Saturday, September 20, 2008


Somebody go and sit John McCain down before he goes off to re-fight the Vietnam war. This time, Cambodia's name is Pakistan:

The United States has just invaded Cambodia. The name of Cambodia this time is Pakistan, but otherwise it’s the same story as in Indochina in 1970.

The author of the linked article, William Pfaff, goes on to explain:

An American army, deeply frustrated by its inability to defeat an anti-American insurgent movement despite years of struggle, decides that the key to victory lies in a neighboring country. In 1970, the problem was the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Cambodia. Today it is Taliban and al-Qaida bases inside Pakistan, which the United States has been attacking from the air for some time, with controversial “collateral damage.”

George W. Bush has now authorized independent ground assaults on Taliban and al-Qaida targets in Pakistan’s Tribal Territories, without consultation with Pakistan authorities. These already have begun.

You will perhaps recall, boys and girls, that the American bombing contributed to the fall of the government of Cambodia and the rise of Pol Pot and Khmer Rouge.

Pfaff sees the potential for a similar outcome in Pakistan:

The eventual outcome of the American intervention in Cambodia in 1970 was Communist overthrow of the American-sponsored military government in that country, followed by genocide. The future consequences in (nuclear-armed) Pakistan await.

There is every reason to think they may include civil protest and disorder in the country, political crisis, a major rise in the strength of Pakistan’s own Islamic fundamentalist movement and, conceivably, a small war between the United States and the Pakistan army, which is the central institution in the country, has a mind of its own and is not a negligible military force.

Wouldn't that be good, boys and girls? You don't think so?

Neither does Spot.

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