Friday, December 18, 2009

Intervening in wars over religion

A suicide car bomber detonated his explosives near a mosque inside a police compound in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing 10 people in the latest attack by suspected Taliban militants waging war against the Pakistani government.

The Taliban have stepped up their campaign of violence since the military launched a major offensive in mid-October in the militant stronghold of South Waziristan in Pakistan's lawless tribal area near the Afghan border. Friday's attack was the second in two weeks against a mosque used by Pakistan's security forces.

Most of the 10 people killed in the attack in the Lower Dir region were police leaving the mosque after Friday prayers, said the area's police chief, Feroze Khan.

Wars over territory, political systems or economics can be won.

Wars over religion never end, but smolder for generations.

The wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan are primarily wars between different Islamic sects.

We're wasting our time when we intervene and expect to help one side win.

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