Apr 28, 2009

Administration Inaction May Lead to a Nuclear Al-Qaeda and Taliban

By Bill Wilson

Nuclear weapons are coming closer and closer to falling into the hands of the Taliban and al Qaeda because of a situation in Pakistan, a nuclear power. And the current US Administration seems to be confused about its strategy to prevent a nuclear armed band of terrorists. Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee John Kerry told USA Today that the Administration's plan was "not a real strategy" and that Pakistan is "in a moment of peril" and "there is not in place yet an adequate policy or plan to deal with it." He later "clarified" his remarks through a spokesman saying that he meant that the policy needs to be more comprehensive.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she doesn't even want to think about the problems that could arise with a nuclear armed Al Qaeda. Clinton told Fox News, "If the worst, the unthinkable, were to happen ,and this advancing Taliban encouraged and supported by Al Qaeda and other extremists were to essentially topple the government for failure to beat them back, then they would have the keys to the nuclear arsenal of Pakistan." Clinton's worse fears may be closer to being realized than she would like to think. A week after Pakistan's president signed a peace pact with the Taliban, Taliban militants are expanding their territory beyond the Swat valley where the government agreed to impose Islamic law.

The Taliban has been patrolling villages as close as 60 miles from the capital, and it has been reported that police and officials appear to have fled. AP reports that hundreds have been killed and up to a third of the Swat valley's 1.5 million residents have been displaced. Critics, including in Washington, have warned that the valley could become an officially sanctioned base for allies of Al-Qaeda. Clinton says she received assurances from the Pakistani government that the government and the military are stable against the Taliban/Al-Qaeda threat. But "assurances" are not reality. Clinton's husband found that out the hard way when North Korea gave "assurances" it was not making a nuclear weapon.

The implications of the Taliban overthrowing the Pakistani government are immense. It would be difficult to see a way that a nuclear war could not be averted unless one side-either the Israelis and Americans or the Taliban/Al Qaeda surrendered. Given an unprovoked attack on the US by Al Qaeda and continuous threats against Israel, a nuclear Pakistan in alliance with Iran and Syria would spell real trouble for the stability of the world and the safety and national security of America and Israel. Clinton better be working on destroying the Taliban rather than diplomatic assurances from a government under duress. Jeremiah Chapter 8:10,11 says that even unto the priest, everyone deals falsely. . ."saying peace, peace when there is no peace."

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