Meanwhile, in Pakistan
"300,000" seems like a fairly large number, no? I know there's all sorts of exciting things happening in Denver right now, but I'm not alone in viewing Pakistan as a sort of lynchpin to what happens in the Middle East/Central & South Asia. Reuters:
By Mian Saeed-ur-Rehman
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Authorities in northwest Pakistan are urgently seeking millions of dollars to help up to 300,000 people who have fled from fighting between government forces and militants.
The displaced people are one more problem for a coalition government riven by disputes and grappling with mounting militant attacks and a sagging economy.
Pakistani troops launched an offensive against militants in the Bajaur region on the Afghan border early this month. The region is a haven for al Qaeda and Taliban fighters.
The folks over at Moon of Alabama have more to say:
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) umbrella group involved in the fighting has offered a ceasefire but it is unclear if the government or the army will talk with them at all. After the suicide attack on an ammunition factory on Friday, the government, with applause from the U.S., banned the TTP as a 'terrorist organization'.
Sice today it is even unclear if there is a government in Pakistan at all. Nawaz Sharif's PML-N party just left the governing coalition with Asif Zardari's PPP. The main issue between them is still the restoration of the judges kicked out by former military dictator and president Musharraf. Zardari fears that those judges would again pursue corruption charges against him.
It is yet unknown how any vote for a new President, which should take place within the next four weeks, could happen or how the usual government business can proceed. The best for now to to overcome the blocked situation would be new elections in Pakistan. But as Sharif's PML-N would likely win those in a landslide, Zardari will do everything possible to prevent a new round of voting.
Meanwhile the killing goes on and, unlike in Georgia, the U.S. planes that might come to the Bajaur region will not carry help for the refugees.
I won't go so far as to call the crisis in Georgia 'unimportant,' but I think it's fair to say that Pakistan is at least as worthy of our attention. What disturbs me is that the new Pakistani government seems hardly to be in control at all, and between our forces and NATO's, it's hardly clear that there is any direction or strategy to military operations there.
There are days when it seems like our leaderz have no memory at all, and perfectly willing to ignore the very same conditions that led to 9/11 building up all over again. I hope some Dems can step out of the bright lights for a minute or two and start formulating a strategy of how to deal with this.