Letters to the Editor

'Wait and see'

Recently the Bush administration said it will take a "wait and see" stance toward the Pakistani government's peace deal with Islamic militants in the North Waziristan tribal area of Pakistan.

As part of this treaty, the militants have been allowed to keep their weapons with a promise of no interference from the Pakistani military. These militants support the Taliban. Now the Taliban has a perfect staging area for attacks in Afghanistan.

And what about al-Qaida? Most people's guess is that Osama bin Laden and, more important, Ayman al Zawahiri are still in this area. Is the greatest threat of terrorism in the streets of Baghdad or in the mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

What happened to the Bush administration's pledge to hunt down terrorists wherever they might be? Do exceptions exist? I guess we will just have to "wait and see."

Ed Weeks, Fresno

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