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1.0 out of 5 stars An exercise in self-publicity, 12 Jun. 2010
This review is from: The Duel: Pakistan on the Flight Path of American Power (Paperback)
I am a pakistani and I feel that Tariq Ali has only one axe to grind in his life and that is take the liberties that he enjoys in the West for granted but at the same time harping on about the evils of the West when it offers so much more to its citizens than most other nations possibly can in many ways. Tariq while hypocritically enjoying these freedoms always seems to make out muslims as being the unfortunate victims of the West's policy's today and that they themselves bear only some culpability in relation to their woes but overall the big bad West especially America happens to be the harbinger of doom to them.

Personally I feel Tariq laments the fall and discrediting of Communism as a ideology and harbours a distinct level of hatred and animosity towards the West in its victory against his favoured ideology and that is what really motivates his ire in this book and not a through honest critique as other reviewers have penned.

I think most people fail to understand that certain issues which face Pakistan have been as a result of its own ineptitude and its own doing whether at the behest of the US or anyone else; ultimately it is in charge of its destiny and the misfortune that it has suffered is as a result of its own short-sightedness and blinkered thinking rather than anyone else cajoling or prompting it.

The circumstances that Tariq presents in his book regarding Pakistan can be juxtaposed in relation to other countries which have had their own relations and flirtations with superpowers but have gone onto become successful modern vibrant countries in the community of nations, but Tariq holds Pakistan to be such a special case absolving it of any culpability except Uncle Sam is guilty of every single woe and conniving possible. I'm sorry but Communism is dead and Tariq should lay it to rest and come to terms with it and stop grinding his axe. It is truly blunt.
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Initial post: 27 Aug 2010, 13:33:24 BST
S Wood says:
"Tariq holds Pakistan to be such a special case absolving it of any culpability except Uncle Sam is guilty of every single woe and conniving possible." - this is caricature of Ali's book. His criticisms of Bhutto (father and daughter), General Zia, and many others in the political leadership of Pakistan are clear to any reader.

This is not a good review of a fine book.

Posted on 19 Mar 2016, 01:00:47 GMT
Ali's coruscating and mischievous attacks on a whole variety of corrupt Pakistani politicians make nonsense of the claim that he lets Pakistani off the hook. What's more, they make the book quite a delight to read.
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