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By Ahmed Rashid

The no 1 big apple occasions bestselling writer presents a surprising research of the situation in Pakistan and the renewed radicalism threatening Afghanistan and the West.

Ahmed Rashid is “Pakistan’s most sensible and bravest reporter” (Christopher Hitchens). His detailed wisdom of this substantial and complicated quarter 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 staff liable for the Sep 11 assaults. Now, Rashid examines the zone and the corridors of energy in Washington and Europe to determine how the promised country 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 alternate, and a Taliban resurgence and reconquest. whereas Iraq keeps to draw such a lot of yank media and armed forces may possibly, Rashid argues that Pakistan and Afghanistan are the place the clash will ultimately be performed out and that those failing states pose a graver probability to international safeguard than the center East.

Benazir Bhutto’s assassination and the problem in Pakistan are just the start. Rashid assesses what her loss of life ability for the area and the long run. Rashid has remarkable entry to the figures during this international drama, and offers up to the moment research larger than a person else. Descent Into Chaos will do for vital 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 technique within the quarter.

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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. Surely the three thousand American dead lying in the rubble on the Hudson, as well as in Pennsylvania and Washington, had not died in vain? Surely we would remember them not for the revenge that the United States was about to take on al Qaeda but for the hope that their deaths had brought to a neglected corner of the globe?

Copyright © Ahmed Rashid, 2008 All rights reserved LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CATALOGING-IN-PUBLICATION DATA Rashid, Ahmed. Descent into Chaos : the United States and the failure of nation building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia / Ahmed Rashid. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. eISBN : 978-1-4406-3104-7 1. Afghanistan—Politics and government—2001- 2. Pakistan—Politics and government—1988- 3. South Asia—Relations—United States. 4. United States—Relations—South Asia. I. Title.

Ambassador compete with such a demonstration of power before autocratic rulers in the region? S. ambassador in Islamabad, but instead telephoned Gen. 22 In Uzbekistan, after massacring hundreds of his own citizens in Andijan in 2005, President Islam Karimov continued a dialogue with the Pentagon, which was trying to keep the State Department’s criticism of his actions to a minimum. Rumsfeld constantly used his generals to deliver strong political messages of support to heads of state in the region, undermining what the State Department or the White House was telling them.

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