The biggest threat to the West is not al-Qa’eda, Afghanistan or Iran, but the country that, thanks to its laxity, has become the terrorists’ chief hideout and breeding ground
|Terrorists defeated in Afghanistan often regroup and rebuild across the border in Pakistan’s lawless tribal areas
It’s the threat to world peace that dares not speak its name.
We hear plenty about the dangers posed to our security by al-Qa’eda, Afghanistan and Iran. But when it comes to talking about the country that arguably constitutes the greatest threat to our everyday wellbeing, Pakistan hardly ever seems to merit a mention.
This is rather surprising, given that if you talk to any of the military commanders or politicians responsible for prosecuting the war against Islamist terrorism, Pakistan is the country that is almost universally identified as constituting the most serious active threat to our national security.
And it is also seen as the greatest obstacle to our efforts to combat the pernicious threat of jihad by terrorism.
Last week, the subject came up in conversations I had with one of our leading military commanders and a senior politician who is personally involved in the defence of the realm.
About the only response I could evoke from my military acquaintance when I raised the thorny issue of Pakistan was a deep sigh and a shrug of the shoulders. “Ah yes, Pakistan,” he said with a world-weary sigh. “A multitude of problems with no obvious solutions.”
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As for the politician, I was curious as to why the Government seems to have imposed a news blackout on making any statement that might be deemed critical of the Pakistani government. “The fact is, the country is teetering on the precipice of total collapse, and we don’t want to be the ones to push it over the edge.”
Indeed, the idea of Pakistan replicating the near-anarchy that prevails across the border in Afghanistan is almost too terrifying to contemplate.
While coalition forces have enjoyed much success in eradicating the operational infrastructure of the Taliban and al-Qa’eda in southern Afghanistan, they are deeply frustrated by the fact that the terrorists have simply been allowed to regroup and rebuild across the border in Pakistan’s lawless tribal areas.
British military commanders last week told The Sunday Telegraph that the five-fold increase in roadside bomb attacks in southern Afghanistan was the result of the training that Taliban fighters were receiving at religious schools in Pakistan, where they are being taught to make explosives and build improvised explosive devices.
And while al-Qa’eda is not the force it was when it carried out the September 11 attacks, Western intelligence experts believe the core of al-Qa’eda’s leadership – possibly including Osama bin Laden himself – is based in the inhospitable mountain ranges of Waziristan in Pakistan, where they continue to plot their diabolical schemes to attack the West.
To this potent Taliban/al-Qa’eda terrorist mix has now been added the new ingredient of Pakistan’s home-grown Islamist radicals, which Western security experts call the Pakistani Taliban to distinguish them from their Afghan neighbours.
The Pakistani Taliban is made up of indigenous Muslims who have been radicalised in one of the hundreds of Saudi-funded madrassahs, which openly preach that young Muslims have an obligation to wage Jihad against the infidels of the West.
Nearly all the major terror plots against Britain – both those that succeeded, such as the July 7 bombings, and those that have been foiled by the vigilance of our security services – have been linked in some way to Pakistan.
The emergence of a new, home-grown terrorist organisation in Pakistan has dramatically increased the threat the country poses to Britain.
As if this wasn’t enough to give us all sleepless nights, Pakistan is the only Muslim country known to possess a nuclear weapons arsenal.
So long as President Pervez Musharraf remains the country’s titular head, the West has some degree of assurance that Pakistan’s nukes remain secure for, in his former capacity as the head of Pakistan’s armed forces, Musharraf allowed US officials to make sure the necessary safeguards were in place to ensure the nukes did not fall into the wrong hands.
Al-Qa’eda’s training manuals make no secret of the fact that the organisation would love to get its hands on a nuclear device, and the only two likely places it could do this are Pakistan and Iran.
Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, the “father” of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons arsenal, spent the Nineties making a tidy profit from hawking his nuclear-bomb blueprints to some of the world’s less stable regimes, and North Korea, Libya and Iran were among some of the more notorious beneficiaries.
Although Dr Khan was placed under house arrest after his activities were exposed by Western intelligence agencies in 2002, Pakistan’s new coalition government, bowing to nationalist pressure, has indicated it is prepared to rehabilitate the disgraced nuclear scientist, even though the West is still struggling to come to terms with the consequences of his clandestine nuclear proliferation network.
This is just one of several disturbing developments to emerge from Pakistan since the new coalition government took power earlier this year, in reaction to the West putting pressure on Mr Musharraf to return the country to democratic rule.
At the time, both London and Washington believed that Pakistan having a democratic government would increase its co-operation in fighting terrorism. In fact, the opposite appears to have happened.
The West might have been frustrated by what it perceived as Mr Musharraf’s lack of commitment to rooting out terror groups in Waziristan, but at least while he was directly running the country there were sporadic bouts of activity.
But talk to any of the military commanders involved with prosecuting the war against the Taliban and al-Qa’eda, and they will tell you that Pakistani co-operation has virtually ground to a halt since the coalition government took control.
