Pakistan’s crooked roots

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December 23, 2010
Independent Institute
by Alvaro Vargas Llosa  
Posted in Commentary

"Benazir Bhutto had many flaws. Her second government was marred by corruption scandals, she was never able to consolidate the civilian and secular institutions she championed in her country, and she was slow in grasping the blessings of economic globalization. But she was right about the most important thing: Pakistan’s original sin — the reason for its instability, its dysfunctional politics, and the penetration of its state and society by religious fanaticism — was the brutal influence of military rule in that republic’s short life. And it still is." (12/22/10)  


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