Watching Pakistan dealing with the growing menace of extremists inside the country for the past decade or so reminds of the popular game “Deal or No Deal.” After every round of political soup opera the stakes are raised, and the Western allies, primarily the US is asked “deal or no deal?” Then the game goes on into a new round. This comparison would have been entertaining had it not been so demonically tragic for the ordinary Pakistani clamped down between corrupt government(s), unpredictable military institution, and blinded religious fanatics-idealists. The latest round is particularly ‘entertaining’ because of what seems to be at stake â€“ Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal. So now we have ever more emboldened, ever more galvanized, and ever more determined Pakistani Taliban movement, a shaky, unpopular, and divided government, a finalist in the form of the US, and a military ‘banker.’ Do we have a deal?
Before going along with this crude comparison, we must decide how viable this image of a ticking nuclear nightmare is. First, let us look briefly into the main actors: (more…)
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