Daily Archives: April 14, 2009

A quagmire of indecision

Islamabad is desperate for support in its civil  war against the Taliban – it needs help from India says Peter Preston writing for the Guardian today

It is “the most dangerous place in the world”, according to Barack
Obama. It’s also where 90% of our own home-front terrorist threat
comes from, according to Gordon Brown. Forget scratched heads and reddening faces over Manchester’s missing weapons of destruction. No anxious leader can forget Pakistan – or fail to remember one lethally complex thing. Pakistan’s crisis is political as well as religious, economic as well as tribal, personal as well as endemic. Call Jinnah’s pure state a failed state now and expect ritual resentment. But ask in return what equals “success”, and hear silence descend. The misty, murky road from Operation Pathway is not so long after all. Continue reading

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