There was a NYT article and NPR report today about Pakistan’s intelligence service (ISI) and its cooperative relationship with the Taliban in Afghanistan. I guess I was somewhat aware of a split between Pakistan’s intelligence and military strategies – they seemed to be working at cross-purposes. But the important new fact in these reports (new to me, anyway) was that the ISI wants the Taliban to continue to be a destabilizing influence in Afghanistan so that arch-rival India isn’t able to get anything going there. So our war against the Taliban in Afghanistan seems also to be a war against Pakistan, in defense of the interests of India.
Update: The Resident Expert reminds me of a West Wing episode about an international incident involving India and Pakistan. The dialogue included this:
Lord John Marbury: You’re all frightened… as well you should be. Not since the Protestant-Catholic wars in the 16th Century has Western society known anything remotely comparable to the subcontinent’s religious malevolence. To a lesser observer, the intensity of the emotional frenzy is so illogical as to border on mass psychosis, but, as has been said by kings and queens, I am not a lesser observer.
President Josiah “Jed” Bartlet: John, there’s a quote from Revelations I…
Lord John Marbury: [Cutting Bartlet off mid-sentence] “And I looked and I beheld a pale horse, and the name that sat on him was Death and, Hell followed with him.”