So what did happen after 9/11?

January 23, 2008

With apologies to those out there who are not fans of India’s first prime minister, here is an interesting quote attributed to Jawaharlal Nehru: “You don’t change the course of history by turning the faces of portraits to the wall.”

In the latest Carnegie Endowment report on Pakistan entitled “Pakistan and the War on Terror: Conflicted Goals, Compromised Performance”, Ashley Tellis gives a lucid and detailed account of what happened after 9/11, when Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf pledged to help the United States track down al Qaeda and its Taliban hosts in Afghanistan.Musharraf outside the Elysee Palace

His focus is on what needs to be done now. But to me, what makes this report worth reading is his analysis of what happened after 9/11, and what he sees as Pakistan’s varied response to al Qaeda, the Taliban, the sectarian and Kashmiri groups among others. Whether you agree with his assessment or not, it’s worth calling up the full PDF version of the report. No portraits turned to the wall there.

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