It’s October and fright is in the air; horror movies, freak shows, haunted houses, bank failures – we love to be scared. But even the most horrifying movie or crashing market is pablum when compared to the most terrifying place on the planet.
It’s not in New England. It’s not Bagdad or Kabul. It’s not Moscow or Peking (or whatever we are calling it this week). And it’s not Tehran or Pyonyang. Each of these are not without their horrors but when I consider Pakistan then I break out in a cold sweat.
Why? Well, let’s take a look;
1) Muslim Pakistan borders Hindu India, from which it was carved off in 1947. These two countries are arch enemies and have never really had any lasting peace.
2) Both Pakistan and India have anywhere from 50 to 100 nuclear warheads each.
3) Even before the US incursion into Afghanistan and ever since, Pakistan’s secret police force has been supporting the Taliban there as well as within their own borders .
4) The Taliban, with the help of al Quaeda, are gaining control of Pakistan’s back country.
5) Pakistan’s political situation is very, very shaky.
6) Violence is becoming a daily occurrence and foreign diplomats no longer feel safe there.
7) It is very possible that Muslim extremists will legally gain control of the government in the next election. If not, they will likely take it by force.
So, within the next year or so the world could have a nuclear powered nation sharing a border with their hated enemy while being ruled by a group of murderous religious fanatics that have sworn to destroy their god’s enemies in the West, even if it means their own destruction. Pretty damn scary.
And like any good horror story, there doesn’t seem to be any way out of it.