Until now, the West has maintained a discreet silence about its concerns regarding Pakistan’s lack of commitment to rooting out Islamist terror cells, hoping that the new government in Islamabad can be persuaded to mend its ways. But the West’s mounting frustration is unlikely to be contained for much longer.
Barack Obama, the Democrat presidential nominee, last week became the first leading Western politician to voice his frustration with Islamabad when he declared that he would have no hesitation in ordering American troops to pursue terror suspects across the Pakistani border “if Pakistan cannot or will not act”.
The Pakistanis ignore this shot across their bows at their peril.
5 thoughts on “Pakistans Threat to World Peace”
” … hundreds of Saudi-funded madrassahs … ”
I think you’ll find that the Brit gov. has given at least half a billion pounds to fund Paki madrassas. Blair gave that much a year or two ago. I believe (open to correction) Brown recently matched that.
Now I don’t speak to such exalted people as senior military commanders and politicians. I speak to the people that really know the bizz – the Toms on the ground. Ask them who they’re fighting against and they never say Afghans – they always say Pakis. Once, talking with a bunch of about half a dozen S.N.C.O.s, I mentioned talk out here that a good lot of the people they’re fighting are from around here (N/W England). Oh yes, they told me, we listen in to the radio networks and hear Blackburn accents, Birmingham, Bradford etc. Speaking in English. The son of one of my friends is currently on his fourth tour in ‘stan – “fighting Pakis”, as he puts it. An Afghan woman acquaintance of mine, who’s husband used to be a general in the Afghan army during the Soviet era in the ‘stan (so I must assume they know what they’re talking about) told me, when I asked her how we could beat them that we must “kill them all”. Rather incredulous, I asked if she seriously meant we must kill all her own people? “oh no” she said “you have to kill all the Pakistanis – from the Iranian and Afghan borders all the way to the Indian border. All of them – men women and children. You’re not fighting Afghans, you’re fighting Pakis. “. She hated them worse than I do. That was her opinion of what was needed to sort it out. (Uncannily, my wife of nearly 25 years hated Pakis with an intensity I could never match, or even understand at the time. My wife was from the sub-continent).
It’s not just Paki supported – it’s actual Pakis.
So there you have the crux of it … but your (our) politicians, senior military, and media wont tell us that. Turn the place into a sheet of glass, I say. Even the Iranians and Saudis would only make a ‘paper’ fuss – really they’d be relieved. Us from one side, India from the other, and the majority of the world’s terrorist problems would be gone. Hasn’t anyone noticed – almost every terrorist plot uncovered or carried out, anywhere, has a Paki connection. Most of our street problems in Britland are by Pakis, and most of the rape of our girls. Mostly Pakis. The unreasonable demands for us to change our ways to suit them – mostly Pakis. It almost all comes back to Pakis in the end.
The Saudis may be the financiers, but the Pakis are the footsoldiers. And even the Saudis realise that all they’re doing with their finance is feeding the crocodile.
And the criminally insane sick people running Britland are letting thousands more in every month. Sheer insanity. And it’s people like me who’s going to end up having to fight them town by town, street by street, house by house, to recover our country – all the time with our leaders supporting the Pakis. It’s going to make 70s/80s Lebanon look like a Buckingham Palace garden party.
Nuke ’em now, before they start nuking us. Because they will you know.
>>”The biggest threat to the West is not al-Qaâ€™eda, Afghanistan or Iran, but the country that, thanks to its laxity, has become the terroristsâ€™ chief hideout and breeding ground
Joe Grey>>Muhammad, with Allah’s help, allegedly defeated forces much stronger than the ones he commanded. Muhammad is the Muslims’ exemplar–these cowards need to come out of their rat dens, follow Muhammad’s example, and teach the infidels a lesson. Surely Allah would lead them to victory as well!!!
There wll be peace and prosperity in the world as well as in Muslim countries if all the allied forces leave Iraq and Afghanistan.
Itchy Ahmad, you’re back again – I bet you have just finished entertaining Mrs Palmer and her five daughters? Make sure you keep your keyboard clean and use Palmolive when you do the dishes – it will keep your hands soft!!!!!!!!
Do you have a real job, or are you just bludging of other taxpayers like the rest of your Paki friends. I bet you miss your fat-tailed sheep in winter – those winter nights can be so
sooo cold. Can’t even win at cricket without cheating!!
BTW have your Paki muslim friends returned the two girls they kidnapped back to their families. See Itchy, thats how your religion grows .. by intimidating the weak, by thuggery and by deceit. The good old muslim formula. But it will not work in the west.
Perhaps there will be peace when the Paki thugs leave Afghanistan.
Itchy, love your posts – keep them coming – but really …. can’t you write anything original at all??
And please, dont bother with your dishonest greeting!!
Muhammad worshippers had 1400 years to build a functioning society, but all they ever did was destroy other cultures and wipe out much further advanced civilizations. Islam, a pseudo-religious ideology which is based on conquest, rape and blunder and enslavement of conquered peoples is no longer viable in this world.
Your cult must go, vanish, disappear from the face of the earth. If you continue to breed like rabbits, to wage jihad by demographics and terrorism, you will bring about your own demise faster than you think.
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