- Written by Dr. Bruce Hoffman, prepared exclusively for SITE
- Articles & Analysis
- Created: September 1, 2008
There was perhaps no better time to be in Pakistan than late August to understand the powerful centrifugal forces that have plunged that country into disarray and undermined the U.S.-led war on terrorism. Within the space of a week, President Pervez Musharraf resigned and Asif Ali Zardari, Benazir Bhutto’s widower and a controversial political figure in his own right, was nominated to succeed him. Meanwhile, in a direct challenge to the state, two Taliban suicide bombers struck Pakistan’s largest munitions factory, a heavily guarded, supposedly “virtually impregnable” site, killing 64 persons.