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Obama's Bulldozer Risks Turning the Taliban into Pakistan's Khmer Rouge

Obama's Bulldozer Risks Turning the Taliban into Pakistan's Khmer Rouge

Pankaj Mishra

Last month Richard Holbrooke, the US state department's special representative, met students from Pakistan's north-west tribal ­areas. They were ­enraged by drone attacks, which - ­according to David Kilcullen, counterinsurgency adviser to General Petraeus - have eliminated only about 14 terrorist leaders while killing 700 civilians.