For crying out loud. Hadh hoti hay. Our mango republic, ran by the Dictator Formerly Known As The General, has lost its mind.
I have often highlighted the reports and writings of Nicholas Schmidle, a freelance journalist, reporting from Pakistan on numerous occasions. I have often exchanged emails with him. He was, contra majority, writing, researching and engaging directly with the turmoil gripping that nation. Something that I admired and respected in him.
I say “was” because he was deported from the country by the government, Steve Clemons reported today. [thanks e.]
His sin, according to Clemons, may be that his recent piece in the NYT magazine, Next Gen Taliban was deemed offensive.
I can, off the top of my head, list a thousand things more offensive in Pakistan at this moment. Schmidle’s piece doesn’t make the list.
I am too angry to really pretend having that academic distance my gentle readers expect from me.