I review veteran WSJ reporter Zahid Hussain’s latest book for Steve LeVine’s blog over at Foreign Policy.
While there will always be an internationalist element to the dangers posed by rampant Islamic extremism in Pakistan — failed would-be terrorists like Faisal Shahzad make sure of it — Hussain argues in a powerful and persuasive way that the real danger posed by these militants is the challenges they pose to the Pakistani government. For the last ten years, the U.S. has relied on the Pakistani government to direct and control the fight against the militants. Hussain cautions that military-only strategies are bound to fail, so that if the Pakistani government splinters, we will lose many of the most effective means of handling the threat of Islamic militarism.
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