February 20, 2008

THE WISDOM OF JEANNE KIRKPATRICK:

US pats Musharraf, says Pak elections were fair (Rediff, 2/20/08)

Terming the elections in Pakistan "largely fair", the United States on Wednesday said President Pervez Musharraf [Images] appeared to have put the country back on the "road to democracy" and hoped whichever party forms the government there would be no change in Islamabad's anti-terror efforts.

Once again we see a rightwing (military) ally hold free and fair elections and accept the results. The Left always holds particular animus towards such men, unable to recognize instinctive democrats engaged in the often necessarily brutal work of securing democracy.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 20, 2008 7:28 AM
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He was an "instinctive democrat" who let power go to his head and decided to flatten any institution that stood in his way, like his recent predecessors. Now he's reaping the effects of his hubris. Take it from somebody who knows, if it wasn't for the US heavily hinting it wanted a free and fair election, his allies in the PML (Q) would have done as dirty a job as possible.

These militarists you esteem only tend to hold elections when they realise there's no alternative.

Posted by: Ali Choudhury at February 20, 2008 9:34 AM

Exactly. They care more about the good opinion of fellow democracies than about holding power by force, which they could easily do.

Posted by: oj at February 20, 2008 3:39 PM
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