Friday, October 30, 2009

Changing the battlefield

Had you noticed that the vast preponderance of (English speaking) blogs dealing seriously with Afghanistan and Pakistan seem to be either US or Canadian? The British blogs - and especially the political blogs - seem to have dived for cover.

There is an element of national pride at stake here. Just because Miliband wants to walk away from foreign policy does not mean we have to. So, once again, it's Afghanistan and Pakistan for us ...

A serious topic of conversation in Indian political circles is the very real possibility of Pakistan breaking up, the tenor of the discussion being not "if" but "when". If it happens, it is felt that a key element will have been the proliferation of Taliban groups beyond the Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP) and into the Pakistani heartland.

We have a look at what is happening over on Defence of the Realm.