Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Canada wants to station troops in Pakistan

And the Paks refused. I had not been aware of this.
Defence Minister Gordon O'Connor recently asked Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf for permission to station Canadian troops inside the Pakistan border to cut off that pipeline, but Canada received its answer Wednesday.

Musharraf told CBC television in an interview that the request has been denied, and that he took the request as a slight to his own forces...


Blogger Paul said...

I don't think Musharraf could maintain power if he'd allowed Canadian troops in. Every little territorial move like that is taken as a great afront by fundamentalist Muslims... they are paranoid, and a move like that would just drive them harder in their hate and death culture.

I know that the intent is to stop the flood of fighters and weapons; but if we can't do it from Afghan border, how would things change if we were inside Pakistan? I'm not sure they would.

Commerce is very robust between Pakistan and Afghanistan along the main routes, smuggling is easy as a result. And, elsewhere the terrain is brutally rugged.

I'm with the Aussies who say we need 10 years there before the Afghans can do it alone. Now that's a realistic assessment.

12:07 a.m., September 28, 2006  
Blogger Cameron Campbell said...

I'm so fucking tired of dictators.

9:19 a.m., September 28, 2006  
Blogger TonyGuitar said...

Debris Trail,

I agree fully with your correct assesment of Musharraf*s position. He walks a tightrope and nothing can be gained by complicating that balance.

Add to that the China factor.

Billion$ dollar pipelines for lifeblood energy across Pakistan to keep China humming.

Hornets nest! = TG

4:36 p.m., September 28, 2006  
Blogger AwaWiYe said...

Good on Musharraf. The Pakistani army and nation have demonstrated they are perfectly competent to maintain and safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Pakistan and to detain and intern belligerent parties who set foot on Pakistani sovereign soil. *snort* *snicker* *guffaw*

5:06 p.m., September 28, 2006  

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