As Pakistan planes zoomed in the sky preparing to deal with any aircraft from India that might be launching an attack, the prime minister of India spoke of peace and conciliation. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh insisted that “nobody wants war” and tried to reduce tension between the countries. Admiral Mike Mullen, head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, again visited Pakistan to urge calm and avoidance of provocative actions that might inflame the situation. The head of Interpol visiting in New Dehli, said Pakistan had agreed to cooperate with his organization in tracking down those involved in the Mumbai attacks. India has yet to share its information with Pakistan which has complicated the situation. However, it claims the captured gunman Mohammed Ajmal Kasab said he came from Pakistan.
Step one is allowing Interpol to play an important role in the investigation and this means both sides have to open files. Step two is for Pakistan to finally clean house in its secret service, the ISI and make that organization a force for peace, not for arming groups to carry out terrorist attacks.
Admiral Mullen, who is Chief of Staff, clashed with his subordinate, General McNeill, commander of NTO forces in Afghanstan over the extent and power of the Taliban in Afghanistan. General McNeill does not believe there is any evidence of a “resurgent” Taliban while his superior has the exact opposite conclusion. According to Mullen: “In Afghanistan, we are seeing a growing insurgency, iincreasing violence, and a burgeoining drug trade fueled by widespread poppy cultivation.” General McNeill’s response was, “Admiral Mullen has his view, I’ve got mine.”
Although General McNeill doesn’t see evidence of any Taliban resurgency, some figures reveal a different perspective. The number of suicide attacks has grown from 3 in 2004 to 130 least year, the number of acts of violence has risen from 900 to 8,950 and the number of roadside bomb attacks has gone up fom 325 to 1,469.
This may well be a minor example of difference of opinion, but it again is indicative of confusion in the Bush administration over policy in Afghanistan.
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