Why Karachi Matters
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  • KevinV

    I’m training in Urdu right now in advance of a posting to Pakistan on USG business, and I have to say that this was a real wake-up call for me. All of my language instructors are decent, hard-working and patriotic Pakistanis, and they obviously are in a great deal of pain about the state of their country. This seems…well, it seems like a hopeless situation. With nukes.

  • DougS

    Vice Mag!!! Check out 3/5 for the best example of why WRM is posting this….a Keystone Cop raid on Taliban. Imprudent is the word.
    Other excellent Vice travel docs: North Korean Labor Camp in Russia and this
    http://www.vice.com/the-vice-guide-to-travel/the-vice-guide-to-liberia-6
    their guide to Liberia.

  • Michael J Totten is one of the few modern journalists I trust, in part because he is reader supported and in part because I have read him for years and I have never felt he was filtering his reporting to conform to a ‘narrative’ much less a hackneyed (and therefore instantly recognizable) meme. He may err, he may at times be blinded by his own culture, but boy he works hard to call it as straight as he can. The Net disintermediates the ‘narrative’ and both Totten (reporting) and Prof Meade (informed opinion) provide a refreshing alternative to the same old same old.

  • Why Karachi matters? Karachi doesn’t matter. Not to us anyway.

  • @ KevinV – “This seems…well, it seems like a hopeless situation. With nukes.”

    But does Pakistan really have nukes? I raise this question because her original demonstration looked like dynamite (with peasants) and because Israel doesn’t seem worried. Of course when India set off theirs the Pakistani people felt they had to have one too, whether they could afford one or even had the capacity to build one was a separate question. In these circumstances it was in everyone’s interest — China, India, U.S., Israel, the Pakistani elite itself — for Pakistan to appear to have nuclear weapons rather than actually build them.

    Something else made me suspicious. You may remember there was an incredible amount of detail in the mainstream media about how exactly Pakistan fooled the West to build their bomb, complete with the cooperation of German and Canadian companies that shipped critical components. Well, that is just the sort of “story” the CIA knows how to “create” (and that Israel knows how to sniff out were it real). You’ll note we never learned zip about how India developed their bomb.

    Of course all this would be strictly top secret.

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