Skip to comments.New book warns of looming anarchy in Pakistan
Posted on 03/23/2012 7:32:04 PM PDT by BlackVeil
NEW YORK: A Pakistani journalist cautions that Pakistan is heading towards anarchy in his new book that offers solutions for his countrys frayed ties with the United States (US) and how the US peace talks with the Taliban are crucial in its exit strategy from Afghanistan.
The writer, Ahmed Rashid, gives a dire assessment of the region he has reported on for more than 30 years in Pakistan On The Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan released in the US this week.
In his fifth book, the Lahore-based prize-winning journalist says he fears Pakistan is on the verge of a meltdown and blames both Pakistan and the Obama administration for the deterioration in their ties due to a series of destabilising incidents, including the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
Pakistans escalating problems are rooted in its reliance on US aid, its complex politics, the governments lack of control over both its military and intelligence service and its failure to protect minorities and secure regions controlled by the Pakistani Taliban and other terrorist groups, the book maintains.
That spells more trouble for Washington if such groups gain further control in a nuclear-armed country where the military now largely controls foreign and security policies and has taken the lead in relations with the US, he said.
There has to be a greater willingness by Pakistan to show when and under what conditions it would be willing to give up the sanctuary for the Taliban, he said. And on the American side, there needs to be greater American trust in discussing their withdrawal plans and future plans with the Pakistanis.
There is so much distrust now, on both sides, Rashid said ...
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Its highly likely Pakistan will become a failed state. it is a mass of illiterate muslim peasantry controlled by 500 wealthy families.
Pakistan failing will only be a danger with regard to loose nukes. Otherwise, every faction, tribe, linguistic group battling each need not necessarily be a negative for the USA. Put a virtual fence around it, and certainly let nothing and no one from Pakistan into the USA.
I can see what you are saying - but I don’t think one can ring-fence them off like that. Such problems have a way of spreading.
Pakistan: An exotic vacation wonderland. Here is the Nanga Parbat mountain.
Before a state fails it sometimes attacks nearby neighbors to try and maintain cohesion. India would be a prime candidate.
Its more than just Pakistan. Multiculturalism, Political Correctness, Socialism, Islam, and the death of judgement will bring down a lot of countries in the next 100 years. Worst case: a new Dark Age. I don’t think it will come to that, but it will be very, very painful.
Fortunately, India has more Nukes.
Even koranimals are not collectively suicidal.
Both have been ruled by a very few wealthy familys that have used their country for personal gain. They could hire enough gun toting peasants to make everyone else in the country do what they wanted.
Other than that it's fueding warlords, Islamic mullahs, clan against clan, etc.
If it wasn't a good ways off I would say that these two countries were part of Afica.
Maybe I am new around here but I haven’t seen the term “koranimals” yet.
Now, is the anarchy that’s looming Pakistan different from the anarchy Pakistan has been in since at least as long ago as the coup against Ali Bhutto?
I vote to let India deal with the savages.