American drone planes continued their bombing inside Pakistan in the never ending search to find al-Qaeda leaders who can be killed. The latest drone attack killed twelve people, five of whom were identified as “foreigners” which usually means members of al-Qaeda. The drones are trying to kill Baitullah Mehsud, leader of the Pakistan Taliban. The assumption is killing him will somehow end fighting in tribal regions, an assumption that has no validity in past history or experience. American military insists they are killing the “leaders” of the Taliban and al-Qaeda, but the situation remains unsettled and Afghanistan is sliding into chaos. In the meantime, the Pakistan government is furious at having its sovereignty violated by “allies.”
The Bush victory over al-Qaeda strategy is predicated on the belief killing top leaders of that organization will result in its collapse. It’s an interesting theory even though there is no evidence it will work.