April 13, 2007
Do also watch Uncle Jimbo's friday freefly. The first bit is mainly of interest to American's. The middle bit deals with the frustration your average right winger who wants to "go and do something about it" feels when the world just doesn't fit to their concept of "winning" no matter how many billions of dollars worth of munitions get thrown about. These guys are going to work it out.
Also do check Channel 4' s excellent piece about fighting in the tribal territories of Pakistan.
The Pakistani government says these battles are the result of deals it has made over the last two years with its Pushtun tribes. But tribal leaders in South Waziristan say they took on the Uzbeks simply because they were behaving like criminals and bandits.
The commander Hanan: "I swear by the Koran, we did not move against them at the request of the government. The reason is their activities. "For the last three or four years, we have treated them as guests for the sake of Allah. But when people leave the path of God and start killing people just because they won't give them shelter or money, this is cruelty which we cannot accept."
So whatever President Musharraf might say, it's far from clear whether these men have turned against the Taliban - the fighting might just be the result of clan rivalries within the Taliban.