Friday, October 06, 2006

Reliapundit Is Right Again - There Is A New Tribal Strategy In The War On Terror

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said he wants to hold a jirga (council) of Pashtun tribes from Pakistan and Afghanistan to end Taleban violence. The two countries disagree on how to fight the Taleban - mostly drawn from the Pashtun tribes- on their border.

Mr Karzai said he expected both he and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to attend the meeting by the year-end. Afghan ministers and officials are however concerned that such a meeting may be "manipulated" by Pakistan.

"I am thinking of a meeting between Afghan civil society, Afghan elders, tribal chiefs, clergy and Afghan spiritual leadership plus the intellectuals. From the Pakistan side I am hoping for the same thing," Mr Karzai told this correspondent in an exclusive interview.
Al Qaeda, and the various other terrorist organizations (Islamic Jihad, Hizbollah, Fatah, Hamas) are all based on ideologies which transcend tribal allegiance. However, when it comes down to it, much of the population of the Middle East breaks down along tribal lines. So, exploiting tribal allegiances and resentments is an effective way to divide and conquer.

I have a question though, as with any weapon, this strategy will have its drawbacks; there may be unforseen blowback from this strategy. What can we anticipate going wrong with this strategy? (Please let us know your thoughts in the comments section.)


Reliapundit said...

i think it's sad that a lot of hawks got pissed off at musharraf's deal, and didn't see it as a strategy shift.

i think they are fatgued - due to relentless mnm negativity. which isa of course their whole objective.

but we must never give into the ene3myt or the defeatisys.

never never never never never.

Reliapundit said...

msm negativity, i meant...

also: thanks pasto!

Pastorius said...

I don't think I ever made a comment on Musharraf's deal, because I just couldn't figure it out. It was too strange. I should have known there was something more to it.