Benazir Bhutto, the promoter of Pakistan’s jihadist proxy

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After Benazir Bhutto became Pakistani prime minister in 1988, Pakistan “committed to furthering Islamism in the heart of Asia, seeing it as the sole ideology capable of containing and reversing the breakup of Pakistan along ethno-national lines.” So wrote in 1999 House Taskforce on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare Director Yossef Bodansky about how Pakistan’s national security policies have remained anti-Western even under the country’s most moderate leaders.

As discussed in Bodansky’s book, Bin Laden: The Man Who Declared War on America, Bhutto reflected her country’s role as a duplicitous “frenemy” to the West. In her two terms as Pakistani prime minister in the years 1988-1990 and 1993-1996, the Harvard- and Oxford-educated Bhutto raised high progressive hopes. Nonetheless, her government continued dangerous, destabilizing strategies including a…

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