US forces cross Pakistani border to kill two Al-Qaeda leaders hiding in the northwestern tribal region.
Fort Worth, TX (WiredPRNews.com)—The lawless, tribal region of Northwestern Pakistan has served as a terrorist base of operation since US-led coalition forces successfully took Afghanistan away from the Taliban. Until recently, little was done to directly address this rat’s nest of terrorism. Even former President Musarraf, who took power in a bloodless coup in 1999, could not tame the region.
So the inevitable result is that US forces have gone into this lawless region to attack the terrorists. According to a September 4, 2008 Fox News.com article, US forces killed two Al-Qaeda leaders, along with 13 so-called civilians, after going one mile into Pakistani territory.
Believing that the others killed were civilians is absurd. These folks were most definitely associated with the two Al-Qaeda targets.
The folks who cry ‘foul’ when the US goes into Pakistan are most likely the same ones who sit silent as jihadists from Pakistan cross into Afghanistan to attack US forces. The double standard is blatant.
Regardless of what anyone may think of President George W. Bush, he has, without a doubt, kept America safe in the seven years after 9/11. In the days following September 11, 2001 attacks, most people believed that another terrorist attack would happen on American soil. That has not happened because of the clearly defined mission that Bush set forth after 9/11.
Saying that you are either with us or with the terrorists was the right statement to make. It helped clear away the bureaucratic fog that plagued past conflicts.
Pakistan has a delicate balancing act, in not appearing too pro-American but not actively antagonizing the large population of militants in the northwestern border region. However, if the inhabitants of the this area are not proactive in driving Al-Qeada out, they should not be surprised when US forces occasionally cross the Pakistani border.