have you read about SCO? that might tie in here somehow. i mean, if we're really going to look at the big picture over there, surely the economic and security interests of that group would be in play if afghanistan or pakistan devolved into pure chaos.
with my response. i have been flogging that book on the blogs since i read it back in late 02.
what i found revelatory about reading the book was that every strategy, every action, every underground weapons sale, every geopolitical clusterfuck between afghanistan and pakistan... it's all laid out so bare in that book. and reading it - remember, it's about how the mujahideen defeated the soviet empire - gave me chills, because here we are nearly two decades later and it's the same strategy, same action, same underground weapons sales (only this time we're not the supplier), same geopolitical clusterfucks that still exist to this day.
the soviets couldn't win a war against the mujahideen. why the heck would we expect to do any better? the soviets put more firepower, men, and resources into afgahnistan than we have, and they still lost. they still left with their tails between their legs.
it's a compelling book. you can probably find it at your local used bookstore. i hope you get to read it and i hope it effects you as deeply as it effected me.