We wondered aloud this past Wednesday (echoing Robert Baer) if the US was already at war with Pakistan.
(Monday the Pakis had apparently intercepted two Yank helicopters at the Afghan border and turned them back.
Tuesday the Paki brass told the americans to stop attacking across the border and vowed to repulse.
Wednesday the Yanks — They Who Strike from Afar — sent in a Predator drone which launched missiles that killed five.
Friday Secy of Defense Gates flipped the Pakis the bird, telling them tough noogies and we’ll do as we please.)
Now, Saturday morning, the new Paki president, Asif Ali Zardari (Benazir BhuttoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s somewhat corrupt and hapless widower) in his first speech to parliament, supports the War on Terror but insists that Paki sovereignty and borders must be respected.
And shortly after, during a reception at the presidential palace a few hundred yards away, an immense truck bomb blows up the Islamabad Marriott, home away from home for american diplomats, journalists and other transient elites.Â Killing (so far) 55 and wounding hundreds.
Polls show most Pakis loathe the shotgun alliance with the US that reshaped shortly after 9/11. Most hate Bush-Cheney and see them as pawns of the Zionist conspiracy that arranged the current Iraq war.
Musharraf never looked comfortable presiding in that hotseat between his people and the new American cowboys.
And his recent resignation is best seen (I submit) as evidence that the anti-US faction (heavily weighted in the various security forces — the secret police having fairly clearly conspired, indeed, in the 9/11 attacks) is approaching critical mass.
Pakistan, then, may soon erupt — or perhaps today did — in a civil war that seems likely to involve the American forces across the border.
Or … are we already at war with Pakistan?