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Global Vision: Trouble In Today's Pakistan

Feeling like a broken record, it is difficult nonetheless to find another way of saying "Ralph Peters nailed it (again) in New York Post," this time regarding Pakistan.

Of course, trouble on Pakistan's Afghan frontier isn't new: It was long the stuff of adventure novels and splendid black-and-white movies. A friend reminded me that, during World War I, the Brits fired artillery from the walls of the fort in downtown Peshawar to fend off tribesmen shouting, "God is great!"

But there's a vital difference now: In the past, jihads were tribal and local, if fierce. The Islamist rebellions sweeping the country's Northwest Frontier and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas reflect a global vision: It isn't just the Khyber Pass and Peshawar that are threatened these days.

Once more, no veneer to peel off or nuance to translate into reality. Ralph at his usual best.