Mullah Omar himself approved peace deal with the Pakistani military in Waziristan: According to United Press International (via Washington Times), the Pakistani surrender to Waziristan was accepted "by fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Omar" himself. Even more maddeningly, the Pakistani regime is hoping the surrender "could be used to help negotiate an agreement to bring the Taliban into an arrangement with the Afghan government of President Hamid Karzai in Kabul." Then again, this should be no surprise regarding Communist China's oldest Central Asian ally, who also set free the founder of the al-Qaeda linked Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist group (BBC).
From the China Freedom Blog Alliance: Boycott 2008 rips Communist China's human rights abuses once more (and deservedly so). One Free Korea interviews Gordon Flake of the Mansfield Foundation.
More on Communist China's human rights abuses: The Boxun news service reports an arrest, a sentencing, and journalist groups railing against both. Meanwhile, Free China - a pro-democracy exile group, organizes a march in support for the 14 million-plus ex-Communists (Epoch Times).
Enlightened Comment of the Day: Today's winner is He Qinglian (Epoch Times) for her dissection of the latest "anti-corruption" campaign in Communist China.
More on the Communists' Korean colony: The viceroy cometh to Pyongyang (Fox News). Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's Japanese hosts talk of acquiring nuclear weapons (BBC and Jonathan Beale, BBC). Two Congressmen call on Rice to include Taiwan in her Asia trip (Washington Times). The United States issued another warning to SNK (UPI via Washington Times and Voice of America via Epoch Times), but is still looking to the toothless UN Security Council to back it up (Newsmax). An Australian analyst warns of the possibility of a nuke from SNK being smuggled into a free-world port (UPI via Washington Times). South Korean dovishness lives on (UPI via Washington Times). Stalinist-in-chief Kim Jong-il pops out (UPI via Washington Times), and dusts off an American "defector" to praise him (Washington Times). The punditry's performance was a little better today, with excellent pieces by Peter Brookes (Cybercast News), E. Ralph Hostetter (Cybercast News), Barry Farber (Newsmax), and Mario Loyola (National Review Online). Daily NK even discussed liberation. Sadly, some pundits were fooled by the Communists' "good cop" routine (Washington Times); Harlan Ullman's Washington Times column was bad enough to take Ignorant Comment of the Day dishonors.
On the Middle Eastern Proxies: Israel is trying to convince Russia to stop helping the Communist-backed mullahcracy of Iran become a nuclear power (Newsmax), not that it expects Russia to listen (Cybercast News). Perhaps Israel should try the Georgia line of argument. Henry Sokolski has his own set of ideas for dealing with the mullahs (Weekly Standard). Meanwhile, Mark Dubowitz and Jonathan Snow, of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, call for a boycott of Hamas TV (Wall Street Journal).
Communist China freezes out foreigners from its corporations: The surprise about this report is that anyone is surprised (UPI via Washington Times).