The Afghanistan and Pakistan Thread

Devildoc

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I probably shouldn't joke about two nuclear nations trading blows, but I am so wet right now.
I told my wife this morning while we were watching the news before work that I just wanted to get a lawn chair and some popcorn; she didn't find it as funny as I did. I feel like I want to be the kid in school that always goads people into fighting other people but who never gets in trouble himself, whispering "come on man, do it....he's been talking shit about your momma....", then walking away...
 

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If they do decide to throw down will their war drag us or others into it? Or would it solely be between them?
 

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Hmph! At least Americans trade favors for Gaga tickets.
Damn, beat me to it. I was going to make a Fat Leonard comment. But seriously, that is a big fucking twist, that's akin to a US spy trading shit with a Soviet spy. Doesn't work out well when you are caught.
 

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Random thought. The headwaters of the Indus should be full of meltwater, which means that PK's dams should be working overtime. There are also reports of recent torrential rains causing flooding and other reports of PK having trouble repairing it's riverine infrastructure. If PK's dams suffer catastrophic failures, I wonder how long before the country folds in on itself.

A large chunk of PK's population resides pretty close to the Indus and it's tributaries. Not to mention a fair amount of prime farmland (Punjab and Sindh) would be rendered unusable for a time. In the quotes are thumbnails of PK's population centers (dots), poulation density (red shaded polygons), ethnic groups by area (multicolored polygons), and last PK's waterways.

Hypothetically speaking, it doesn't look like PK would be able to deal with the displacement of the millions due to flooding. PK's finances would also be crushed having prime AG real estate destroyed, for a season or two, by flooding and the following industrial contamination of the soil. Downstream flowing debris from a flood would also damage transportation infrastructure (bridges, roads, etc) and hamper reconstruction attempts. Thinking aloud, a displaced and starving population does not make for good wartime footing, especially with how ethnically fractured PK's population is.

Can't imagine how much monsoon season would suck in the aftermath though.
Pakistan Rain, Flash Flooding Kills 26 | The Weather Channel
Pakistan floods still claiming lives
 
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