• News
  • Celebrities
  • Finance
  • Crypto
  • Travel
  • Entertainment
  • Health
  • Others

Ackerman, You Seem to Be Diminishing the Significance of the Mehsud Killing

For a different take on the Beitullah Mehsud killing, commenter Abujeeyun has a great series of observations counterbalancing my own. We got into a bit of a discussion comparing Mehsud’s death to the killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi of al-Qaeda in Iraq.

Here’s Abujeeyun’s comment in full:

A long, dispassionate attempt to analyze the importance of AMZ’s in the unraveling of AQI would be pretty fruitless. Clearly he was one of the network nodes whose elimination furthered the cause. I would argue that if he hadn’t been killed, AQI’s unravelling would have been impossible. His killing was of extreme symbolic significance to those who were sitting on the fence. In addition to that, he was clearly very good at organizing and enforcing discipline. So his death weakened the network in practical ways.

What I think is a more eloquent way of phrasing my earlier point is that killing the head of the snake is an important element in the elimination of the network. One single hellfire will never solve the problem in and of itself. But the Hellfire that got Mehsud (allegedly) was, I believe, the single most important Hellfire that’s been fired since 9/11.

On the other hand, the Pakistani Taliban is a very different beast than AQI, al Shabab, etc. We will never “eliminate the network”–it’s the clan-based network that is the way of life there. BM turned that network into a very effective killing machine that–I believe–was a legitimate threat to the government of Pakistan. He has many willing lieutenants who will try to take his place, but he was VERY good at leadership. There’s a good chance that, if handled correctly by the Pakistani government, his death really will be turned into a peace pact with the Mehsud tribe and a veritable end to the Pakistani Taliban as a legitimate threat to Pakistani democracy.

Ironically, if this happens, it makes the U.S. job harder in Afghanistan. If the insurgency ends in Pakistan, the motivation for the Pakistani government to continue to police the border areas will decline dramatically. That ends the hope that the Pakistani army will somehow fix Afghanistan’s problem. And the Mehsudi clan will stop fighting against itself and the Pakistani government and put all of their focus on fighting over the border.

Nevertheless, the big prize is Pakistan, not Afghanistan. And a world without BM makes Pakistan as a sovereign democracy significantly safer.

In regards to Abdullah’s comments: I agree with you that BM was in a bad way at the time of his alleged death. His support was down and he was getting hurt badly by the drone strikes and the Pakistani air force strikes. But if he had survived and played his cards right, he could have quickly regained his power and then some. His power base on Wednesday was significantly diminished. But he still represented a tremendous threat while still alive.

Discussion & Comments (0)

    Recent Articles

    • Things You Should Know about North America

      Things You Should Know about North America

      Get to know more about North America.

    • Eurovision 2010 Paula Seling Unpredictable Contest

      Eurovision 2010 Paula Seling Unpredictable Contest

      Paula Seling's experience on the Eurovision stage led her to declare that "Eurovision is an unpredictable contest". Which may explain the success of the young Lena from Germany, about whom the predictions before the event did not offer much chances for victory.

    • VIPRow.me - The Best Sports Streaming Website Today

      VIPRow.me - The Best Sports Streaming Website Today

      Have you ever contemplated creating a user-friendly site dedicated to sports-related free live streaming channels?

    • Learn How To Download, Install, And Use The Xnxubd 2022 Frame App

      Learn How To Download, Install, And Use The Xnxubd 2022 Frame App

      XNXUBD 2022 Nvidia users are able to watch thousands of videos and other contents online. XNXUBD 2022 Nvidia New is a piece of software that enables people to watch videos online without having to pay for memberships. On a graphics card, the XNXubd also provides some of the best gaming and virtual reality experiences.

    • Xvideostudio Video Editor Apk Free Download For Pc Full Version In 2022

      Xvideostudio Video Editor Apk Free Download For Pc Full Version In 2022

      A new edition of the Video Editor Apk for xVideostudio.Video Studio has all the latest features, including support for multiple video download formats in HD, FHD, and even 4K resolutions.

    • 9 Best Lotion For Masturbation - Popular Choice For 2022

      9 Best Lotion For Masturbation - Popular Choice For 2022

      Masturbation is a common activity for men and women. It's a natural and risk-free way to explore your body, experience pleasure, and release sexual tension.

    • Reasons Why You Need To Stop Watching Movies From Sflix

      Reasons Why You Need To Stop Watching Movies From Sflix

      Without having to sign up or pay anything, you can watch movies online for free with SFlix. It has more than 10,000 movies and television shows.

    • Coi Leray Mom And Dad's Family History & Wife, Explained

      Coi Leray Mom And Dad's Family History & Wife, Explained

      Coi Leray Collins (born May 11, 1997) is a rapper from the United States. Leray started publishing songs to SoundCloud in 2014, and in 2018 she released her breakthrough track "Huddy" as well as her first mixtape, Everythingcoz.

    • Listen And Download Music On MyFreeMP3 For Free

      Listen And Download Music On MyFreeMP3 For Free

      Are you in a bind and looking for a place to obtain free mp3 songs? Never again will you need to bother, since this article has everything necessary to obtain your solution. Download free music from MyfreeMP3.com, one of the world's most popular websites.