More good news in the War on Terror as Abu Laith al Libi was reportedly killed in Pakistan. He is a senior al-Qaida commander from Libya and liaison with the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Abu Laith al Libi ran terrorist camps in the tribal regions between Afghanistan and Pakistan, and appeared in propaganda and terrorist training videos.
The whispers are that a U.S. missile strike killed him along with a dozen other terrorists. But it appears to have happened within the territorial boundaries of Pakistan.
Pakistan is caught in a difficult place. To show outward support for the U.S. among its people risks further turmoil in the country. So they support us quietly behind the scenes, offering intelligence, access, police, and surgical military actions.
Either Pakistan took him out with their own military and is using the U.S. for political cover, or they affirmed a U.S. missile strike. Either way, Musharraf requires that the responsibility fall on U.S. shoulders. The would prefer that nobody knew, which is why Abu Laith al Libi’s death on Pakistani soil was kept quiet by both governments until it was announced on a terrorist website.
If a politician tells you that Pakistan must be doing much more in the War on Terror, look incredulously at that person. That is a throwaway line used on the campaign trail for presidential candidates to show they are tough on terror. Yes, we would like them to do more. No, they cannot do more and could easily do a lot less.
The reality is that the Pakistani president, Musharraf, has risked his life and political future to do the right thing, right up to the breaking point in his Muslim nation. The tribal regions have never been tamed by a central government going back thousands of years.
Thanks to Pakistan for delivering the head of another U.S. enemy, Abu Laith al Libi, on a silver platter.