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You are either with us or with the enemy

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The writer is a political analyst. He can be reached at [email protected] [email protected]_Jan

The end of Afghan war may look no different than its start. Chaos, killings, devastation and so forth. Victor Hugo told us that nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come. Let us try and remember the stances of Rawalpindi and Washington in the days and weeks after 9/11. General Mahmud Ahmad, the then director general of the ISI, met ambassador Wendy Chamberlin, Defence Intelligence Agency representative Dave Smith, and a visiting Pentagon team at the US Embassy in Islamabad. They all gathered in the conference room in the chancery basement, which had shelves filled with books about Pakistan.

General Mahmud tried to calm down the Americans who were seething with anger and hell bent on revenge. He reminded them of Sun Tzu’s aphorism that the supreme art of war involved winning without firing a shot. The General said, “You need the help of the Afghan people while the US forces are........

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