As Pakistan is exploding as a result of Bhutto's assassination and an increase of Al Qaeda activity determined to resupply Afghanistan with insurgents and to overthrow Musharraf's Government and get their hands on Pakistan's weapons we are getting deeper and deeper instead of ramping down and like it or not this is just beginning!
On Thursday, a suicide bomber killed at least 23 people and injured more than 58 others outside a court in Lahore, police said. The attack brought to 20 the number of suicide attacks in Pakistan in the last three months, including a failed attack on Bhutto's life in October. The bombings have killed close to 400 people and wounded nearly 1,000 others in the last three months, according to government officials. Pro-Taliban militants with ties to al Qaeda are carrying out the attacks, according to analysts and government officials. CNN terrorism analyst Peter Bergen says the number of suicide bombings in Pakistan has "reached unprecedented levels in the past year." Previously, Bergen says, such attacks were rare.
"The reason for this rise is because al Qaeda and the Pakistani Taliban have morphed together ideologically and tactically, and both see themselves at war with the Pakistani state," Bergen says. "Many of the suicide attacks have been aimed at Pakistani politicians, officials and soldiers." Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has vowed to fight militancy and religious extremism, going after Taliban and al Qaeda within the country. Pakistan's ambassador to the United States, Mahmud Ali Durrani, recently told CNN that the Pakistani military is "totally focused on destroying al Qaeda and the Taliban network and not just one person."
Still, the suicide bombers are succeeding, targeting political parties, rallies, military installations and anyone seen as a threat. Meanwhile, civilians are caught in the crossfire. "They would like to destabilize our country," Azhar Hamdani, who survived a July attack, says of suicide bombers. Pakistan Bombings reach unprecedented level
Pakistan will explode and will provide Bush with the excuse of going into Pakistan too one way or the other and this breakdown to his created world war will really get under way. we have had renewed military ties between India and Russia as well as pledges of help if they need it. You have to believe that was in response to talk of American involvement in Pakistan. Also we just heard today that a year after Bush's so called successful surge we just finished dropping the largest bombing on a suberb of Baghdad to stifle an increase in Al Qaeda and Bush is telling the word there will be peace between Palestine and Israel before he is out of office.
** I am telling you this guy is brain dead! Amidst all this Bush is now taking NATO's responsibility over in Afghanistan. Where the hell are the troops going to come from? The Pentagon may send 3,000 Marines to Afghanistan in the coming weeks to reinforce the country's British-led sector ahead of an expected spring offensive by the Taliban and al Qaeda. U.S. Army Gen. Dan McNeill -- the top NATO commander in Afghanistan -- made the request. As of Wednesday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates was "giving it a hard look," according to Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell. Central Command and the Joint Chiefs of Staff have already approved the request. Gates could follow suit very quickly after finishing discussions with his commanders, Pentagon officials said.
** "The request is based upon an anticipated spring offensive by the Taliban. They failed last time, and they will fail again this time, but commanders are seeking additional forces to ensure that," Morrell told CNN, signaling that the request is expected to be approved. The Marines would be sent on a seven-month tour. It's considered a "major commitment" of forces, according to a Pentagon official. There are about 26,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, and the 3,000 additional forces would boost U.S. troop levels there to their highest point since the 2001 invasion. It's not known yet where the Marines will come from.
Under the proposal, the bulk of the Marines would go to southern Afghanistan, where British and Canadian forces have been in heavy combat for months. Others may be assigned to training Afghan forces. NATO has been looking for a commitment of 7,000 additional forces for both combat and training missions. But member countries of the alliance have failed to meet that goal, and it had been expected for the last several weeks that McNeill would be forced to turn to the Pentagon for more forces. We are getting deeper in Afghanistan at a bad time
NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer on Thursday asked for patience from the international community on Afghanistan, arguing that instant success is not possible. "Patience, with a capital P, is the word we need," he told reporters at a New Year reception at the NATO headquarters. "The problem is that we, the international community, have no patience. We do not realize sufficiently that when you want to assist and bring this country on a process of development and reconstruction, it takes time," said de Hoop Scheffer. Assisting Afghanistan is a long-term commitment, not necessarily militarily, he said. "The answer to Afghanistan is not military, but is civilian ... Reconstruction and development is something for the long haul." The NATO chief said he was delighted that the Pentagon is considering sending 3,000 U.S. Marines to Afghanistan. NATO chief delighted we're taking their responsibility too
No kidding NATO is happy! Just where are these troops going to come from? We are already overextended. The military is breaking. Pakistan will blow. Meanwhile we are adding more troops and air support in the area. What a coincidence! This Bush created mess is still just beginning and is getting ready to blow. Knowing Bush's time is running out this is all coming to a head a too convenient a time for him to cancel elections, declare martial order, and stay at the helm of the new order Forever wars he has created.