Another target to acquire, Mr. President:
The new head of the Pakistani Taliban, Mullah Fazlullah, has ruled out peace talks with the government, vowing revenge for his predecessor’s death.
Mullah Fazlullah? That can’t be his real name, can it? What’s his wife’s name, Banana Fana?
Oh yeah, go ahead and laugh:
Mullah Fazlullah was named the new leader six days after Hakimullah Mehsud was killed in a drone strike.
Mullah Fazlullah is a particularly ruthless commander whose men shot the schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai.
Okay, his bad-ass bona fides are legit. But how many eyes does he have? You can’t be a real mullah with both your eyes intact.
That’s what I’m talking about. Stare ‘em down, Omar. He’s got Bette Davis eye.
Anyhow, the Pakistani Talibani are hardly feeling forgiving toward President Obama for wasting their latest Mehsud:
“The talks about peace between Pakistan and Taliban leaders is just a trap of enemies and to distract the masses. All political parties that are part of government are considered to be our enemies.”
Shahidullah Shahid, another spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, or Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP), told Agence France-Presse news agency: “Holding peace talks is not even an issue to discuss – this government has no authority, it is not a sovereign government, it is a slave, a slave of America.
“Holding peace talks is a waste of time.”
Mehsud was killed when missiles struck his vehicle in the North Waziristan region on 1 November.
The Pakistani government reacted angrily. Interior Minister Chaudry Nisar Ali Khan said that the drone strike was “not just the killing of one person, it’s the death of all peace efforts”.
Hard to see how he’s wrong. I’m all for greasing these goons, but I’d like to think it’s part of a greater strategy. We take out a grandma here, a wedding party there, for every trophy we bag. And then another one pops up, fully sighted no less! As the song goes, is that all there is?