Land of the Islamic Bomb

In the war on terrorism, Pakistan is a crucial but unreliable ally. A new book explains why

It was in western Pakistan, not far from the Afghan border, where Mary Anne Weaver watched a man accused of murder prove his innocence by walking seven paces barefoot across hot coals. He made it without scorching his feet: case closed. The White House can take some comfort from the fact that unlikely outcomes are still possible in Pakistan. But as Weaver's engrossing and unnerving book makes plain, if the U.S. goes to war against Iraq, miracles may be needed to keep Pakistan, 1,500 miles to the east, from blowing into deadly pieces.

"The accumulation of disorder in Pakistan is such...

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