Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Borders, and Borders

Hey, you know that nonexistent "border" we have with Mexico, on our south? The one that cannot, by definition, be controlled, since the corporate heavy-hitters who run "our" government have a natural and understandable interest in driving down the price of low-end labor by flooding the market with an inexhaustible supply thereof? Well, apparently there are some borders that we need to be worried about:
President Obama is pouring more than 20,000 new troops into Afghanistan this year for a fighting season that the United States military has called a make-or-break test of the allied campaign in Afghanistan.

But if Taliban strategists have their way, those forces will face a stiff challenge, not least because of one distinct Taliban advantage: the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan barely exists for the Taliban, who are counting on the fact that American forces cannot reach them in their sanctuaries in Pakistan.

One Pakistani logistics tactician for the Taliban, a 28-year-old from the country’s tribal areas, in interviews with The New York Times, described a Taliban strategy that relied on free movement over the border and in and around Pakistan, ready recruitment of Pakistani men and sustained cooperation of sympathetic Afghan villagers.
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