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The Duel by Tariq Ali
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Apr 10, 10

Read from March 30 to April 08, 2010

A little bit of a mess, structurally. Overlaps information, shifts through time (especially before the 4 Generals section (but even during)), and is pretty digressive. Sort of seems like there was minimal editing.

BUT: there is a ton of information in here. A good primer (I assume, being completely ignorant) from a well-defined point of view (i.e. you know what the biases are).

In Pakistan itself the long night continues as the cycle restarts: military leadership promising reforms degenerates into tyranny, politicians promising social support to the people degenerate into oligarchs. Given that a better functioning neighbor is unlikely to intervene, Pakistan will oscillate between these two forms of rule for the forseeable future. The people, who feel they have tried everything and failed, will return to a state of semisleep, unless something unpredictable rouses them again. This is always possible.


As a dictatorship, Pakistan became an even stauncher member of the free world. General Ayub told the first meeting of his cabinet, "As far as you are concerned, there is only one embassy that matters in this country: the American embassy." The United States reciprocated with a statement endorsed unanimously by the National Security Council (NSC) that noted "the presence of important U.S. security facilities in Pakistan" and gave full backing to the military takeover of the country

A fair amount of heresay, some conjecture.
But he seems trustworthy enough?

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Jessica I'm halfway through this book and I agree on the structural issues, the amount of jumping and backtracking makes it very difficult to follow.

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