Pakistan signs pact with militants

First this “peace deal” is announced which essentially creates a separate peace between Pakistan and mountain based militants operating on its soil, the Taliban and al Qaeda:

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan – Pro-Taleban militants and the Pakistani government reached a peace deal overnight under which the militants agreed to stop attacks in both Pakistan and across the border in Afghanistan, negotiators said.

Hundreds of Pakistani troops and militants have been killed in the Waziristan region as the government has attempted to push its authority into semi-autonomous tribal lands on the Afghan border as part of efforts in the US-led war on terrorism.

“The agreement will pave the way for permanent peace in the region,” said Malik Shahzada, a member of a tribal council that has been overseeing the negotiations with the rebels.

Click the headline or here for the rest of the announcement.

Then there is this classic response to that announcement by Chris Floyd of which the following is an extract:

Is anyone really surprised at this? Bush has never had the slightest intention of catching Osama bin Laden. He needs bin Laden like he needs air or water. Without bin Laden, he is nothing. Without bin Laden, he wouldn’t be a “War President” wielding dictatorial powers over a cowed, confused nation. Without bin Laden — whom Bush has now taken to quoting as an expert on world affairs — the Potomac pipsqueak would be just another failed, one-term president named George Bush, a national joke, a trivia quiz answer, a half-forgotten goober ridiculed for a feckless reign that made Jimmy Carter look like Bismarck. Without bin Laden, Bush never would have had the chance to seal his prejudices and inadequacies in the blood of tens of thousands of innocent people. How could he ever give up bin Laden, who gave him his truest self? Bush is bin Laden, bin Laden is Bush: they gaze at each other lovingly across the smoldering ruins of cities and the festering pits of mass graves, and whisper tenderly one to the other: “You complete me.”

You’ve really got to read the rest of Floyd’s response. He nails it. Click here for the rest of his commentary.

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