Posts Tagged ‘Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan’
Just spotted this from Royal Military College Associate Professor Walter Dorn, via David Pugliese’s Defence Watch blog here (note: this was written before Obama’s speech & plan) – highlighting mine:
….(An) option worth considering is the establishment of a UN peacekeeping force to operate, initially at least, with the other missions.
There is already a small UN “good-offices” mission, called the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), mandated to support democratization and reconciliation in Afghanistan. But a true peacekeeping mission—call it UNAMA II—would require a much larger military and police component, numbering in the tens of thousands. It would have to be deployed with the consent of the belligerent parties, including the Afghan government, NATO, the US, and the main insurgent groups. That all the parties would accept such a deployment cannot be taken for granted, but it cannot be dismissed either. As the fighting continues with no end in sight, the prospects for a UN peacekeeping force are likely to increase.
The initial goal of a UNAMA II mission would be to bring a modicum of peace to Afghanistan. Reducing and then ending the conflict will probably require making compromises with some unsavoury Taliban leaders, which would pose difficult ethical challenges. But continuing a war that kills thousands of people a year with little or no hope of victory poses even greater ethical problems.
Ideally, the UN mission would include a large number of troops from Muslim nations to help establish local legitimacy and to avoid the perception of being part of a Western occupying force. It would need to be impartial and clearly distinct from the US/NATO missions in the country. The force would adopt a defensive posture, using its limited combat power only when necessary, as a last resort. It would therefore be implicated in many fewer civilian fatalities and would likely be more popular with the local population….
In addition to the comments already posted, I have these bits to add.
1) Is it just me, or before you have a peacekeeping force, EVERYONE has to agree to stop fighting each other?
2) So far, public statements from the Taliban indicate they’re going to keep fighting as long as foreign troops are in Afghanistan (check here, here and here). As long as the proposed U.N. force consists of foreign troops, sounds like no-go from the Taliban’s point of view.
3) Other recent Taliban statements suggest they are underwhelmed with the United Nations as a body (try here, here and here), so I’m not convinced they’d buy such a force unless it was heavily weighed in their favour.
4) If ceasefire.ca thinks it’s a good idea, I’m not so convinced.
Based on the first three points, anyhow, we’d have to see a pretty big change on the side of those killing voters, preventing girls from going to school and cutting heads off before there’s even a remote chance of old fashioned peacekeeping to work in Afghanistan.
This, from Pakistan’s The News:
The Pakistani militants based in South Waziristan Agency committed the terrorism acts in the past couple of weeks or so with the help of the Afghan Taliban, The News learnt here on Saturday.
“Leaders of various militant groups active in Pakistan under the banner of the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have succeeded in winning support of the Afghan Taliban for committing terror acts in Pakistan,” a source in the security forces disclosed on condition of anonymity.
“They have mounted the deadly attacks in Peshawar, Bannu, Rawalpindi and Lahore with the help of Afghan Taliban,” he said.
The source said the top leaders of outlawed Lashkar-e-Jhangvi have established links with the Afghan Taliban and all its operatives who have been operating in the Punjab have reached South Waziristan or Afghanistan to evade arrests as the law-enforcement agencies have launched a crackdown on such elements in the Punjab province.
“Initially, this group was involved in sectarian violence and has been targeting people belonging to a particular religious sect but now it is targeting the security forces,” the source said.
But the Taliban is a LOCAL threat, right?