“Pakistan is the world’s only Muslim country which has a nuclear bomb, an Islamic nuclear bomb.”

On October 20, 2008, Joe Biden, as Barack Obama’s running mate, may have given a rather prescient warning, that within the first sixth months of Obama’s presidency, he’d face an international crisis which would “test” his “mettle”.

A little over three months into Obama’s presidency, Biden’s warning about an international crisis may be coming true, as Pakistan, with its arsenal of nuclear weapons, could be poised for a coup by Islamic extremists, including the Taliban.

From ABC News:

“Mark my words,” the Democratic vice presidential nominee warned at the second of his two Seattle fundraisers Sunday. “It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We’re about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here if you don’t remember anything else I said. Watch, we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.”

April 19, just shy of three months Obama’s inauguration the Times of India reported that unnamed “U.S. Intelligence, defense and diplomatic officials have concluded that there’s little hope” regarding the situation in Pakistan:

“A growing number of US intelligence, defense and diplomatic officials have concluded that there’s little hope of preventing nuclear-armed Pakistan from disintegrating into fiefdoms controlled by Islamist warlords and terrorists, posing the a greater threat to US than Afghanistan’s terrorist haven did before 9/11.

“It’s a disaster in the making on the scale of the Iranian revolution,” said a US intelligence official who requested anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly.

Pakistan’s fragmentation into warlord-run fiefdoms that host al-Qaida and other terrorist groups would have grave implications for the security of its nuclear arsenal; for the US-led effort to pacify Afghanistan; and for the security of India, the nearby oil-rich Persian Gulf and Central Asia, US and its allies.

Pakistan has 173 million people and 100 nuclear weapons, an army which is bigger than the American army, and the headquarters of al-Qaida sitting in two-thirds of the country which the government does not control,” said David Kilcullen , a retired Australian army officer, a former State Department adviser and a counterinsurgency consultant to the Obama administration.

“Pakistan isn’t Afghanistan, a backward, isolated, landlocked place that outsiders get interested in about once a century,” said US intelligence official. “It’s a developed state . . . (with) a major Indian Ocean port and ties to the outside world, especially the Gulf, that Afghanistan and the Taliban never had.”

April 22, Reuters reported that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a warning to the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the situation in Pakistan as a “mortal threat to the to the security and safety of our country and the world.”

Swat Valley

One of 191 schools destroyed by Taliban in Swat Valley

Clinton spoke before the House Foreign Affairs Committee about the situation in Pakistan, of the Pakistan government signing a regulation which imposed Islamic, or Sharia law, in the Swat Valley after Islamic militants moved in and instigated a reign of terror.

From the Telegraph:

“The area is now mostly under the control of a Taliban commander, Mullah Fazlullah, who rules via dozens of Sharia courts and who issues ordinances which are announced by FM radio broadcasts.

Whippings, executions and the bombing and closure of schools are now commonplace.

Jaffar Khan, a member of the North West Frontier Province’s ruling Awami National Party (ANP) in Swat, said: “The situation is worse with every day. People are facing great problems. The militants have started a new wave of target killings and slaughter.

“The call themselves the Taliban, but we don’t know who they are. Everybody believes that national and international intelligence agencies are playing a game there. But we don’t know what it is and when it will end.”

Zubair Torwali, a social activist, said that the main square of Swat’s capital, Mingora, has been dubbed Khooni Chowk, or Bloody Square, because every day bodies of the militants’ executed victims are dumped there or some strung up poles.”

Since the Swat Valley fell to the Taliban, they’ve “swept” across the Pakistan countryside to Buner, 60 miles from Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, with a mountain range and the river Indus separating the two. Not only have they taken over the Swat Valley, they’ve offered Bin Laden “safe shelter”.

In 2008, the threat of the Taliban gaining control of Pakistan’s estimated 40-100 nuclear weapons was written about in the BBC News:

Continue reading: Obama May Face First International Crisis as Taliban Inches Closer to Pakistan’s Nuclear Weapons – PAGE 2

by LBG/Mondoreb

Source: Obama May Face First International Crisis as Taliban Inches Closer to Pakistan’s Nuclear Weapons

Mondoreb blogs at Death By 1000 Papercuts. Interested readers can e-mail him at
mondoreb@gmail.com. All DBKP stories are filed under Mondoreb at BNN. This article was by LBG.

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