Hundreds of religious students clashed with police and occupied Islamabad's Red Mosque during its reopening Friday, demanding the return of a pro-Taliban cleric two weeks after an army raid to oust Islamic militants from the complex left more than 100 people dead.Pakistan is the safe haven for Osama Bin Laden and the leadership of the Taliban. People need to remember that Pakistan was the only government that recognized the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan.
A large explosion went off in a market area about a quarter-mile from the mosque, and local media reported several people had died. Police say four people were killed and 30 wounded.
There are many in Pakistan who want Pervez Musharraf removed from power. Should that happen we will be confronted with a nuclear armed state run by terrorist sympathizers.
"Musharraf is a dog! He is worse than a dog! He should resign!" students shouted. Some lingered over the ruins of a neighboring girls' seminary that was demolished by authorities this week. Militants had used the seminary to resist government forces involved in the siege.All of this is the result of a foreign policy that decided a war in Iraq was more profitable for Bush cronies than continuing the fight against al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. Where is Osama Bin Laden? Does anyone in our government even care? He is most surely in the western regions of Pakistan being protected by forces within the government of Pervez Musharraf. Why would he do this? Capturing Bin Laden could be the quickest way to his overthrow and a nuclear armed terrorist state. Now do you understand why the War in Iraq was an even more colossal blunder? Remember this column when you read about the first U.S. soldier killed in combat in Pakistan. I hope with all my heart that I am wrong but the recent events sure make that scenario all the more likely.