by Caroline B. Glick
In the current era of ideological polarization, throughout the West, the Right and the Left diverge on almost every issue. One of the few convictions that still unifies national security strategists across the ideological spectrum is that it would be a global calamity of the first order if al Qaida gets its hands on nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, due to the rapid demise of nuclear-armed
This week has been yet another bad week in
With its new territory, the Taliban now controls the lives of some 6.5 million Pakistanis. For their part, the civilians live in a state of constant terror. Since the Taliban took control of Swat in February, executions, public floggings, bombings of girls' schools, restaurants, video and music stores have become routine occurrences. As a merchant in Swat's main
And with just sixty miles now separating the Taliban from the capital city of
The Pakistani government, for its part, seems both unwilling and incapable of taking concerted action to destroy Taliban forces. Again according to the Wall Street Journal, Taliban fighters are flooding the
A further sign of government capitulation came on Tuesday when
According to the online Long War Journal, over the past year, the government has signed capitulation agreements with all of Aziz's Taliban and al Qaida allies and returned control of the mosque/madrassa complex to the jihadists. At the time of Aziz's attempted overthrow of the Musharraf government and since, the Red Mosque became emblematic of the jihadist war to take over the nuclear-armed state. Aziz's release in turn symbolizes the current government's willingness to surrender.
For their part, US strategists appear despondent in their assessments of the situation in
Then too, the
In recent years, the
The Pakistani military and Inter-Service Intelligence agency (ISI) have refused to divert their resources away from fighting
Against the wishes of the
What the situation in
Since the Sept. 11 attacks demonstrated just how dangerous jihadists in Pakistan/Afghanistan are to global security, it has been clear that
Musharraf believed that he could play a double game of at once helping the
Given the failure of the US's political strategies of securing Pakistan's nuclear arsenal by supporting Pakistan's government, and fighting the Taliban and al Qaida in Afghanistan, it is becoming apparent that the only sure way to prevent the Taliban/al Qaida from taking control over Pakistan's nuclear weapons is to take those weapons out of commission.
The only other option that is discussed by US strategists today is that
The situation in
Caroline B. Glick is the senior Middle East Fellow at the Center for Security Policy in
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