Ter­ror in Pak­istan

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

Do we want Pak­istan to com­mit sui­cide? Could it be that Pres­i­dent Mushar­raf is more straight­for­ward about his war on ter­ror­ists (groups of peo­ple) than are we in our War on Ter­ror (a war tac­tic)? In­ter­net searches of print me­dia in­di­cate there is strong Saudi Wa­habi sup­port of al Qaeda and the Tal­iban in the op­er­a­tion of mosques and madras­sas in Pak­istan, and in ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties in the re­gion.

His­tory tells us that, in Gaza, adop­tion of the demo­cratic elec­tion process put the ter­ror­ists in power; and in Tu­nisia the same thing nearly hap­pened, un­til the demo­cratic elec­tion process was sus­pended.

Why, then, do we tell Pres­i­dent Mushar­raf he should not de­clare mar­tial law or post­pone elec­tions, and that he — un­like our pres­i­dent — can­not be both the leader of his coun­try and its mil­i­tary com­man­der-in-chief? Might it be ap­pro­pri­ate for our pres­i­dent to pres­sure the House of Saud to re­strain its Wa­habi ter­ror­ists? Francis Baker War­ren­ton, Vir­ginia

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