them…The peace deal the military struck with the Taliban in February in
neighboring Swat further demoralized people in Buner.  Residents and local
officials said they asked themselves how they could continue to resist the
Taliban when the military had abandoned the effort.  The Taliban was
emboldened by the deal: it called for the institution of Shariah, the strict
legal code of Islam based on the Koran, throughout Maladand Agency, which
includes Swat and Buner.  It allowed the Taliban amnesty for their
killings, floggings and destruction of girls schools in Swat.”

The situation in Pakistan
is being closely watched, most especially by the United
States, Russia,
India and China
Russia, India
and China
border Pakistan,
and fear that the instability there will threaten their own countries. 
The U.S., for
its part, is in danger of al-Qaeda getting the nuclear bomb and attempting to
trump their 9/11 success by blowing up an American city.

Fears about Pakistan’s
disintegration are very real. India
has fought three wars with Pakistan
The November 27, 2008
terrorist attack in Mumbai, India’s
economic center, was, according to the Indian government, organized by the
Pakistani security agency – Pakistan’s
C.I.A. – known as the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency.  One has
to assume that India
knows more about Pakistan
and its disintegration into a state incapable of dealing with the Taliban and
al-Qaeda terrorist forces now embedded into its northwest frontier and on the
march.  We should be guided by their advice.

Now is the time for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to call
a meeting with her Russian, Indian and Chinese counterparts and seek a common
sense solution using every weapon in their joint arsenals, economic, diplomatic
and military, to save Pakistan
from the Taliban and the ultimate fragmentation and destruction of that

We also should immediately revive our anti-ballistic missile
defense program, popularly referred to as “Star Wars,” begun by President
Ronald Reagan and continued to date, but I believe downgraded by the Obama
administration.  Originally, that program was sold as a means to deal with
an errant missile fired by a terrorist organization.  Now, we are facing
the collapse of the Pakistani government, possibly to be taken over by the
Taliban and al-Qaeda, who would be in control, not of a single errant missile,
but an inventory of dozens of missiles.

I was alarmed when President Obama conveyed that he no
longer wanted to use the phrase, “war on terror.”  The President’s
apparent offer to negotiate with moderate Taliban members may have signaled a
weakness in our position on terror.  Well, what then shall we call the
existential threat that we, our allies and others face today from terrorists
supported by Pakistan
and North Korea
Just because we don't call it a "war on terror" any more doesn't mean
that terrorists have stopped waging war on us.

The Honorable Edward
Irving Koch served New
York City as
its 105th Mayor from 1978 to 1989.

eHeziEd Koch Commentary: Pakistan Disintegrating By Edward I. Koch

Comments 6

  1. Ur not a Minuteman…Minute-man.
    You know nothing it seems on the large scale or how this enemy thinks. Get ur musket ready for them indians!

  2. and 9:12 thinks that the America will do any different from the Brits. Look what happened to Britain. All of these “subjects” came home to live in the U.K. Perhaps 9:12 would like us to do the same, take over Pakistan and absorb the costs, cause I don’t.
    America has become just like the British Imperialists, but do us a favor, don’t tell anyone, especially here at home, as they wouldn’t believe it, specifically the media.
    11:10 get back to the 1950’s where you belong.

  3. Pakistan goes…we better just nuke them off the planet before they will do it to us!! India might beat us too it or we just have them do it and let Isreal bomb Iran.
    They are “claiming” Bin Laden is dead…he isn’t…what if they take over & seat him as ruler? Wierd but possible…???

  4. Stay out of it? Yeah, sure. Pakistan has nukes and is in danger of being taken over by the Taliban. 8:47 belongs in the 17th Century.
    8:47 also forgets the once-glorious British Empire, on which “the sun never set.” The Brits were the definition of imperialists.

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