A Terror Group That Recruits From Pakistan’s ‘Best and Brightest’ – Sebastian Rotella – The Atlantic

A Terror Group That Recruits From Pakistan’s ‘Best and Brightest’ – Sebastian Rotella – The Atlantic.

I don’t really have anything much to add to this commentary – LeT is a bit out of my specialty area.  But anyone who wants to educate themselves on international hotspots would do well to keep this group in mind, given its role in the tension between Pakistan and India. LeT also, like Hezbollah in Lebanon, is an example of the capabilities of well-organized, well-supplied nonstate actors that have state support.  Plus Pakistan is just a mixed up bag of crazy – an odd combination of secular politics (at least self-professed secular politics), deeply ingrained fundamentalist Islam, a modern culture in some parts combine with a medieval culture in others, and a sprinkling of what might be the world’s most independent and headstrong intelligence agency (the ISI, which doesn’t like to even talk to Pakistan’s civilian leadership, much less take orders).  Fascinating.

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