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Ahmed Rashid on Pakistan’s meltdown

May 28, 2009

This is a great piece of analysis on the ongoing Talibanization of Pakistan and the inability of the politicians in Islamabad to come to any reasonable compromise, penned by the author of the 2000 book, “Taliban”:

Pakistan is close to the brink, perhaps not to a meltdown of the government, but to a permanent state of anarchy, as the Islamist revolutionaries led by the Taliban and their many allies take more territory, and state power shrinks. There will be no mass revolutionary uprising like in Iran in 1979 or storming of the citadels of power as in Vietnam and Cambodia; rather we can expect a slow, insidious, long-burning fuse of fear, terror, and paralysis that the Taliban have lit and that the state is unable, and partly unwilling, to douse.

So terribly depressing, and probably accurate.

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