Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Just Like Old Times
The thought of what might happen should the Pakistani state fail is the stuff of worst case scenarios. But if this Jamestown Foundation article about the increasing Talibanization of the Pakistani badlands is any indication, Pakistan would already seem to meet one of the minimum requirements for failed state status. Namely, an inability to project the government's writ throughout the country.
Of course, when it comes to Pakistan, what really matters is who's got their hands on the launch codes and the warheads. There remains, though, the little question of al-Qaeda, which has effectively traded its bases in a failed state for bases in a failed corner of a state. Not much of a downgrade, if you ask me.
What attracted Osama Bin Laden to Taliban-controlled Afghanistan wasn't the state-of-the-art infrastructure and the modern amenities. It was the fact that it was Taliban-controlled.