Friday, November 09, 2007

Pakistans state of emergency: Why it should be of concern to us.

Due to the growth of al-Qaeda, a militant Islamic and movement and a court system hindering his powers the President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, declared emergency rule last week suspending the constitution and firing the chief of justice giving himself virtually absolute power over the country.

Since becoming a U.S. Ally in 2001, Musharraf has received $11 billion in U.S. aid. Condoleezza Rice says that Washington is now reviewing its aid to Pakistan in light of the new emergency measures. Britain is also trying to figure out what to do with the hundreds of millions of dollars in aid it also gives to Pakistan.

What is important to remember here is that Pakistan has nuclear weapons. For years there has been reason to believe that Osama Bin Ladin has been hiding in the tribal regions of Pakistan. This is the very region from witch these Islamical militants are upsetting Musharraf from.
If this crisis results in al-Qaeda and Islamic militants, possibly headed by Osama Bin Ladin, gaining control of Pakistan they would have direct control of nuclear weapons!

For years we have been given the reason we could not move against these tribal areas to rid the world of Osama bin Laden because it might loosen Musharraf's tenuous hold on power. Under the present circumstances ... are we free to move on bin Laden now, or should we wait until he is in full control of Pakistan and then deal with a nuclear Bin Ladin's al-Qaeda?

This is a question that is going to have to be answered fairly quickly.

1 comment:

Ed said...

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Simplistic, don't overthink this one people. The free world is very close to seeing the realities that our leaders already know. Large arsenal of Nukes in the hands of our enemies.