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July 03, 2007

Red Mosque Maniacs Clash With Pakistani Police

Background on the Red Mosque:

For months now, students at one of Islamabad's most radical mosques have been on a campaign to 'Talibanise' Pakistan - in other words, turn it into a state that enforces the strictest version of Islam as the country's law. The students have defied both the police and government authorities. Along the way, they have adopted violent vigilante tactics, including kidnapping and torture, and have even set up their own sharia courts, with mullahs performing the role of judge and jury. In his second Dateline report on the challenges currently facing Pakistan, Nick Lazaredes discovered that these new Islamic warriors are not only men, but also young women and girls who say they are prepared to die for their cause

The government, apparently, dares not take on these openly Taliban/Al Qaeda supporting thugs, for fear of popular revolt. The government attempted to enter the mosque after the 7/7 London Tube bombing, on suspicion of harboring conspirators; they were repelled.

Now they're fighting government troops in the streets, and still the government is afraid to do more than lob tear gas cannisters at them.

I'm afraid Pakistan is going down, to be lost to Al Qaeda. With its nukes.

And what then?

Well, I have no doubt this nation is prepared for toe-to-toe war with a 100-million strong, nuclear armed radical Islamic country. After all, Democrats have been telling us for five years how eager they were to charge in after bin Ladin and how Bush's dealings with the military junta in Pakistan were corrupt; so I'm sure Greenwald and all the other armchair warriors on the left will enlist immediately should this nightmare scenario come to pass.

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