October 25, 2007

THE NATURAL DEVOLUTION FROM COUNTRY TO NATIONS:

A country at war (Ziauddin Sardar, 25 October 2007, New Statesman)

Pakistan is about to descend even deeper into violence and chaos, as the front-line state in the war on terror prepares for an all-out offensive on the jihadi militants entrenched in Waziristan, the country's lawless northern province. In what amounts to total war on the Taliban and al-Qaeda, President Musharraf is planning to bring the whole region under military control. This is a high-risk strategy, as the consequences of failure could be devastating for Pakistan. They could even lead to the break-up of the country.

Behind the headlines, the state's contradictions and tensions are being tested to the limit.


What would be the point of preserving an artificial state built opn tensions and contradictions?

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 25, 2007 7:38 PM
Comments

Actually, if Musharraf wants to avoid "violence and chaos", all he needs to do is to "test" a nuke in the Tribal areas. All the nutjobs will run back over the border into Afghanistan.

And if the percentage of Islamofascist Talibanists in Pakistan is really only about 15%, he could do it. Grind them up.

Posted by: ratbert at October 26, 2007 2:31 PM

If Waziristan and its environs can become the flypaper, OJ's mantra about where the war ends will become true. All the chest-thumping talk about turning 'enemy' territory into smoking glowing gravel can be realized, in one of the most desolate places on earth.

Posted by: jim hamlen at October 26, 2007 11:05 PM
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