Courtesy Reuters

In the months following September 11, the most violent militant groups have become increasingly brazen, and increasingly willing to flout the wishes of their ostensible patrons in the Pakistani military. Such outfits have unleashed terror both in India (including assaults on the legislature in Srinagar and on Parliament House in New Delhi) and in Pakistan (the murder of reporter Daniel Pearl, and high-profile bombings in Karachi and Islamabad).

The "fundamentalism" of my article's title, however, refers not merely to these self-proclaimed jihadis (a handy shorthand, though at odds with traditional Islamic doctrines of jihad), but also to secular political leaders on

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