In one of the biggest and most brazen attacks of its kind to date, suspected Taliban insurgents with heavy weapons attacked two truck stops in northwest Pakistan early today, destroying more than 150 vehicles carrying supplies bound for U.S.-led troops in Afghanistan.
The predawn attack on the outskirts of the city of Peshawar left the grounds of the truck terminals littered with the burned-out shells of Humvees and other military vehicles. At least one guard was reported killed.
Peshawar abuts Pakistan's barely governed tribal areas, which are rife with violence, but an attack of this scale on the city's doorstep is rare.
The question has been asked as to whether Pakistan's government even exercises sovereignty or something like it over the country. It is certainly debatable. The tougher question is what in the world can we do about it. One thing we cannot do is prosecute the war in Afghanistan with an unsafe supply line.
There are many reasons that Pakistan has to face up to the fact it cannot ignore the gorilla in the room. They have Islamist extremists and terrorists and they have allowed them to form a shadow country in the tribal areas and near Kashmir. They have never really had much luck making deals with them and eventually they all have gone back to violence. There are plenty of targets in Afghanistan and India, but eventually they will turn their eyes to their own turf and decide to crank up another Caliphate attempt.
It would be better for the Pakistani government and the bulk of it's people if this happens before the Islamists make any more deals among themselves like Lashkar e Taiba and al Qaeda have. They are much easier to take out when they are all Judean People's front complaining about the splitters of the People's Front of Judea.