Baby: The Conception
The fascination of President Bush with Pakistan's dictator and master terrorist Pervez Musharraf, and its likely consequences, are reminiscent of a previous era in which the US worked closely with ISI, helping it hone its skills in sponsorship of terror. Sleeping with the devil in the eighties in an attempt to oust the Soviets from Afghanistan had unintended consequences: the conception of Bin Laden's Al Qaeda and its Taliban hosts, culminating in 9-11.
The building affair between the Bush administration and Musharraf ignores the continued support of Pakistan for terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir and for anti-US forces in Afghanistan, as well as long-time Pakistani nuclear proliferation activities. Pumping of billions into Pakistan at this stage, without it providing undeniable proof of permanent dismantling of terrorist networks and fundamentalist madrassas is suicidal for the United States.
Suspicion of US collusion in ironing over Pakistani terrorist wrinkles has been raised by the timing of arrest announcements of an Ohio truck driver and eleven members of Lashkar-e-Toiba training in US suburbs for jihad. The arrest of the Ohio truck driver, reported to be a member of the Al Qaeda and with connections to Pakistan, was announced on June 19th, a week before Musharraf's luxurious stay at Camp David. And the arrest of terrorists belonging to Lashkar-e-Toiba, one of the premier Pakistani terrorist groups, was announced two days after the picture of Musharraf and President Bush adorned the front pages of newspapers. It is said that love makes one blind, but in this case the results of such an illicit tryst could be catastrophic.
The presence of dozens of nuclear weapons and delivery systems in fundamentalist Pakistan, from where the most significant threats to US national security continue to fester, makes this latest episode of sleeping with the devil fraught with dangers of much larger magnitude, and could potentially result this time in the national security equivalent of Rosemary's Baby.