“We are not in favor of democracy, democracy is for Jews and Christians. They are intended to divide Muslims; we want the implementation of Sharia (law) and for that jihad is necessary.” SoÂ said Hakimullah MehsudÂ a few months ago. So now that aÂ DHS adviser saysÂ that the U.S. is an “Islamic country,” will Obama apologize for the killing of this man who just wanted Sharia, which everyone knows is a wonderful thing? (JW)
The Paki ummah springs into action:
Pakistan is not an ally of the U.S. It hasn’t been for years. The idea that it is a reliable ally is a massive exercise in self-delusion that has cost the U.S. billions of dollars for nothing. “Mehsud death: US says Pakistan-Taliban talks ‘internal,'” from theÂ BBC, November 2 (thanks toÂ Pamela Geller):
The US has responded to accusations from Pakistan that a drone strike that killed Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud had destroyed the country’s nascent peace process.
A state department official said talks with the Taliban were an internal matter for Pakistan.
The statement insisted Pakistan and the US had a “shared strategic interest in ending extremist violence”.
It also said it could still not confirm that Mehsud had been killed on Friday.
Pakistan has summoned the US ambassador to protest over Friday’s drone strike that killed Mehsud.
Hakimullah Mehsud was killed a day before Pakistani officials say they were scheduled to send a three-member team to start peace negotiations with the Taliban.
Pakistan’s Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told a local TV news channel, Geo, that the drone strike was an attempt to “sabotage” Pakistan’s peace talks with Taliban.
But many believe Mehsud’s death will leave the field open for groups that are known to have publicly favoured a rapprochement with Pakistan.
One of these groups is headed by Khan Said Sajna, the successor of Waliur Rehman, a militant commander who favoured talks with Islamabad and once contested the leadership of the Pakistani Taliban. Rehman was killed in a drone strike in May.
The country’s foreign minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, said the strike on the local Taliban leader “is not just the killing of one person, it’s the death of all peace efforts.”
It came a day before a Pakistani delegation had been due to fly to North Waziristan to meet Mehsud.
Mr Nisar accused the United States of “scuttling” efforts to begin peace talks, and said “every aspect” of Pakistan’s co-operation with Washington would be reviewed.