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Crossed Swords: Pakistan, Its Army, and the Wars Within

by Shuja Nawaz

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This country had the markings of a failed state right from the start. Midwifed by England and nurtured since then by the US, the country has never been able to get out of the rut it has dug itself and it only seems to get deeper. If the US had wanted to establish a showcase democracy in the middle east then this would have been the perfect petri dish. Inspite of the copius amount of aid amounting to billions of dollars not to mention the massive quantities of arms, the country has only managed to squander all of it.

This is probably the only Army in the world with a country, it's tentacles spreading far and wide and affecting every aspect of life and churning out a vast number of millionaire generals. Handing over independence has been akin to entrusting a monkey with a Ginsu knife. Not only has it cut itself badly but it has become a major source of instability in the entire region. It is time that the US which has been virtually ruling by remote control, take matters into it's own hands and settle this matter once and for all.
  danoomistmatiste | Jan 24, 2016 |
This country had the markings of a failed state right from the start. Midwifed by England and nurtured since then by the US, the country has never been able to get out of the rut it has dug itself and it only seems to get deeper. If the US had wanted to establish a showcase democracy in the middle east then this would have been the perfect petri dish. Inspite of the copius amount of aid amounting to billions of dollars not to mention the massive quantities of arms, the country has only managed to squander all of it.

This is probably the only Army in the world with a country, it's tentacles spreading far and wide and affecting every aspect of life and churning out a vast number of millionaire generals. Handing over independence has been akin to entrusting a monkey with a Ginsu knife. Not only has it cut itself badly but it has become a major source of instability in the entire region. It is time that the US which has been virtually ruling by remote control, take matters into it's own hands and settle this matter once and for all.
  kkhambadkone | Jan 17, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0195476603, Hardcover)

Based on 30 years of research and analysis, this definitive book is a profound, multi-layered, and historical analysis of the nature and role of the Pakistan army in the country's polity as well as its turbulent relationship with the United States. Shuja Nawaz examines the army and Pakistan in both peace and war. Using many hitherto unpublished materials from the archives of the United States, the United Kingdom, and the General Headquarters of the Pakistan Army, as well as interviews with key military and political figures in Pakistan and the United States, he sheds light not only on the Pakistan Army and its US connections but also on Pakistan as a key Muslim country in one of the world's toughest neighborhoods. In doing so, he lays bare key facts about Pakistan's numerous wars with India and its many rounds of political musical chairs, as well as the Kargil conflict of 1999. He then draws lessons from this history that may help Pakistan end its wars within and create a stabler political entity.

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