The Scorpion's Tail : The Relentless Rise of Islamic Militants in Pakistan--And How It Threatens America
by Zahid Hussain

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More About The Scorpion's Tail by Zahid Hussain
  • ISBN-13: 9781439120255
  • ISBN-10: 1439120250
  • Publisher: Free Press
  • Publish Date: November 2010
  • Page Count: 244

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2010-10-11
  • Reviewer: Staff

Pakistani journalist Hussain (Frontline Pakistan) accurately describes the U.S.-led military action in central Asia not as a war in Afghanistan but "largely a Pushtun war" happening in Afghanistan and Pakistan. These distinctions provide the underpinning for a remarkably comprehensive and well-researched effort. He draws a line from Indian independence, when Islamists resisted the idea of a separate Muslim state in their desire to exert power within India, giving rise to a brutal trail of extremism within Pakistan that has fully flowered in the current conflict. Hussain argues that U.S. drone attacks have provided the Pakistani Taliban with a fresh crop of recruits--many of them middle-class and well-educated, as all the while the Pakistani army continues its "creeping coup," and al-Qaeda grows increasingly organized. He knows his subject matter and gives an unflinching and objective assessment of a problem that seems to grow larger and well beyond the scope of mere military action. (Nov.)

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