[As today’s report (below) in the NY Times indicates, there is a major threat to Pervez Musharraf’s control of forces at work in Pakistan.  Assassination attempts on his life have been made and failed in the not distant past.  If he were to be displaced, who knows who would gain control of Pakistan’s nuclear weapon supply?  The Taliban?  Pakistan’s principal nuclear scientist, Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, is notorious for having spread nuclear weapons information far and wide (to Iran, Korea, Libya, et al?):  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdul_Qadeer_Khan

With our distractions in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is a bit absurd for Cheney to be directing our fleet for readiness to attack Iran.  Such an attack would merely further the unification of Islamic extremists against us over there.  In passing it does look as though Cheney has been more or less running the Bush administration behind the scenes, sending presidential orders to Bush to sign.  He has stood on an aircraft carrier over there recently offshore from Iran directing military threats publicly against the Iranians. One hopes that Bush will either break loose from his malignant influence or that the Republicans will be driven out out of office in time to avert utter chaos of a most grave WMD character.  Let us hope for peace rather than wars that could escalate to apocalyptic dimensions!  Ed Kent]

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http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/30/world/asia/30pakistan.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

Taliban Spreading, Pakistani President Is Warned
Tariq Mahmood/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

By JANE PERLEZ and ISMAIL KHAN
Published: June 30, 2007

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, June 28 — The Pakistani president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, was warned this month that Islamic militants and Taliban fighters were rapidly spreading beyond the country’s lawless tribal areas and that without “swift and decisive action,” the growing militancy could engulf the rest of the country.

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“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

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