Khaled Ahmed’s article in the latest Friday Times [Nov 9-15, 2007] reveals, again, a sense of despair about
Because The Friday Times is not openly available on the web [but the cost for online subscription is nominal] I here quote more liberally than I normally might. What I read here is a sense of doubt about whether
A nuclear power at risk? Is its territory, as Ahmed says, already “lost” to Al Qaeda?
Can the world bear this?
“Democratic dream and crisis of the state” by Khaled Ahmed
. . . In
. . . .Territory is being lost to Muslim warriors who have better Islamic credentials than the state in
Al Qaeda [is] looking for state of its own: Loss of territory to the likes of Baitullah Mehsud and Fazlullah means a chunk of
That Al Qaeda is in search of a state of its own is known to the world. The last time it tried to gain a foothold inside a state was in
. . . [W]hile patriotic Pakistanis defiantly oppose the label of ‘failed state’, there are signs of intervention that we can hardly ignore. Drones flown from the
[There has even been an] ‘offer’ of US forces ‘to fight the Taliban elements in the Tribal Areas and Swat’ by the