Descent into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of by Ahmed Rashid

By Ahmed Rashid

The no 1 ny instances bestselling writer presents a surprising research of the hindrance in Pakistan and the renewed radicalism threatening Afghanistan and the West.

Ahmed Rashid is “Pakistan’s top and bravest reporter” (Christopher Hitchens). His specified wisdom of this huge and complicated sector permits him a breathtaking imaginative and prescient and nuance that no Western author can emulate.

His ebook Taliban first brought American readers to the brutal regime that hijacked Afghanistan and harbored the terrorist crew answerable for the Sep 11 assaults. Now, Rashid examines the zone and the corridors of energy in Washington and Europe to determine how the promised kingdom construction in those international locations has pro-gressed. His conclusions are devastating: An risky and nuclear-armed Pakistan, a renewed al’ Qaeda taking advantage of a booming opium exchange, and a Taliban resurgence and reconquest. whereas Iraq maintains to draw such a lot of yank media and armed forces could, Rashid argues that Pakistan and Afghanistan are the place the clash will eventually be performed out and that those failing states pose a graver danger to worldwide defense than the center East.

Benazir Bhutto’s assassination and the hindrance in Pakistan are just the start. Rashid assesses what her loss of life potential for the zone and the long run. Rashid has unheard of entry to the figures during this worldwide drama, and gives up to the moment research greater than an individual else. Descent Into Chaos will do for significant Asia what Thomas Rick’s Fiasco did for Iraq — supply a blistering critique of the Bush management and an impassioned name to right our failed method within the sector.

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Pakistan—Politics and government—1988- 3. South Asia—Relations—United States. 4. United States—Relations—South Asia. I. Title. 05’3—dc22 2008002949 • Set in Granjon Maps by Jeffrey L. Ward Without limiting the rights under copyright reserved above, no part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in or introduced into a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise), without the prior written permission of both the copyright owner and the above publisher of this book.

The West had to wake up to the realities and responsibilities of injustice, poverty, lack of education, and unresolved conflicts such as those in Kashmir and Afghanistan, which it had ignored for too long and which could no longer be allowed to fester. The West and democratic-minded Muslims had to help each other counter this new and deadly form of Islamic extremism. The attacks of 9 /11 created enormous trepidation in the region as America unsheathed its sword for a land invasion of Afghanistan, but they also created enormous expectations of change and hope for a more sustained Western commitment to the region that would lift it out of poverty and underdevelopment.

Taraki, Nur Mohammed—First communist president of Afghanistan, in April 1978, from the Khalq Party; murdered by his successor, Hafizullah Amin, in September 1979. Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi (TNSM)—Movement for the Enforcement of Islamic Law, led by Maulana Sufi Mohammed; founded in 1989 and fought for the Taliban in Afghanistan; tried to take over the Swat Valley in Pakistan in 2007 under his son-in-law Maulana Fazlullah. Tenet, George—Director of the CIA during the September 11 crisis.

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