Sunday, April 19, 2009

Zakaria's GPS today examines Pakistan, Afghanistan: Karzai says he didn't know what he signed into law

Fareed Zakaria’s “Global Public Square” on CNN today focused on the quick unraveling of the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The link is here.

The show started with a brief interview with Afghan president Hamid Karzai. In his green attire, Karzai amazingly claimed that he did not know the details of the law he signed recently, essentially allowing marital rape. Incredibly, he admits to signing a law he didn't take the trouble to understand! He also claims that the Taliban was driven out of Afghanistan at the end of 2001, and that what is left is a mishmash of general rogue elements.

Today Fareed also interviewed Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke, who spoke to the grave concerns over the stability of Pakistan, and the government’s surrendering to Taliban demands for Sharia law in the Swat valley, after major concession by Asif Ali Zardari in mid March. They talked about the movement of the Tailban into Punjab.

Ahmed Rashid (“Descent into Chaos: The U.S. and the Disaster in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia”, Penguin, 2009) appeared and warned about the possibility of total collapse of Pakistan. The Taliban is a Pashtun movement, and is joining forces with other radical elements. Pakistan is the sixth most populous country in the world.

Zakaria asks the audience to share with him opinions: should the US take drastic action in Pakistan to prevent it's falling into the hands of radical Islam (the Taliban and others), and gaining access to the suitcase nukes.

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