Yet another example of Pakistan's instability:
Over the past three months there have been at least 20 homicide bombings that have killed 400 people, many of them security forces — the most intense period of terror attacks since Pakistan allied with the United States in its war against Al Qaeda in 2001.This is why we need a presence in Pakistan, whether it's a covert or pseudo-covert intelligence presence. While much credit should be given to Musharraf (whether or not he's a tyrant) for maintaining the precious stability Pakistan has, he is by no means invincible. His downfall could very well put America in the cross-hairs of a Pakistani nuke.
Police said the attacker walked into a group of around 70 officers in riot gear outside the courtroom and detonated explosives on his body, sending a shower of shrapnel that left mangled bodies sprawled in pools of blood on the street. All but three of the dead were police officers.
I don't know what would be worse, being held hostage under threat of a nuclear attack, or the nuclear attack itself.