Commentary: Geopolitical nightmare
WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- One of the world’s eight nuclear powers, Pakistan is now a failing state out of control where Taliban, al-Qaida and their supporters have secured their privileged sanctuaries in the tribal areas on the Afghan border; reoccupied the Red Mosque in the center of Islamabad; launched suicide bombers in widely scattered parts of this Muslim country of 160 million. More than any other country in the world, Pakistan is the breeding ground of Islamic terrorism. Yet it enjoys the status of “major non-NATO ally” of the U.S. Now 60 years old, Pakistan has lived under military dictatorship for half its life.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large