Pakistan and the Muslim world are still reverberating from last week's 'decapitation strike' on Al Qaeda in Pakistan's lawless tribal hinterlands. The CIA's robotic air force was apparently the weapon of choice here--something that sounds to me like a plot device straight out of some military science fiction novel. Welcome to war in the 21st century, folks.
One might think, with the alleged Religion of Peace being as it supposedly is, Muslims would be happy with the removal of some of the terrorist henchmen that supposedly defame their peaceful religion. Well, we can't have any approval of anything the evil Americans do, especially in Dar al Islam, can we?
Pakistan tells U.S. not to repeat attackRemember, friends, good ole' President Pervez (AKA 'Perv') is an indispensible ally of ours in the "War on Terror", remember that? It's Foggy Bottom's (and the White House) party line. Well, Perv can go to hell....if we spot another high value target in his miserable country, we sure as hell aint gonna ask anyone in Islamabad for permission first. And the masses of Muslims in his country are, of course, are always quick to get 'outraged' at anything the infidels do. I care little about the hair-trigger sensibilities of the Muslim street.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's president told a senior American official Saturday the United States must not repeat airstrikes like the one that apparently was aimed at al-Qaeda but killed civilians in a remote village, as officials sought to soothe public outrage over the attack.
The strike, which hit three homes in the mountainous Bajur tribal region, is believed to have killed at least four of al-Zawahri's close associates and at least 13 civilians, including women and children.
Bush famously said, more than four years ago, right after 9-11, that "we will draw no distinction between the terrorists and those who harbor them." So, the death of the civilians in this strike, while regrettable, means the death of civilians who were clearly, directly involved in sheltering same said terrorists. It's a bummer but we don't have anything to be sorry about--we are at war.
Here's a breakdown on the Al-Qaeda terrorist leaders that are believed to have been killed in the attack on 13 January in Damadola, Pakistan:
- Abu Khabab al-Masri (WMD committee head)
- Abd Rahman al-Masri al-Maghribi (al-Zawahiri’s son-in-law, al-Qaeda commander)
- Abu Ubeidah al-Masri (Kunar operations chief)
- Marwan al-Suri (Waziristan operations chief)
- Khalid Habib (southeastern Afghanistan commander)
- Abdul Hadi al-Iraqi (southwestern Afghanistan commander)
This is an impressive tally of enemy operatives and leaders to be eliminated in one operation. All was accomplished in one strike on a supposed 'dinner party' that was (we were assured by our Pakistani 'friends') packed with no one but innocent civilians. Too bad the spooks missed Al Qaeda's number two (Zawahiri's survival of this event has not yet been confirmed), but congrats to our beleagured CIA for obtaining and then acting promptly on some grade-A intel. Well done!
The war continues.