Friday, May 1

Pakistan/Afghanistan Problem: Militant Islam

Bolton speaks sound needed truth:
Contrary to Western "international nannies," the primary conflict motivators in both countries [Pakistan and Afghanistan] are ethnic and tribal loyalties, religious fanaticism and simple opportunism. It is not a case of the "have nots" rising against the "haves," but of True Believers on a divine mission. Accordingly, neither greater economic assistance, nor more civilian advisers upcountry, nor stronger democratic institutions will eliminate the strategic threat nearly soon enough.