December 27, 2007

FACING THE TRUTH IS NEVER A BAD THING:

Pakistan faces horror of civil war after Benazir Bhutto is assassinated in suicide attack (Isambard Wilkinson, Pakistan Correspondent, Richard Edwards and David Blair, 27/12/2007, Daily Telegraph)

Pakistan was facing the spectre of civil war last night after Benazir Bhutto, the former prime minister, was assassinated in a suicide attack.

The nuclear-armed state faced its worst political crisis in decades, which could threaten President Pervez Musharraf's grip on power and his role in the US-led war on terrorism.


To the extent that Pakistan imagines the Tribal Areas to be a part of the state, it has been in a state of civil war since its founding, since it has never actually exercised effective sovereignty over them. If Ms Bhutto's assassination sufficiently shames the liberal elements that they acknowledge General Musharraf has been too lenient, rather than too authoritarian, then her death will have served a good end. If they instead persist in the delusion -- as Spanish liberals did about Franco or Chileans about Pinochet -- that it is only those who are preventing the takeover by extremists who make extremism possible then the American/Indian/Afghani/Russian/Iranian alliance will end up having to salt the earth.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 27, 2007 6:13 PM
Comments

Does such an Alliance exist?

Posted by: Gyan at December 28, 2007 5:52 AM

Yes, although various leaders have to pretend that various portions don't for domestic political reasons. But they're united by their common enemies: Islamicism and Chinese Communism.

Posted by: oj at December 28, 2007 8:19 AM

Wow! Better than the funny papers.

Posted by: genecis at December 28, 2007 8:44 AM

Chinese communism a threat?

Posted by: erp at December 28, 2007 11:15 AM
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