I remember the libs stamping their feet and screaming that the election of Barack Obama would make the world a safer, better place. Well, someone forgot to tell that to the Taliban in Pakistan.
The Taliban is threatening to topple the Pakistani government. From the Daily Mail:
|Extremists are now just 60 miles from the capital Islamabad, sparking fears that they are are poised to wrest control of the country, which has nuclear capability.
This morning a Taliban spokesman said that fighters would withdraw from Buner later today.
‘Our leader has ordered that Taliban should immediately be called back from Buner,’ spokesman Muslim Khan said.
Khan belongs to a faction led by Taliban commander Fazlullah, whose stronghold is in the neighbouring Swat valley where the government has caved in to demands for the imposition of Islamic law.
The announcement came hours after the capital Islamabad came under threat from Taliban fighters.
It is feared that the state is one the brink of collapse as Taliban fighters get closer to the nuclear powers of the country.
As violence broke out in the north-west corner of the country, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Pakistan posed a ‘mortal threat’ to the world.
‘I think the Pakistani government is basically abdicating to the Taliban and the extremists,’ she added.
And White House spokesman Robert Gibbs echoed her concerns. He said last night: ‘The news over the past several days is very disturbing.’
(Trucks burning after Taliban militants attacked a NATO staging area.)
Keep a close eye on this one, folks. Just as the Somali pirate problem was the first question on Obama’s test, this is now the second question. And given Pakistan’s claim to possess nuclear weapons, this becomes even more interesting.
How will Obama respond to a terrorist regime governing a nuclear-armed Pakistan? That will most certainly qualify as a defining moment for the United States.
You can access the complete story on-line here:
You Have One Last Chance To Retreat – Or Face The Consequences, Pakistan Leader Tells Taliban Militants
Daily Mail UK
April 24, 2009
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