Blasting Away In Pakistan

It happened again. NATO jets and helicopters blasted away on targets in Pakistan and the end result was the death of 24 Pakistani soldiers who were stationed at checkpoints on their nation’s boundary with Afghanistan. Pakistan’s army leaders reacted with fury and ordered that any supplies using roads leading into Afghanistan to be prevented from proceeding. Most probably, US or NATO soldiers on the border were engaged in a fire fight and requested air support.

There simply is no way to prevent such incidents until Pakistan and NATO/US leaders agree on some process of dealing with use of Pakistan by Taliban forces. We have the proverbial Catch-22. US forces want Pakistan to end support of the Taliban while Pakistan wants to use the Taliban to thwart India from gaining a foothold in Afghanistan. Frankly, in the end, American forces will have left  Afghanistan, but Taliban forces will still be present in the country.