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Monday, January 16, 2006

Won't you be, please won't you be? Won't you be our allies... in the War on Terror.

Pakistan's president, General Pervez Musharaff, has been a sketchy sort of ally in the quest to bring Al Qaeda to justice. Now we appear to have taken the initiative in launching a missile strike against Pakistan. And killed a number of civilians, but no "high-value targets." Understandably unhappy, the country could make a pretty massive anti-US stance.

"There will be more ... bigger protests," said Shahid Shamsi, spokesman for an alliance of Islamic groups.

"Pakistani civilians, including children, were killed," he said. "Principles cannot be broken in the name of (fighting) terrorism."

Protesters believe Friday's attack was the work of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Washington has 20,000 soldiers in that country searching for Taliban and al-Qaida fighters, but Pakistan says it has not given the Americans permission to pursue their enemies across the border.