What is state failure? See my conceptualisation of state failure on the right flank below.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

So I did watch "Obama's war," eventually

Finally I got down to watching Obama's War, the documentary, and there were some interesting moments. More could be worth getting back to, but for now I will just highlight the part about Pakistan - see the content of the various interviews made on the subject here, and view the entire documentary here. What I found noteworthy about the part on Pakistan, in an ironic sense (beyond the always interesting and actually overall-determining ghost-war-aspect that is touched upon there), was how, despite the fact that some seemed to expect a magical shift in attitudes on the part of the Pakistani middle classes (or whoever) in the wake, and as a result, of the Taliban threat emerging near Islamabad, and as a result of all the things that were going on in places like Peshawar and the Swat valley, the Pakistani government was still not in a position to endorse the killing of Baitullah Mehsud. That, after they themselves had been demanding, earlier on, an extension of the US strikes against the TTP leadership, on occasions.

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