I started blogging in the winter of 2009-2010, when a wave of open minded blogs emerged in the wake of the roll back by the Pakistani state against the Taliban in Swat.
An atmosphere that stood firmly against obscurantism, and the knee jerk conservatism that enabled such religious totalitarianism to grow.
An open united front against fascism seemed to have encouraged a lot of blogs to suddenly emerge. I felt that maybe the time had come for my observations regarding the long standing phenomenon of Pakistanis killing Pakistanis should also be aired.
And so These Long Wars was born.
I began with a promise to blog about all the various ways Pakistanis get killed all over the country and I have to admit, the internet did not fail to provide me with a great amount of material.
Among the many systemic problems that emerged, and many Pakistan watchers would be familiar with this are, a lack of education, an excess of religiosity, the weakness, incompetence and sheer lack of police (thana’s), and the overwhelmed nature of Pakiatan’s courts (kutcheries).
Essentialism about religion, culture, ideology and race, are all fun and cute. But when bodies drop like flies on a consistent basis, the flow of blood has a way of focusing the mind on the policy and numbers that lead to systematic failure.
I hope you enjoy my take on the many violent eruptions that regularly take place across Pakistan. If you find yourself on a ride, make sure to have fun until the ride, comes to a complete stop.