The Diplomad has a new piece up.
While the piece is primarily intended as an examination of how ObL managed to elude detection in Abbotabad for at least six years, it is also a fantastic primer/background piece on the “state” of Pakistan.
In the long ago 1980s, I spent several years working on Pakistani
issues. I lived for two years in Islamabad and Peshawar, travelled all
over the country, including in many areas now off-limits, and spent
another two years working Pakistan in Washington and returning
frequently there. Those were the Reagan years, and we were working
closely (sort of) with the Zia ul-Haq government to push the Soviets out
of Afghanistan (more on that below.)
Pakistan is a strange country with a strange history. It is a rump
piece, a backwater of the great Indian Hindu civilization, and is
wracked by any number of complexes and pathologies. It is a Muslim state
founded by one of the most non-Islamic people ever, Muhammed Ali
Jinnah, who only reluctantly came to the conclusion that Pakistan should
Read the Whole Thing, as the saying goes…