Thursday, May 7, 2009

Pakistan is not a failed state

Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez were kind enough to host me this morning on their show, Democracy Now!: Manan Ahmed on the Politics of US “Hysteria” over Pakistan

The excellent UAE National gave me space to develop my argument about the Pakistani "failed state": Legends of the Fail Manan Ahmed examines the decades-old tradition of experts predicting that Pakistan is sure to collapse any day now.


Anonymous said...

Indians, too, are familiar with the "failed state" chorus (as in the "India will break into a zillion pieces" chant). However, in all this mess, what I find deeply disturbing is the fact that the Pakistan army is willing to use heavy artillery against its own citizens in Swat, simply because this way the army keeps its own casualties low. Doesn't this put the Pakistan army on the same level as drone-using Americans? Why can't they fight this insurgency the old fashioned way - i.e. send in the infantry and go from village to village? That way, there might still be human rights violations, but they will be far smaller in scale than this wanton destruction of life and property that is creating such a refugee problem.




The heavy artillery shows that Pakistan Army is "serious" against the Taliban. And this "show" is for the Americans.


The billions of dollars come from there and Pakistan has always acted perfectly whenever its state / country heads visited Washington.

As far as Taliban casualty goes - hardly anything. Civvies - certainly. But billions of dollars over a few hundred deaths - ma'am do you think either the Pakistan Army or the US Centcomm gives a damn !!

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Political leaders were victimized. Abusive language was used against those who fought for their independence.

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