06 November 2007

Musharraf's Pakistan

If there’s one issue to watch over the next week or two, it is the developing situation in Pakistan. President Musharraf’s resent dissolution of the Supreme Court and crack down on political opposition is not a good sign for where the country is headed. That Supreme Court was, incidentally, about to rule on the legality of his recent re-election.

While according to reports there isn’t a major uprising, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be one. Sometimes these things take a few days to grow, to spread. I honestly hope that they do not.

I hope I don’t sound – how to put it – anti-freedom. Just from my horribly limited Western view of Pakistan, it’s Musharraf’s country. Not ideal at all, but given the alternatives, I think that a strong President Musharraf, with a dynamic political body underneath, is a good thing, at least for the rest of the world. One of the alternatives would be the Talibanization of Pakistan, which would be horrible for Pakistanis, not to mention more than a little scary for the rest of the world. We can at least be fairly sure that President Musharraf will not use the nuclear weapons Pakistan possesses.

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