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I just watched BBC News coverage and found it quite good. They had an expert in the studio who had to end his intervention by saying "I don't mean that Pakistan is hopeless and will become a failed state" or something to that effect, after saying that neither civilian not military people in pakistan have any real control of the situation and that Bhutto herself had told him that nothing could be done about islamic extremism except wait for it to burn itself out.

We have met the enemy, and he is us — Pogo
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Dec 27th, 2007 at 05:57:18 PM EST
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There was also a complete non-sequitur about "Pakistan's nuclear weapons are firmly under control of the military". I wonder whether there was something more substantial they wanted to say and it was edited out.

We have met the enemy, and he is us — Pogo
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Dec 27th, 2007 at 06:03:11 PM EST
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The PRC has been Pakistan's ally balancing India.  The Chinese are starting to have problems with their Muslim minorities and can't be pleased with the prospects of loose Nukes in their own little 'stans.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Thu Dec 27th, 2007 at 06:22:03 PM EST
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