Saturday, May 26, 2007

Worry about Afghanistan and Pakistan

The recent conference on Afghanistan at the Carnegie Endowment provides reason for the people in Washington to worry about the situation in Afghanistan. They had some good heads there. I respect Marvin Weinbaum’s years of study and experience in the Middle East and South Asia; in this report he says nothing that has not been known, but it has continually been denied by Pakistan: Pakistan is providing sanctuary for Al Qaeda and the Taliban, as he says, only it appears that Musharraf is quite unable to do anything about it. Such is the configuration of power relations within Pakistan. And yes, any serious league between Iran or any Shi’ites with Osama is impossible.

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