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A hit job on the Pakistani religious affairs minister

Some guys on motorcycles tried to whack the Pakistani minister of religious affairs today. He was wounded in the leg and a bodyguard was injured, and the driver was killed. What gets me is that they were in a Toyota Corolla. Do you think with all the billions of dollars we’ve shipped to Pakistan over ...

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Some guys on motorcycles tried to whack the Pakistani minister of religious affairs today. He was wounded in the leg and a bodyguard was injured, and the driver was killed.

What gets me is that they were in a Toyota Corolla. Do you think with all the billions of dollars we’ve shipped to Pakistan over the last eight years, a bit might be used to buy him a more protected car, one with bulletproof glass and internal armor? I mean, I used to ride in one of those when moving around Baghdad. (Thanks, Rajiv!) The thick, plasticated windows always amazed me — it was like riding inside a fishbowl. The mileage was like a M1 Abrams tank, of course.

Apparently Minister Kazmi, who comes out of the sufi tradition, recently denounced the Taliban. Can you imagine how long the list of suspects is on this incident? Why not just put up a fence around Waziristan?

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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