Pakistan: A growing nuclear concern
In November 2008, a series of horrific attacks against civilian targets struck India. Some 173 people were killed and 300 were wounded. Ten Pakistani terrorists carried out the attacks and one of them was captured alive.
In his interrogation, the terrorist admitted he and his partners had been instructed to kill tourists and Jews, while avoiding harming Muslims. Among the fatalities were six Jews who had been staying at Chabad House and were hideously tortured before they were killed, including Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife, Rebecca, whose pregnancy did not elicit a shred of pity from her tormentors.
Last week, Pakistan released on bail the mastermind behind the attacks, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi. The Indian government and French Prime Minister Manuel Valls were flabbergasted by the decision.
In fact, there are no Jews left in Pakistan. The name of the country, which was established in 1947, means “Land of the Pure.” The small Jewish community that had lived in Pakistan in its early days was attacked and forced to emigrate.
The absence of Jews in Pakistan does not seem to prevent it from teaching extreme anti-Semitism in the 50,000 madrassas that have been founded in the past three decades. Pakistan also supports Jew-hating jihadists operating as “proxy” in the bloody ongoing territorial dispute for control of Kashmir.
Lashkar-e-Taiba, an Islamic militant organization accused of planning and executing the Mumbai attacks, was suspected by experts to have been unofficially supported by the Pakistani government’s intelligence agency.
French journalist Bernard-Henri Levy wrote a best-seller about the brutal murder of Jewish reporter Daniel Pearl and pointed out the connections between Lashkar-e-Taiba, Pakistan security services and the father of the Pakistani nuclear bomb, Abdul Qadeer Khan.
Osama bin Laden’s house was adjacent to a Pakistani military base and the U.S. accused the Pakistani authorities of knowing the identity of the house’s occupant.
No wonder that jihadist views are common in Pakistan: In certain areas, Shariah is the rule of law. More than 85% of the public support it and more than 90% support corporal punishment for people who break Islamic law.
The Taliban organization is very dominant in Pakistan and in the 2007 armed conflict in northwest Pakistan between the state and armed militant groups such as the Pakistani Taliban, more than 10,000 people were killed. About 3 million were expelled from their homes.
A scenario in which Islamic groups seize power is not at all unrealistic, which means that a jihadist organization could achieve nuclear capability, supported by a population of 190 million people.
U.S. foreign policy contributes quite a bit to these murderous civil wars across the Muslim world and its support in Pakistan, while turning a blind eye to the volatile situation, joins the rest of the Obama administration’s dangerous moves.
Israel should warn the world of threat from the only Muslim nuclear country in the world, equipped with one hundred nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles with a range of approximately 2,500 miles — the distance between Pakistan’s western boundary and Israel.