Never let a crisis go to waste, right? So said Obama adviser, Rahm Emanuel
. It turns out that there are other political operatives in the world who think the same way - the Taliban
, for instance.
The floods tearing through Pakistan's breadbasket have further weakened the already unstable country, inflicting more economic pain on its people and threatening a key pillar of the U.S.-led war against Islamic militants -- who stand to gain from the misery.
Some of the worst-hit areas are strongholds of al-Qaida, the Taliban and associated groups and have long been used as recruiting grounds.
U.S. and Pakistani officials warn that extremists could get recruits and legitimacy by their actions in the flood zone and have called for more international aid. The U.S. has been the most generous donor so far.
Of course, I'm not making a value judgement, nor am I comparing the Obama administration to the Taliban. (Obama is a much snappier dresser.) If am only pointing out that they share certain tactics which some may consider cutthroat.
Labels: Obama, Pakistan, Taliban