STRATEGYPAGE: “The newly elected civilian government in Pakistan is trying to dismantle the pro-Islamic radical elements in the ISI (a combination of military intelligence and CIA). It’s not certain that this effort will work, even though it began several months ago, not in the wake of the recent Mumbai attack. . . . The problem is that these Islamic radicals have been operating openly in the ISI for three decades, and were put there by the government in the late 1970s, when it was decided that Islamic conservatism was the solution for Pakistan’s problems (corruption and religious/ethnic conflicts.) These guys are not just ‘Taliban spies,’ but Pakistani intelligence professionals that believe in Islamic radicalism.”
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