Seek and Destroy

Pakistan has taken a page out of George W. Bush’s book and declared an endless war on terrorism. A senior government official made the statement that Pakistan’s military will not stop until all terror activities have stopped in Pakistan. Now, I applaud their willingness to fight terrorists, and try to keep their people safe from these barbarous murderers, but isn’t this like declaring war on the sun? Hell, I think that would have a better chance of succeeding.

Our own war on terror should be a valuable lesson for any world government: you cannot eradicate terrorism without committing genocide. Seriously, the only way to stop these people would be to kill each and every last one, and their families, and their friends, and anyone else who might be offended by their deaths. The sad truth of the matter is that th more terrorists you kill, the more you create. I wish it wasn’t so, but it is. There is no way around it, at least in our current world political climate.

Pakistan has seen an increase in terror activity in their country over the last year, and has recently had to start dealing with unauthorized strikes against supposed terrorist targets by the U.S. military. Some of which have caused civilian deaths. Does this make the U.S. terrorists in the Pakistani eyes? Are we on their “we must destroy you” list? I hope not because the last thing I want is another war, especially one with a country that has nuclear capabilities.

In other regional news, the Taliban has reject offers of peace talks from the Afghani government. This is not surprising as I am sure the only peace they want results with them back in charge of the country. Anything less than that will be unsatisfactory, and therefore unacceptable. I was glad to hear that Karzai (the President of Afghanistan) was reaching out to the Taliban in an attempt to quell the escalating violence in his country–we need diplomacy after all. Sure it has its risks, but it also has its potential rewards, like an end to the violence, which right now has no end in sight.

I wonder how the pro-Karzai American government would react, though, if he had been successful in securing peace talks. Isn’t that called negotiation? And isn’t it our policy not to negotiate with terrorists (which the Taliban clearly are)? Would peace talks cause a break down in Afghan U.S. relations? Would they cause us to try and find a different president for that nation? Would it cause us to pull out of the country because they went against out policies, thereby giving the Taliban what they want most: us out of there so that they can take over again?

I have no answers to these questions, but they came into my mind as I was writing, and I felt they needed to be asked. They are not easy questions, but I think they are important to consider. And it seems to me that trying to find a replacement for Karzai, or pulling out completely if that failed, would be in line with how our nation has behaved in my lifetime.

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