10,000 mass near Pakistani border for Taliban pep rally

posted at 4:13 pm on June 1, 2007 by Allahpundit

I … can’t help feeling this is a missed opportunity somehow.

Is it really a “peaceful” protest if they’re all pledging to wage jihad?

Slogans of “long live (Taliban supremo) Mullah Omar, (Al-Qaeda chief) Osama Bin Laden and the Taliban movement,” rang out at the charged gathering in Killi Nalai, a village in Baluchistan province, an AFP photographer said.

The fiery voice recording was said to be of Mullah Mansoor Dadullah, who has replaced his brother as military commander after he was killed about three weeks ago by NATO-led forces in southern Afghanistan…

A man who said he was a Taliban commander named Abdur Rahman spoke to the crowd in person, saying that he had been fighting in Afghanistan.

He hit out at civilian casualties in Afghanistan, saying that foreign troops in Afghanistan “always bomb instead of fighting face-to-face and so most of the casualties are innocent people, including children and women.”

When he asked the crowd if they were ready for jihad, they chanted: “Yes, we will follow.”

Exit question: What’s the excuse this time? Or should that question be directed to Musharraf?


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Someone was asleep at the trigger.
What part of “Wipe them out…all of them” don’t they understand?

Iblis on June 1, 2007 at 4:17 PM

Paging Ms. Cutter, Ms. Daisy Cutter.

Tony737 on June 1, 2007 at 4:17 PM

Hmmm, 10K Jihadis allin one place. Sounds like a ripe target to me.

P. James Moriarty on June 1, 2007 at 4:18 PM

Besides, if we are really as bad as they say, why hadn’t the crowd of Jihidis tasted the kiss of an FAE? Not a bad idea come to think of it.

P. James Moriarty on June 1, 2007 at 4:22 PM

It was probably located close to a mosque or cemetery so the US couldn’t wouldn’t dare offend the RoP…..

ChefJeff on June 1, 2007 at 4:23 PM

Exit answer: there is no excuse and they should hit Waziristan while they’re at it.

Remember what Robert Mitchum said.

Brat on June 1, 2007 at 4:24 PM

“Oops” would have been a perfect application here.

Is it ok to say “b*mb them” in this thread?

Entelechy on June 1, 2007 at 4:26 PM

Mullah Mansoor Dadullah

He’s the Jim Belushi of terrorists. He only got the job because of name recognition.

Krydor on June 1, 2007 at 4:54 PM

Bombs Away

Wade on June 1, 2007 at 5:11 PM

Tony737,

Paging Ms. Cutter, Ms. Daisy Cutter.

Oh yea……..

doriangrey on June 1, 2007 at 5:11 PM

Perhaps it was another lawyer calling off the strike. Wouldn’t want to break the law while fighting the war.

Bill C on June 1, 2007 at 5:13 PM

always bomb instead of fighting face-to-face

…and that was our cue. Missed it.

TexasDan on June 1, 2007 at 5:18 PM

Besides, if we are really as bad as they say, why hadn’t the crowd of Jihidis tasted the kiss of an FAE? Not a bad idea come to think of it.

Let’s give ‘em somethin’ to talk about.

tdau1997 on June 1, 2007 at 5:45 PM

Even if we were to assume that all 10k were males of military age armed and ready to fight, a strike would probably not be called for fear of getting the “Highway of Death” treatment by the media and the left. Justified or not, 10k enemy KIA is just too much for the weak-kneed liberals of the world. It would be interesting to hear lefties ranting about how it would be a recruiting bonanza for the Taliban.

rw on June 1, 2007 at 5:54 PM

Do we want to win this war?

How many US military lives did this fiasco cost?

I guess President Bush was too busy getting head…(Oops, wrong President)…getting Amnesty for Illegals to authorize a strike…

What happened to the guy who said we would follow them everywhere? Does that mean we will follow them everywhere except Iran and Pakistan?

Tim Burton on June 1, 2007 at 6:18 PM

A smartbomb that destroyed the podium, where the Taliban general was standing that admitted fighting in Afghanistan, would have been a start.

Resolute on June 1, 2007 at 6:19 PM

Even if we were to assume that all 10k were males of military age armed and ready to fight, a strike would probably not be called for fear of getting the “Highway of Death” treatment by the media and the left. Justified or not, 10k enemy KIA is just too much for the weak-kneed liberals of the world. It would be interesting to hear lefties ranting about how it would be a recruiting bonanza for the Taliban.

rw on June 1, 2007 at 5:54 PM

That is why you use something that will incinerate the evidence….I don’t know something with the first letter N and ends in ook.

Tim Burton on June 1, 2007 at 6:19 PM

Exit question: What’s the excuse this time? Or should that question be directed to Musharraf?

Musharraf – I realize that your authority over the Frontier was tenuous at best – but this sure proves what the Afghans and we have been telling you about your “peace” deal.

Oh, and AP – I think there were several reasons we didn’t level the place; it was inside Pakistan and they have kittens whenever we do so little as shoot back over the border near BCP1, 2 or 4 (easier to snipe off a single person, or maybe drop a JDAM on a house than go all Russian-Air-Force-on-Grozny), I suspect the crowd counting was done by the same people who “estimate” crowd sizes for anti-war protests 91,2,3, 100000!), or I can take the easy way out and compare this to Israeli restraint when crowds of masked gumen march through the streets of some craphole in Gaza chanting “Death to the Zionists”…

major john on June 1, 2007 at 10:08 PM

This is another classic example of our enemy taking full advantage of our military ROE.

From a political perspective, I’m convinced we’re just not in it to win it.

If we can’t get our game on, perhaps it is time for us to lick our wounds, come home and prepare to fight another day.

CliffHanger on June 2, 2007 at 12:19 AM

Let’s hope that all 10,000 aren’t attending a funeral. Then we couldn’t kill them.

Now personally I think it would be VERY convenient to kill them at a graveyard. No one would have to waste all that money on transportation.

Mojave Mark on June 2, 2007 at 12:21 AM

I don’t recognize my country any more…

CliffHanger on June 2, 2007 at 12:21 AM

OK, OK, OK, so maybe it would be impolitic for the US to bomb ten thousand Taliban in Waziristan, no matter how deserving. But you know, what if a robot-driven truck bomb were to detonate in the crowd of fanatical Sunni Muslims with a couple bodies of Revolutionary Guards, harvested from the battlefields in Iraq, strapped into it? Maybe there could be Shiite propaganda pamphlets in it, distributed by the blast, telling the Sunni Taliban that they must submit to the Shiite rule of Iran’s mullahs?

Then we can all throw some steaks on the barbecue, pop a cold one, and let the Taliban and Revolutionary Guards fight to the death.

Tantor on June 2, 2007 at 12:53 PM

Wile E. Tantor: Super GENIUS!

I LOVE your idea! Why aren’t you working for the CIA? … Or maybe you ARE … hhmmmmm :-) hehe

Tony737 on June 3, 2007 at 1:40 AM