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'Armageddon' alarm bell rings

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posted on Jul, 20 2009 @ 10:44 AM

A senior adviser on South Asia to three U.S. presidents is now warning about "Armageddon in Islamabad."

At the request of President Obama, Bruce Riedel, a former CIA expert on the region, also chaired an interagency policy review on Afghanistan and nuclear Pakistan. His latest assessment says, "A jihadist victory in Pakistan, meaning the takeover of the nation by a militant Sunni movement led by the Taliban ... would create the greatest threat the United States has yet to face in its war on terror ... [and] is now a real possibility in the foreseeable future." It would bolster al Qaeda's capabilities tenfold, Mr. Riedel concludes. It would also give terrorists a nuclear capability.

Pakistan's "creation of and collusion with extremist groups has left Islamabad vulnerable to an Islamist coup," concludes Mr. Riedel, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution's Saban Center for Middle East Policy in a lengthy study in the July/August issue of the National Interest. An Islamist coup would not be possible without the collusion of at least some army units in Rawalpindi, the garrison town 20 minutes from Islamabad. Pakistan has suffered four military coups in 60 years, living half its existence under military rule.

So, now the possible take over of Islamabad by the Taliban would give Al Qaeda nuclear weapons.

I am not demanding for an invasion of Pakistan, but this will certainly be bad if indeed Al Qaeda/Taliban gets possession of Islamabad.

posted on Jul, 20 2009 @ 11:06 AM
Well...I suppose Pakistan IS next...I was wondering when we were going to get some boots on the ground, instead of just popping rockets off every now and then from drones.

I'm all for stability and security, but how do we know they aren't making THIS up too?

posted on Jul, 20 2009 @ 11:16 AM
reply to post by ElectricUniverse

Yeah, especially when you consider how much trouble we are having stopping these lunatics in tiny little Afghanistan. Pakistan has (approximately) 175,000,000 people and known nuclear weapons. If they fall, there is no way that we can ‘intervene’ without major – and drastic- measures.

I wonder if the U.S. is even capable of engaging in such an endeavor at such point…
If we did, it would require national mobilization on a scale such as that of WWII: millions drafted, a total war economy, etc.

Either option isn’t pretty.

posted on Jul, 20 2009 @ 11:27 AM
reply to post by KSPigpen

It could very well be part of the plan. After all, TPTB still "need to quell the population of the world" and "get rid of the undesirables"....

This would be a perfect excuse for more population control.

[edit on 20-7-2009 by ElectricUniverse]

posted on Jul, 20 2009 @ 11:30 AM
reply to post by passenger

But we are getting ready. We have been having the largest mobilization of National Guard since WWII, and for many states it has been the largest mobilization since the state's history over to the Middle East, and to Kosovo.

Obama himself, and Emmanuel Rham have stated they want a civilian military unit. This could be the reason they are doing all of this "militarizing of our youth, and sending our forces over to the Middle East like never before".

[edit on 20-7-2009 by ElectricUniverse]

posted on Jul, 20 2009 @ 11:38 AM
Bruce Reidel's assessment should be of no surprise to anyone. We know it is only a matter of time before the Taliban and the Sunni extremists reach Islamabad. However, in the event the Taliban seizes control of the government it takes the war on terror to new ground and makes things even more dangerous to the West.

Talk about a perfect storm with fanatics controlling nukes. The US and Nato should invade from the west with India from the south if it appears the insurgents may topple the government. In the instance above a preemptive strike is warranted and necessary because the free world can not afford to let those savages control nuclear weapons. Who knows what China and Russia will do in the event of US(Nato) and India invasion of Pakistan? Hopefully the world never finds out.

posted on Jul, 20 2009 @ 11:51 AM
reply to posts by ElectricUniverse & KSPigpen

Well, then the plot thickens when you think about the posts you’ve both made…

An American ‘Peoples’ army, hastily formed, poorly trained, led by political hacks…sent off to fight the hordes of Al-Queda.
Sounds like a perfect way to recruit the poor, homeless and ‘undesirables’ and have them conveniently eliminated in mass numbers on a holy crusade. (Wasn’t that tried before?)

One could solve the unemployment problem, the economy problem, the health-care problem and the terrorist-state problem with that sort of plan. As a plus, such a massive endeavor would facilitate rationing, price controls and suppression of certain ‘inconvenient’ civil-liberties in the name of the national effort.

posted on Jul, 20 2009 @ 12:16 PM

The MSM keeps everyone in the US distracted with wars, flu's, disasters and whatnot while real issues are swept under the carpet

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