Bad, bad, bad idea. We played the friend-of-my-enemy game with these degenerates once before, when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan. We all know how the movie ends. Let’s not go for the sequel.
I don’t know much about Jundullah, but according to Wikipedia they’re aiming to carve out a Taliban state in southwest Pakistan. And an article in a Pakistan periodical called “Newsline” from 2004 says that’s not the only similarity:
Coming from a similar middle-class ground, Attaur Rehman is yet another face of the new Islamic militancy in Pakistan. A graduate from Karachi University, he was arrested in June for masterminding a series of terrorist attacks in Karachi. A tall and heavily built man in his early 30s, Rehman was associated with Islami Jamiat-Talba, the student wing of the Jamaat-i-Islami. He later broke away from the Jamaat to form his own militant group, Jundullah (Army of God), which draws its cadres mainly from the educated and professional classes.
According to police, Rehman is closely associated with Al-Qaeda’s network in Pakistan, which has grown in strength despite the capture of hundreds of its operatives over the last few years. A well-knit cell comprising some 20 militants, most of them in their 20s and 30s, Jundullah is one of the new and, perhaps, the most fierce of the militant groups behind the recent spate of violence in Karachi. The group hit the headlines after a daring attack last month on the motorcade of Karachi’s Corps Commander. The general narrowly escaped death, but 11 people, including eight soldiers were killed. It was the most serious terrorist action targeting the military since the two failed assassination attempts on President Musharraf in Rawalpindi in December last year. Jundullah has also been involved in attacks on rangers, police stations, as well as the twin car bombings outside the Pakistan-US Cultural Center last month.
Jundullah is but one of several small terrorist cells that have emerged after the government’s crackdown on ‘jihadi’ elements. According to police officials, some 20 cells, largely splinters of the banned militant outfits, are operating in Karachi, which has become the main center of terrorist activities in recent months. “Many of those involved in the recent terrorist attacks in the city received training in camps in Waziristan,” says Tariq Jamil, chief of the Karachi police. “Jundullah has close ties with Al-Qaeda.” These splinter groups are trying to cash in on the rising popular disaffection against Musharraf’s domestic and foreign policy actions, particularly his pro-American tilt.
Rehman and 10 other members of Jundullah were sentenced to death last February for the attack on the convoy. The Pak Tribune says they chanted “Allahu Akbar” as the sentence was pronounced. A counterterror analyst interviewed by ABC describes the new leader, Abd el Malik Regi, as “part drug smuggler, part Taliban, part Sunni activist.” Part future amateur jet pilot, too, no doubt.
As for the article itself, I enthusiastically question the timing. This is quite the scoop for “U.S. intelligence sources” to be leaking in the midst of the British hostage crisis. With which side of the political aisle, dare I ask, might they be affiliated? To quote a not-so-great man: I don’t want to draw rolled eyes, but think about it.