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Action against extremists in Pakistan

The best scenario for everyone is for Pakistan to get it's own house in order, a tall task indeed. There is no way to predict what will happen is they take on the extremists and their shadow states, but it looks like we may find out.

Pakistani security forces have raided a training camp used by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the militant group blamed for last month's attack on Mumbai, and arrested at least 12 of the group's activists, government officials said today.

One Pakistani official told The Times that among those arrested was Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, LeT's operations chief, whom Indian officials have accused of masterminding the Mumbai attack.

The raid last night near Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, was Pakistan's first attempt to respond to mounting pressure from India and the United States to take action against LeT after the Mumbai strike.

It will be telling to see what the government does with this guy and also what the extremists do in response. It has not been that long since the Red Mosque battle and if they decide to the terrorists can make life hell in their own country. What do we do if Pakistan faces a civil war? What if the Kashmiri and Waziri groups just secede and dare the government to stop them?

I am fresh out of good ideas for Pakistan that go much farther than hit the bad guys hard, hit them again and hope we can get inside their decision cycle afterward. No one can predict what they will do, so I say take the advantage of where and when away from then. There and now, and make it hurt. I don't believe for a second it will solve the problem, but it will address the fact that they are training and brain-washing and entire generation as jihadi shock troops.

We have our own interest in that if we don't want Pakistani students in Canadia crossing our heavily-defended northern border and shooting up our hotels in Detroit.

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