Wednesday, December 03, 2008


The Good, Bad and the Ugly

Despite the title, this is about Pakistan and not the Leone movie with Eastwood et al. The good is that the Pakistani army and airforce are doing what they should in the ungovernable provinces along the border with Afghanistan, namely, attacking and killing the al Qaeda and Taliban types. More, please.

The bad is that President Asif Ali Zardari is warning that if his military has to shift men and materiel to the Indian border in order to respond to Indian troop movements, the war against the Taliban types will be hurt.

And the ugly is that the 10 attackers in the city formerly known as Bombay last week used Pakistani weapons (except for the rifles). Their semi automatic pistols and grenades were manufactured in Pakistan. The rifles were AK 47 types (in 7.62 x 39 mm) manufactured in Russia, specifically in Izhevsk, the city where Mr. Kalashnikov copied the Nazi Sturmgewehr 44 developed the AK-47.

Below are pictures of the grenades manufactured in Pakistan under license from the Austrian firm of Rheinmetall Waffe Munition. The ones with ridges are fragmentation types, although the metal case of the grenade shatters at random in the explosion and not along any lines raised or incised in the case.

The pistols were 7.62 mm (30 caliber) and were described as automatic, but I believe, from the accounts, they were semi automatic.

The Wall Street Journal had a heart breaking account Monday.

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